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“I wrote a pop record and then she showed up.” Andrew McMahon laughs, cradling his 6-month-old daughter, Cecilia, as his wife Kelly lounges nearby with their dog, Doris. The young family is backstage at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park relaxing before McMahon performs a sold out headlining show. McMahon is referring to his new release, the self-titled LP, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. McMahon has had a winding road to this artfully balanced life. This is a man who was diagnosed with cancer at 22 years old, on the cusp of releasing his debut album (as Jack’s Mannequin). Who wed Kelly the following year and then took on an arduous schedule of touring and album releases. Who was nominated for an Emmy Award for his song “I Heard Your Voice in a Dream” on NBC’s Smash. Who sold nearly 2 million albums in a little more than a decade. Who, for much of that time, was struggling underneath the weight of it all. Despite these outward signs of success – beating cancer, getting married and an Emmy nom – McMahon says the road to recovery was “a rollercoaster ride” that took the better part of a decade. “My body healed faster than my mind and my heart. It took me years to realize that and do the work. I had to figure out how to acclimate to the world post-illness. I decided to take time away from the business of making music so I could pay attention to everything else. I left my label, my management and the name I had been making music under for the better part of my 20s. I moved out of Los Angeles. It was a metaphorical hard reset.” Doors open at 6:00pm Show begins at 7:00pm
Sounds Like: The Supersuckers, Social Distortion, The Meatmen, Motörhead, Misfits
Label: Prophase Records
Manager: Michael DeMonte
Bio: The Griswolds (Montgomery County, PA) formed in the summer of 1995 with the original lineup consisting of Johnny Griswold on guitars and lead vocals; Bill Angry on bass and John Mims on drums.
The Griswolds started off strong, opening up for acts such as The Def Tones, Fu Manchu, The Muffs, and...See Full Bio