Archive for April, 2013

Green Beer, Leprechauns, Rock and Roll!

St Patricks Day at NormsOur first gig as the Drop Daddies was at Norm’s Bar and Grill in Danville on March 16, 2013. 

We were still short one Daddy-  Xeno had long since booked a skiing trip and was unable to join us.   So we shelved all of our songs featuring the X Man, and came up with an additional hour or so of music.  So many good tunes, so little time!

Drop Daddies St Patricks Day Gig at NormsAt Norm’s, we were expecting to be crammed into a tiny corner of the bar, but instead there was a huge stage platform set up in the back parking lot.   Mixed blessing- it was a gloriously sunny and hot March afternoon, and the stage was out under the sun.  The guitars were floating out of tune in the heat.  Fingers were slippery with sweat.  John was cutting up beer cups trying to make sunshields for the guitar pedals so he could see the on/off lights (no luck).   

Other highlights- Gary crooning Happy Birthday to our friend Laura (happy 30th), inviting up our friend Yolanda to sing a Taylor Swift tune (Yo rocked), and managing to hit all the words in REM’s “end of the world” to great cheers from the crowd.

There were 100 or so revelers out for the event wearing green beads, drinking green beer, eating corned beef and cabbage, and a bunch of kids enjoying the bouncy houses and face painting. 

We were cranked up loud, the drinks were flowing, the kids were alright- it was a beautiful day in suburbia, and a good time was had by all Smile

Our set list:

Set 1:

  1. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
  2. John Cougar Mellencamp – Pink Houses
  3. Weezer – Island in the Sun
  4. Green Day – When I Come Around
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge
  6. 311 – Amber
  7. The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday
  8. Oasis – Wonderwall
  9. REM – It’s the end of the world as we know it
  10. OAR – Shattered (Turn the Car Around)
  11. Modern English – Melt With You

Set 2:

  1. Ben Kweller – Penny On The Train Track
  2. Neon Trees – Animal
  3. Incubus – Drive
  4. Eve 6 – Inside Out
  5. James Gang – Funk #49
  6. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
  7. Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
  8. Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
  9. Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
  10. Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  11. Jimmy Eat World – The Middle

End of the World party

Party InvitationOur first gig was just a few short weeks after we started making music together.  Our friend Laura was having an end of the world party on December 21, 2012- to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar

Spoiler alert- the world did not, in fact, end. 

The band was still so new, we didn’t have a name.  So just for this party, someone came up with “End of Times”.    Rock and roll!

End of TimesWe hadn’t yet met our bass player Ryan, so our buddy Chuck was filling in- but he unfortunately had a family emergency and was unable to play the party.  This was also before Jeff joined us on second guitar.  So we were a sparse 4-piece for the evening – Gary, John, Ian and Xeno.

We played next to an enormous golden Christmas tree, wedged between a couch and a piano, with a nice crowd of festive party-goers across from us… and a good time was had by all Smile

Our set list:

  1. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge
  3. John Cougar Mellencamp – Pink Houses
  4. The Beatles – Love Me Do
  5. The Romantics – What I Like About You
  6. Young Rascals – Groovin’
  7. Doobie Brothers – Long Train Runnin’
  8. Oasis – Wonderwall
  9. Police – De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
  10. Jack Johnson – Upside Down
  11. Jimmy Eat World – The Middle
  12. The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go
  13. REM – It’s the end of the world as we know it
End of the world