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8/31/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-9/5/09-Third Rock Cafe-Painted Post, NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOWS- Saturday 9/5/09

THIRD ROCK CAFE 304 South Hamilton Street (Holiday Inn) Painted Post, NY 14870

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

Show starts @ 9:00 PM-Admission: $3.00

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Hi everyone!

-This one's gonna be about CAROLINE BLUE's show at the 3rd Rock Cafe in Painted Post, NY. This was our 1st time ever to play here and the 1st time the band has ever played at a Holiday Inn. Here's the recap of this very long journey...

-We started from the practice room at around 1 AM. The trailer that we rented was just a tad small-we got all the equipment we could in there, but I still had to have a drum tom on my lap on the way there. That's ok cause I fell asleep 1/2 the time & it came in handy. :) We went in John C's suburban-which can take up to 8 people. Doc was VERY happy that someone else was driving for a change.

-We arrived at around 4ish and got everything set up. Nice sunny day. Very nice place too. We had dinner and got ready to play.Here's the setlist...

SET 1

-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Mine,Mine, Mine
-You've Got Another Thing Comin' (Judas Priest)
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-T.N.T. (AC/DC)
-Tears Are Falling (KISS)
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Pain
-Slave to the Hourglass
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Deny
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-The Needle & The Spoon (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Welcome to the Fold (Filter)
-Christian Woman (Type O Negative)
-Whatever (Godsmack)

SET 2

-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-Hard Life
-Bulls on Parade (Rage Against the Machine)
-Shout at the Devil (Motley Crue)
-Where the River Flows (Collective Soul)
-Cold Gin (KISS)
-Pain
-Stay
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Dead or Alive
-Out of My Life (I Want You)
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

-This was an interesting night for several reasons. One was that I was using some new gear-new for me anyways. Doc let me use his cabinet-which is specifically made for the Fender Metalhead Amp. In addition,last rehearsal the guys were telling me they liked the sound of Doc's Les Paul over his Fender Strat so I decided to try it out live. The guitar, as you can see in the pics, is all black so if the stage wasn't lit well enough, I'd have problems seeing the fretboard. The pickup is a very hot passive pickup-and I was having feedback problems. The amp has a built in noise gate but the problem is if it's set too high then my solos get cut off at times-especially if I'm holding a note. The Les Paul has a great crunch, but with the settings I currently have, the lead sound isn't what I like-I'll have to play around with it. In addition, the acoustic sound is too bassy for my tastes. I preferred that sound with the Strat.

-We didn't have a lot of people here this night. The people who were there though seemed to enjoy what we did. A number of songs got requested and we did our best to fulfill them. "Tears Are Falling" was quite a surprise-we haven't touched that song since last October-yet a number of people were saying that was the MVP song of the night. We also added a few new covers ("Whatever" and "The Needle & The Spoon") and we ended up repeating a number of songs in the 2nd set cause some of the people who came in later wanted to hear them so we obliged. Sound & lights were good-just wish there were some more front white lights.

-Like I mentioned before we had some crazy people here. We played a Judas Priest song and 2 songs later this one guy goes "Play some Judas Priest!" I told him we just did that 2 songs ago and he says "Well, play some more..." (HA!). The event of the night though was when we were doing "Bulls on Parade." About 3/4 thru Art yells at me to look out the window. This big guy who was in earlier was in the middle of the street. Not only was he gyrating to the song, but he was also taking off all of his clothes! He was butt naked at one point-there's a distance pic of it on the show pics. I started laughing before the song ended & couldn't stop. I think Doc went blind (HA!)

-We got a number of people on the mailing list and some CDs & other merch sold. Then it was time to pack everything up and go home. We could've stayed overnight and maybe next time we will. The trip back was something else.

-We left around 2 AM I think. I was way in the back w/ Joe & 2 drum toms-plus all my carry on stuff on my lap. Big Jim was where I was cause he was a little tipsy & Doc was up front with John. Art & his wife was next to Jimbo. I basically fell asleep 10-15 minutes into the ride, but woke up at several times thruout.One of them was when we discovered that Jim's door wasn't locked and he was sleeping right next to it-and the door was loose! You ever try waking up Jim? He proceeded to sing the chorus to "Evil Woman" by ELO in a high pitched voice for awhile after that. I think Doc is bringing a taser on the next trip (HA!).

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

-Next time I woke up we were pulling into a resturant. Turns out we were in Vestal (and we were on the road already for 2 hours). There was heavy fog out so we had to drive slower. Jim was asking quite loudly why the girls that were there were hanging around with their guys-or as Jim called them "those dorks!" Where's that taser when you need it? (HA!). That's ok-we were all tired.Kudos to John for staying awake for the whole drive. I know I couldn't have done it.

-We didn't get back to the practice room till around 8 AM (!) Sunday. We were in rough shape. My legs were going pretty numb in the back. Joe got a really bad charlie horse trying to get out of the vehicle. I know Doc injured his forearm at the show as well. I think it seized up on him 1/2 way thru the show. We unloaded the gear and all went home. What a trip!

-Big thanks to Tammy (owner of 3rd Rock) for being very kind & helpful to us thruout the night. It's much appreciated & we look forward to being back on 10/3. Also a big thanks to the people who were there and made us feel welcome. Not a huge crowd-but an active one. And we can't leave without giving huge kudos to Art, Mel, Jimbo & Johnny for all the work they did for us. You guys are awesome!

8/30/09-NFTI CD Review-Limelight Magazine (Spring 2009)

-Here's a review of the NFTI CD by Joe Milliken from the Spring 2009 Edition of Limelight Magazine-based in Massachusetts (USA).

CAROLINE BLUE POISED TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD BY JOE MILLIKEN

CAROLINE BLUE, a melodic-metal band hailing from Syracuse, NY, is well, not so much a traditional metal band during the recording of their disc Not For The Innocent, as it is mostly the musical brainchild of one singer/ songwriter/ guitarist (and now) bassist Wayne W. Johnson.

Reminiscent musically perhaps of a current L.A. Guns or Dokken, while vocally most certainly that of KISS' Paul Stanley, Johnson wrote and recorded the 12 original tracks on Not For The Innocent almost entirely on his own, due to mostly scheduling conflicts with band mates Joe Boyle (drums) and Johnny Sniper (bass). Not an easy task, when you consider the project took over a year to complete.

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Scott Patnode at Strangeland Audio Studios in Phoenix, NY, Johnson handles not only the guitar and vocals, but also takes over bass duties as well. "Monster" Mike Merrifield also pitches in on drums.

Not For The Innocent certainly runs the gamut of metal textures, from fist pumping anthems like "Our Love is Wasted" and "Love Me orLeave Me", to the slowed down and heavier "Pain" and "Deny" to the acoustic power ballad "Stay." The track "Far Away From Home" seems to even have a classic 70's, acoustic UFO feel to it, although the vocal aspect fall a little short. However the effort to change things up is there.

Overall Not For The Innocent is certainly a step up in style for CAROLINE BLUE, who in the past have been pinned as a "KISS clone." Yet Johnson gets kudos here for creating different textures and tempos, showing that he is not only willing, but capable of expanding his repertoire.

Vocally it needs to somehow get stronger in order to match the power of the songs, but this band is on the right track. Oh, and the man can also cut one hell of a guitar solo! CAROLINE BLUE seems poised to take another step forward, so let's get the whole band in there and perhaps a guest vocalist for some stronger vocal harmonies and let's see where Johnson & company can go next.

Joe Milliken is a freelance writer & music journalist based in Vermont. Check out his website at www.jemwriting.com

8/30/09-NFTI CD Review-Stryke Virtual Metal Magazine & Promotion (Brazil)

Here's a review from Fred Mika for Stryke Virtual metal magazine & Promotion-based in Brazil. We used Google Translator to go from Portuguese to English-and kept the translation as is. Enjoy!

This band is from the U.S. city of Syracuse, NY The sound of Caroline Blue is very similar and the Kiss (in which the timbre of lead singer Wayne W. Johnson is also so much like that of Stanley). Wayne is also the lead guitarist.

Besides the obvious influence of Kiss in their sound, note also elements or influences of other groups of Californian hard rock eighties-like Dokken and LA Guns, and even something heavy / thrash like Megadeth in the sound of Caroline Blue.

Well, this band has released two albums, Slave To The Hourglass in 2004 and this latest, in 2007 and sold separately through the Internet. And in the latter contains ten compositions (and still having the main influence Kiss) which vary as well between them, some heavier and faster as the opening track on the album, "Our Love Is Wasted", "" Love Me or Leave Me " , "Pain", "I've Seen The Light Tonight, "" Inside "and" Nothing Will Satisfy You. " These tracks are then overflowing energy embedded in hard rock with sharp guitars and well in the face distorted. Focus on the compositions as a whole and the good voice and creativity of the singer.

There are also tracks with a heavy but progress has more rhythmic, more drawn as in "Deny," "Out Of My Life (I Want You)," "Will not Be Home Tonight" and "Dead Or Alive." They are tracks that have a job but fits perfectly straight and steady bass and drums, respectively Andy "Doc" Gore and Joe Boyle. Moreover, as could not be any hard rock band so if prey, the Caroline Blue has a few ballads on tracks like "Stay" and "Far Away From Home". While the former is more animated, almost a ballad pop-rock if not for the dramatic interpretation of the singer, the second is more melancholy ballad, with a slower tempo and strumming guitars.

The band also received positive reviews in various reviews around the world and probably tried to close with a good manager and a producer responsible, Caroline Blue could already be climbing many steps up the musical world today. Take for example the booklet of the album Not For Innocent, which could be better produced. Everything is very simple to make like a pirate sleeve, though within the same include the essential and indispensable today (lyrics, credits and contact information) contributed to the recorded music market worldwide. That the band had the conscience to put the booklet in any case should be better prepared and better prepared and appearance.

What about the music, as I said earlier, they are very varied and never left the hearing with that feeling of boredom and also have a good audio production, all well mixed and well mastered.

It is a band that does not add anything new to the style, but do your homework and does well not dropping the ball at any time. Who is a fan of Kiss should probably also enjoy the Caroline Blue.

(Fred Mika)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Essa banda é proveniente da cidade americana de Syracuse, N.Y. O som do Caroline Blue se assemelha e muito ao do Kiss (sendo que o timbre do vocalista Wayne W. Johson é também parecidíssimo com o de Paul Stanley). Wayne também é o guitarrista do grupo.
Alem da notória influência do Kiss no som deles, nota se também elementos ou influências de outros grupos de hard rock californiano oitentista como Dokken e L.A. Guns e até de algo do heavy/thrash como o Megadeth no som do Caroline Blue.
Pois bem, essa banda já lançou dois álbuns, Slave To The Hourglass em 2004 e esse mais recente, em 2007 e os vendem de forma independente através da internet. E nesse último contém dez composições (e ainda tendo o Kiss como principal influência) que variam bem entre elas, algumas mais pesadas e rápidas como a faixa de abertura do álbum, �Our Love Is Wasted�, ��Love Me Or Leave Me�, �Pain�, �I�ve Seen The Light
Tonight�, �Inside� e �Nothing Will Satisfy You�. Estas daí são faixas que transbordam energia embutida num hard rock cortante com guitarras na cara e bem distorcidas. Destaque para as composições como um todo e pela boa empostação de voz e criatividade do cantor.
Há também faixas pesadas porém com um andamento já mais cadenciado, mais arrastado como em �Deny�, �Out Of My Life (I Want You)�, �Won�t Be Home Tonight� e �Dead Or Alive�. São faixas que possuem um trabalho reto mas bem encaixado, bem constante de baixo e batera, respectivamente Andy �Doc� Gore e Joe Boyle.
Alem disso, como não podia deixar de ser a toda banda de hard rock assim que se preza, o Caroline Blue apresenta algumas baladas como nas faixas �Stay� e �Far Away From Home�. Enquanto a primeira é mais animada, quase que uma balada de pop-rock se não fosse a interpretação dramática do vocalista, a segunda balada é mais melancólica, com um andamento mais lento e com violões dedilhando.
A banda ainda recebeu várias críticas positivas em varias resenhas pelo mundo todo e, provavelmente, se tentasse fechar com um bom empresário e com um produtor competente, o Caroline Blue poderia já estar galgando vários degraus acima atualmente no mundo musical.
Vejamos por exemplo o encarte do álbum Not For Innocent, que poderia ser melhor produzido. Tudo é muito simples que faz até parecer um encarte pirata, apesar de que no interior do mesmo constar os requisitos essenciais e atualmente indispensáveis (letras das músicas, ficha técnica e informações para contatos) para o concorrido mercado fonográfico mundial. Isso a banda teve a consciência de colocar no encarte que de qualquer forma deveria ser melhor produzido e melhor elaborado quanto a aparência.
E em relação às musicas, como disse anteriormente, elas são bem variadas não deixando o ouvindo com aquela sensação de tédio e também contam com uma boa produção áudio, tudo bem mixado e bem masterizado.
É uma banda que não acrescenta nada de novo ao estilo, porém faz o dever de casa e o faz bem feito não deixando a peteca cair em momento algum. Para quem é fã do Kiss provavelmente deverá gostar também do Caroline Blue.

(Fred Mika)

8/19/09-WWJ on-Buffalo Underground Music Examiner

Here's an interview WWJ did with Peter Taboni for the Buffalo Underground Music Examiner. You can also check it out by going HERE

Caroline Blue, a melodic hard rock band from Syracuse, New York, consists of members Wayne Johnson, lead vocals and guitar, Andy Gore, bass and vocals and Joseph Boyle, drums and vocals. The following is an interview with Caroline Blue's lead singer, Wayne Johnson. Pete: How would you describe Caroline Blue's style musically? Wayne: Our music has been described as being similar in style to KISS - with touches of L.A. Guns, Type O Negative, Chevelle, Motley Crue, Dokken, Megadeth. Pete: Where is everyone from Caroline Blue from and how did you meet? .... .... Wayne: I met Joe (Boyle) through a guy named Roy Coston. I was looking for a drummer at the time and Roy suggested Joe. I met Andy 'Doc" Gore a year before that when CAROLINE BLUE did a show with the band he used to be in called Silence Bleeds. He was the only other guy besides us who wore leather pants. Since, in the past, the lineups for CAROLINE BLUE have been unstable, I had my eye out for potential players in case someone decided to leave. That happened and I gave Doc a call.

Pete: What, and who, inspired you to start a band? .... .... .... .... Wayne: I've been in a number of different bands throughout the years, with great guys and musicians. The problem was (that) everyone (in those bands) knew how to get to a certain point. Once that point was reached, the bands tended to stagnate and/or break up. I wanted to take things as far as I could go and see what I could do if I was in charge. So CAROLINE BLUE was born. I have many musical inspirations, but my main one is KISS.

Pete: How did you think of the name Caroline Blue? .... .... Wayne: I used to work in a retail store where their code word for emergencies was called "Carolines". A color would be after that to designate a type of emergency. For example, "Caroline Red" meant a fire had broken out. "Caroline White" meant a tornado was coming . And "CAROLINE BLUE" meant medical emergency. I just liked the way the name (Caroline Blue sounded and went with that.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Pete: What has Caroline Blue accomplished musically that you are the most proud of?
.... ....
Wayne: I'm very proud of everything CAROLINE BLUE has accomplished and most appreciative of all the people who have been in the band at various times. You have all helped move the band forward thruout the years and some have even helped move it backwards (HA!). Some of the things I'm proud of is getting our 2 CDs recorded and released, getting positive reviews in Europe and the U.S., knowing that people are able to buy CAROLINE BLUE CDs at a store in Japan, having our STTH Disc distributed by Hellion Records in Germany & Melodic Revolution Records in the U.S., selling CAROLINE BLUE CDs via CDBaby throughout the U.S./Europe/Asia, having one of our CDs being nominated for a SAMMY Award (Syracuse Area Music Award) in 2006, having pro videos made via UVTV, winning an award for best Original R&R Band at the 1st Annual Upper State Music Awards a few years ago and the honor of being able to play our music in front of all the great people who come out to our shows.

Pete: If Caroline Blue is pursuing a record label, what would that label be and why?
.... ....
Wayne: It depends on what type of label. In terms of distribution, we already have a little bit of that already. It's always the first thing any label offers. The last thing they offer - which most bands need - is tour support. Unless they have a guarantee that they'll make their money back - and then some - you won't get that. Obviously, the ideal would be to be with a label that can give you all that you need - without robbing you blind in the process. While there can be trade offs, a label that is up front on what they want and able to submit a contract so our lawyer can go over it would be a good start. You want a label for the things you can't do due to time, money and/or lack of networking - someone who can help the band reach the next level where it's a win-win for everyone involved. I personally would also like fair terms in regards to publishing and recording - none of that "band records music for CD/label doesn't like music/ label locks music in their vaults and band can't use it at all" crap!



........Caroline Blue has performed at venues that include:........
.... ....
-Boneshakers Tavern (Ogdensburg, NY)
-Hotel Adams (Adams, NY)
-Shamrocks (N. Syracuse, NY)
-Albie's (Utica, NY)
-Club W (Buffalo, NY)
-The Doghouse (Utica, NY)
-The Lost Horizon (Syracuse, NY)
-D.S. Humphreys (Oswego, NY)
-Gatherings By Design (Phoenix, NY)
-Mac's Bad Art Bar (Mattydale, NY)
-Northern Lights (Clifton Park, NY)
-Legends (Gales Ferry, CT)

A list of Caroline Blue's upcoming shows is available at: carolineblue.com/page4.html
Caroline Blue has also released two albums titled, "Slave to the Hourglass" (2005) - recorded at Eastwind Studios in Syracuse N.Y. and "Not for the Innocent" (2007) - recorded at Strangeland Audio in Pheonix, N.Y.
For more information on CAROLINE BLUE, please visit the links below.

carolineblue.com/
www.myspace.com/carolineblue
www.facebook.com/pages/CAROLINE-BLUE/7569814282
twitter.com/caroline_blue

8/18/09-CAROLINE BLUE Music Used in New Brian Hewiit Video

Brian Hewitt-"This is video of the CNY area that I video taped. I wanted to share a friends song and help show his talent of himself and his band Caroline Blue."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ1QkUioMmw&feature=player_embedded

8/10/09-2 CB Shows-8/15/09-Hotel Adams-Adams, NY & D.S. Humphreys-Oswego, NY

2 CAROLINE BLUE SHOWS- Saturday 8/15/09

D.S. HUMPHREYS 271 Barker Road Oswego, NY 13126

CAROLINE BLUE will be one of several bands performing at the 2009 Moosefest at D.S. Humphreys in Oswego, NY on Saturday 8/15/09. Other bands include Krooked Cain, Silicone Sky, Shovelhead, Drop Clutch, F5 & The Born Again Rebels.

Gates open at 11 AM & CAROLINE BLUE opens the show at 12 Noon-Admission is $12 before the show and $15 the day of show.

And then later on the same day....

HOTEL ADAMS 4 West Church Street Adams, NY 13212

Special Guests-Flat Black

Show starts @ 9:00 PM-Admission: $5.00

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE plays their own original material as well as songs by KISS, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motorhead, Nickelback, Motley Crue, Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, Alice in Chains, Theory of a Deadman,Tool & many more...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

-Hi there! At least I'm a little quicker in getting things done this time :) Here we are again with 2 shows on the same day. Didn't we just do this? :) It's ok though-we had a good time w/ both. Let's get to the skinny of it all...

-Saturday started out great for me with the door on the driver's side of my car not being able to open for some unknown reason. One day I'll have a vehicle with no problems-at least for awhile....I meet up with the guys and it's off to Oswego for us. A very hot day this was I might add.

-The 1st show was opening up the 2009 Moosefest @ D.S. Humphreys at 12 noon. Usually when you're opening something like this, there aren't a lot of people there yet. This was also outdoors so it would be nice & toasty when we went on-although not as bad as the band who would be playing around 3 PM. So we arrive & get ready to unload when we' see there are 2 guitar rigs, a bass rig, and a drum kit onstage. Someone was going on before us? Nope-we were told all the bands would be using this backline. Joe looked like someone had taken his last beer (HA!). He was able to add to the kit there so it was OK. Doc was looking forward to playing thru an Ampeg setup and I had a Marshall half stack to use.-with a DSL 2000-just like the one I used for a number of shows back in 2005. I was looking forward to using one again-or at least I was.....

-We got set up and sound was all set. I believe we actually went on at 12:15 and played for an hour. Here's the setlist...

-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Pain
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Nothing Will saisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)

-Due to the weather I told my guys to just wear normal clothes for this show. No use wearing wet leather all day long like we basically did 2 weeks ago. A few mistakes were made but we made it thru. We got some response, but most people that were there just stayed underneath the large tents that were set up. In hindsight, I would've used my Fender Metalhead Amp instead of the Marshall. I know-hearsy! :) But I forgot-not having used a tube amp in awhile-how much playing outside effects a tube amp. I couldn't seem to get enough gain out of it-plus, the Fender has a built in noise gate-and the Marshall doesn't so I had to deal w/ some feedback issues. Although a solid state-the Fender Metalhead is comparible to a Marshall and has 500 watts to boot. But you make due right? Towards the end, my low E started going out of tune for some reason so that made things...interesting :) I have to invest in a pedal tuner...Doc's wireless wasn't working (but it did later on at Hotel Adams). And Joe mixed up the intros to "Mine, Mine, Mine" & "Love Me or Leave Me" again :)

-We couldn't stay too long cause we had to get to our next destination-Hotel Adams. On top of that, Doc didn't get much sleep the night before so he was looking forward to getting to our rooms so he could sleep for a few hours. I tried to do that myself, but -although tired-I wasn't so tired that I fell asleep. We ate at the hotel-they have great food here-and then hung out for the next several hours. Doc was sleeping, Joe was watching Tiger Woods on TV at the bar and I was in my room trying to go to sleep, but ended up watching TV instead. The calm before the storm so to speak....

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

-We then find out that the sound compnay that had been hired to be at tonight's show couldn't make it. Something to do w/ a water main breaking if I recall. We had an opening band from the area tonight-Flat Black-and they went & got their practice PA to use for sound. Lights were just house lights. That was fine-as long as we can see on stage.

-Flat Black went on around 10:15-10:30 and and did a good job. They had a wide range of covers-from The Eagles to Judas Priest to Seven Mary Three. I believe Keith had them play 3 more songs over their time. Cool. Then it's our turn.
Here's the list....

SET 1

-I've Seen The Light Tonight
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Won't Be Home Tonight
-How You Remind Me (Nickelback)
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-Our Love is Wasted
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Careless Whisper (Seether/Wham)
-Shout at the Devil (Motley Crue)
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Far Away From Home
-Mine, Mine, Mine
-You've Got Another Thing Comin (Judas Priest)
-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)

SET 2

_Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Dead or Alive
-Hard Life
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Deny
-Slave to the Hourglass
-Stay
-NIB (Black Sabbath)
-Pain
-Out of My Life (I Want You)

-We actually had planned on doing a lot more songs ( about 15 more actually), but due to time constraints we had to shorten things-which is ok. Soundwise-things were better than expected, but people out front did say they had trouble hearing me sing. We do tend to be loud instrument wise. The power here is 110 & dirty so I couldn't use my wah pedal-it caused waaay too much feedback when I tried it. There was a big AC unit on in the room so that was a blessing.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

-There weren't as many people at this show as the previous 2. With Pirates Weekend @ Alexandria Bay ,it being a nice day for people to be outside & it being the last weekend for the Renaissance Fair-it shouldn't have been a surprise. That's ok-we had a wild time w/ the people who were there. Towards the end, I was going to start "Seek & Destroy" as the last song, but the people that were still there wanted to hear "Out of My Life (I Want You)-one of our originals. Hearing people call out our originals always make me feel great-even though, at that moment, I was sweating so much I looked like a wet hairy dog-and probably smelled like one too (HA!). At all 3 shows, the people here have asked us to play more original music-even though they enjoy most of the covers we do as well. Not a problem!

-Outside of a few mistakes, I think we did ok. Nothing too major-maybe a few I did (Oops!). Starting "Living Dead Girl" with the intro to "Bad Girlfriend" was one that comes to mind. For a guy who basically had a bowl of cereal and large hamburger & fries as his only source of food all day, I held up ok. Found out I can actually drink Ginger Ale before the show and not have it cause "frogs" in my voice-like normal soda would do.

-We retired to our rooms after loading up the van and then slept for maybe 4-5 hours before getting back on the road. We unloaded the gear at our practice place and went home. Course, when I arrive at home, the damm door to the car finally gets unstuck-go figure....

-On behalf of the other guys, I want to give a big thanks to both D.S. Humphreys & Hotel Adams for the opportunities to play at their places. Thansk also to Bill and his sound team at the DS show and Flat Black for letting us use their sound gear. And a HUGE thanks to the people who were there to watch us-especially at Hotel Adams. You are some crazy people! Kudos for Tony & Judy for coming all the way from Syracuse to see us-hope you guys enjoyed it. We also want to give special thanks to the builders of Hotel Adams for building it in a way that the room right above the stage (Doc's room) didn't collapse on top of us while we were playing due-at that moment-to some people testing the bed springs ;)

-We have a week off and then we're back at D.S. Humphreys on the 29th. Join us won't you...

8/6/09- WWJ Interview-Metal to Infinity Website (Belgium)

Below is an interview WWJ did with Belgium (yes-in Europe) Website Metal to Infinity. This is a long one & it's reported that it took the ever busy WWJ quite awhile to get it done. You can read the interview by going to http://metaltoinfinity.00freehost.com/Interview2CAROLINEBLUE.htmlMETAL TO INFINITY WEBSITE and/or read below-Enjoy!

I still remember the time that I was reviewing the EP ‘Slave To The Hourglass’ of Syracuse based metal outfit Caroline Blue. The comment that a lot of Kiss influences were present in their songs was only a positive remark, as the vocal chords and arrangements have a lot in common with the material of Gene and Paul. It’s time to hook up with Wayne to hear what the band is up to right now!

Q: Wayne, what’s up? How you’re being doing lately?

A: I've been doing good-albeit busy as usual. Actually, I've been busier than that as of late-hence why I'm so late in getting this interview back to you. Sorry!

Q: This is the second chat with Metal To Infinity from Belgium. What were the major changes for the band since our last conversation?

A: Quite alot actually-especially since it's been about 4 years. We've had a few line up changes and the band has released 2 CDs-an EP called "Slave to the Hourglass"(STTH) and a full length CD called "Not For The Innocent."(NFTI) We have done 3-4 music videos in conjunction w/ the STTH CD. We also have distribution of the STTH CD thru Hellion Records in Germany. We've had alot more of reviews & interviews. The STTH CD was nominated for Best Rock Recording at the 2006 Syracuse Annual Music Awards and the band won an award for Best Rock & Roll Original Band at the 1st Annual Upper State Indie Awards in Central New York. CAROLINE BLUE songs have also appeared on a few CD Complilations-including Thunderground Radio, Sexy Killer Records Vol.10, Buffalo Rockers For Life 2007, Metal Vs. Rock-Vol.4 % The 2009 Fingerlakes Metalfest Sampler Disc.

Q: Do you feel that the band got more respect and recognition from the European metal heads, or is it a kind of status quo?

A:The response we've received from our Fans, Friends & Freaks in Europe via our My Space & Facebook pages has been awesome! We will continue to keep working on spreading the virus of CAROLINE BLUE as much as possible!

Q: ‘Slave To The Hourglass’ drew my attention, not only because I’m a huge Kiss fan myself, but also because of the own typical style of the band and the way that you arrange and compose songs. The tracks on ‘Slave To The Hourglass’ didn’t follow any trends at all, it seems like you got stuck to the good old hard and heavy sound with a slight underground feeling… Do you agree?

A: I would say the majority of CAROLINE BLUE music does follow the tried & true, but with some modern touches-some songs more than others. It's not really a conscious decision though. What comes out comes out. There might be an arrangement change here & there but for the most part it's like the song dictates how it comes out.

Q: How was the overall comment on that EP?

A: It's still selling so somebody must like those songs :)

Q: Was there also much interest from other states in the US and perhaps from other countries and continents?

A: There seems to currently be a higher response rate to the STTH CD in Europe than for the NFTI CD. It could be because marketing & promotion for the NFTI CD was slow to begin with. We're working on getting that caught up though so we'll see...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Q: Can I say that this was the first ‘big dream’ that came true. This was the next step on the ladder of Caroline Blue?

A: You mean releasing the STTH CD? Yes, that was definately a dream come true.

Q: When people reach a goal, it doesn’t take long to long for the next one. Which one was it? Perhaps promoting the EP as much as possible live, getting recognition from the press and fans, or just write and compose new stuff and focus on new material and recording sessions?

A: All the above! :)

Q: Caroline Blue is a band from Syracuse, upstate New York, and in a way it’s also the region where legendary Kiss started as a rock’n roll party band. How is the scene nowadays? Are you able to promote the band live, do you have many clubs in your area, or is it really difficult to get gigs?

A: KISS was actually more of a New York City band whereas we're in Central New York. The scene is tough for bands that that play hard rock/heavy metal originals. CNY is more about cover bands-but I would say that's true with most cities. It seems, in general, more people would rather hear what they're familiar with than listen to something new. Along with that would be-if it's not on the radio-they don't pay as much attention to it. But we still keep at it and do our best to reach out to as many people as possible.

-Having said that, we played shows in Ogdensburg,NY at a place called Boneshakers Tavern. They hired us based on our originals (even though we did mix some covers in) and played in front of 200-300+ people who had a great reaction to us. It was just an awesome show in all aspects.

-There are a number of clubs in CNY-but not too many that cater to originals in our style of music. Most of the places want the cover bands. That's ok-I believe there's room for everyone. As long as we have a place to play in any town/city, I'm happy.

Q: Is it still necessary that you have to be +18 or +21 to attend a gig, like it was years ago? I remember that I have been in clubs to see a regular hardrock act, and people below the age of 18 were refused. That was back in 1988, so I hope that the situation changed through the years?

A: Yes-it's still true for the most part. You can have under 18 shows-but those are more like special events than the norm. On top of that, in New York, they now have a smoking law where it's illegal to smoke inside most bars. If you want to smoke, you have to go outside. I see both good & bad with that, but there's not much we can do so we just deal with it and keep moving....

Q: If not, perhaps Barack Obama might give it an legal adaptation, because that’s a stupid statutory, isn’t it?

A: I doubt Obama will even notice it-he has his hands quite full w/ the US economy among other things....

Q: Talking about Barack. Have you been to the inauguration in DC? It’s not that far away from where you live, and it is a historical moment, isn’t it?

A: No, I didn't go to the inauguration, but I did see parts of it on TV. It's actually several hours driving distance from where I am. Seeing parts of it on TV was fine with me.

Q: However the whole event took place in front of the majestic Lincoln Memorial Building, nobody wrote or talked about the fact that Lincoln is murdered. The chance that a moron, a racist or extremist brews on a deadly attack is and will be continuously present…

A: I have to admit, while watch parts after the inauguration, seeing Obama and his wife get out of their car and walk for awhile down the main street was a bold & surprising move. I'm glad nothing bad happened.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Q: Let’s hope that all of this won’t happen at all. If so, the security services might use ‘a Caroline Blue’ as an emergency code. In the previous interview you explained the name of the band… A Caroline Blue is a part of a code word for a retail store that you used to work for in the late 90s. Their code words for emergencies were called ‘Carolines’ and a different color would signify a different type of emergency, isn’t it?

A; Yes-but it was in the early 90's though :)

Q: How about today’s life. Are you able to live from a band like Caroline Blue, or do you all have daytime jobs to pay the bills?

A:I still have my day job-but it's not w/ a retail store. I work in a shipping department for a company that makes connectors/cables for cable TV, satellites, fiber optics, etc. The other 2 members of CAROLINE BLUE do not have jobs-I'm the only stubborn one left! :)

Q: What kind of jobs are you and the rest of the band doing for example?

A: Looks like I answered that in the last question :)

Q: Is it the intention to keep Caroline Blue as a great chance to express oneself, or do you all strafe for a promising musical career?

A:Both. I've always said I want to take CAROLINE BLUE as far as I can. I now have a lineup that has potentially unlimited potential...how's that for a word bite? :)

Q: Do you believe that it’s still possible nowadays, where everybody is downloading a lot?

A: It's possible-but the rules have changes alot. The main thing is getting your music out to the people. Downloading helps that in a lot of ways. Any way you can get people exposed to your music is good. For example, we give out sampler CDs at our shows. If we were tied to old school thinking, we wouldn't do that unless we got paid 1st. I can tell you though, giving away sampler CDs has helped us get the music of CAROLINE BLUE to ALOT of people-many of whom would probably never have heard our music otherwise. That's all you can really ask for-get the music to the people. What they do with it is their choice. Besides, downloading is now a fact of life-you can't go backwards. It's better to figure out how to work it to your advantage than to sit there complaining & doing nothing....

Q: The internet is a really helpful tool, but also results in lesser support to the bands who want to sell their music and albums…

A: I believe the lesser support is more of a result of their being a lot more bands out there than ever before-the internet has really opened that door. There are so many quality bands out there-as well as crappy ones. It tends to be overwhelming. For example, do you have a My Space page? How many bands drop by and bombard you with stuff? Now imagine you're a label and multiply that amount. Just because of that there will be less support from labels and such. Course, the internet has also brought a DIY approach which is most welcomed. Marketing, Promoting & Networking have become the big things to do-and you have to do it yourself. No one is going to care more about your band than you do. You have to get out there and do the work or you'll be no more than just a drop or water in a sea of bands...

-In addition, you really have to make things happen yourself-for the most part-these days. The labels who can actually do things for you won't put any money forward for things like tour support (the last things they'll give a band btw) unless you can prove that you can not only make it back but make a profit.

Q: Okay, back to the EP and present time. What about the line up? You have a new drummer and perhaps, there have been other line up changes as well?

A: Joe Boyle has been the drummer for CAROLINE BLUE since June 2008. Andy "Doc" Gore has been the bassist for CAROLINE BLUE since August 2008.

Q: Can I conclude that the present line up of Caroline Blue is the strongest one to date?

A:You may and I know for a fact both Doc & Joe will love you for it :)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Q: We received the full length album ‘Not For The Innocent’, but it was already recorded and released in 2007, am I correct?

A:Correct

Q: How comes that we received it at the beginning of 2009?

A: We're too cheap to pay for decent postal service-HA! Seriously-the CD was finished in early 2007, but since the launch of the CD (mid-late 2007), the promotional/marketing efforts have been messed up for a number of reasons-mainly lack of financing. We are still independent with no backing after all. There were major problems w/ the artwork initially. Then the duplicator/distributor we were using not only messed up some of the orders we did, but also went out of business just before we sold out of our 1st run of CDs! So it was a huge mess for awhile. It wasn't until almost a year later we were able to get a decent amount of CDs for sale/review. In addition, while that was going on, there were a few lineup changes in the CAROLINE BLUE ranks as well so, for awhile, things were on shaky ground so to speak.

-On top of that, I'm also the one who does the majority of the booking/promotion/marketing/web site upkeep & networking as well as playing guitar/singing. Add this to normal daily life stuff & there are times when I tend to be a tad overwhelmed :)

Q: Perhaps you focus on a local release first in stead of mailing out packages to stations and zines all over the globe. The direct contact with the fans is in your own territory, isn’t it?

A:Looks like I got ahead of myself here again :) In regards to that last question, there are actually more Fans, Friends & Freaks of CAROLINE BLUE outside of CNY than within it (based on My Space/Facebook).

Q: How was the reception of the album in your hometown and beyond?

A: We had a pre-sale of the NFTI CD and it sold 10 times the amount that the STTH cd did in it's pre-sale. From what we've heard, the majority of people who have heard this CD have said it's alot better than the STTH CD.

Q: Did you play a lot of gigs so far to promote the album?

A: Thruout 2007 and most of 2008 we didn't play many shows for various reasons, but since the inception of the current lineup, we've been catching up....

Q: Did you had the chance to open for a major band, or do you have to pay to play?

A:We have yet to open for a major label band, but I have been told that part of being able to do so-in many ways-involves pay to play. We did play a festival in mid 2007 that also had Brand New Sin & WWIII on the bill-that was pay to play....

Q: What is in your personal opinion the main difference between this album and the previous EP, if you talk about structures of the songs, arrangements, etc…?

A: Well, the song structures aren't too different for me. I think there's more vocal variety in NFTI and we kinda stretched the musical boundaries of CAROLINE BLUE alittle more. Some of the NFTI songs I think are catchier/more melodic.... The main difference between the 2 CDs-to me-is the production.

Q: Can we say that the band improved a lot in song writing, or did you focus mainly on the identity of the band, without talking too drastic changes?

A: On the STTH CD, those songs are older songs from bands I'd been with in the past and were all collaborated with other people. On most of those songs, I was only involved in writing the music. On the NFTI CD, I did all the vocal lines & lyrics and most of the music. It came from within me. One interesting thing that I hear alot is that with NFTI, the way they hear those songs on CD & live are very similar whereas that's not the case w/ the songs off STTH. Course, it also depends on who's in the band at that time....

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Q: You recorded in the same recording studio, with the same engineer? How comes? Perhaps it was a natural decision because you spent already time at the Strangeland Audio Studio, and you already knew Scott Patnode?

A: Actually we didn't. STTH was recorded at Eastwind Studios. We were the last band to record there before it closed down. NFTI was at Strangeland. I've known Scott off & on for years. In fact, Scott was bugging me for awhile to come record the next CAROLINE BLUE CD at his studio so I checked it out and he had some great sounds and a very reasonable price. On top of that he's very easy to work with and the sound quality is higher with NFTI than with STTH. Maybe we should remix the STTH at Strangeland....

Q: What is the deeper meaning of the album title ‘Not For The Innocent’?

A:Anyone who reads the lyrics to the majority of the songs on the NFTI CD will realize that most of the songs are about relationships gone bad and/or bad moments during relationships. I guess you could say that, in my own way, I was trying to say that relationships are "not for the innocent" because if you enter one that way, you will not have your innocence when you leave. The ending of a relationship will change you and that's why sometimes relationships are "not for the innocent."

Q: And the link between the front cover artwork and the title? Is there a story to tell as well?

A: As cool as it would be to say there was a deep meaning/connection between the 2, in reality I just thought that image looked cool & it just seemed like a natural thing to do for it. The cover shows a different side of me that most people haven't seen. Maybe to symbolize the changes one goes thru when your innocence is taken away? Maybe I'm thinking too much into it....

Q: I know that you are the mainman of the band, that this is your, so called, little baby. Is that also the reason why your picture is on the backside of the album? How did the other members of the band feel when you decided to work it out this way?

A:When the recording started for the NFTI CD, I was the only one in the band! This was actually very similar to the recording of the STTH CD. With the NFTI CD, Monster Mike Merrifield (currently drumming for Joey Belladona) was hired to do all the drum tracks. He had also performed on 3 of the drum tracks on the STTH CD. Also on NFTI, me, Monster Mike Tom Catera (Wishpool) & Nathan Angell (Zadoc...& The Nightmare) did backing vocals on the song "Pain." All the rest of the vocals & all the guitar & bass playing was done by me. Towards the end of the recording Johnny Sniper was in CAROLINE BLUE but he wasn't able to get down to the studio (he lived 3 hours away) to take part in the recording. The CD was already done when a new CAROLINE BLUE lineup was formed so I just had my pic in the back.

-In addition, there's another reason I did that. On the STTH CD, when it was 1st released, I used on the back cover a band pic of the current lineup-even though the bassist & drummer in that pic didn't play a single note on the CD. Unfortunately, I was hearing thru many sources how one of those band members was shooting off his mouth on how great he played on the CD. So, out of respect for the person who did play on it, I changed the back cover to what it currently is now. Of course-all CAROLINE BLUE CDs list the people who played on the CDs in the booklet.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Q: Perhaps, people might think that Caroline Blue is a solo project of Wayne W. Johnson?

A:I can see how people would perceive it to be that way-and, in some ways it kinda is. Everyone in the band has a say in anything the band does, but I have the final say and everyone else in the band has agreed to that. It's only right though-I started this band and am the only one to have been there since day 1. Having said that, don't think that Doc & Joe are just "Yes" men. They contribute quite alot to CAROLINE BLUE and the band wouldn't be where it is now without all the hard work they've put into it.

Q: Have you seen reviews yet?

A: We've seen some and, for the most part, they've been favorable. We received this great review from a website in Belgium named Metal to Infinity :)

Q: Metal To Infinity already wrote an interesting review on the album. Do you agree with the comment, with the personal vision of Stefan, who wrote the review?

A: Well, it's a positive review so how can I not like it? (HA!). I thought it was a great review-but I'm alittle biased so....

Q: If a band pays attention to positive reviews, you also have to pay attention to negative reviews. How is the situation so far? What would be the average score if you put all the reviews that you have seen, together?

A:We get our share of bad comments/reviews-just like any other band. To date, the good has outweighed the bad. It's OK-people are entitled to their opinions. There's no band/musician that is universally liked by everyone so....

Q: In the meantime, the band got already spins in my radio show OVERDRIVE on Radio Active. The people seem to dig it, so we’ll keep on spinning some tracks. Do you have some favourite songs do you like to request?

A:That's awesome-thank you very much! It's hard for me to say cause I love them all. Over here "Love Me or Leave Me" is getting the most response-followed by "Pain", "Deny" & "Out of My Life (I Want You)".

Q: Did you pick these tracks because they combine the whole idea of the band, or perhaps you like them most to play?

A: Both-plus they get the most reaction from the people we play our songs to.

Q: Do you agree that a lot of Kiss influences are present on the album?

A:There are some :) Maybe you could start a new drinking game. Listen to a CAROLINE BLUE CD and for every KISS influence you hear-take a shot :)

Q: What other bands influenced your way of composing? For whom do you bow your head?

A:I feel that anything you listen to-if you do it enough-will find it's way into your writing. In terms of bowing my head, I only do that when I'm nibbling on a woman's...ah..."cookie." (HA!)

Q: It would be really cool if you could play as an opening act for one of the mentioned bands isn’t it?

A: It would be awesome!

Q: What are the future plans of Caroline Blue? What can we expect within months from the band?

A:We're looking into making some music videos for songs from the "Not For The Innocent" CD. We're also working on expanding our playing radius and exposing more & more people to the music of CAROLINE BLUE. Hopefully before year's end, we'll start working on a brand new CAROLINE BLUE CD-which we'll make sure you get a review copy in a timely matter this time :)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Q: Please tell us where people can buy or order the album?

A:There are several places....

-THE CAROLINE BLUE ONLINE STORE -

http://carolineblue.com/page15.html

-CD BABY

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CarolineBlue

-ITUNES

http://www.itunes.com/carolineblue

-AMAZON.COM

http://www.amazon.com/Caroline-Blue/dp/B000QJRGMK/ref=sr_f1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1218943479&sr=101-1

-RHAPSODY

http://www.rhapsody.com/caroline-blue

-HELLION RECORDS (GERMANY)

http://www.hellionrecords.de/

-ROCK STAKK RECORDS (JAPAN)

http://www.rockstakk.com/index2.html

-CD CONNECTION

http://www.cdconnection.com/search/Caroline_Blue?s=fGmvLgc4qddT&source=googbase

-WALMART

http://mp3.walmart.com/store/artist?artistId=448640&referralLink=%3Ca%20href=%27/store/search/all%3Fkeyword%3D%2522caroline%20blue%2522%27%3ESearch%20Results%3C/a%3E

Q: And if there are shows in the near future, just mention them here as well!

A:Right now the shows we have booked are based in NY State. Out of all the sites we have, the CAROLINE BLUE My Space page is the place to go to find the most recent up to date news & show dates http://www.myspace.com/carolineblue

Q: A lot of American bands hope to cross the ocean for a European tour or some gigs at the major Summer Festivals like Graspop, Wacken Open Air, Bang Your Head, Summer Breeze, Sweden Rock etc… what about Caroline Blue?

A: We would love to play shows in Europe-that would be awesome! We were in communications w/ a booking agent in Europe, but the negotiations fell thru. Perhaps next year....

Q: What are the expectations, what do you know about Europe and its metal community?

A:I feel that hard rock/heavy metal is more popular & accepted than here in the U.S. The community is very well versed & passionate about their music & bands are judges by a higher standard. I feel that our music could go over very well there-and we look forward to one day being able to do that.

Q: As we are from Belgium, what do you know from our little country? Can you position it on the European map; do you know the specialities of Belgium?

A:I know where Belgium is & can point it out on a map. I unfortunately do not know much about the country and/or it's culture. We do look forward to being there & learning someday! Doc did tell me that the beer in Belgium is awesome.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Q: In case you didn’t know we have the best beer in the world. So if you come over, just drop us a note and we will hook up with you guys. Unnecessary to tell that the beer’s on us!

A:Oh, I can't let my drummer read that (HA!). We'll definately let you know when we're there.

Q: I want to thank you for your time to fill this form out. I do hope that the band will get the attention that you deserve and once we will meet! If there is a last thing that you want to tell, this is your spot…

A:Thank you for the great interview-I'm just sorry that it took me so long to get it back to you. We look forward to one day coming over to Europe to play. To anyone reading this, please go to the CAROLINE BLUE My Space page http://www.myspace.com/carolineblue and find the "DEMAND CAROLINE BLUE" box and do so. Also feel free to add our songs to your music players. And, on behalf of the band, I want to give a HUGE thank you to all our Fans, Friends & freaks! You people are the best!

Q: Wayne, give our best regards to the rest of the band and Stay Wild!

A:You betcha!

8/5/09- CB.NET Interview with Joe & Doc

Satchel here-with another one of those spine tingling CB.NET Interviews! We've interviewed virtually every musician that has been in CAROLINE BLUE's ranks at one time or another and here we are again with the 2 "new" guys in CAROLINE BLUE-bassist Andy "Doc" Gore & drummer Joe Boyle. Sometimes the spotlight falls a little too much on Mr. Johnson so we thought we'd give some equal time to Joe & Doc! So grab some cheesy poofs & enjoy!

1)-Give us some background info about yourself-our readers want to get to know ya better!

Doc-Background info? as in... what's in my sordid past? Ok... I'll tell of one thing, how I came to be known as "DOC" (take notes there will be a test later): When I was 19 I was attending the University of Florida and was in a fraternity where my nickname was "Doctor Demento". They called me this because I was the only member to ever have his girlfriend living with him IN the frat house... and the walls were quite thin so one can imagine all the noises the other guys were subjected to. I'm not a real doctor but I DO own a doctor's bag.... oh, and I double as the band's medic.

Joe-I have been playing drums for 30-odd-years. Only owned a kit for a total of maybe two years of the 30. Spent most of my time learning songs by listening to them in my sleep, and air-jamming to them. When it came time to sit down to a kit I played it as I had the air-kit and low and behold it worked. I love the more clean metal music like; Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Helloween, and Savatage. I am also a published author of two books. Id Laberynth: Writings Mentallity Recovery (self-help), and The Secret of New York's Caves (Fantasy Fiction) I am single and believe in finding that one special someone; I may be a little to picky for my own good.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

2)-How did you happen to join Caroline Blue? Had you heard/seen them before and, if so, what were your impressions?

Doc-At the time I was already in a band but it was in the process of breaking
up, Wayne sent me an email about possibly joining or filling in with CB
...a serrupticious cooincidence. I'd heard CB a couple of times both
at Nikstock and at Station 58. Impressions? at the Nikstock show I
remember telling the people in the band I was in at the time "these
guys rock, but I think they can improve things if they added a
guitarist or a singer so that guy (Wayne) doesn't have to work so
hard." --it WAS a blistering hot summer day-- I had also met Wayne
earlier that day and his comment to me was "I'm glad to see we're not
the only ones wearing leather today" ...I was wearing my leather pants
that day too. The other show I saw them at I remember telling Wayne
"I'm glad I'm not the only one wearing leather tonight."

Joe-Roy Coston; Formerly of LoveBone, Four Large Men, and Ardent in the early 80's remembered Caroline Blue was looking for a drummer when visiting once, after a call a couple e-mails, and a ton of learning their material, I was accepted as Caroline Blue's drummer.

3)-How would you rate past CAROLINE BLUE drummers/bassists?

Doc-Both times I saw CB Johnny Sniper was playing the bass, that's some big shoes to fill let me tell you!

Joe-Don't really know many of the former player, but have worked briefly with Johnny Sniper who was an outstanding bassist, Mike Merrifield, a past drummer I know by reputation and his work on past CD's is one of the more talented CNY drummers i have had the honor to learn from from those CD's

4)-What is the best & worst show you've played with CAROLINE BLUE to date?

Doc-The best show was a command performance at Boneshakers July 2009. The worst one, was at Frank's Country Bunker where they only play both kinds of music... country AND western.... only thing missing was a chicken wire enclosed stage.

Joe-To me our show's have been quite steady, I really don't think I can come up with a best or worst show. Our first show with the latest bassist, Andy Gore, at the DogHouse in Utica was rough but not too aweful bad. The show I enjoyed the most was going out of state to played Legends of Gales Ferry CT.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

5)-This leads to the next question-what's your most embarrasing moment onstage with
CAROLINE BLUE? How about with other bands you've been in?

Doc-My most embarrassing moment with CB was at Franks. With other
bands? When I was in Savage Jack we had just gotten a new drummer and
drilled him for 21 days straight to play our next show... in practice
he was almost perfect but we didn't know he suffered from "stage
fright" and blew every song -- he tanked the gig... we were real
embarrassed and real pissed off too, fired him the next day.

Joe-Again I can't point to a specific embarrassing moment, but have had a few brain-farts; forgetting how a song began, or starting the wrong song. I'm not one to dwell on the negetivity of bad moment. I look more to what was done right not wrong.

6)-Before you guys were in the band, CAROLINE BLUE played mostly originals and
were never seen live without those leather pants on. Now the band is
playing alot of covers (hard rock/metal/modern rock) and just wearing
street clothes onstage (note-the band has recently brought the leather back). How do you feel about this change?

Doc-It's just how things are done in the band, I don't question it. I just play
what is put in front of me to play and give it 200 percent every time.
I know my girlfriend prefers the "leather wearing" shows though.

Joe-At this point in Caroline Blue's life, I think it was good to step back from the flamboyant stage style, and unfamiliar songs to the audience the whole night, to picking up a more metal style and feel we can portray with songs like Ace of Spades, Seek and Destroy, NIB. Taking this route has helped to take our originals, and take them from souding like pop metal to sounding like a full metal band. Just listening to the originals now as compared to how they sounded has been a great transformation. I feel we have gone from Poison-like to Metallica-like, and I believe that is a good thing. I have always thought that ability outweighs image by a long shot.

7)-We've been trying to find some dirt on WWJ for a long time-any stories you'd like to share?

Doc-Sorry, Wayne has beat you to this one by paying me off rather well for my silence.... but I can tell about the "leg humping" incident at Shamrocks if you can cough up some more money....

Joe-To tell the God's honest truth, I don't know of any dirt on Wayne. I have only known him for just short of a year, and haven't found any dirt on him yet. The closest I can come up with was once he said people thought he was gay because of his passive manorisms, and demeanor, but I've seen some of his girlfriends, and he is surley not a homo. lmao!!!!

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

8)-What would you like to personally accomplish in Caroline Blue?

Doc-I'd like to record and tour with CB.

Joe-I would like to just simply learn to be the best performer I can be. What I have learned in the past year is far more than anything I have done in the past. A little fame wouldn't hurt; I'll know that when a stranger on the streets approaches me and says "I've seen you before, You play drums for Caroline Blue." As soon as i hear that i'll know I have personally made it to the next stage of success.

9)-How far do you believe Caroline Blue can go?

Doc-As with anything in life, you go as far as you dare to and no farther. I
don't know about the other guys, but I'm pretty f*cking daring!

Joe-I really believe, with the current lineup we have what it takes to make it to the national stage and beyond. I look forward to my first studio appearance, and hopefully with 3 CD's out we will be picked up somewhere along the line. From what little i have known of Caroline Blue in the past the changes in the band has the ability to make it up there quite a ways.

10)-Any words you'd like to say to all of Caroline Blue's Fans, Firends & Freaks who are online reading this?

Doc-Yes, come to more shows! Wayne's been real busy booking so we're bound to
have one near to you soon enough. And thanks for being there for us,
it really means a lot!

Joe- I have never been much of a social butterfly, but it has been great to perform for you, and get to know you. I pray for your continued support, which without you wouldn't be possible. You in the audience make me feel that all the work I've done to get to where I am has been worthwhile. I have been humbled by these of you who say, "Damn, dude, you can play those drums." That is what i have worked my whole life for. It is you in the crowd that makes this whole venture worth

7/21/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-7/25/09-Boneshakers-Ogdensburg, NY

SATURDAY 7/25/09-1st Annual Boneshakers Bash

BONESHAKERS 110 Lake Street Ogdensburg, NY 13669

CAROLINE BLUE w/ Cain, Sabbatical & Crazy Train (Ozzy Tribute from Mass.)

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

Show starts @ 3:00 PM-Admission: $10.00

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE plays their own original material as well as songs by KISS, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motorhead, Dokken, Motley Crue, Rage Against The Machine, Theory of a Deadman,Tool & many more...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

-Hey now! Finally got around to getting this thing done. This will be a long one-but considering that we ended up playing 2 shows in 1 day, it's only fitting. Let me warn you-this is a long one so....

-I only got 4-5 hours of sleep the night before. But we were all up and on the road by around 10 AM or so. Can't remember the exact time. Then we left towards Ogdensburg, making a stop at Doc's favorite place-Cracker Barrel-along the way. A bright, humid day. We arrived @ Boneshakers ealy-which was a good thing. We didn't have the same hotels as before. Those were like a few miles away. The ones we got were about 20 miles away. This was the 1st annual Boneshakers Bash. 4 bands playing on a stage outside-which was actually made from hay trucks. Cool-as long as none of us fell thru the stage, we're happy. We would be on 1st, then Sabbatical, Cain & last was Crazy Train-an Ozzy Tribute from Mass. Me & Doc went back to the room to get dressed up & cleaned up and we ended up being late to the stage. Not to mention the rooms all the bands got had no A/C! So we had to get new rooms. Scruffy gave us an extra 10 minutes though so that made up for it.

So we went on around 3:15 PM. here's the setlist...

-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-T.N.T. (AC/DC)
-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Pain
-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

-So we played for an hour and 15-20 minutes. Not bad. Not a lot of people here at this point though, but we still soldiered on. Sound was great. I was basically looking at the setlist and chopping songs out-we were initially going to use last night's list w/ only a few omissions due to time constraints. Joe hates when I stray from the setlist, but you have to do what you have to do. It's always interesting to wear sunglasses while performing. You never know if they're gonna fly off your head or worse, fly off enough so they're still partially on your head. :)

-So we finished our set and received a good response from the people who were there. Then Greg, the owner came up to us. He'd told us for months how we'd be playing in front of a ton of people and I guess he felt bad over what happened-so he asked if we wanted to play inside after Crazy train was done. That would be around 10 PM-and going on till 2 AM. On top of that, the sound guys outside could not tear down & put back up their gear in time-and what was inside was a bare-bones system that's mainly used for kareoke type stuff. But we still had the offer-and we knew the chances were great that there would be a huge amount of people here by that time. So what did we say? Yes-of course!

-With help from Larry (Cain) & Art, the system inside became passible and all we had to do now was play. 1st off-shower time. Maybe it's cause I'm getting older, but you really appreciate a good shower when you can get it-especially after having show funk on you :)

-So after we got back, we checked out some of the other bands and started to get ready. My main concern was hoping that both my voice & my strings held out. I'd never sung that much in a 2 day period and I didn't have an extra packet of strings w/ me-I'd forgotten to bring them. I'll usually break a string within 3 to 4 times of performing. That 4-5 hours of sleep was catching up w/ me a little too.

-So then the moment arrived and we hit the stage! Here's the set lists....

SET 1

-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-T.N.T. (AC/DC)
-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Where the River Flows (Collective Soul)
-Locked & Loaded (Halford)
-Shout at the Devil (Motley Crue)
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-How You Remind Me (Nickelback)
-Cold Gin (KISS)
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-Welcome to the Fold (Filter)
-Christian Woman (Type O Negative)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

SET 2

-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Deny
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Out of My Life
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Bulls on Parade (Rage Against the Machine)
-Wish (Nine Inch Nails)
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Scars (Papa Roach)
-Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
-N.I.B. (Black Sabbath)
-Talk Dirty to Me (Poison)
-You've Got Another Thing Comin' (Judas Priest)
-Careless Whisper (Seether/Wham)
-Mine, Mine,Mine
-Slave to the Hourglass
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)

-The place was filled with people and we had an awesome time. Check out some of the pics that are-there are some very wild & crazy people up in the North Country. Both my voice & my strings held up. I was burning onstage. My shirt was so wet that I could wring it and it was like I'd just dunked into a sink full of water. Don't even mention the leather pants. I think they fused with my legs (HA!). WE were all totally sweat drenched when we were done. I know at various points we all started to feel the gas tank go towards empty (so to speak), but I know when it happened to me. Just before "Seek & Destroy." It's like I hit this wave of heat and I was drained. Plus the neck of the guita-which was coated with sweat, dried a little so now it was a little sticky. But we kept going & got thru it.

-During the Sabbath songs, Doug-the singer for Crazy Train- was nearby so I calle dhim up and he sang thru those songs. That was a trip cause he didn't have the outfit on, but he was still moving & singing like Ozzy. We sold more shirts & CDs this night too. Scruffy told me the place was filled to capacity and, for the most part, we kept people up front and moving. That was awesome & I'm very proud of my guys for waht we did.

-After the show, when people were leaving, I felt like a wet rag. I just wanted to take another shower and go to bed. I even lost a few pounds in body weight from this show. I had to drive Mindy's car back but I entered the car wrong and my hip cramped up big time. Nice huh? I eventually got into car not made for 6'3" people :) We did stop off at a Nice & Easy to get some subs before heading back to the hotel. Joe decided to sleep in the car-he wanted to do it-while the rest of us took the room w/ 2 beds & a cot. I had 1st dibbs on the shower. Man, I felt like I was peeling off those leather pants. The guitar straps were STILL moist w/ sweat 4 days later! Then it was time to sleep. Course, one of us decided that this would be the night he'd start sawing some wood, but I still fell asleep quickly. By this time it was around 4 AM.

-Still was the 1st one up around 10-although I woke up a few times thruout the night. Usually we're on the road before 11, but this time it was just before noon. The trip back was fine w/ no mishaps. Course, whenever we play @ Boneshakers, we always stop at this Oriental Grocery Store in Watertown that Doc loves so he can get "some of the good stuff." And, of course, Joe has to buy some Kimchee-hence one of his nick names "Kimchee Joe." And-of course, Joe has to eat some on the ride back & we all know what Kimchee smells like right? Not what you want to smell when you in a container hours away from home. This time he was in Mindy's car so they had to deal with it. Me , Doc & Art were in the Van and after this stop I was in back w/ all the gear. I basically fell asleep off & on toill we reached our practice room, unloaded the gear and went home.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

-On behalf of all in CB, I want to thank Scruffy for hooking us up for this show. A huge thanks to Greg for not only being part of Scruffy's efforts to have us play here, but for taking a chance & giving us the opportunity to prove ourselves in front of a packed house. We need a few more of these at different places. Thanks for all the bands & the sound/light guys-they all did great. Most of all, thanks to all the wild, crazy, wonderful people out there. You are the ones who make it all worthwhile. Told you this was gonna be a long one :)

7/21/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-7/24/09-Hotel Adams-Adams,NY

FRIDAY 7/24/09

HOTEL ADAMS 4 West Church Street Adams, NY 13212

CAROLINE BLUE Opening for Cain

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

Show starts @ 9:00 PM-Admission: $5.00

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE plays their own original material as well as songs by KISS, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motorhead, Dokken, Motley Crue, Rage Against The Machine, Theory of a Deadman,Tool & many more...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

Wow-this was quite the weekend! I believe this is the 1st time that CAROLINE BLUE has played 3 (!) shows in 1 weekend-with 2 of them being on the same day! Let's get on with this shall we?

-I managed to get a half day off so I wouldn't end up rushing to the gig-plus I never know on Friday's how long I'd have to do OT-that's whole other blog altogether! Anyways, we met up (with me being fashionably late as usual), but I knew we'd have plenty of time to get there.

-In addition to the band, we also had our sound guy Art and Doc's girlfriend Mindy and their friend Shannon with us for this odyssey, so we took 2 cars. Me & Andy in the van & the rest in Mindy's car. Course, Mindy's car got separated from us and lost for a little while. Rumor has it this was due to Joe insisting that any show we go to can be reached by going on Rt.11 (HA!).

-So we get there and get all the gear inside. Then we went to check out our rooms. We originally were going to spend the night at a friend's place, but that fell thru last minutes-but luckily we got these rooms. They're located above the stage area. Hotel Adams is like this huge old colonial house w/ a lot of atmosphere. As soon as I went upstairs and was walking in the hallway I was thinking that I was in a real-life Resident Evil game . Every time I walked thru those halls I half expected a zombie to jump out at me. :) We got 2 rooms-one for Doc, Mindy & Shannon and the other for the rest of us. We did get some extra cots and Joe brought his blow up bed w/ him. Course, our room had this old fish tank in it w/ 2 dead fish in it-and one that was still alive! Zombie fish maybe? :) This was taken care of quickly.

-Anyway, then sound/lights arrived and we all got things set up and then realxed until around 9:30 PM. Here's th setlist...

-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-T.N.T. (AC/DC)
-Out of My Life (I Want You)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Sex Type Thing (Stone Temple Pilots)
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-For Whom The Bells Toll (Metallica)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
--Welcome to the Fold (Filter)
-Christian Woman (Type O Negative)
-Deny
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Pain
-N.I.B. (Black Sabbath)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)

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CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (over 5 years ago)

We had a good crowd here. A bunch of them stayed right in front of us thruout most of the show. Hope they didn't mind us sweating on them :) Sound & lights were an issue. With lights, at one point during "Sex Type Thing", the stage was completely black for about a verse-thta was interesting. There were several people who told us after the show that we didn't sound right and that either the vocals and/ or the guitar were too low at times. Since I wasn't out there, I can't really comment. I can only comment on the monitor mix-what there was of it. Initially-before we went on- my guitar was actually a little loud thru the monitors. The soundguy asked if I was going to play that loud and I said no. As soon as we went on-there was basically NO guitar in the monitor. All I could hear was bass, drums & my vocal. I could hear my guitar a little if I was right in front of it, but when I stepped away-nothing. I asked about 4 times for the guitar to be turned up in the monitors. Nothing. Both Doc & Joe said they couldn't hear my guitar and barely heard my vocals. I couldn't hear them singing. This led to some interesting "versions" of the songs at times, but we got thru it. One good thing was the soundguy brought a 220 v. converter so I had clean sound. Unfortunately, Doc didn't and his sound was filled w/ hissing.

-Even with all that happening, we had a good reaction from the crowd. there are some crazy people in Adams! We sold a bunch of CDs & shirts here and signed a lot of stuff. I also can't remember the last time there were som many cameras taking pics of us. It's a wonderful feeling. If you're at the hotel, you might see a signed CAROLINE BLUE shirt on the wall.

-Cain was on after us and did very well. They sounded great. I didn't catch their whole set because we were busy talking w/ people & posing for photographs outside. In fact, I didn't get to bed till around 4 AM.

-Big thanks to Keith & Family @ Hotel Adams for having us-we'll be back here again on 8/15. Also thanks to Cain and all the people who were there to check us out. You guys are awesome! Pics from this show will be up soon. Now it's off to the Boneshakers blog entry....