Well it’s springtime and the new season of rock and roll is about to get into motion. A lot of people ask me how I feel about doing it after all these years. They wonder, after all this time, do I ever get tired of it?
I thought I would put it down in writing so that you could all see exactly how I feel and why I do it.
As it turns out, it’s pretty damn simple: I freaking love it!
I’m speaking for myself, but I know that every member of this band feels the same.
Being in a band is very much like being in a family.
As you may or may not know I’ve been in many bands over the course of my career and some of the experiences have been everything from dysfunctional to – dare I say – euphoric!
As I said, just like a family!
With the right combination of members, everything falls into place, not only from the musical perspective, but also in the day-to-day aspect.
There are Unwritten Rules of Conduct by which we behave that have come naturally through existing in close proximity, ie dressing rooms, airplanes, vans and limousines.
There is an ease of communication because we all know the boundaries of propriety with each other: NONE!
Nothing seems to be off limits and you develop a thick skin, which is quite a healthy thing as it prepares you for the harsh reality of the real world. You must laugh at yourself and not take it all too seriously! Everyone has different views and tastes – thank God! If we all liked the same thing, there’d be none of it left!!!
People often remark on how happy we seem to be and it’s not an act because we do get along.
I’m sure you’ve heard the legendary stories of other rock bands who travel separately because they can’t stand each other. Some have bloody fist fights and take to social media to disparage each other, and it’s not just a ploy for publicity because I have seen it with my own eyes.
I don’t know why anyone would want to be a part of that kind of situation.
Harlequin is looking forward to heading out across the country this summer and seeing our old friends and hopefully some new faces too!
There is no thrill like standing in front of a sea of smiling faces, loaded with adrenaline and just – for lack of a better term – givin’ er!