NORWAY WAS TREMENDOUS

BB.COM NORWAY JULY 2017

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

BB.COM JUNE 2017

It's been a few months since I've updated BoBice.com or any other form of social media for that matter.  I said I was taking a break from it all for a bit and those of you who know me are aware that when I say I'm going to do something, I follow through with it! I've had many emails sent to my This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. address by friends/fans asking me to start back up over the past 2 months and as I explained to them I took a break from (THE WEB, TV, NEWS, RADIO,ECT) to dedicate to my family, friends and 'THE REAL THING's that count in this life and I'd return once I felt the calling to do so. SO...I'M BACK!! And here is the catch-up session of what's up in my world.

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

BB

 

DISNEY, THEN BACK TO THE REAL WORLD

BB CLOSE UP EPCOT

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!!

DISNEY KING PIN

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!

BICE BOYS TEST TRACK

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 RIDE TESTTRACK TOO

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.

BB FANS EPCOT 2017

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!!

JOYCE BO 2016

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.EASTER EGG HUNT 2017

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.

 

 

Florence, SC-Disney

DONT THRASH ME

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.

BO GLENNY MAC

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!!!

DISNEY KING PIN

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!!

GLENN DYLAN

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!!

PAINTING MERRINS NAILS

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

BST BLUE NOTE HAWAII

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. 

ALOHA

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!!

BST CREW

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.

BO BETH

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.

SURBOARD

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.

Bo Brad

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.

BST FOCUSED

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.

BST BOW

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!!

BB

 

3rd NIGHT IN HAWAII AT THE BLUE NOTE

ALL WASHED UP

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 SOLO

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 SOLO

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 TROMBONE SOLO

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!!

BUSCUITS AND GRAVY

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.

BST GOLD RECORD

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!

BST BROTHERS

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. BO RIC

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. 

 Only 2 shows left tonight folks! Same place THE BLUE NOTE HONOLULU, same time 6:30pm/9pm and you don't want to miss them if you are in Honolulu. And if you've joined BS&T for any of the shows during this leg of our World Tour 2017 JAKARTA/AUSTRALIA/HAWAII please drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and send some pics and comments on how you think the BS&T shows went, I'd love to get your feedback!

Peace, Love & Prayers to you all!

Aloha

BB

THIS'LL BE NIGHT 3 BLUE NOTE HAWAII

THE BLUE NOTE STAR

Maybe after this run of dates at The Blue Note Honolulu BS&T will get a STAR TABLE at one of these legendary venues around the world, NYC probably already has one at there's in Manhattan. I think it's great that these venues honor their legends with such a cool accolade, it shows the love that these venues share for the Jazz/Fusion/Rock artists who've made this genre' so popular over the decades. Very cool!

BST BROTHERHOOD

BS&T is a Brotherhood of musicians who all share a common love of music, performance and a respect for the music that this band has always stayed true to. The catalog of music is the star of the show, we are just the vessel for this iconic music and do our best every performance to stay true to the music that the fans have enjoyed for 50 years. The show is never the same, but the songs are always done the way you remember them, that's important when you're dealing with other individuals memories and experiences. These songs have a special place in our hearts as much as they do the fans in the audience, without my SPINNING WHEEL performance on Idol I'd have never scored the gig fronting this incredible band of musical brothers.

RIC SOMETIMES IN WINTER

My pal Ric Fierabracci gets MVP for last nights performance of "SOMETIMES IN WINTER". He really does a wonderful rendition of this BS&T ballad and I was so glad he had the opportunity to share this song with the crowd last night in the second set. The audience always responds to this song whenever they hear the first few horn notes and they really love the way Ric sings this very technical hit BS&T tune that the longtime fans love us to play.

BIRTHDAY BILL

Yesterday was also our Brother Bill Churchville's Birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL!!! He and I were dressed to the nines and ready to grind. I told him we look like Twins, I'll be DeVito and he could be Schwarzenegger... He's a great fella and I love sharing the stage with him and the rest of my BS&T BROTHERHOOD

HAWAII IS MY CUP OF TEA

Hawaii is my cup of tea folks... I LOVE THIS PLACE!! I can't wait to hit the stage again tonight at The Blue Note for 2 shows 6:30pm/9pm and if you are in Honolulu please join us for our last 2 nights of shows before we head home to our families for a few days and then hit the road again for SC & Disney. The Bice family has already headed down to FL and will hit Disney before I even get back from Hawaii... Guess they don't miss the old man all that much. That mouse has such power over these kids AND CAROLINE!!!! But it's always fun to visit Disney and perform there for the generations in the audience. Plus the mouse pays me instead of the other way around like usual. It's been a long 5 weeks away from home and I can't wait to see them all, even if I have to split my tome with Mickey & Minnie.

FACETIME FAMILY

We've become a FACE-TIME FAMILY over the past several weeks I've been on the road with BS&T. As much as I miss them I know that the technology we have today gives me a way to stay present in their day to day lives and the going ons in each one of our kids lives. I always Face-time them before school and at night to say bedtime prayers, even if I have to set the alarm and wake up to do so. Caroline and those children are the light of my life and I'm grateful that we have the means to communicate day to day so they know how much Dad misses them and can't wait to share in the experiences in their lives although I'm on the other side of the planet and outta sight for so long.

RIC BO

It helps when you have friends out here on the road you can lean on like "CRAZY UNCLE RIC" (that's what the kids call him) to break up the monotony of Groundhog Day that we call work. I dig what I do for a living folks, but I LOVE MY FAMILY more than they'll ever know. Get ready kids because Dylan (SUPERMAN) and Crazy Uncle Ric will be with me when I hit Disney with the rest of our BS&T Brothers in a few days. Don't forget the sunblock!!

FIRST NIGHT AT THE BLUE NOTE

BLUE NOTE TV

Looks like that early morning TV READY SOUNDCHECK was worth the while Peeps. BS&T had a packed house at THE BLUE NOTE HONOLULU last night and we enjoyed the love the audience gave back to us all. What a treat to perform at this venue, The Blue Note is legendary and to have performed my 1st one in Hawaii takes the pineapple cake. My BS&T Brothers were on point and let it all hang out last night for this crowd of locals, tourist, even an Alabama brother was front and center giving me a ROLL TIDE and a gift for my little hula girl Merrin (a shark tooth necklace) that I'm sure she will love.

HULA GIRL

Speaking of Hula Girls... This one had her eye on me all night long when I was back stage getting ready for the show. I told her at least a dozen times that I'm not just a married man, I'm happily married and I want to keep it that way!! But she just couldn't keep her eyes off of me the whole time I was warming up the ole vocal chords and sipping on my tea, Guess I've still got it!!!

SURF STEAM

When I got to the dressing room I wasn't sure if I needed to go ahead and steam my show clothes or take the boards out and catch a few waves. Since I've never set foot on a surfboard in my entire life and I'd probably drowned in the surf waters out back of "The Outriggers" at this time of night, I decided to go for the Surf & Turf instead of the Surf & Steam. Maybe tomorrow, or the next day, or the next even. Oh we'll be headed home after that so I'll give it a miss this trip. Next time I promise Blue Noters.

WHO ME

Then I turn around and this hits me in the face. PLEASE, NO SMOKING ALLOWED OF ANY KIND!! WHOE ME?? NEVER!! There must be some other hippies that played this joint and spark up more than a stogie or two in here before we arrived. BS&T are all good boys and would never do such a thing!!

HULA LAMP

But I must have gotten a residual contact buzz from hanging out in the dressing room to long folks, it was either that or someone slipped something into my teacup when I wasn't looking because that Hula Girl that kept staring at me ended up being a lamp!! All this time I just thought she was fashionable and liked to wear hats that make a statement. I've been on the road wayyyyy tooooo long this time folks. WAYYYY TOOO LOOONG.

KEN GIOFFRE

The MVP of the night has got to be our Sax/Flute player Mr. Ken Gioffre. I've had the honor and privilege to share the stage with the best of the best over the past 13 years of my 25 year career in music, Rickey Minor and the American Idol Band, The "40 YEARS AGO TODAY BAND, and BS&T. Each person in this band of brothers are all more than talented and raise it to the next level each night we take to the stage to perform and I mean that with my heart and soul. But Ken was on FIRE last night!!! When he plays the solo in "I LOVE YOU MORE" it still brings chills to my skin even after 3+years of sharing the stage with him. When I come back on stage clapping and in full applause with the audience it's never part of the show or an act, it's very much genuine and VERY much deserved. So it's no wonder that at the end of the set an Encore is desired by the crowd.

ENCORE

Unfortunately we went over the time limit for the first show and to be honest we didn't understand what the audience was screaming at us until the second show that "HANA HOU" means "SO PLAY ON" or ENCORE!! The second show got just that a 2 song encore and they were still screaming Hana Hou!! I'm guessing by the reaction that we received from the crowd here at The Blue Note Honolulu that we were a hit and there will be more people at our shows over the next 3 nights. If you're in town and would like to enjoy a night of food, fun, music and a few of my extremely bad puns & jokes then please join us for our 6:30pm/9pm shows we have Fri/Sat/Sun before we head back to our families for 2 days off and then hit South Carolina on the 6th and Walt Disney for a week worth of shows 7th-10th of April in Florida. ALOHA & HANA HOU!!!

 

 

BS&T PRESS DAY TO PLAY

BST PRESS MORNING

What does it take to get 9 musicians to get up early on a show day to do a 10am, dressed ready for show sound check, after the band and crew were at the venue till midnight loading in and sound checking already? You tell them they'll be on TV!!! The local film crew came out to record us for the local stations here in Honolulu to spread the word on our 2 shows a night 6:30pm/9pm, 4 nights in a row Thursday-Sunday concerts in Hawaii at THE BLUE NOTE. TV gets us every time!!! We were looking sharp and not sounding flat(Little musician humor)and the taping went off without a hitch, we only had to do 2 songs. We didn't even have to do the songs twice! That's my boys BS&T, roll outta bed, fall into your stage attire, scurry onto the stage, ROCK THE PLANET WITH ALL YOU'VE GOT!!

LIFES A BEACH

Then we had some time to get back to work... UHH...WORK?? That's what I call it anyway. Otherwise Caroline won't let me go play with the other kids on the playground(LOL) Life's A Beach, then you have to get back to the real reason you came all this way around the world to perform. That's right folks, around the entire earth!! By the time I get back to ATL I will have been around the planet in 5 weeks, I never thought it was possible for me to do. Take that Phileas Fogg!! Alright so we traveled a bit different way than Mr. Fogg to cut the time in half but we were playing shows along the way, I don't remember him doing any concerts from his balloon. DO YOU??

BST POSTER BLUE NOTE

Now it's time to get down to the venue, throw on some threads and hit the down note for show 1 at 6:30pm. I hope anyone here in Hawaii will come out and join us for these shows in paradise. If you can't catch the first set, visit us for the 9pm show, there's even food for you late night eaters who like to knock back a few drinks and listen to the best Rock/Jazz/Horn band on the face of the planet. And if you can't come out tonight on such short notice, join us for one of our other shows this Thurday-Sunday at the same times, same place each night. Hope to see you there! Aloha

AUSTRALIA TO HAWAII

LAST NIGHT IN AUSTRALIA

One tear falls slowly... It's been a blast Australia!! A month in your country doesn't seem like enough. But all good things must come to an end at some point and our BS&T visa has run out so they are making us leave the country now. But not without closing it out right on our final night with a packed house at LIZOTTE'S. 

BAND IN ACTION

We were on a tight stage but that didn't stop us from rocking out the folks in NEWCASTLE, AU and closing this tour out with a bang. We loved every minute of our tour and it was bitter sweet hitting those last notes of the show. I have already heard talk of venues wanting us back and you know that won't hurt my feelings a bit to have to cross the pond again for a visit to jam. Just give the word and we are there!!

AUSTRALIA DONE

What a run it was... Never the less we had to leave one paradise and head off to the next. HAWAII!! I have never been but I hear it's beautiful, lets get on another plane and fly 10hrs to see what the buzz is all about.

FLIGHT TO HAWAII

UP!!!!! FLY!!!! FLY MORE!!!! EAT A MEAL, FLY JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE!!!!!! ALMOST THERE!!!!!!!!!!

ARRIVE HAWAII

AHHH....Touchdown in Hawaii town, Honolulu to be exact. This is going to be a nice few days off to relax and recoup from burning the candle from the middle to each end since we left for Jakarta and then Australia. Well deserved and much needed for all of us I promise.

SUBMARINE HAWAII

As we were coming in for a landing into Honolulu there was a submarine escort in the harbor waiting to bring us in for a landing and I was able to snap a quick shot off before we hit the tarmac. Really, You Shouldn't Have (LOL) This is going to be a great trip!! I rested the 1st day, sat on the beach with my buddy Dustin and his wife Beth the second day and also made time to pick up some souvenirs for the family before we start our Press & Shows on Thursday at The Blue Note four nights in a row.

 

PAW I

Then I made the trip that I have wanted to make since I was a young boy and my Paw Bice would tell me the stories of his time in the service and about the attack at Pearl Harbor or "Hell In Paradise". He was there when this attacked happened and was one of only a few out of his battalion who made it through it alive. I always wanted to go to the place that held so many painful memories and left so many scars (some visible, other that weren't) in this man that I have always been proud to call my Paw Bice. I wanted to visit this paradise to show him that people never forgot about the sacrifices that had been made on that Dec day in 1941. I wanted to bring back pictures and a gift to give him so he could see that people don't just visit Pearl Harbor for the Sun, Fun & Food in Hawaii. They visit to remember the ones we lost and the ones who survived. Warriors like him.PEARL HARBOR

So I got you this Paw... I'll put it in the case that holds the flag that draped your casket with the 3 shell I have from the 21 gun salute you earned from your sacrifice in service and in the life you provided for all of us. Even though the pain he carried with him throughout his life was terrible he never let it change him. Through the haunting memories and physical disabilities like hearing loss, frostbitten feet from Korea, pain and ailments from wars and battles that he fought just to make it home to his wife and family, he was alway a good man and never let his past destroy his future and he taught us kids/grandkids to choose the right path in life and that's not always the easy path. "Sometimes you need a walkin' stick for the cut trail. Sometimes you need a machete to cut your own way through to your destination." But giving up was never an option...NEVER.

MA PAW TOGETHER AGAIN

Now he rests... I cannot believe that it's been over a year since he left us but I think and often speak of him on a daily basis. The greatest grace God ever place in my life (besides my wife & kids) was allowing me to spend the last seconds of his life whispering in his ear how much we love him and letting him know that it was O.K to move on. I won't say what I told him during those last minutes, that's for he and I. I'll just say that I know he was ready to go home to be with my Maw Bice and his other loved ones who were waiting on him to arrive.

My favorite saying of his was "There's 3 kinds of people in this world. The ones who WATCH THINGS HAPPEN, the ones who MAKE THINGS HAPPEN, the ones who WONDER WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED!! Which one will you chose to be??"

Rest up ole buddy, I've got your watch covered and I promise not to fall asleep while I'm on duty at my post. I can't wait till we meet again Harold E. Bice, but Heaven ain't ready for the 2 of us yet, they're still getting accustom to you up there ordering everybody around. So when I do get there please be waiting at the gate, ST. Pete might not let me in otherwise... I don't have your security clearance. Aloha from "Hell In Paradise" 

I LOVE & MISS YOU PAW

BOGART