My band played their first show on March 31, my 31st birthday. We played well, for a great crowd, and a good time was had by all. It was the first time I had played drums on stage in at least five years, and my first full set in more than eight. It's interesting how different it felt. First, I was apprehensive for a variety of reasons beforehand, but when I sat down behind the kit, that all disappeared. Completely. I used to play on a mix of nerves and adrenalin, but then, I was barely in my twenties, and I hit a LOT harder then. All I felt was joy. The joy of playing original music in an instrumental band with a group of people who can really play. Our music is still in its developmental stages, so it is pretty simple at the moment, and we don't really know each other as people all that well yet, but it's fun. It's so much fun. And I made it back into live performance with no compromise. I am not playing any fucking brown eyed girl. If I had to wait eight years for that to happen, then it was well worth it.
On another note, the wife dragged me to see the Von Bondies last night. It was a free show at a reasonable hour, so there was really no way for me to say no. As it turns out, it's a good thing I went. I was blown away. Just an incredible show and the drummer didn't even have a hi hat! The turnout was poor, so I doubt they'll be back, which is a real shame, because BR needs more bands like that to come in and bring the rock. I scored Yasmine's setlist and got to shake her hand, so that was pretty cool, and she was bumping and grinding her bass about an inch from my face during the encore. No complaints.
Topic C today is the upcoming tour by Thomas Dolby. The closest he is coming to me is Chicago, but I think I am going to go. That's in May, but the dates are selling out quickly, so I'll have to decide in the next day or two. I really, really do not want to miss this.