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Tour Diary #2: The Nearly Deads

The Nearly DeadsTJ here, on my way back to Nashville after our last show of this tour. I love being on the road, but I’m so excited to be home for a few weeks before heading out again! So I’m just chillin’ in the back bunk of our van listening to some Brand New and writing this!

We last left off in Portland. The next night we got to stay with some friends outside of our show in Chico, California. The crew treated us really well and we had a lot of fun at that show. The next day we had off- we got to hang out by the pool, chill in the hot tub, and eat an amazing meal courtesy of Decker and Stitched Up Heart. It’s always nice to have homes to stay at when you’re on the road. It’s also nice to just spend time relaxing with the other band members, because we actually rarely get time together when we’re not working. We had a long haul to Bakersfield the next day, so we left early and slept in the van.

Bakersfield was great, we played at the legendary Jerry’s Pizza, and, yes, we got free pizza and it was amazing. We played with a local named Main Street, and I absolutely loved them. They were a punk/ska band-I danced like crazy!

Then we backtracked to Sacramento. It was all female fronted bands on this night, and each one was amazing. The fans were out in full force too! We can’t wait to go back again! After that we had to leave and drive overnight to get to Los Angeles early the next day. We arrived at our manager’s house and we were greeted with many surprises, including a life size piñata of Wayne from Wayne’s World. (A nod to our recent music video shoot!) We reached inside to find tickets for the whole band to go to the MTV Movie Awards that night! We were all super excited, and it was amazing. The highlight was seeing Eminem and Rihanna perform live. For me, I loved seeing all the behind the scenes work that goes into making a huge production like this happen. It was a great night!

The next night was our last with Stitched Up Heart and we were all pretty sad about it. Earlier in the day we all got together for a round table interview with Mona from Legal Green Room with me, Mixi (Stitched Up Heart), Lucy from Evolove and Chastity from Beauty In The Breakdown. It’s amazing to meet other women who are in charge of DIY bands, and we all discovered we have similar mindsets and work ethics. Positivity is a huge thing with my band, and being able to share that in this interview with these other amazing women will hopefully inspire girls in the future. I always tell people that regardless of whether you’re male or female, it is important to seek out others who believe in you, and not let anyone dictate how you run your life or your business. There’s enough people in the world- you don’t have to work with someone who doesn’t get what you’re doing! Don’t compromise or change for anyone, be open to new ideas, but always, always remain genuine!

After the interview, my favorite part of tour happened: Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles!!!!!!!! I can’t express to you how much I love their fried chicken, it’s the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Soon after it was time to get ready for our show at Loaded in Hollywood. We had so many familiar faces- old friends and even one of our friends from Nashville, who happened to be in town, all came out and helped make this tour end with a bang!!! Stitched Up Heart pranked us, and poured baby powder all over us during our last song!!! Yes, there’s a video (below). We tried to silly string them on stage, but we got narced on and the venue nixed our plan. We got them later on in the street after the show!!! They are seriously one of the best groups we’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. We will be working on more stuff with them in the future, and we’re even talking about writing a song together. They are all incredibly talented musicians, they love life, and they have fun on the road! It was hard to say goodbye.

Since we had to get back to Nashville, we plugged in a few dates in San Diego and Dallas, which were both amazing. And on the way, we got to stop in Phoenix to surprise my Dad and sister with a visit! Steak dinners and tour stories all night. I was very happy we had time to see them.

Now we are homeward bound- off for a few weeks, then right back at it. We’ve started a Kickstarter to help fund our new album and future tours, we released our new single, “I Said” and we have so many exciting things happening right now, that we can’t wait to share with you!!!

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Angela Mastrogiacomo

Founder of Infectious Magazine & Muddy Paw Public Relations. Lover of passion, ice cream, and books.

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