Almost Famous, Band Wives Edition

First of all, let me say that the Band Wives need a tour bus. There are details still to be worked out, like full-time jobs and families and children, and how the two bands would tour together, but Mobius Jones, Day Ja Voo, and more importantly, the Band Wives, need a tour bus.

Ever since everyone started joking about how I have been stalking Day Ja Voo and Mobius Jones three years ago, people have told me I needed to watch the movie Almost Famous. There is actually an entire list of movies I have never seen, and we are working through it slowly, one by one, so I just put this one at the bottom.  Then I caught the pilot episode of Roadies, the new series on Showtime this summer by the guy who wrote Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe.  After watching this very engaging and electric first episode on Netflix (where they try to get you sucked in to try their Showtime app), I decided to put Almost Famous at the top of the list.  This morning I caught the movie, and I now see what the hype is all about.  This movie entertained me like no other in my recent movie watching history. And I want  to be Penny Lane (Kate Hudson’s character), but without all the sex. And the drugs.  OK, maybe just for Halloween.

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Another Friday night at Johnny’s Pub and Grill in Rochester, where I am waiting anxiously for the next song from The Earthtones.  The trio is standing on the stage under a street sign readling, ‘Penny Lane’; the owner Johnny loves The Beatles,

1560735_1005925722770879_6202336690268931521_nThe opening notes to Landslide are heard over the roar of the happy hour crowd.  Most of the bands I follow are all male, so I am enjoying Eva’s take on the classic Fleetwood Mac song.  Brian Regan, Eva Regan, and Mike Walker are The Earthtones.  Brian is a genius with both guitar and bass, Eva dazzles on the keyboards, and Mike is amazing on the drums and other percussion. They have playing together at least 14 years.  I remember this because they came to Syracuse and played my 40th Birthday Bash at Highland Forest in 2001 (yes, I know, you can do the math, I am over 50).

I try and to see them as often as I can.  It’s tricky driving to Rochester and trying to get there in a reasonable time for happy hour.  During the winter months, about half of my planned trips are cancelled due to bad weather and snow.  But when I do get there, it is so worth it!

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