7/14/2012–Sometimes with the conveniences associated with technology, it’s easy to not make an effort to have face to face meetings with your business partners. This applies to banking, hospitality, and most industries including the music industry.
A few weeks ago I learned that Malice was going to be playing The Whisky. Given my fondness for the band, and West Hollywood in general, I started planning my trek to Southern California. At first I was thinking some R&R for a couple days would be most welcome, but I couldn’t justify that with a newly released book out, and many of the books participants living in the general area. We did get a chance to visit the beach, and even lounge at the hotel pool for a few hours, but the majority of the trip we were running around town. The results of the trip are as follows;
Visits to Book Soup on Sunset, and Amoeba Records on Sunset proved beneficial in that both stores now carry Tales from the Stage. We will be donating several books to our non profit partner, Ride For Dime, and I am hoping to have them autographed by as many participants as possible. They will be used as silent auction items. Based on that goal, I stopped by Tracii Guns’s house in the Hollywood Hills early in the afternoon. He was recording his “League of Gentlemen” CD. He is such a nice guy, and it was good to see him. We then ran over to Studio City where Betsy Bitch stopped by the local Starbucks to sign the books. It was good to meet her, she was as sweet as ever, and has a great sense of humor to boot. Bruce Kulick then showed up and was kind enough to bring me a copy of BK3, his latest solo CD. It was especially a treat that Bruce sat with us for an hour just talking shop outside of the Starbucks. Another incredibly cool guy. Later that night we had dinner with Chris Holmes and his girlfriend, Sarah at The Rainbow. I have said it many times, Chris looks the part of a rocker, and can be physically imposing, but a gentle giant for sure. We laughed more than we conversed. The following day we hooked up with Jay Reynolds right before Malice did their sound check at The Whisky. Later that night night we watched the band rip the place apart.
It was awesome to see and/or meet everyone above this past week. A lot was accomplished, and our relationships strengthened with all parties, much more so than visiting by phone or email. There is no substitute for the face to face meeting, and I am glad that we were able to hang out this week in person with our partners and new friends.