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One Road Into Reno! Wayland Tour Log 2/17/14

We got into town around 2pm yesterday. We checked in at the Eldorado and went off to explore downtown Reno. We all took some time apart to call our families. Mitch and I met up a little later and tried our luck on the Penny and Nickel slots. We were not very lucky. Haha!

A friend of Royal Bliss invited us out to a club he works at in town. We were all pretty exhausted but Mitch and I mustered up the energy to go. We didn't want to pass on a potential adventure in Reno.

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One Road Out of Vegas – Wayland Tour Log 2/16/14

The club last night was awesome. Great sound, great stage, wonderful staff.

You know you're in Las Vegas when there's more leather, studs and sequence in the crowd than there is on stage. We were opening for a well-known local Vegas cover band.

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One Road Out of Kingman – Wayland Tour Log 2/15/14

I was a little sad to leave L.A. yesterday. Only because we are getting so close to finishing this group of songs that it's frustrating to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and not be able to run into it. If we just had two or three weeks in the studio we could really wrap things up.

Yesterday in Kingman, Ariz., was fantastic from start to end. The promoter and venue took amazing care of us, the openers were great people, and the crowd was raging and ready for a Friday night rock show! We played for almost 2 hours!

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Wayland and Slash (photos Wayland)
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One Road Out of The San Fernando Valley – Wayland Tour Log 2/14/14

Happy Valentines Day everyone! It feels great to be back in the bus as we roll out of town. Everyone seems fresh and ready to get to work.

We got a lot done yesterday. Mitch, Gurley, and myself spent the early afternoon writing and met up with the band over at Mates Rehearsal at 4pm. The guy working there said if we had shown up 30 minutes earlier we would've ran into Slash. That would've been cool. We've had a few interesting run-ins with Slash over the last few years.

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Wayland Rehearsals (photos Wayland)
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One Last Day in L.A. – Wayland Tour Log 2/13/14

We had an amazingly productive day in the rehearsal room yesterday. We arranged a full-band, acoustic version of "Follow" and spent some time jamming on the new arrangement of "Bloody Sunrise." We also worked on a new arrangement for "Get a Little," and for the last 2 hours we jammed on some brand new songs.

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Wayland's Dean in the studio (photo Phil Vilenski)
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One Road Into Los Angeles! – Wayland tour log 2/10/14

Hey everyone! I don't have a lot of time to go into detail about the last 24 hours. We arrived in LA around 5pm. Dean, Ty and Chip are staying in what could be considered somewhat of a crack-hotel in the valley. Haha! Mitch and I are staying at our producer Mike Gurley's place, just so we can continue writing between sessions. Mike, Mitch, and I were up until about 2am discussing previous mixes of all the new songs.

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Wayland in Phoenix (photo Wayland)
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One Road Out of Phoenix – Wayland Tour Log 2/9/14

Yesterday's 6 hour drive felt like 10 hours. Once again I couldn't nap so I ended up reading a good chunk of Keith Richards' autobiography "Life." I'm about half way through the book and I love it.

When we first pulled into Phoenix it was 72 degrees and sunny. Mitch and I stepped off the bus, chose a direction, and just started walking. It felt great to be outside and breathing the fresh air.

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Wayland in Las Cruces (photos Wayland)
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One Road Out of Las Cruces – Wayland Tour Log 2/8/14

After morning radio at 99.5 The Rocket, we checked into the Las Cruces, N.M., hotel at 10 a.m. I called the front desk and explained to the girl that we were a rock band that had nowhere to go until 3 p.m. check-in. She had the housekeeping staff clean our rooms first to get us right in.

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Wayland in El Paso (photos Wayland)
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One Road Out of El Paso – Wayland Tour Log 2/7/14

It's been a whirlwind 24 hours since I write my last blog.

We had a really fun time meeting everyone at 95.5 KLAQ in El Paso yesterday. As soon as we arrived, we recorded a segment for a "new music" show with one of the DJs, Ray, that will air on KLAQ on Sunday. Directly after that we went live on the air with the afternoon jock, Glenn. We became fast friends with Glenn and ended up going out to his house for long overdue showers in the afternoon, and he even invited us to spend the night there last night. His 80-year-old, 2nd degree-black-belt mother lives with him, and make a mean batch of banana bread!!

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Wayland in Lubbock (photos Wayland)
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One Road Out of Lubbock – Wayland Tour Log 2/6/14

It was a -6 windchill in Lubbock last night, but that didn't stop us from having a great time. We met Mike Driver at 94.5 FMX yesterday. He was a cool dude in every sense of the phrase. A long time friend of Jesse Dupree, he welcomed us with open arms and we had a great time jamming "Reno," "On My Knees," and "Nobody's Perfect" acoustic on the air.

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Wayland Tour Collage (photos Phil Vilenski)
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One Road Out of West Michigan – Wayland Tour Log 2/5/14

Texas is freezing!!! The cold air makes it painful to step off the bus! WOW! Everyone always says that we should be used to cold weather, being from Michigan, but it's something I've never gotten used to. There's no coincidence in the fact that we route our tours down South in the winter! Ha ha!

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Wayland - Daytona Beach (photo Phil Vilenski)
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One Road Out of Michigan – Wayland Tour Log 2/4/14

Yesterday, we left Daytona Beach, Fla., and drove all the way to Jackson, Miss.

We split up the drive between Tyler, Chip, and Mitch. I spent most of the day responding to emails and planning upcoming shows. Mitch and I are organizing the time we plan to spend in L.A. next week.

We'll only have two or three days in a studio, and need to figure out how to make the most out of the time. We have a few new songs we'd like to record, but there are a few touch-ups we need to do on the unreleased recordings of "All Rise" and "No More."

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