I’m really enjoying the stories!
I have a question for you. I am amazed at all of the stuff that the Supersuckers did besides kicking ass at their shows. Anything from in store appearances, singing the national anthem at a ball game to pouring beer at “The Great American Beer Fest” and doing a lot of it traveling in an Econoline van. Were there times when you had too much stuff scheduled , transportation or legal problems and didn’t make it or almost didn’t make it to an appearance?
I always tried to keep the schedule full and I would look for things to do to keep everyone busy. Being on the road was the one time they were together. We needed to take advantage of this time and accomplish as much as we could. I would reach out to TV, Radio, Press, Record Stores, Tattoo Shops, Skate Shops, etc… I would schedule bowling events, baseball games, in-stores, or whatever it took to get people excited and get the band exposure.
There’s an excitement about a full schedule and staying busy. And the band did a great job going along with these crazy ideas too. I can’t think of another band to this day that’ll sit down with a fan and teach them guitar licks but Rontrose was happy to do it. We never had any problems with too much going on but we did have problems with that van. It seemed as though it was always either in the shop or on the side of the road. It wasn’t uncommon for Dan “Thunder” Bolton AKA Dan “Van” Bolton to invite the folks at the Ford Dealership to the show whenever it was in the shop. I think it was El Paso where we had about 12 tickets set aside for the local dealer – Ford Dealer that is.
We posted our schedule on the bands site so fans could easily get involved and media folks could see how busy we were. Also, promoters could see that we were doing our part to get the word out. Promoters have a responsibility to get people to the show but I always felt we shared in that, we wanted shows to be successful for everyone. We wanted fans to help spread the word, follow us on tour, join us at a game and meet us at the finish line.
BTW Singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” at the Yankees vs Twins game was a huge highlight for me. We were able to invite some fans (courtesy of the Twins) to that game in August of 2006. It was a great memory. What a lot of people don’t know is, after that game, the band hit the studio in Minneapolis and recorded a song that was never released. It was the last time I really got to witness the magic of the Supersuckers and their creative force. Although I didn’t know it then, it was also the beginning of the end of my time with the band – more on that later…
Here’s the email that Eddie sent to the fans on August 1st 2006…
“…take me out to the crowd! You ever wonder how they decide on who gets to sing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” at the seventh inning stretch at Major League Baseball games? Well, me too! I still can’t figure it out even after being asked to do exactly that at an upcoming Minnesota Twins game this August 13th. That’s right, the good people in the Twins operation have deemed it appropriate that we, The Supersuckers, will get to partake in this time honored tradition when they take on the Darth Vader of baseball, the New York Yankees, in a day game this Wednesday, August 13th. The first pitch will be at 12:10 pm Central Time and we’ll be doing a little show before then somewhere in the stadium at 10:45. If you’d like to come to this glorious event we will be hooking a few people up with tickets but it’s first come first served so get your email requests firstname.lastname@example.org right away for your chance to see The Greatest invade the American Pastime in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008. We will be rooting firmly for the Twins to kick the living crap outta those Damn Yankees so come on out and join us. It’ll be lots of fun for sure!Stay tuned for an update regarding our new release, “Get It Together”, coming real soon to a computer near you!
Keep in touch… -Eddie Spaghetti ”
Tell me something about Scott Churilla that people might not know? Dave
Fun Question…. Scott can tell you who plays what on just about every record from the 70’s. He’s a musical encyclopedia. He’s also got great taste in “songs”. We’d room a lot and listen to Gordon Lightfoot and Bruce Springsteen. He gave me a better appreciation and understanding of drummers, such as Bruce Gary and Jim Gordon.
Did you know that Ernest “Boom” Carter played drums on “Born to Run”??? I never thought about it until Scott mentioned it. If there was a 70’s Rock N Roll Quiz Show he’d do well…
Thanks for the Questions everyone… Until Next TIme. Chris Neal of Midway, UT