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Phil’s been M.I.A. – Wayland Tour Blog 3/11/14

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I’m really sorry I haven’t written a tour log in a few days. I appreciate everyone contacting me asking about them.

It’s been crazy in Camp Wayland. There were a few times I sat down to write a log and couldn’t figure out where to begin. Ha ha!

Birmingham, Ala., was a fun night and we really bonded with the local opening bands. We were so relieved to play a nice room and a beautiful sound system with a sound guy who knew what he was doing! I swear the building could’ve caught fire and burnt down around us and we wouldn’t have noticed.

We had such a great time playing.

The night before that in Pascagoula, Miss., was a different story. The stage had about 16 massive speakers on it (way too many) and a sound guy who couldn’t get any of them to work. The ones that did work were painful to the ears.

We got through it, but between the sound situation and Dean having to chase the 80-year-old owner around trying to get paid, I felt about 5 years older after that night. We had heard rumors that he had made certain bands wait until 6 a.m. to get paid! We didn’t have time for that.

After Birmingham, we drove 12 hours through the night to Seminole, Fla. We arrived an hour late or load in because of daylight savings.

That show was so much fun! We had a great crowd, and the vibe in the room was just bursting with the love of rock ‘n’ roll on a Sunday afternoon! We had a ton of technical difficulties throughout the set, but the crowd was so cool that it didn’t bother them or us! We were all on a team together.

I’ve been racking my brain to think of ways to raise awareness for the AT Children’s foundation. It’s a disease that they have not found a cure for yet, and the money donated is the only money that funds research to find a cure. We came up with the idea of letting 20 people come up on stage with us during our upcoming Intersection show if they donate $100 or more to the organization.

Now that we have such a strong connection with the people that like our music, I feel like we have an opportunity to help some people in need. The Wayland Warriors have proven to be a driven, focused, and determined group of people and it’d be a shame not to make a difference together however we can.

Today is the first show in Daytona for bike week! Let the madness begin!

– Phil Vilenski

Guitarist Phil Vilenski from Wayland is a touring contributor to So, keep an eye out for more tour stories from the band!

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