[This week, Boston-based band Mean Creek finish up the final leg of their US tour with Counting Crows, and band members are offering a glimpse of life on stage and in the van on the band's biggest tour yet. Read the band's first post from bassist Erik Wormwood about returning to Boston and a follow-up from drummer Mikey Holland about Foxwoods and Atlantic City. The following post is from singer and guitarist Chris Keene.]
It was a long drive to Jacksonville from Atlantic City, but I didn’t mind. We had two days off and I needed it. I have been battling a cold and sore throat since our Connecticut show,
so it was nice to spend the last day of April hanging out with the Counting Crows and the entire crew at [CC's lead singer Adam Duritz’s] friend’s house in Jacksonville.
Spending time with the Counting Crows, the crew, and my fellow band mates, taking a short rest, reflecting on where we‘ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed. All of these people have been amazing to us and this whole experience has been the greatest thing I’ve ever done with my life. I took a walk alone by the water in the nighttime warmth of Florida and thanked whoever was listening for this blessing. I’ve worked my whole life to do what I’m doing right now. It’s been a long hard road, with a lot of long hard roads ahead of me, but I’m beyond thankful to be where I’m at right now at this moment in time.
I woke up the next day feeling better. Still sick, but my sore throat had subsided, my voice felt strong. We heard rumors that the old Florida Theatre was allegedly haunted. I’m not sure if it was ghosts, but there was something unearthly in that theater that night creating a mood. We played better than we ever had as a band. It was a set full of emotion, energy, and by the end, redemption. My voice was back, we were totally in sync, and we got the seated audience off their asses and onto their feet! It was pure magic. This is what rock 'n' roll is all about. I had a revelation on stage. All of the pain, struggle, and work I put in, it’s all for this. All of the joy, happiness, and love I feel, it’s all for this, and I’m not afraid anymore. I’m not afraid to be myself, to let people in, to let everything out. Tonight is the night I let go of all these years of fear and felt totally open. I’m never going back again. If you know who you are, and you know what you want, as long as you’re honest, then you’ve got nothing to be afraid of.
- Chris Keene
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