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I feel conflicted about this, but my band, The Blissters, is participating in one of those band-contests where people go Landshark1to a website and vote, and the bands with the most votes get to play a show at a good venue.  (To vote for us, click here.)

This sort of thing is basically just free advertising for whoever organizes it.  In this case, a beer company owned by Jimmy Buffett is running things. 

Has any musician ever monetized the content of his lyrics into revenue-streams like Buffett has?  Let’s do the list.  He’s got:

Seriously, I can’t think of another A-List musician who franchises his work like this.  It would be like if Sting launched a “King of Pain” menthol muscle-cream, or if Elton John licensed a “Crocodile Rock”-brand jungle safari tour. 

Funny story about Buffett: One time I was chatting with a security guard at Deer Creek Ampitheater in Indianapolis, and I asked him: “Of all the acts that play here every year, which have the fans that give you the most trouble?  Like, which fan base has the most drunk-and-disorderly arrests and fights, and so forth?”

I was  expecting him to name some heavy-metal act, or maybe Phish or the Grateful Dead (for drug offenses).  Instead, he instantly answered: “Jimmy Buffett.  By a lot.”

And I was like: “Really?  I picture Buffett’s fan-base as a bunch of 50+, white-collar workers who don’t party all that hard.”

The guard went on to explain that that was exactly the issue.  The reason it’s so out of control at Buffett concerts, said the guard, is that they’re attended by 15,000 people who usually don’t party, but who are suddenly placed in an environment where every song is about drinking, and having 10 beers feels normal.  (It’s amateur night, the guard was basically saying.  These are people who can’t drink very much anymore, but nonetheless try to do exactly that.  [Accordingly, I guess, they get hammered and start a bunch of fights.])

Lupus event wrap-up

Thanks to everybody who came to the LaSalle Power Company in Chicago last Saturday to raise money for the Alliance for Lupus Research!  I donated a copy of The Zen of Zombie to the silent auction, and my band The Blissters was the headlining act.  We raised a ton of money, all of which went to the Alliance, and also met some really outstanding people.

Here are some photos of The Blissters from the event:

This machine kills Lupus.
This machine kills Lupus.


Thanks again to everyone who came!

Zombie Drumming in Chicagoland

Hey folks!

Me with the Blissters

Tomorrow (Friday) night, I’ll be playing the drums with my band The Blissters at the The Penny Road Pub in South Barrington, IL, just outside of Chicago.  It should be a great time!  I promise to play the drums like a zombie, and will be happy to sign any copies of The Zen of Zombie that folks want to bring!

We’re playing with two other bands:  Straight Jack and Jaktripper.  (Here, a lesser man would make puns about the word “Ja[c]k” in the names of the other bands.  I resist.) 

We go on around 9/9:30.  Hope to see y’all there!


Yesterday I joined my band The Blissters in downtown Chicago to tape an episode of JBTV, a music jbtv1television show.  They interviewed us for a good half-hour, and we performed six songs. People prompted me to talk about The Zen of Zombie a little bit, but mostly we just talked about playing music. 

If you’re unfamiliar, JBTV is hosted by this guy named Jerry Bryant who’s a real character and has been putting on this music show for over 20 years.  He’s had everyone from the Ramones to Green Day to Bjork to INXS on his program, as well as bands that aren’t so big yet (like us). 

At one point, when the cameras were off, I asked Jerry: “So dude, of all the bands you’ve had on over the years, who was the hardest to work with?  Who were real jerks?”

He was like: “Nobody has EVER been hard to work with.  EVERYBODY I’ve ever had on the show has been totally awesome!  …except for maybe Oasis.”

That made me laugh.

Anyhow, if you’re in Chicago, our episode of JBTV will air next week at these times: 

Thursday November 20th at 8pm on Channel 25, Saturday November 22nd on Channel 34 at 11pm, Sunday November 23rd at Midnight on Channel 25, and Wednesday November 26th at 9pm on Channel 25.  (All times CST.)