The First Annual Rockonomics Party was amazing. Hosted by my pal Mike in the heart of Hollywood CA, the guests were a stellar mix of hardcore fans and longtime friends. Some traveled from as far away as Kansas, some from Santa Cruz, and all over Los Angeles to reminisce about their favorite shows and songs over good food and cold drinks.
Steve, the contest winner, won a Fender Guitar and had some lessons from both Rontrose and Jordan. Trevor got to play with them too. I got to play DJ, and my main theme was Michael Bloomfield. It was an amazing evening catching up with some fans, as well as Ron and Jordan, who I haven’t seen in over a year.
A couple more highlights from the weekend was watching Jordan Shapiro’s incredible golf game and having Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone Magazine sign his latest book; Griftopia.
But the icing on the cake, was watching Rontrose and Jordan play guitar together while all of us watched in awe. The fact that these two incredible talents would get together and play for some fans in my pal’s living room, says volumes about them personally.
As I’ve always said, what the Supersuckers had was special. Beyond their catchy songs and tasty licks was a unparalleled bond with their fans. It’s a story worth sharing, and something I’m fortunate to have been a part of.
While the music business crumbled around us, we were successful and that was because of the fans. The commitment we all had from the fan club, to the release of the Field Recordings, or even giving fans a chance to sit on the stage during a show. No other band did this and a lot of the so called superstar bands today aren’t even involved in their fan club often outsourcing it to a third party. We forged ahead despite the obstacles of very little radio, TV, and mainstream press. How does a band sell over 500 tickets in a market or 20,000 CD’s where mainstream media doesn’t quite embrace them? Well that’s the crux of this site for the fans and bands out there to read and maybe take away some of the lessons and experiences learned from a more successful and trend setting time with the Greatest Rock N Roll Band in the World.
Until Next Time…
Chris Neal of Midway, UT