My Dad’s Calling – Gotta Go Home

September 29, 2008 by  

hi folks,

i am so happy to have had the chance to spend the last 5 years as part of the FM family. yes, it’s been 5 years – and yes IT IS a FAMILY through and through from the band and its players and crew to the fans in the clubs and beyond.

so – why am i writing this?

well, the time has come where my FM family happiness turns to a reflective kind of sadness as i realize that it is time for me to say goodbye. my last show with FM will be on 11/8. and after that, FM will turn a new page into the next chapter of its unique brand of music, fun and frolic-o-holic good times.

[is it me or does this seem like some kind of weird political speech? i’ve been watching too much presidential politics i guess!!]

so, why am i leaving? to be concise about it… my OTHER family calls!! my family responsibilities and stuff have grown recently as we have added another mouth to feed, butt to wipe, tears to dry, games to cheer, bus to make, homework to do… you get the idea.

his name is JACK and he likes tractors.

Tractor Jack!

Tractor Jack Galpin!

so yeah… my last FM gig will be 11/8 – i hope you can come out and harrass me sometime before that.

my stuff with the baby is too much to do with FM crazy weekends every week. gotta make a break for it.

wanted to let you know – hope to see ya soon.

-RG

Jason Chalfant Memorial Jam ’08

September 27, 2008 by  

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This year’s Jason Jam is this Sunday Oct. 5th from 3:00-10:00 at:

The Delmar Inn
16715 National Pike
Hagerstown, MD

We ask for a $10 donation and we have t-shirts for $15. All the money collected goes to The Living Legacy Foundation – Donor Family Fund. They facilitate organ donations in the state of Maryland, and helped us when Jason passed and saved 5 lives with his organ donation.

We will have someone from The Living Legacy Foundation at the jam to speak about organ and tissue donation and how one person can make such a difference in many lives.

I could go on and on about this, but I won’t do that here. If you want to be an organ and tissue donor, please talk to your friends and family to let them know. Just putting it on your driver’s license won’t make it so. Your family still has to sign off on it.

The line up for the jam is:

3:00 – THE JACKSON BROTHERS W/ VAN SHOWE
4:15 – FLAT STANLEY
5:30 – LINDA COE
6:45 – RUDY AND THE BLUEFISH
8:00 – JESTER
9:15 – MARK, ROB, JIM AND JIMMY

All these bands are VERY talented. If you haven’t been to a Jason Jam before, you owe it to yourself to come out and check these bands out. I feel so fortunate to know these musicians AND I’m honored that they are willing to donate their time to help me remember my brother Jason.

This event is a BIG HIGHLIGHT of my year. I don’t get to go out and see bands very often and this event fills that void in a big way. These bands range from jazz, R&B, blues to hard rock. There is a wide variety here all in one day, and they’re all amazing.

And then, you have Mark, Rob and Me playing some songs we always liked and never got to play back in the day. We get together with an old friend, Jim Foltz to have some fun. And, this year we have a very special guest. Ronnie Younkins will join us to play a couple songs.

So, I hope you can come out to enjoy some GREAT music and learn a little bit about the importance of organ and tissue donation. If you can’t make it, please just think about donation and if you decide to be an organ and tissue donor, make sure your family knows your decision.

Jimmy

Old Friends at RTB ’08

September 5, 2008 by  

This doesn’t have anything to do with Funny Money BUT . . . it was good to see Dee Snider again in Houston when he surprised me from behind and came up for the sing along in Cold Blood. As you may know, Jimmy and I sang backups on Twisted Sister’s ‘Love is for Suckers’ LP which was produced by Beau Hill. So Dee and we go way back and it was good to see those guys again.

Dee Snider and Steve during the sing along in 'Cold Blood'

Dee Snider and Steve during the sing along in 'Cold Blood'

Brett Michaels is one of the nicest most genuine guys you’ll ever get to meet and has always been that way. Brett is from Harrisburg and Poison (then known as Paris) was a local band playing the same circuit KIX was back in the day. In Houston, Brett graciously invited me over to his tour bus and we had a nice extended chat about the old days. I hope to see Brett and perform with him again soon.

Steve and Brett Michaels at Rock The Bayou '08

Steve and Brett Michaels at Rock The Bayou '08

Jimmy on RTB and Rocklahoma

September 4, 2008 by  

This past summer was a lot of fun for me.  We got to play both the Rocklahoma and Rock The Bayou festivals and I got to catch up with some old friends, like Fred Coury of Cinderella and AJ Pero of Twisted Sister.

Even though Cinderella wasn’t able to play Rocklahoma due to Tom Keifer’s throat problems, it was great to see Fred play with Lynch Mob.  He’s as solid as ever, even with just one week of rehearsals with them.  He sounded awesome.

Jimmy and Fred Coury from Cinderella (Lynch Mob) at Rocklahoma

Jimmy and Fred Coury from Cinderella (Lynch Mob) at Rocklahoma

What can I say about Twisted Fuckin’ Sister.  I was so excited when I found out they would be playing the same day we were at Rock The Bayou.  They’re always a lot of fun and they rocked harder than any band I saw at either festival.

Jimmy and AJ Pero of Twisted Sister at Rock the Bayou in Houston

Jimmy and AJ Pero of Twisted Sister at Rock the Bayou in Houston