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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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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  (about 7 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)

-

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 7 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....

7/16/09-CAROLINE BLUE Drummerr in 2009 15K Boilermaker Race-Utica,NY

Joe Boyle, drummer for CAROLINE BLUE was one of the runners in the 2009 15K Boilermaker Race in Utica,NY last Sunday. He finished it in 1 hour and 13 minutes. Pics of him-wearing his CAROLINE BLUE shirt of course :)-can be seen HERE http://www.brightroom.com/view_user_event.asp?EVENTID=47491&BIB=847&S=230&PWD=

7/14/09- CAROLINE BLUE Show-7/18/09/Shamrocks-N. Syracuse, NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOW-Saturday 7/18/2009

SHAMROCKS 109 East Taft Road North Syracuse, NY 13212

CAROLINE BLUE goes on at 10 PM till 1:30-2 AM

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

Doors open @ 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  (about 7 years ago)

Ah-I'm late here again. I think I need to hire a personal assistant or something :) Anyway, CB was back in Syracuse to play at the only bar here that will let us in (HA!)-Shamrocks! Here's the set list...

SET 1

-Hard Life
-Get the Fuck Out (Skid Row)
-Slave to the Hourglass
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-Hey Man, Nice Shot (Filter)
-T.N.T. (AC/DC)
-Welcome to the Fold (Filter)
-Christian Woman (Type O Negative)
-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Shout at the Devil (Motley Crue)
-Where the River Flows (Collective Soul)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Wish (Nine Inch Nails)
-Sex Type Thing (Stone Temple Pilots)
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Pain
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)

SET 2

-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-I've Seen The Light Tonight
-Won't Be Home Tonight
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Deny
-Bulls on Parade (Rage Against The Machine)
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-You've Got Another Thing Comin' (Judas Priest)
-Mine, Mine, Mine
-Talk Dirty to Me (Poison)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Cold Gin (KISS)
-How You Remind Me (Nickelback-solo acoustic)
-Sober (Tool)
-Dead or Alive
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)

-Things went off pretty well for the most part. It's been awhile since we've done one of these 4 hour shows so there was some huffin & puffin coming from the stage at times. Outside of my voice cracking twice, I did ok. We had about 30-40 people walk thru the doors so it wasn't a huge crowd, but we had some wild people there. We also made some new friends here & met up with some old ones.

-There were some interesting moments. During "Cold Gin" Doc broke his low E string so while he was changing it, I broke into a solo acoustic version of "How You Remind Me." I haven't done that since I played solo @ The Checkpoint Tavern back in July 2008. After the show this one guy came up to me suggesting that, for future shows, we should do like 3-4 acoustic song section to break things up. Interesting....Joe kept disappearing into this one room thruout the night. Could it be that secret bondage room that is rumoured to be at Shamrocks? :) Doc had his handful w/ the lady in leather :) . As for me, I was talking to a beautiful woman when her boyfriend came up and started humping my leg-twice! Thankfully no pics captured this moment.

-We wish to thank Steve & Barbara ( and "B") for having us back at Shamrocks-we look forward to playing here again in the future. Also a huge thanks to all the people who came out in support of us-it's deeply appreciated. Now let's see if I can get the other 3 shows updated....

6/30/09- CAROLINE BLUE Show-7/4/09-Hotel Adams-Adams,NY

CAROLINE BLUE will be performing at the benefit for Hotel Adams in Adams,NY on Saturday July 4,2009. Below is a list of the bands & their time slots

Outside Stage Cain - 12:30 - 2:00 Doxology - 2:30 - 3:15 Warp8 - 3:45 - 4:30 Hush - 5:00 - 5:45 Autumns Obsession - 6:15 - 7:45 Hometown Hero's - 8:15 - 9:30 Closing Outside Stage

Inside Stage Money Shot 1:15 - 1:40 Flat Black - 1:45 - 2:30 The Gammas - 3:00 - 3:45 Caroline Blue - 4:15 - 5:00 Stranger Still - 5:45 - 6:30 Eyes Of Yours - 7:00 - 7:45 Clinch - 9:30 - 12:30 Show Headliner 12 Gauge Appocolyps - 1:00 - 2:00

Admission is $5.00. For more info please visit http://carolineblue.com/

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 7 years ago)

-Wow-what a wild time! Just got back from our show @ Hotel Adams & it went great! Let's get into this shall we?

-Believe it or not, I actually arrived at our practice place for load up a little early (!!!). The other guys were still there ahead of me though. It was raining a little at this point but the weather cleared up later on. We arrived at Hotel Adams around 1 or 2-plenty of time before we hit the stage at 4.

-We ran into some old friends here-including Cain and the drummer from 12 Gauge Apocalypse-who remembered being at a CB show 3-4 years ago-what a memory! There was bands both outside & inside all day long. Lots of bands playing heavy stuff, original stuff & covers.

-We loaded our gear in and started to get things set up. The sound guys did a pretty good job-I was told out front everything was heard well. I didn't hardly hear my guitar at all, but you make due. Could be cause the CB rhythm section plays so hard :)

-Here's the set list for this show

-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-Deny
-T.N.T. (AC/DC)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Pain
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)

-1st Encore-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Extension-Nothing Will Satisfy You & Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)

-We received a very warm reception from the crowd that was here and had an awesome time! People were really getting into it and we had a pretty good sized crowd thru out the set. We were only suppose to play for 45 minutes, but the crowd wanted one more-so we gave it to them. In the middle of that song, the owner-Keith-went to my setlist and wrote that we could play for another 10-15 minutes! That's where the extension came from. Even after that, the crowd wanted another song, but we had to stop so the next band could go on. Fun thing is, the next band that was suppose to be up pulled a no show! Oh well...

-We did well overall I think-haven't watched the video playback yet. The power at this place was a little "dirty" so I wasn't as feedback-free as I would've liked. A few errors here & there, but I think we did good-and we certainly had enough people tell us after the show that we did well! Kinda funny, at one point, one of the guys in the crowd even jumped on stage and tried to sing a verse to one of the covers.

-Again, we had a great time and we already have another show booked there w/ Cain on Friday July 24. We're going on @ 9:30 & playing for 2 hours. I want to thank Keith & his family for having us here & taking a chance on us. Nice intro BTW (we came in on our learjet???) (HA!). And a huge thanks to all the people there who made us feel very welcomed there. We hope to see you all again (& bring a few friends!) there on the 24th. Pics up soon!

6/23/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-6/27/09-Northern Lights, Clifton Park,, NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOW-Saturday 6/27/2009

Dyken Pond Wildlife Benefit

NORTHERN LIGHTS 1208 Route 146 North Country Commons Clifton Park, NY 12065

CAROLINE BLUE goes on at 8 PM, followed by Coyle, Untaymed & Nocturum

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

Doors open @ 7:00 PM-Admission: $10.00 advance/$12.00 at Door

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  (about 7 years ago)

-Thanks for the comment MM! I've only been to the place once-to see the band of a friend of mine play-but that was years ago. I was looking forward to a place that has such a great history of rock bands.

-Things started off with me being late to the practice room. I know "what else is new? (Ha Ha), but earlier I was at a police checkpoint and thru that I found out that my front license plate was gone! Nice huh? So getting that all squared away before hitting the road took some time.

-Me, Doc & Mindy then got Joe and away we went. We arrived there early-we were the 1st band there. Since we were the 1st band playing, we were able to set up right on stage and get a good sound check. The sound guys there-I didn't get their names-were great & very helpful. We had a good mix onstage and people said we sounded great out front. I heard myself pretty well although I have never heard bass drums that thunderous! I mean holy crap-the vibrations actually knocked our banner off the front of the stage while we were sound checking.

-This was a 4 band show and, as such, we only had 40 minutes to play. We were told ahead of time that the other bands were playing all original so we followed suit-with 1 exception. here's the list

-I've Seen The Light Tonight
-Dead or Alive
-Slave to the Hourglass
-Won't Be Home Tonight
-Pain
-Mine,Mine,Mine
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Out of My Life (I Want You)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)

-"Deny" was actually on the setlist as well but I totally forgot about it! I wasn't really looking at my list. Overall, I think we did good. There was a decent sized crowd here when we went on and we got a great response from them. That was great to see-especially since this is the 1st time that CB has ever played in the Albany area. I was a tad sloppy on "Ace of Spades"-cause with Doc singing that I can actually move! In the past I used to move around a lot more on stgae but now that I used the boost on my amp during solos, I can't be so carefree when moving. Plus with all the singing I now do, I can focus on the pitches and breathing more when I don't move as much. Maybe I need to get a new headset mic....

-Unfortunately, due tot he distance we had to travel, we really couldn't stay to watch the other bands. We did catch part of Coyle's set-they were on after us-and they sounded good. And, of course, Mr. Johnny Sniper was here & it was good to see him again. I made sure to promote him and his "sniper diapers" (thongs w/ his face on them) a few times onstage. Kinda like the old days :)

-After unloading gear, I didn't get back home till around 1 AM. To sum it up, we had a good time there & we look forward to playing in that area again in the future. Thanks to Nocturm, Coyle, Untaymed, the people & crew @ Northern Lights & Mr. Sniper for having us for this show and making things easy for us.

-Now I have to go to work :(