Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Music Video?

So TG &CC have been invited to play a cancer benefit (I know, right?) sometime in the beginning of April.  Word on the street is there will be some sort of production company there that will film us, and for a fee of $150 compile our live songs into music videos.  Just so you know I did not speak directly to anyone; all this info was relayed to me by Zatch, so this is second-hand news.  But here's the rub: the company said that there has to be at least 300 people attending this benefit for the recording to take place.  We don't have to bring all 300 peeps, of course, but apparently there has to be that many for the film crew to bother recording.  Seems a little strange to me, but I figured if we had a good crowd like that plus a great set it would be worth it.  That is until I looked at their website.  Aside from the fact that their site looks like someone spent only an hour making it using an early version of Microsoft FrontPage, the videos that they showcase look low-rent. They appear to have been filmed using a cheap soccer-mom camcorder you get at Wal-Mart with very little production value other than basic cuts.  I will say that the B.L.A.C.K. video is much better quality than all the others.  I bet they just bought a new Hi-Def camcorder before filming that one.  What I didn't like about the B.L.A.C.K. video was that the actual video portion did not seem to sync up with the audio portion.  For instance I could see the drummer crashing a cymbal or hitting a snare but heard no such thing from the speakers.

I just bought a Hi-Def camcorder myself and I think I could do as good a job or better making a music video for TG &CC.  However, to be honest if I were to undertake a project like that it would not get underway until sometime in the summer, and it probably couldn't be in a live setting.  It would probably just have to be some shots of us playing in the basement or something interspersed with more artful or strange shots.

In any case, $150 is probably not that much to pay in the grand scheme of things, but in the context of a struggling independent band $150 is a lot of money that could be used for a upgrading our PA system, drum heads, cymbals, gas money for Denver shows, guitar strings, recording time, printing flyers, etc.

It's still something worth serious consideration, though.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Upcoming Shows

So for everyone's information we have a few shows coming up.  These will be the first with our new singer and my old buddy David Hair.  Regardless of whether or not we as a band are successful, I have no doubt that Mr. Hair will be renowned before long.  He has the sheer talent, relentless ambition, and amazing attitude that will sooner or later make him a star; so even if you're not too keen on the band you should still show up to be able to say in the future "I saw that guy once when he was with this group called Tony G & the Cure for Cancer. Great show."

So the shows are as follows:

Saturday Feb 27th, 2010 Sidekicks Saloon, 2695 West 92nd Ave, Denver 
I think the cover is six bucks or something, but don't quote me.  I've never been to this place, so I can't vouch for it personally.  However, if you're in the Denver metro area and you want to check us out, it's a helluva lot better than driving up to Fort Collins to see us.  We're coming to you!  I think we play at 8pm, so get there at 7:30 so you can chit-chat and have a couple drinks before we rock the place.


Sunday March 7th, 2010 Hodi's Half Note, 167 N. College Ave, Fort Collins
This should be a good show.  You can get tix from us or through a little company called Afton Ticketing.  Go online and get them here.  Hodi's is one of the best venues around, so if you have yet to visit the place it's a great opportunity.  This show will be kinda like our Grand Opening, whereas the Sidekicks show is more of a soft opening to make sure all the moving parts are working.  We have a little something special planned that will definitely be talked about in certain circles for this show.  You might want to bring your camera for this one if you plan on blackmailing a band member in the future.  I think we play on the earlier side, like 6:30 or something so you should be home in time for supper. 

Friday March 26th, 2010 Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St, Longmont
Haven't been here either, but the pics I saw online look pretty sweet.  We're playing with our good friends Khaos Assassin, Lovebox, and Mojo Kamikazi.  I'm definitely stoked about this gig.  If you like your hard rock with a side of metal this is a great lineup for you.  Get there before 9pm.  


Sunday, February 21, 2010

First Post

Howdy folks!  This is the first post of what I hope to be many where I chronicle the events of a little group called Tony G and the Cure for Cancer.  Nothing fancy, just perks and pitfalls, updates, news, and tidbits of wisdom from the drummer's perspective.  I'll try to get the other members involved in this, but some people just aren't the blogging type.

Before I get too deep into this I'd just like to throw out that you can find us a few ways: We - like everyone else on the planet with an internet connection - have a Facebook page.  Just search for us, we shouldn't be hard to find.  And - like every artist/band on the planet with an internet connection - we have a myspace page: www.myspace.com/tonygandthecureforcancer

We also have www.tonygandthecureforcancer.bandvista.com
Comments/criticisms/witticisms are always welcome on any page. That's all for now.