This has been a summer for the record books! I started it out playing drums for the Paul Collins Beat We did a 5 week 10,000 mile tour over 24 states. Felt good to be out playing such great songs with a solid group of guys. The highlights for me were Seattle, Portland, Austin, and NYC. I will be joining the Beat on tour again Sept. 23rd- Nov 5th. We will be playing, Gonerfest, CMJ and the Fest all on that jaunt.
Immediately after that I had a few days off and then flew with Brett Newski over the pond for 3 1/2 weeks in Europe. It was my first tour overseas. It took me almost 20 years of playing in bands to finally make music over there. We played shows in Switzerland, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. We decided to play a few less shows to have time to do a little more sight seeing. It drove Brett crazy but I very much enjoyed all the extra time. It was incredible to be able to rent a bike and just ride around for an entire day. I left my heart in Poland and Amsterdam. Thanks to my new Polish family for putting us up, showing us all your customs and making it one of the highlights of my life. Amsterdam may very well be one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to ever. I love the canals, North Amsterdam, the supreme balance of work/play, the architecture, art, people, nightlife and food. Among hundreds of other things.
Here are few pictures. Thanks to everyone that helped, fed, and gave us a place to stay the last few months!