July is coming to a close and there’s been a lot of stuff happening since the summer started up. There was a ton of energy that went into planning the big moves we were gonna be making. But “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!” -Robert Burns. I’m not entirely sure what all ye Olde English means, but the meat of it gets through.
Preparing For Tour
For many people, the summer means vacations, road trips, or escaping the daily grind. For us, and many other bands, it meant time to tour. The first half of our year was comprised of planning and preparation for our summer tour. Each month buzzed with more excitement as the tour got closer and closer. After all the venues and stops were booked and planned out it was just a matter of getting there.
The universe seemed to have different plans for us though. About a month before the tour, Ben began having issues with his stomach. At first it didn’t seem to be a big deal. Everybody thought that it was a simple stomach flu, or maybe food poisoning. Hopes of a speedy recovery began to fade after a week, then two, three. It was getting right up to the day we were supposed to go on the tour, and Ben was still not feeling well.
“Have you considered seeing a doctor?” we suggested. Ben waffled on it for a little while, but finally gave in and saw a specialist when his stomach continued getting worse. As tests were being run, it became clear that the tour may not happen. It wasn’t until the day right before that Ben finally called it off (after considerable convincing that maybe 12 hour drives and nightly performances were not going to aid in his recovery). It was a bit of a let down, but in all everyone was glad Ben was getting the help he needed.
The Road To Recovery
During the time that we were supposed to be on tour, Ben got a lot of much need R&R. The docs finally figured out what was going on. It was a bit scary when some of the possibilities were pretty debilitating stuff. In the end it turned out to be a bacterial infection in his stomach lining. A simple regiment of antibiotics is helping to make him 100% again. We are all grateful for that.
Excited For The Album Release
Just because we missed the tour doesn’t mean that our summer is shot though! In fact, the biggest bang is still on the horizon. The Red Tiger Nebula gets released on August 14th. Not only are we excited to get the music out there, but everyone is titillated by the prospect of the CD release show. It will be an extravaganza unlike any other show we’ve played. After that, the sky is the limit. We’re grateful Ben’s getting better and glad to tackle any other unexpected things life may throw our way. What unexpected things have changed your plans recently?