Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What Happens on the Road, Stays on the Road

Nothing says 'you're in a band' louder than the proverbial road trip.

This past weekend, the members of Feet First all piled into our respective gear-laden vehicles, and drove to Nakusp in the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia, for a wild and woolly weekend of rock 'n' roll and assorted shenanigans.
Well, not exactly...

Yes, the band did travel to Nakusp, and played two packed-out gigs at the Leland Hotel, which has been in operation since 1892 and is the oldest hotel/pub in BC. The road trip was awesome all by itself. We live in a province of jaw-dropping natural beauty.

This boat is officially part of the highway. No other options. All aboard!

And yes, the shows rocked -- people were calling their friends during our first set and the word spread. Our second show turned into a four-hour marathon onstage to a boisterously enthusiastic audience.

But please keep in mind, this is a middle-aged classic rock band.

  • No, those weren't "groupies" in the front row -- our wives came with us. We have all been married 30+ years.
  • Overheard at supper Saturday: "Hey, we don't hit the stage for another three hours. We could squeeze a nap in!"
  • Yes, there were drugs involved. All prescribed by our family physicians.
  • Spinal Tap moment: our lead guitarist got lost in the hotel while trying to find the stage. (His wife rescued him.)

suggested by the bartender

There were lots of jokes about "living the rock 'n' roll dream" all throughout the weekend. It's fun being in a band that takes their music very seriously, and themselves very lightly.

But seriously, folks...
A weekend away with Wendy, in the Kootenays, playing with a band of this calibre, relaxing in the beauty of the mountains, with a stunning view of Arrow Lake just outside our hotel window. Wow.
I have a lot to be grateful for.

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