If you frequent the Detroit music scene, you might’ve noticed that I haven’t been around for the past two weeks. My friend Richard and I left May 18th for an 11 day road trip around America, our trip being centered on The Sights’ first show with Tenacious D in Santa Barbara, CA. America was beautiful and all; no denying that. The Sights’ performance was definitely the highlight for me, though, which may seem silly since I’ve seen them at least once a month since last December. It was amazing watching them on a huge stage, opening for a famous act like Tenacious D. So incredibly proud of these guys. :)
Eddie was nice enough to put us on the guest list, and we ended up getting to the Santa Barbara Bowl early enough that we didn’t have to pay for parking, either. Eddie even gave us a shout out after they had started playing, asking the audience if anybody had driven to the show from Detroit. :) We met up with the guys after their set, waiting for them by the merchandise table. I saw these people who had just been introduced to The Sights buying their CDs and wearing their free buttons. I couldn’t help but smile. I really hope that this tour with Jack Black’s band will get them more exposure on the national level.
We met up with the guys again after the concert was over, and hugs and well wishes were exchanged all around. It was really nice seeing familiar faces after nearly a week on the road. I wish I could’ve planned our trip to follow The Sights on their tour, but our clashing schedules made it too difficult. I mean, I’ll see them again in a couple of weeks at Park Bar in Detroit. I definitely prefer smaller venues, especially with intense bands like The Sights. Seeing them on that big stage was quite an experience, though, and I loved seeing the masses being moved by real music. People starting “liking” The Sights on Facebook after the show, commenting about how much they enjoyed their set. Even Richard said he’d give them a chance, which I was super happy to hear. He was tapping in foot while they performed and even catching on to some of the lyrics. J I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard “Starships” by Nicki Minaj or “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson. Actually, I can, because I kept track (so far: 29 for Starships, 17 for Call Me Maybe). Needless to say, after I get home, I’m never listening to “popular” radio stations again.
If you haven’t heard The Sights yet, you definitely need to. Eddie’s writing a tour blog for The Metro Times, which you can follow here to see what the guys are up to. They’ve just released a new CD, too, which you can buy on Amazon, at their shows, or listen to on Spotify for free. Excellent, catchy songs, performed by a bunch of incredibly talented guys (and girls). They’re touring all summer, so even if you aren’t fortunate enough to live in the metro Detroit area, there’s a good chance they might be coming to a city near you. Here’s their tour schedule and their Facebook page.
I’m in Montana right now and will be back in the mitten late Monday night. This trip has been an excellent experience, but I’m definitely ready to be home. I think I might need to overdose on concerts to make up for what I’ve missed while on the road. :)