[Tonight, 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 first post from bassist Erik Wormwood about returning to Boston, a second installment from drummer Mikey Holland about Foxwoods and Atlantic City, and then a check-in from the south by singer and guitarist Chris Keene. Holland follows up with this dispatch from the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga., where the band played Friday night.]
Today was EPIC!! I'm going to try to put this in words. To start, you may need to go back to 11 p.m.-3 a.m. The crew took us out for our late initiation. They said they wanted to get us good and drunk. Mission accomplished.
Cue to this afternoon a very tired and worn out Mean Creek went to a showing of "The Avengers" with Counting Crows. Excellent movie to see in 3-D! We had a great time chatting and watching the epic battle. I'm not going to lie ... I cried at one point. It was very kind of Adam [Duritz, lead singer of Counting Crows] to take us all out like that. He truly has become part of our Mean Creek family.
We hit the stage at 8 p.m. after a wonderful introduction by Adam. Every night he comes out and says such sweet things before our set that really gets the audience going. This crowd was absolutely rowdy! They were such a amazing audience. The cheers after every song was making me dig deeper and deeper. I felt lost in my own body, watching myself play. We got to mid-set where Chris gave a heartfelt introduction to "Evel Kinivel," a song off our new record. After he was done, a couple in the crowd kissed passionately and held each other. There was love, passion, and energy everywhere.
After our set we were greeted with so much love from the audience at the merch table. In the back of my mind I can't help but think this is my second to last show of this tour. Reality has started seeping in. Today we play our final show at the historic Ryman Auditorium [in Nashville].
- Mikey Thomas Holland
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