Ok, first big item: awhile back, we announced that in the (then) near future, Kyle Sando would be stepping down from full-time bass guitar duties in the Blue Diamond Band to focus on some other projects he's got cooking. Well, the passing of the bass guitar torch is now official. Bill Rohla - some call him "The Ayatollah of Rock'n'Rollha" - has taken up the mighty task of bringing the party*! Last night, Kyle Sando played a rockin' set with us, then handed Bill the bass. Bill played a shorter set, and then we brought Kyle back up mid-song during "Runnin' From The Law" to finish the song. Then we played "The Cowboy Song" by Thin Lizzy, because why the hell wouldn't we? So, we thank you, Kyle, for making the Blue Diamond Band what it was and what it is. And you're welcome onstage with us anytime!
Second, we are about to embark upon a tour, west to Awesome Fest Nine in San Diego. We love Awesome Fest and love heading out there every year to see a billion great bands, a trillion friends from around the continent and globe, and party down! Information about Awesome Fest can be found at the official website. Click now!
And check out the tour dates, here and to the right. All dates are confirmed:
Wed. Aug. 26th - Fargo, ND. Aquarium (downstairs).
Thu. Aug. 27th - Winnipeg, MB. The Handsome Daughter.
Fri. Aug. 28th - Minot, ND. Souris River Brewpub.
Sat. Aug. 29th - Medora, ND. Boots Bar & Grill.
Sun. Aug. 30th - Missoula, MT. The VFW.
Tue. Sept. 1st - Oakland, CA. Eli's Mile High Club.
Wed. Sept. 2nd - Los Angeles, CA. The Redwood.
Thu. Sept. 3rd - Los Angeles, CA. All Star Lanes.
Fri. Sept. 4th - Awesome Fest 9!!!
Sat. Sept. 5th - Awesome Fest 9!!!
Sun. Sept. 6th - Phoenix, AZ. Yucca Taproom.
Tue. Sept. 8th - Rock Springs, WY.
Wed. Sept. 9th - Denver, CO. Goosetown Tavern.
Thu. Sept. 10th - Lawrence, KS. The Replay.
Fri. Sept. 11th - Cedar Falls, IA. The Octopus.
Hope to see you out there, and to those in the Pacific Northwest: NEXT TIME! We're sorry!
*"The bass player has the party." - Paddy Costello of Dillinger Four, one of my favorite of his many quotable quotes, mainly because it's so very, very true. Bass=party. No bass=no party.