April 28, 2009 Josie's Blog Update
Wow! It's been a crazy month full of 1075KZL Courtyard performances, interviews, and meet n greets with different bands and singers. First of all, I've always said, if I ever left radio and had to get a real job, I would never survive. Don't get me wrong, I work my tale off. But my work involves making sure we have orange tea for Dexter of the Offspring and finding enough room for Fall Out Boy to park their tour bus in our parking lot!
It's amazing how much your perception of a band can change after you meet them. Earlier this month, The Offspring stopped by the 1075KZL studio for an interview and a courtyard concert. I've been a fan of theirs since I was 12, listening to their music while spray painting railroad bridges and riding my bike around town. Now, 15 years later, I was finally going to meet the band that gave me the soundtrack to my delinquent youth! I assumed that Dexter and Noodles would be wild, loud, and a blast to hang out with (how could they not with names like Dexter and Noodles?!!) Their music was always really upbeat and they always seemed like bada**es in interviews. But the minute they walked in the studio, I realized that either their crazy personalities had either been an act, or they'd grown up a lot and chilled out since my spray painting days. The guys were super nice, but completely threw me off guard with their manners and mild personalities. They did put on a heck of a show! To see the video of their show, click here!
The next day, we had the band, Shinedown, come by the 1075KZL studios for another courtyard concert and interview. I'd heard rumors that even though their music is hard rock n roll and their image is very dark, the band was made up of some of the nicest guys you'll ever meet! First thing that morning, I pulled in to the parking lot and noticed a huge tour bus outside the radio station. Most of the time, bands are "fashionably late", but Shinedown had gotten there hours earlier just to make sure they were on time! Right before my on air shift started, Eric from the band asked me to take him to get some coffee. We walked down to the Green Bean and it was like we had known each other for years. He was polite and sincere, acting like a nice normal guy instead of a member of a famous rock band. He invited me back on their tour bus and I got to meet Brent and Zach of the band. Those 2 were just as nice as Eric and promised to do whatever we needed them to for the listeners who were coming to their courtyard concert in a few hours. The guys followed me into the studio for a very fun interview and then sat around waiting for their fans to fill the seats outside (it's usually the fans waiting for the band!!!) Then, Shinedown put on one heck of a show. To see it, click here!
I found out last week that in a few days, I would have one of today's pop cultures icons in the studio to interview....The Pete Wentz! You know, of Fall Out Boy! Ashlee Simpson's husband! The man who brought back guy-liner! Anyway, their tour bus pulled up and I didn't know what to think. Would he be a butthead because he's so famous, or would he surprise me like Shinedown did and be a totally nice guy?! Pete jumped off the bus, all 5'5' and 130 lbs of him! He seemed pretty easy to deal with, but was having trouble waking up his bandmate, Joe, who was going to join him for the interview. The 2 of them finally shuffled into the studio 20 minutes later and I could tell it would be tough getting the 2 sleepy guys to open up. Thank goodness for Jared from the Murphy in the Morning Show! He started talking about his daughter, Ava, and that got Pete talking non stop about his little boy, Bronx. The two of them went on and on about their babies. Apparently, Bronx is quite the little flirt and looks a lot like Ashlee. Then, Pete and Joe met listeners, ate pizza with us, and took pictures with everyone. Pete acted really goofy and told everyone about his addiction to his Twitter account. To see the pictures for Pete and Joe's visit to the 1075KZL studios, click here!
Shinedown's lead singer, Brent, introduced his song "Second Chance" by starting off with a story and a lesson learned encouraging everyone in the audience to follow their dreams by being the best they can be at what they want to be. For example, if you want to be a dentist...GREAT! Just be the best darn dentist out there! Life is all about living your dream and he encouraged everyone to make the change in their life so that they're living their dream. I realized right then and there, no change needed in my life. I am definitely living my dream!!!!!!!!!