Last night our Son Caleb was sworn in as class President of 4-H at his 1st ever meeting. I was so very excited and proud of CJ for his achievement in obtaining the position, he really had to come out of his shell to run and it took getting over a few hurdles for him to make that division. Caroline and I are beaming with pride over his ability to conquer his fears and take on new challenges in life that feel a bit scary. Caleb is one step closer to running this show, he's making a power-play for dominance and I've got an eye on that little monster. All kidding aside CJ, WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! Congrats Mr. President.
Feet on solid ground once again I tumble into the reality that my oldest boy is 12 YEARS OLD!!!!! I feel so ancient. Caroline, the kids, Nana & Papa w/Alexis & Piper celebrated with us at the house this year and Nana & Papa took home prize for best gift I think. A RED RIDER BB GUN ("YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT KID.") with all the fix-ins' to boot. We all had a blast together with family and spent the day shooting the bull and targets!! Happy Birthday Aidi-Bug!!
When people ask me where I live my reply is often "35,000 FEET." and that gets confusing looks every time. Then it hits then that my Puny answer is in reference to our travel schedule. It's is really a certain breed of folks that love the grueling hours, crazy sleep patterns & accommodations, time away from the ones you love. We will cross God's creation to stand on stage for a crowd and perform our music. That's why I enjoy my job so much folks, my BS&T Brothers are top notch and we all have a great respect for one another and each others talents. This band isn't a one man show in any way what so ever, we are a team and a family who are blessed to have the opportunities we share.
Great show in Joliet, IN Fellas.
After I returned from travels and planted my digits for a few days at home with Caroline and the Kiddos I jumped aboard the "Journey" to help my friend Jeff Hay and his family by opening up the golf event JEFF HAY'S JOURNEY with the National Anthem on OCT, 9TH in COVINGTON, GA. If you'd like to join us we would love to have you, if you can donate online or would like to attend and bid on auction items it is always greatly appreciated. After the Anthem I'll be riding around heckling the other golfers. I have a Dr. excuse, can't play because the scorecard makes me break out in a rash of anger. Many a club has been broken throughout my career in golf. To quote a friend of mine and fellow BS&T'ER "It's hard to watch a good man go down like that." I retired from the game long ago and now ALL CLUBS are safe from BB. We are looking forward to seeing you there, Shotgun Start at NOON!!
While I was in Ontario my friend and Co-Producer Staci Wilson visited me for a FACEBOOK LIVE chat about the project we are working on together with Studio South called "THE VENTURES MOVIE". If you'd like to visit FaceBook "BoBiceOfficial" you can check out the entire unedited video, plus I'll have an edited version on my Youtube channel coming up ASAP. Staci and I covered a lot of bases in the FBL event and we are still answering questions about the project and more on our pages and at The Ventures Movie FB page as well. Great job Staci!
Then we made our way over to the other-side of the Continental Breakfasts to another Ontario. California that is... Swimming Pools and... Ah, you know the rest. We always have such a great response in California, from the crowds to the reception of production team & crew. That is why I always try to remember to send a shout out from the stage to the ones who provide us a platform, lights, sound and production so we can play rockstar for 90 minutes a night for the audience. Kudos to all!!
MY BS&T Brothers & I have been from Ontario, CANADA to Ontario, California in the past month kicking tail and taking names... We don't really keep a log of names in a database of all attendees, that would be Orwellian!! OR DO WE?? Seriously though, our neighbors to the north were so very accommodating and we gave'em all that we got ladies and gents!! Rick Derringer opened up for us and the show was really great, full of hits and what an awesome guitarist Rick. LOVED IT!
IT'S BEEN A WILD FEW WEEKS PEEPS
I also wanted to remind all of you Facebook folks out there in inter-world that Staci Wilson and I will be doing a Facebook Live event to discuss the upcoming project on the iconic "Surf Music Pioneers" THE VENTURES. We know you have questions about the movie, the artists and individuals involved, a million things to chat about when it comes to this Juggernaut Instrumental group who shaped the music of 6 generations and made it's mark on Americana music. Help us celebrate The Ventures 60th and check out what we have in store for 2017 and beyond.
Yesterday I officially agreed to join my friend Ruben Studdard and Jennifer Holliday along with The Temptations Review to celebrate the 200th Bicentennial of our beautiful home city Birmingham Alabama. It's an honor to be invited to join such talented and wonderful artists who've done so much for our home state of Alabama, I grateful to the Orchestra and Dr. Henry Panion for all their hard work. It'll be an event you won't want to miss, join us 8pm, October, 27 at The Lyric Theatre in Birmingham, AL.
Since school was out all week due to storm damage around our community Caroline and I had to be clever in out choice of activities. Once the initial clean-up was done we took everyone to Chic-Fillet and then for a round of bowling. We enjoyed a fun game (CAROLINE WON) spending time with each other OUTSIDE OF THE HOME. We also took time to remember the attack on our country 16 years ago on 911. That beautiful American flag you see received a proud salute from each one of the Bice family and we said a pray for the ones we lost and the ones who died protecting our way of life.
Our power was out for almost 2 days, we were the lucky ones! Our neighbors power was out for an entire day longer than us, we felt bad hearing their generator still running while we were already back to life as usual. Well, not as usual. There aren't normally 3 trees down in the yard and debris all over the property! I'm down to only one tree to clean up today before I turn into Bo Bice for the weekend and head out to do a show.
Then we all got hit with Hurricane Irma. This is a tragedy that we couldn't predict the magnitude of at all, incredible loss of property and devastating damage to the entire state of Florida and into Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. We have had all of you who lost so much in our prayers, the families devastated by Hurricane's Hervey & Irma are in each of our hearts and we haven't forgotten you just because the storms are over. I have been personally touched by these two storms through family and friend that were displaced and have lost livelihood, homes, businesses and more. I love each of you and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that we get our fellow Americans back on their feet.
We lost our friend Troy Gentry on September, 8th in a helicopter crash that was said to be caused by engine failure. Troy was a wonderful man, father and husband. I played several shows with Montgomery Gentry over the past decade plus and they were always good to their fans, their country and the military service members around the world. Our prayers go out to his family, fans and friends. Country music lost a bright star, thank you for lending him to us Lord.
Till we meet again TG.
Caroline and my friends Tony and Ivy took our families to the Native American Festival in Jackson, GA for a day of culture and education last weekend. We all enjoyed the dancing, music, food and look back into the world that our native ancestors once inhabited through reenactments of rituals and celebrations. I'll be doing a youtube video on our day out next week so you can all see some of the cool things we did and experienced.
It was Nana's Birthday on the 6th of September and we really rocked the house!! I'm not going to tell you all how old she is because that's just rude and very tasteless. I'll give you a hint though!! it rhymes with ixty-ee..... I'll let that sink in.... Did you figure out the riddle?? I know there is a penance to be paid for my torture of my dear Mother over the past 42 years. BUT IT'LL BE WORTH IT!! (Where is an emoji when you need one?)
BIG E decided he wants to join The Cub Scouts, Dad was there to make it happen! It gives Ean and I chance once a week to hang out one on one together at meetings and opens up opportunities to camp, fish, be outdoors and help your community. We are both into all of the above so I think E made a great choice on this one. When I asked him why he wanted to join he said "Because Scouts teach you about honor and being a good citizen." That's our EAN!!
HEAR ONE, HEAR ALL!! I ANNOUNCE THE NEW 4-H PRESIDENT CALEB BICE!! We are so proud that Caleb took it upon himself to run for 4-H Pres. We didn't even know that he was ding it until he came home and asked me to help him make a campaign poster for his classroom, so I whipped this little sucker up for him and he posted them up on the walls like a champ!! Great work C.J.!! Mom and Dad are very proud of you Son.
The Pocano's are beautiful no matter what time of year you head to PA. BS&T were there to shake the trees at the Mount Airy Casino & Resort! The venue was laid out well and there wasn't a bad seat in the packed house we had that night. I like when you have a clear view of the crowd and everyone gets a nice view of the stage and we performers get a great view of our spectators on the other-side of the music. Cool Venue, Crew & Staff. Thank you for having us!
BS&T WERE ON FIRE AT THE DESERT DIAMOND CASINO IN SAHUARITA, AZ!!!!
My friends and I always have fun doing what we love to do each night folks, but they blew them away in AZ. The crowd of diehard Blood, Sweat & Tears fans I've met over the years in the band have always been amazing to watch from the stage. People know every word and sing along to each on like they are the one on stage belting it out, I LOVE IT!! Especially when we catch someone really tearing into it and we do a stop they weren't expecting. They are out there all alone and giving it their all!! It makes my gig very exciting and enjoyable for sure.
PRAYERS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS
There has been speculation that Hurricane Harvery will end up being the most costly storm in the historty of our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in Texas and The Gulf region of our country. We love you, we are here for you and we have'nt forgotten you.
Please donate to THE AMERICAN RED CROSS www.redcross.org and do what you can to help, where you can, when you can, however you can... The Bice Family will be doing all we can to support our fellow Americans during this devistatining time.
It was a great couple of month on the road with my BS&T Brothers and back home with the family on what little time I have off. I enjoyed the shows up north in Quakertown,PA and Barnstable, MA. It was a run of HOT SHOWS!! No really the crowds were awesome, plus it was HOT AS ALL GET OUT!!! We all braved the heat and rocked the night away on those two shows. Thanks for having us and I hope we meet again.
The kids all started back to school last week and Aidan move up to 6th grade and into middle school, he also got his first phone so he can keep up with Mom & Dad. Caroline turned 73 on August 3rd, while my spry son Caleb turned 9 on the 5th. What can I say I dig the older ladies! We had a Birthday week that was out of sight, Nan & Papa let us have a family get together over at their place so the kids could swim off all the sugar from the cake and ice cream we had. It was a fun week off with the family catching up from several months of burning the road candle down to a stumpy wick.
After a short break we headed back over to to Europe and visited our friends in Germany and Switzerland for a few days. The crowd in Germany was outrageous!! The venue was to capacity and there where fans outside the area we were playing. It was NUTS!!! At one point I had to tell them "We can't start playing the next song until you stop clapping" yet they clapped on!! We received 3 encores and gave all we had that night, then hopped on a flight home to the states 5 hours later. Then just as we were a few miles out from Newark our plane had to swerve to keep from hitting a drone that was flying in unauthorized air space above the airport. CRAZY!!!!!
Then back to Norway for the Silda Jazz Festival, it was really great! The food, the bands, the crowd was sold out and we were rocking from wall to wall. Our friend Ole Borud joined us again for another show and he really nailed it! I enjoy watching other performers do their thing with this diverse catalog of music. Ole knocked it out of the park on his songs and we even got to shared a performance of Vehicle again as an encore for the packed house. Great work Mr. Ole Borud!!
Now I'm back at the house getting ready to go for a swim with the family at Nana & Papa's for a bit. It's fun to play Rockstar when I'm on stage folks... I'm grateful to be able to make a living doing now for over 25 years. But the joy I get from the past 14 years of being husband and father is what I live for. Because when the applause dies down, the venue clears, you sit alone in a room with yourself and the thoughts of the ones you hold dear, you better like what you see when you look in the mirror getting ready for your 5am flights home. Because family are their waiting to get a Dad and Husband, not a tired pretend to be Rockstar. I'm blessed beyond belief folks!
IT'S BEEN A BUSY WEEK FOLKS
BS&T was in Visalia, CA last Sat. to raise money for "HANDS IN THE COMMUNITY" organization that helps people in the community by offering volunteers to help with different issues that their citizens experience but may not have the access to the funds to fix the problems at hand. We had one heck of a night and the crowd was AWESOME!!!!
After I got back to GA and spent some down time with my family and work on some new music, I got a surprise invitation to head over to Greenville, SC from my friend Bert Hesse who heads up the entertainment production company STUDIO SOUTH in CA. Bert was kind enough to introduce me to Mrs. Vivian A. Wong and her team who gave me a tour of their incredible facility and was nice enough to take time out of their busy schedule to met with me about some interesting projects they are working on. I look forward to bringing Caroline & The Kids to Greenville for a visit with them all again once I return from Germany & Norway in a few weeks. Thank you Mrs. Wong & Bert for having me and I can't wait till we do it again!!
EMAIL FROM CARLA GIMNICH/ SEMPER FI CORPORAL JERON
“Hey Bo! So our flight from Lake Charles to Houston was a good one. I enjoyed our visit. Hope the family is well and you enjoyed your time at home. The Bahamas trip was absolutely amazing. You need to go! I let you read my sons Navy Achievement papers. I gave him your message. He was beyond excited from the time I said your name until I gave him your message and then some. He was 1 of the 31 Marines chosen to march in the 100th Anniversary Bastille Day Parade in Paris France. It's tomorrow, 7/14. The United States is leading the parade for the first time in history! I so enjoyed meeting/visiting with you! My only regret was not getting a picture with you! Hope to hear from you. You did tell me to "go to bobice.com and let you know how the Bahamas trip goes". Here's a pic of Jeron at the Embassy in Paris. Carla Gimnich”
NORWAY WAS TREMENDOUS
The Kongsburg Jazzfest in Kongsburg, Norway and our friend Rolf Bugge who brought us over treated Blood, Sweat & Tears wonderful last week, we won't forget that when we return next month for round 2 of our Norwegian “muzik-fest”. One of the coolest things about BS&T is how open our group is to having guests share the stage with us on certain tours, shows and festivals. This trip we had a guest vocalist Mr. Ole Børud who is a native son of Norway and he made his country proud with his renditions of his favorite BS&T songs. I always enjoy watching other performers do their thing, especially when they have the chops to back up the incredible catalog of music that BS&T has. Ole is a true talent and meeting his family was a special treat too. He will be with us when we play next month on Aug,10th at the Sildajazz Jazz Fest Haugesund, Norway, so come on out and join in the fun
BB IS BACK AT IT AGAIN
While on hiatus I've still been touring with BS&T ALL OVER THE WORLD (Even did a few more Symphony's), writing new music, recording with my friend and fellow Idol Alumni Jessica Meuse, I got schooled big time by my oldest son Aidan on how to perform 'Vehicle' live, and I'm busy looking for a venue to begin the music school/store I've dreamed of having for decades. So just because I haven't been attached to my DRONE devices and plugged into the web doesn't mean I've disappeared. Part of my absence was due to the fact that I was extremely affected by the loss of one of my musical heroes Gregg Allman, I needed time to digest the the magnitude of the loss our music community has experienced with the passing of Gregg Allman. There will never be another band like The Allman Brothers but BB/BS&T will continue to dedicate our version of Midnight Rider to the group each night we perform our rendition of the song so that the music and memories of those who made us laugh, cry, scream & shout will never be extinguished.
PEACE, LOVE, PRAYERS
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.