Sandy ... great, great autograph! Joe really stayed inside the tight lines on that one!! (Can picture the concentration!) That is priceless ... and another great story you posted! (Nice touch having the pick sitting on a your '09 RAH ticket.)
Thank you for your kind compliment on BHistory, (and RickB's follow.) It did start off as a "goof" ... a post marking the 1 year of Joe's Letterman appearance ... and joking we should fill up other daily dates as they roll by. When gary posted "great idea" and Jane H. PM'd with some thoughts ... I figured "this won't be so hard." !!!
Other than work, or sleep, I don't think I've have spent more time on any other single one thing during this past year, but it's been fun. (I laugh, imagining Tour Diaries collecting dust at J&R or Premier Artists Services that would have made this a whole lot easier and much more complete. ... but where's the fun in that?)
When charter Members like Rick B., David A. Rocket, Jane, and yourself started to post up some dates back in May, I thought I should keep it going. And when Members, again like you, started to post links of photos or videos (most previously enjoyed, but hidden deep in other Threads), I WANTED to keep going.
It's been great seeing a date documented with personal stories, pics or videos. Soon into BHistory, I began to hope it would be more than a tour diary. With Members posting up, BH has come alive in some respect, and has become a little of a BonaFan History, which is great. As a fan and Forum member ... you feel the excitement from another Member's experience. I didn't know pattyluvsjoe appeard in the T de Force Bonus until I saw her on my TV holding up her pick to the camera! I was grinning ear to ear!!
It was natural for tour dates to be the backbone of Joe's history because He Is Always On The Road ...THANK YOU JOE! Hopefully, even after all the months are posted, tidbits, big and small, will continue to appear to add and fill in. Pre '06 has naturally been difficult. Thankfully, active Members like John ( =o|-[ ) who were with Joe from day one have provided some early juicy date info.
Credit to you Sandy, and Rick, Cabby, jclark, Wooders, joebeacon, Libby, and nmagcorn (Natasha and Phil) for carrying a lens (or mic) and taking us all there, in the past .. and present. (Also, credit the many non Forum members who post up great Joe videos for us all.)
We are fortunate Joe has continued to allow cameras ... and for allowing video uploads to YTube. I do come from a time where I believe music should be purchased ... on a "physical" medium (yeah the the days of vinyl with a gatefold opening!!!). I truly appreciate Joe for continuing to allow his fans, new and old, to post up, and view videos and pictures. Only my .02, but I don't believe for Joe they detract from sales of his music or dvd's. I know for me personally, it has only enhanced my desire to add to the library through the years and see him on tour. Music is with the ears, but with a guitar player like Joe ... it's a visual medium as well!! Those live videos and pictures suck us in. When I saw the first RCFP Baked potato videos appear, and then RCFP announced the Iridium shows, I had to make the trip! So, that was a long winded thank you to Joe and J&R for allowing the vids / pics. (And thank you for the live dvd / cd releases ... to have and to hold ... absolutely digging Live in Amsterdam!!! ... bring on the Tour De Force cd's.)
Thanks again everyone for their help with BH. The other reason I have continued this is as a thank you to the music ... and this Forum! There has been no artist I have listened to on a more consistent basis over that last 8 or so years than Joe. Thankfully, his work ethic and prolific talent keeps us wanting to hear where he will go next.
This Forum has been an enjoyable escape for me over the past couple of years, first as a lurk'r, then post'r. Even as the base has grown, the Forum has continued to be a pleasant part of the whole Joe experience ... (only takes a couple of active Sergeant at Arms ... to keep the lot of us inline. ). I have learned a lot about Joe, guitars & equip, other great artists ... new AND old, ... and .... life in general. (A big thanks to sandy, jane, wooders, Lizzee, and of course cindyron, for great messages along the way.)
Sorry so long winded ... the orchestra is playing me off ... I know I forgot to thank someone
Joe, thank you for all the dates!! Really something to see ... and not even half of your past performance history is listed in BH here. Setting talent aside for a sec ... the work ethic you have demonstrated through the years is a testament to you as a person. May many more happy years of BHistory lie ahead of you ... and us.
... now back to BH.... have no dates for today 4/6 that I could find ... but I know some are out there somewhere ...
"I was in Space for less than 2 weeks … and suddenly Jeaniene’s back … half the Band is off the gd wagon … we have comedians opening for us … and the nice kid that ran our website is now a kleptof’nmaniac. Boy ... did you guys miss me!!" Phil Valentine - Road Manager - Staton House Band
JBLP#251 (unaged) ... thank you Ron.