L.A. is always wild, crazy & fast paced! We played @ the beautiful El Rey Theater on Wilshire. We pulled up early to the venue and a few of us had a chance to grab some breakfast @ IHOP. The weather was nice. When we returned, I noticed a homeless person across from our tour bus sleeping in a sleeping bag. That's always a wake up call for me. Everyone has a story! Count your blessings and always keep things in perspective!
Okay, now for the real fun: JD had to pick up some gear from a local drumshop. We were told that the place was a mile or so up the street. We started walking and it got longer and longer! Finally, I pulled out my phone so I could GPS where we were, etc. From that location we were another 2 miles away! By this time, we had been walking for over an hour. we get to the shop @ 5:09PM to find them closed!! We were 9 mins late. So, we take a break and JD finds out that Sam Ash is a few blocks away. We begin this journey. Did I add that we're now 30 mins late for soundcheck? So now, the tour manager is calling and texting. We stop @ a Chick Fil A and they tell us that it's a few more blocks down the road. We wound up getting really close to the 'Hollywood' Sign, we passed "Catalina's" and got really close to the "Walk of Fame". We finally get there around 6:30PM, TIRED! JD gets what he needs and we cab it back to the venue where the band is looking @ us like, Really? LOL! We did a quick soundcheck and then the doors opened. People told us that they think we walked for about 7 MILES! Woooooooo!
The show started @ 7PM. We had a good crowd that was eager to hear some music! We jumped in! Vic killed it on "My Life". My goodness! The crowd was looking like, "Seriously!?" Woo! "Gonna Get It Right" came out tonight and the talented & funky Divinity Roxx joined us onstage. She toured with us for years before leaving to join Beyonce's all female band. She did phenomenal and it was great to play with her again. Check her out! Krstal sang a beautiful version of "Overjoyed'. JD was silly funky and Krystal had an unbelievable experience on this song (that also went into "Hallelujah" & "Amazing Grace") tonight! Wow! Epic! We also played "Love Is My Favorite Word". We ended with "Bass Tribute/Jaco". The encore was our cover medley with Divinity Roxx joining us with a freestyle rap & a rock version of her song, "Rebel". OH MY!
Thank U L.A.! Teddy Campbell and his Wife almost came out as my guest. We had a blast! Thank U God for your traveling mercies! Next up, the final night in Tempe, AZ.
Bless U real good...DWats