Archive for April, 2007

Tremors 4/27 – 4/28

We were ready for a good weekend and this was it. There were good crowds both nights and we can’t say thank you enough for coming out and supporting the band. In an effort to be more visual – the light show was a surprise to most of the band and a real treat to watch. Jason did a great job making it all work and Trevor did his magic with the buttons. I’ve never seen lasers in a local bar before and it was way cool. But as much as the new light show was something to witness – Matt’s short hair did receive most of the attention. He told me that some of the bartenders didn’t even recognize him!
It just means so much after 31 years, to still be able to enjoy what you do and that people come out to see us. There have been many versions of the band over the years and everyone has their favorites, but I think the current version is really starting to establish itself and it feels good. It amazes me when people will come up and say that they enjoyed the band – followed by, “And it’s the first time we’ve heard you.” For me at least, there probably won’t be another 31 years, so these really are the good old days. At 50, I don’t take anything for granted and hope it never ends. But someday I’ll be in an old folks home with a young health tech spooning me pudding. They’ll ask, “So what did you do in your younger days, Mr. Arnold?” I’ll just smile…..

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Tri County Community Center

A little disappointed at the turnout Saturday night but we had a good time just the same. It’s just sad that this was a fireman fundraiser and I don’t think they did as well as hoped. One of the downtown bars, within walking distance, booked a popular Edgerton band and a number of people were bar-hopping between the two places. And to add to the rationalizing, if you’ll forgive me, we were playing in a gymnasium where the sound bounces all over the place. Tim’s the best soundman around but in a gym there’s only so much you can do. We did have a good night as a band – the songs all went well and the new ones sounded solid. All I can say is, “We’ll get ’em at Tremors!” See you there!

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Owl’s Club – Friday the 13th

One night only – Friday the 13th. I guess the only bad luck was that we were cancelled on Saturday. But, Friday was an okay night. Bob debuted his new drums and we had a good response to two new songs: “Anyway” (Martina McBride) and “You Shook Me all Night Long” (AC/DC) – talk about opposite ends of the spectrum! Steve and Lindsay Peck, along with Pat Craddick, (all former members of CODE) were out for a while. Steve sat-in at the end of the 2nd set and did a few songs. He sounded great and it was fun to jam with him. And yes, it was new hair cut night with Matt being the most noticeable – but he wears short hair well. We’re at the Tri Co. Community Center in Edgerton next Saturday: 8 -12. This is open to the public so stop on out and say hello. See you there!

Ash & Josh Wedding

Overall, a pretty good time Saturday night. The band “Kennedy Road” (friends of the wedding couple) sat in and played a couple of tunes. They re-worked the lyrics to “White Wedding” and “Rockin’ in the Free World” to fit the occasion. I enjoyed it as it takes me back to when we were that age and playing weddings. One of the guitar players had a Gibson Flying V, which I commented on as you don’t see many these days. He offered to let me play it, which was a nice gesture. The highlight of the night was when their drummer, Casey, sang a couple of Sinatra tunes – “Lady Is a Tramp” & “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. I really like big band swing and he did a fantastic job – very impressive. Gotta say thanks to Jason (who DJ’d before/after and on breaks)for having the tunes. Again, it was a fun wedding and I hope everyone had a good time.

Jeff & Brett Favre – Things we have in common

When nature decided that I needed to be 200lbs – it got me thinking that I was about the same size as Brett Favre. Then I realized there were other things we have in common:

BF: 6’2″ 200+lbs
JA: Same

BF: Green Bay’s (Minnesota’s) #4
JA: Holly’s husband #4

BF: 3 time MVP (Most Valuable Player)
JA: 3 time MVP (Married to Various People)

BF: Never missed a game
JA: Never missed a gig

BF: Plays on the weekends to crowds of people
JA: Same

BF: Oldest guy on the team
JA: Oldest guy in the band

BF: Calls the plays
JA: Calls the songs

BF: Played with a sprained thumb
JA: Played with a sprained ankle

BF: Starting to wonder if he’s too old play
JA: Same

BF: Famous for his pass
JA: Made a pass at Holly

BF: Mows his own lawn
JA: Same

BF: Can still play but doesn’t move like he used to
JA: Can still play but doesn’t set up or tear down like he used to

BF: Still loves to play and can’t imagine a life without football
JA: Still loves to play and can’t imagine a life without Rainbow Bridge


Brooklyn Community Center

A fun night in Brooklyn and thanks to all who made the trip. Namely: Doug, Deb, Lucas and Dianna, Shelia, Linda, Finn, and Tammy to name a few. Finn and I had a nice chat on one of our breaks. Come to find out we both own and have an affection for guitars. Small world…

Hard to believe the great weather we had. Last year, our trailer locks froze and we had to come back the next day to load up. We’ve played this Brooklyn job for quite a few years now and we’re already booked for next year. I’ll have to find out from Cyndi just how long it’s been. It also marks an anniversary for Matt rejoining the band playing bass. Again, I’m not sure of how long it’s been. Matt actually came into the band as a bass player when we came off the road. He and Kath switched shortly after Kath joined the band.

I had another episode of being pulled over on the way home. I was caught on radar of going 37 in a 25. Fortunately, it was another warning. You know, if you actually drive 25 in a 25 zone, cops will pass you. Go figure….

It’s a wedding next weekend and then Easter weekend is off. I’ve been busy charting out some new tunes, so hopefully, we’ll be adding more material soon. Come out and say hello at the Owl’s club April 13 – 14th. We’ll be ready to rock and hope to see you there!

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Rainbow Bridge 30th Anniversary Party

If you missed the reunion party on Sunday, you missed a good one! We started promptly at 2:00 with the current version which played about five songs and then the guest stars took over. First up was Kurt “Wheels” Wheeler who pulled off “Ridin’ the Storm Out”, “I Know a Little”, and “Wonderful Tonight”. Dave Nelson was next with a belt it out version of “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll”, and “Peaceful Easy Feeling”. (I might not remember what everyone did, but I’ll try.) Charlie Gallagher did his version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” which got the place motivated. Kath Johnson took over on bass and did a few tunes: “Crazy”, “Summer of 69″, “Lights”, “I’ve Got Papers on You Baby”, and “Angel from Montgomery.” People were very responsive to hearing Kath again. Original bass player, Bob D’entremont , chose to play a few slack-key solo guitar pieces. I appreciated this as it gave me break and a chance to enjoy some of Bob Hamann’s world famous barbecue. Former drummer Jeff Ross stopped in on his way back from Chicago and did “Honky Tonk Woman”, “The Twist” “Let’s Twist Again”, and “I Fought the Law”. Jeff does a great Chubby Checker. Another former singing drummer, Jim Millard, did “You Don’t Know What It’s Like”, “Take It Easy”, “Rock and Roll Music” and “Gloria.” “Take It Easy” was also joined by Debbie Smith (who came all the way from Indiana just to be there) on rhythm guitar. Cyndi and Deb were the original two girl combination. Cary Farmer came a little later and wowed the place with “Turn the Page” “Night Moves” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Can’t You See”. Rick Mattelig was next with “Twist and Shout” and “Already Gone”. We also played “Heartbreaker” and “Betty Lou” with Rick. Former bassist and harmony singer Denny Wayne was also on stage for awhile and sang “All my Lovin'”. Lugene Chicks made the trip from Madison and we performed three of her original songs which will be on the upcoming CD – “Territory”, “Slow Burn” and “Surprise”. I wish we had been a little more prepared for these, but the response was good. Honorary member Kaj Anderson performed “Low Rider.” Kaj and I had a great jam on that and also “The Thrill Is Gone.” (which by now was the voice is gone) After a short break, the band came back for a couple more. Jim Millard suggested a group jam, and with everyone possible on stage, it was “Mustang Sally” and “Brown Eyed Girl” with the whole gang. I really enjoyed doing that and want to thank Jim for the idea. I thought that it was only fitting to end the night (about 9:30) with “Landslide” as it’s just Cyndi and I on that song – the two original members finishing it off. Overall, it was a long, fun day.

I’d also like to thank the two fun-loving pranksters from the Manberries, Brian Hughes and Tim Murphy, for the walker, hearing aids, Depends, and the other “old age” stuff. And yes, I played with the walker set-up the rest of the day.

I was surprised by a few no-shows, but all things considered, we could not have asked for a better day and turnout. Thanks to Dawn for helping out all day to sell the T-shirts. We sold (and signed) a lot of 30 year T-shirts and hope to have the CD out soon. Thanks to Tim and Jason for taking care of the equipment and sound and special thanks to Bob for doing the food. And, most importantly, to all of you who came out and have supported the band all these years. Maybe we’ll do a 35th…..40th…..???

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