Everyone may recall how important I felt about people working for the Supersuckers being fans first. This was even common practice when it came to tour managing. One of the most unconventional ideas I had was to have fans tour manage the Supersuckers. Tour Managing isn’t easy and often our tour managers worked in a completely different business. Often it was someone just curious about the music business or the experience of traveling with the band and someone that wanted to help. And this was true in Brian’s case as it was with a few others too.
Eddie nicknamed him “the sponge” because of his uncanny ability to retain information. Brian could tell you everything about the Supersuckers from track listings on albums to what Dan “Thunder” Bolton ordered at the Cracker Barrel and Starbucks. Not only was he engaging with the fans explaining in great detail all the CD’s & merch, but there wasn’t a promoter he settled a show with that wasn’t impressed with his knack for adding up expenses off the top of his head & his positive attitude.
Brian occasionally unloads some goodies on eBay and works in the finance arena in Denver, CO and would often take vacation time from his fortune 500 company and jump in the van for a week escape.
Q: What’s you favorite story from the road with the Supersuckers?
A: Oh man, there are soo many. Things could get very witty, sophomoric, & middle-finger laced on the road, but my favorite story occurred on my first tour in September ’04. We played a show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, I was working the merch, & as many of you know Eddie would come over to the merch area after the show. It just so happened that Eddie’s son Quattro joined us at the merch area. This guy walks up to us & before I know it he’s flat on his back on the floor. I’m instantly thinking this guy is Tucker Max drunk or he has some health ailment that requires immediate attention. Before I can get the words “security” out of my mouth, he pops up & puts his prosthetic leg on the merch table & says: “Eddie, will you & Quattro sign my leg?” We were speechless. I had no idea he was on the floor to remove his leg. Eddie & Quattro signed his leg, he popped it back on & walked off. It was pure COMEDY! I hope he reads this & I hope he didn’t marry Paul McCartney’s ex-wife.
Q: What did Dan “Thunder” Bolton order at the Cracker Barrel & Starbucks?
A: Whew, gotta jump in the way back machine for these. But I believe Thunder ordered the chicken fried steak at the Barrel & 2 Venti Americano’s w/a Venti cup of ice at the Bucks. Does this sound right?
Q: What on earth ever compelled you to get in the van with the Supersuckers?
A: I was passionate about them, about what you were doing w/them/for them, saw the results we were getting in Colorado w/selling out venues by viral marketing & I wanted to learn more about the music business. Also, I wanted to see first hand how hard these guys worked, show them & you how I could improve merch sales, try to turn new fans into repeat customers, build relationships w/the existing-dedicated-passionate fan base & see the other markets that you & I would discuss.
Q: What’s your role here with Rockonomics?
A: Good question. To loosely quote my homie Darryl Lee Donald, my role is to “meditate, contemplate, master…….plan my existence” on Rockonomics. I look at my role as a dynamite opportunity to share ideas with bands & people are listening, emailing, calling, facecrackin’, tweet tubing, etc. So it feels great to have this avenue to help out.