Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Rock and Role-playing
I live in a family of artists and entertainers. The four of us are always dashing about to concerts, booksignings, recording sessions, movie sets, workshops, and comedy shows. So it's a rare event when even my husband and I can coordinate our schedules for time off together, let alone business vacations.
But last month, the planets aligned! I joined him for a week in New England on his summer concert tour, riding along on the tour bus–he's the bass player for the classic rock band, America. And on his day off, we rented a car, and he joined me for a flurry of drop-in booksignings!
I think I could get used to this. The tour bus has all the amenities of home: satellite TV, internet access, microwave, refrigerator, espresso maker, and 12 curtained bunks, each with its own DVD player. Huge windows let you watch the countryside roll by without anyone seeing in. Best of all, there's plenty of room to recline in the leather seats and type away at a laptop on one's next novel!
Hmmm...now that the kids are in college...
This is a quick shot of me backstage at an America-Chicago double-header in Holmdel, New Jersey with various and sundry musicians and fans:
The lineup is (from left to right):
Me, Jason Scheff (Chicago), Gerry Beckley (America), unknown, Michael Woods (America), Pat Sansone (Wilco), unknown, unknown, unknown, Dewey Bunnell (America), Alan Sparhawk (Low), unknown, and Mimi Parker (Low).
A few things I learned while on tour:
1. If you're going to play on "The Today Show," you have to start setting up at 2:00 in the morning.
2. If you happen to get camera time in the crowd at "The Today Show," be sure to hold up a copy of your latest book. Oops.
3. David Gregory is REALLY tall.
4. There are no parallel streets in Connecticut, but there are 10 bookstores per square mile.
5. There are WAY too many fattening goodies available backstage at rock concerts.
6. Nobody, not even a rock star, looks like a rock star after a night of bus travel.
And a couple of observations:
1. If you sell 50,000 CDs, you hit the charts. If you sell 50,000 books, you may break even.
2. People will shell out $100 to see their favorite band perform. Nobody will pay to come to a booksigning.
The good news is, America is scheduling their fall tour of ENGLAND! I smell a research vacation...
Stories to keep you up all night!
LADY DANGER - Riding to the rescue April 2006
CAPTIVE HEART - Coming for you October 2006
KNIGHT'S PRIZE - Stealing your heart April 2007