We got to our friend Rj’s house a few hours before the show and we all knew it was time... time to get wings in Buffalo. Rj took us to a little place called Vizzi’s around the corner from his place and we devoured wings and slammed a couple good local beers. The perfect pre-show meal. Then we dropped by The Spin Wires rehearsal space for a bit to see where the donuts get made so to speak. It was cool to see that Austin isn’t the only city with super gross old rehearsal spaces for bands haha. We helped them load up their car and headed downtown to the show.
Iron Works was the venue for the night. It was a great spot. Very cool stage and room layout. It was also located right next to the Key Bank Center (formerly named The HSBC arena). That was where I saw Bruce Springsteen several years ago. So that brought back some great memories for me. This was going to be a great night. We got our stuff set up and The Spin Wires ripped through their hour long set of mostly original music with some fun covers mixed in. A few highlights for me were “Ignite” (as heard on hit tv show “Shameless”), “Hipster Girls” and “Slam Van”. It was just cool to see RJ rock with a band again. It has been many years since he and I used to perform together all the time.
It was our turn to do the damn thing. We had an hour and 15 minute time slot and we weren’t about to waste a second of it. We started out with what had become our usual opener for this tour “Green X” and wrapped up with an especially rowdy version of “Johnny”. There was a cool moment in about the middle of the set. RJ got on stage with us! It was the first time in over 4 years I had gotten to perform with him. Joe graciously gave RJ his sticks and let him take over the throne for a song. We did “Under” and not only did RJ bring a new level of energy to the room because none of them had seen him play drums before (he plays bass in The Spin Wires)… he nailed it. He got every stop.. Every little hit. It was impressive, especially for something we never actually rehearsed together. It turned out to be a special moment. What a feeling.. Being on tour all the way across the country and performing with one of my best friends in the world since we were kids playing little league baseball.
I rolled back to Rj’s house after the show with him since he had to wake up early and literally lay down the law in court. We had a beer and caught up for a bit. Brett and Joe found a casino. I guess Joe’s never been to one before? He apparently learned the fastest way to lose 20 bucks on the planet. Needless to say, their casino visit didn’t last long. They got back and we all crashed. The next morning we got moving. We stopped by the local Wegmans (shoutout to Wegmans yo!) and got some food for the trip. Then, we had no choice but to go see Niagra Falls. I haven’t seen that since I was a little kid. It was cool to do it again now that I had the capacity to really appreciate it. The parking lot we found near the falls offered free parking for 20 minutes and after that it would get really expensive.. We all looked at each other and thought.. Game on. There we were running in between all these people to get a quick glimpse of the falls. It must have looked hilarious to everybody else. Funny side story.. We totally the wrong way the first time. We saw what can only be described as a mini Niagra falls.. We kind of all looked at each other and said.. “Well I guess that’s cool?” Then Brett saw a ton of mist coming up from the other corner of the park area.. So we hustled to the REAL falls and it was really incredible. The clock was ticking. We took it in for about a minute, snapped a quick photo and high-tailed it out of there. Time to head to Cleveland.