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Wayland Rehearsal (photo Phil Vilenski)

Day 3 in L.A. – Wayland Tour Log 2/11/14

We loaded into a rehearsal studio at noon yesterday. We rehearsed the new version of "Bloody Sunrise" and worked on a new song that we're calling "Superhero," but that title could always change. It was so refreshing to actually listen to and hear the music we were making. The monitors in a live club situation are always just enough to get by, never really enough to actually inspire. As a player, your ears tend to take a few songs to adjust and then you start to find the each instrument as you go along. Sometimes I don't hear Dean's bass until the 3rd song in the set and it's like "Oh, hey Dean! Glad you're here!"

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Wayland in the Studio (photos Wayland)

One Road, Stuck in Traffic in Los Angeles – Wayland Tour Log 2/11/14

Yesterday was a long day.

Once we got into the studio, we basically reconstructed "Bloody Sunrise" from the ground up.

I'm so excited about the work we did, I think it really made the song come alive. At the very end of the session, we finished mixing "Follow."

I'm looking forward to living with it for a few days. Hopefully, after hearing it with fresh ears, we all agree that it's finished so we can cross it off the to-do list!

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Wayland's Dean in the studio (photo Phil Vilenski)

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 Returns to The Intersection on April 5! [Video]

The hometown rockers with Wayland are coming back from their long trek on the road!

These guys are one of the most hard working bands in all the land, and they are out to prove that once again here in Grand Rapids!

Not only are they performing a massive night of rock, but they are filming a live DVD and also benefitting the A-T Children's Project!

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Wayland in Phoenix (photo Wayland)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Mitch at the Piano (photo Phil Vilenski)

One Road Out of West Michigan – Phil’s Wayland Tour Log 2/3/14

On Sunday, we ended up at a high-rise Super Bowl party that never turned on the game. Ha ha!

The view of the Atlantic Ocean from up there was just amazing and most of us never even noticed that the game wasn't on until it was almost over; oops...

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Daytona Beach Show (photo Wayland)

One Road Out of West Michigan: Phil’s Wayland Tour Log 2/2/14

Last night was one of those loud, hot and sweaty shows where some people were kicked out before we played for being too drunk. Others were knocked out cold by security, and the stage had 15 floor monitors that didn't work! It was a rowdy night in Daytona Beach!  There was something in the air that brought the "crazy" out in everyone last night!!

We had a great crowd of dedicated Wayland Warriors in the front row that inspired the band to pull close together and play like it was our last show ever. Two warriors even celebrated their 40th Wayland show last night!

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