DISNEY, THEN BACK TO THE REAL WORLD
BS&T loved performing at EPCOT this year for our second year in a row and the Bice Family all had a wonderful trip to the magic Kingdom as I returned from a wild trip around the world in 5 weeks. What better way to get your bearings than to head directly to the "Happiest Place On Earth" when you get back to the U.S. from a grueling tour of Jakarta, Australia, Hawaii. No fear here folks, I just dive right into it full blast!!
I'm here to work, but I have a bit of kid in me too. The "King Pin" hands out Disney pins at certain time of the day in certain parts of the Magic Kingdom and the Bice children found him at our resort just at the right time. This has become a tradition for us in the past 5 years here at Disney with the children, we all look forward to seeing who can collect the coolest pin on their trip. It was a tie this year!
As freaked out as Ean looks in this Pic of us at TEST-TRACK he loved it!! C.J. always loves to go sonic speed and is ready for any roller coaster on earth people, he has always been a dare-devil though. What about GIRLS?? Who said that??
GIRLS TEST TRACK TOO!! I can't leave out Miss Merrin who also braved the speed of TEST-TRACK with the other family members. What a BIG GIRL! We all said that this was the ride we all enjoyed the most on our Disney 2017 trip.
There were many BB/BS&T Fans at the EPCOT SHOWS. It's always a treat to meet the people who have helped to mold you into what you are today. A friend of mine CARIN who was in Chorus class with me at London Central High School brought her daughter out to a show, Ric's best friend and his family showed up for a visit, Suzanne made every show and several of our Peeps shared their photos and stuck around for a shot with me after the show. Thank you all for making our Disney, EPCOT trip 2017 a blast!!
Unfortunately, we lost another long-time BB-FAN our Peep Joyce Armstrong passed away on Easter Sunday. Prayers and love goes out to her husband Tim and son Justin who are dealing with the loss of a mother and wife that was a inspiration and a fighter for her community. We'll miss you Joyce... LOVE, PEACE & PRAYERS.
I hope your Easter week was a time with family like mine was Peeps. We celebrate what we have today, because it can all be gone tomorrow. Let's remember that the people placed in our lives are always there for a purpose, sometimes we are a blessing to them and other times we see the gift they've been in our journey too. Faith, Family, Friends... That is what we should cherish most each day we are luck enough to exist on this rock that is hurling through space. Let's enjoy the journey till we reach our destination.
I'm not talking thrash about the last 5 weeks on the road in Jakarta/Australia/Hawaii, we enjoyed the trip extremely!! But man is it good to finally be home with the wife and kids again here on the mainland. It wasn't long after we returned from the "Around The World" trip that we hit the road again, only 48hrs to be exact. First stop was in Florence, SC where we performed at the Francis Marion Center. What a great venue and the crowd was loud and proud, they seemed very glad to see BS&T do their thing and we had a blast with them!! I hope we come back again soon.
It was wonderful to have our keyboard player Glenn "GLENNY MAC" McClelland back with us, he had some shows to do with his band WEEN and wasn't abel to make the last run of the tour with us. We sure missed him and all of us are very stoked to have him back with the BS&T Brotherhood where he belongs. It is always nice when our A-Team is together and we are firing on all 12 cylinders, BS&T never allows lightweights into the fold so I never worry about a sub-par subs taking to the stage... But having Glenny Mac back was great for the moral of the band, since we've been through the ringer over the past 5 weeks with crazy travel and lack of rest. Then it was off to DISNEY!!!
On the way to Epcot the kids were able to see Dad for about 30 minutes before I had to get to work. You'd think that after not seeing me for 5 weeks they would want to spend the half an hour I had before turning into Bo Bice for the night to hang with the old man in the room and chill... NOT!! I got to the room and it was time to hit the park, but not before we visited "King Pin" @ the gift shop at Animal Kingdom Lodge. After spending a few minutes with the FAM it was back to work for ole BB and time to hit the stage again!!
So we hit the Disney stage to do our 4 nights with the incredible multi-generational crowds who were so good to us last year that when we received the invite back again for 2017 there was no way we could turn it down. My BS&T Brothers rocked 3 shows last night and we are set to take the stage for 3 more days here to do the same again. If you're at The Magic Kingdom and would like to catch one of the 3, 30 minute sets we are doing then head to The Theatre Of The Americas at Epcot 5:30, 6:45, 8pm and jam out with BB/BS&T. Again, we're glad you're back Glenny Mac!!
As you see Princess Merrin has put Dad to work already this morning painting fingernails. She got the professional makeover yesterday at the Bibbity-Boppity-Boutique, but I had to do the touch-ups on her nails before we hit the park this morning. I guess the rest will happen when we return to GA and I can sleep ing my own bed for a few night... Who am I kidding?? I'll sleep when I'm dead!! Let's Wash, Rinse, Repeat for the next 3 days Disney!!
BS&T @ THE BLUE NOTE HAWAII FINALE
It's been fun Honolulu Hawaii!! BS&T promised we would leave the Island in the same condition as when we arrived... Mission Accomplished! After 4 nights at The Blue Note we are finding it hard to leave this beautiful paradise and get back home to the main land. But after 5 weeks away from home I think Caroline and the kids might even miss the old man a little bit. So we say Aloha, Ma halo, A Hui Kaua.
I left our friends at The Blue Note a gift to remember me by. I wore this hat the entire time I was on the beach and sight seeing on the Island and I thought it would make a nice offering of good will and appreciation to this amazing venue and its staff here in Honolulu. We were well taken care of and from what I've heard the locals thought we were a hit and would love to have us back again next year as well. You won't have to twist my arm to get me back folks!!
I wanted to give a shout out to the BS&T Crew who were with us throughout the past 5 weeks on the road. They show up before we do, set our gear up, put up with us throughout the day, work during the show, then pack everything up and are the last to leave once we are already back in our hotel room getting ready for bed. Dustin our monitor guru, Smick front of house, Kev (little Smick) stage tech, have all worked extremely hard to make this run a success and the BS&T Brotherhood is very grateful for everything they do for us.
Also Beth (Dustin's Wife) joined us in Hawaii and ran the light show so we always looked our best and on top of our game. I hung out with Dustin & Beth a lot this trip and we became close friends over this short time in paradise. Thanks for letting me cramp your style you two love birds, and thanks for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory last night to close out this run.
We were never "BOARD" while here on the Island, I was honored to be asked to sign the "HEADLINER BOARD" that The Blue Note keeps in the dressing room. There are some very big names who've put their John Hancock on this sucker folks and I am proud to have added my name to the bunch. A HUI HO! Till we meet again.
Our MVP for last nights show is our Music Director Brad Mason. He plays trumpet and babysits a group of full grown men who are out on the road jamming together and having fun. Brad is one of the best MD's I've had the pleasure to work with and is a wonderful spirit as well as one awesome horn player too! Thanks for all you do Brad, we're all very glad to have you at the helm sir.
It was hard to stay focused on work when your work is having fun every night of the week. The hospitality shown by the staff and crew at The Blue Note was unmatched on this 5 week run. I really hope we do get the chance to com back again and perform here at this cool venue and enjoy the culture of this wonderful Island and it's hospitable community. We will never forget how well you all treated BS&T and are ready to jam when we get the call.
And so we take a bow and head back to the mainland for 2 days off, then it's off to South Carolina, then Walt Disney in Orlando for 3 days of shows. I better rest up because Caroline and the kids are already there and tearing up the park today while the old man is making his way back to ATL. It was fun Hawaii!!
ALOHA, MA HALO, A HUI KAUA!!
3rd NIGHT IN HAWAII AT THE BLUE NOTE
I've loved every minute of this 5 week tour with my BS&T Brothers. But I got all washed up in the culture and the beauty of this Island in Hawaii and it's people. I hope we get invited back so I can bring Caroline & the kids... I don't know if this Island is ready for Ean and Merrin at the same time, but we'll give it a go!
Adam Klipple our keyboardist killed it last night and we've enjoyed having him in the band the short time he's been here. He's also been helping me with my Yoga and workout routine while we've been out on this tour. It's helped my back and stomach issues tremendously and I'm feeling much better than I have in 2 years. Great work Adam, you kicking tail and taking names my friend.
Dylan Elise is such an amazing talent and we've grown close over the past 2 years working with one another out here doing shows both with BS&T and he and Ric joined me on the few Bo Bice gigs I played last year. Dylan is always on point and works hard at making these drums look so simple. His solo in SMILING PHASES kills it every night and I had the best seat in the house for his solo last night here in Hawaii @ The Blue Note Honolulu, He gets last nights MVP for sure... But he's awesome every night... That means he'll have to share his VIP status on last nights show because the band was on fire!!
Mark Miller is a monster on the Trombone and his solo last night was outta sight! He's also a kind, humble and generous soul who lets his music do the talking, he's the quiet one in the group, that is until he takes the stage to tear it down with his incredible talent who brings so much to the show each night. Great work last night Mark!!
A wonderful young lady name Kristen brought a batch of Biscuits & Gravy over to us BS&T boys and we ate every bit!! She and I struck up a conversation night before last about how we love southern food and it just so happened she had a SOUTHERN STYLE RESTAURANT here in Honolulu for a while. She surprised me when she came by between sets to deliver some good ole southern cooking. I'm very grateful for the kindness you showed to me and the other fellas Kristen and I'll always remember you and your generosity.
BS&T even got to add another gold record to our collection. The Blue Note had us sign this one for the wall of fame that is in the green room at the venue, I always wondered if I'd get another gold record during my tenure with BS&T... This will have to do for now I guess. What a kind gesture to have them add us to the wall with so many others artists who are legends. Thanks Blue Note!
My Brother from another Dylan Elise has been a blessing in my family's life and mine out here on the road. He is the best drummer that I've shared the stage with since Idol when Mr. Teddy Campbell was behind the kit tearing it up!! I love all my BS&T Brothers, But Ric, Dylan and I have a special bond and I hope our work relationship and brotherly bond lasts all my life. My Dad has always told me that "When you get older you'll be able to count your true friend on one hand and still have fingers left to use." I've filled up one hand already between Larry our manager, Dylan, Ric, and my close friend back in GA Tony Gilmore, John Beard & Don Muzquiz... See I'm starting to use my other hand now to count my true friends who help to keep me sane out here on the road and the few I have back home keeping me in line when I'm resting up for the next run.
I'm a blessed man and I don't take it for granted. The kids are as excited about seeing Mr. Larry & Jo, "Superman" (Dylan) and "Crazy Uncle Ric" (Ric) as they are to see the old man next week at Disney, it doesn't bother me one bit! because I love these folks too and It's hard to find (and keep) good friends you can trust in this BS filled business full of snake oil salesman that is the music/entertainment business. I've found that out the hard way by getting lied to, used and tossed out by so many other "FRIENDS", it just took taking off the blinders to get a better view of who to really trust and allow into my inner sanctum. I've found good friends now who don't want anything from me but friendship. And that is better than the Gold Records and tarnished trophies of my past.
Peace, Love & Prayers to you all!