Deep in the heart of Texas!

Hi everyone!

Man we had a blast in Texas! There is a lot to share in this blog, so if I ramble on…enjoy!

We rented another Mercedes Sprinter van. 6 bucket seats, a bench in back to sleep on, and massive storage for all of our gear. It’s perfect for our band. We use our iphones for navigating, we’re good, no worries.

We made great time getting to Houston. I drove 500 miles, Ryan 400, Joel did the rest. Checked into a Four Seasons, and had some chill time before heading over to the House of Blues, just around the corner. The whole thing was set up well. Thank you John McCally.

Our show was great, 11 tune set that we rocked. The crowd got into it and as always is the case, everyone loved Coffee Pot as a closer. Many thanks to all that helped us in Houston. House of Blues people are always friendly, helpful, and professional. We will rock Houston again. It was a first time visit for all of us.

We also took with us, Sean Nunan. Sean bonded with us and it appears he will be our new sound guy for all of our shows. He made a huge difference. We were loud, but it was a full balanced sound. I wish I could have been a fan to listen to TFB. I think we sounded amazing. Sean is a real professional who is smart and easy to be with. In my journey, I have always felt that either I get sent to people or they get sent to me. Sean was sent to us by the universe. I believe that.

Another warm experience is that I reconnected with a friend I haven’t seen in decades. Julie Lewis Brown. We go back a long way and she came to the show with her son Alex. Was a wonderful reconnect. What was also fun…I knew the music would blow her away. It did. She had no idea. No doubt there are a lot more out there like her. Doesn’t it feel good when you see someone you once cared a lot about and years later find nothing has changed? Thank you Julie. I dedicated Freedom to her that night and I heard her scream!:) A feel good.

Our friend Heather Smith from Atlanta was there too. Heather is great and we were all really happy to see her. Heather does a lot of PR work for TFB and seeing her was great. Bravo Heather, thank you for coming.

 After the show we hung out at a bar right by House of Blues. I can’t remember the name. But we had a good time. Rock band after a cool show hanging out with the locals. I eventually bailed and went back to the hotel, was pretty tired. Besides, we needed to head to Dallas the next day and one us of needed to be up and with it. I voted that would be me.:)

Dallas rocks!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been to Dallas many times and have always had a good time. Always. People there are friendly and fun.

So we pull up to the Gas Monkey Bar & Grill and could not believe it. An outdoor stage right next to a lake on a mildly hot day with no clouds. We had driven though a few storms, so when it all moved out, was a perfect night for a rock show.

Sean took the lead and made sure all the sound was right. We also modified what we were going to wear, because of how nice it was outside.

We played for an hour, rocked it out, met new friends, and had a blast. Many thanks to all at the Gas Monkey especially Danielle, who was our hostess. She was great. Also big thanks to Fred and Cowboy Mouth. Let’s do it again.

The drive home was priceless. Because we had Sean with us, we were able to make our Sprinter a tech mobile. If you haven’t already, you should really listen to the radio show I did with John Lewis. It turned out great as an acoustic 9 tune show. The ones I picked were  meant to highlight my wide variety of music as a writer. Some old favorites were included like Dare to Love. Go to tomfullerband.com and you can click the links to hear it. I think it turned out great.

Anyway, the band and I were able to hear it live in the Sprinter we were riding in. How cool is that? Radio show broadcast from London and we listen to it. Was a heart warming experience for me and I know John Lewis. In fact, I asked him. When was the last time you heard yourself on the radio from London? Pretty cool

 So that high, then led to watching the Chicago Blackhawks on the big screen in the van. We were bummed that we wouldn’t see the game because we were driving. But Sean said, let’s go to Wal-Mart and buy the cable we need. We did, smart move. We saw the Blackhawks lose a tough one, but we saw it. Cool. Our next van trip with Sean will be just as much fun. Thank God for trail mix, water, and tunes.

OK, almost done. June is finishing all the videos, cameos, and whatever else needs to be done on the videos. Every week has something happening and I am all over it. Will be filming all day tomorrow, I can’t wait. The 11 videos are so important! So June is closure month. Hoping too, the same applies to the Graphic Novel. That too is really cool and coincides with the album and video.

Everyone have a great June and as always, stay tuned for more TFB happenings.

God Bless,

TFB

Headed to Texas!

Hi everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope everyone had a great Happy Memorial Day Weekend. TFB sure did in Chicago! The weather was super nice. Wherever you are, I am hoping that your plans worked out and everyone had a great, but safe time.

My head has been spinning. We’re gearing up for our quick tour in Texas. Texas is such a cool state. Seriously, Texans are fun people who take football and music seriously. I’ve never been to Houston before, so having our first show at the House of Blues is a pretty cool way to get introduced to Houston. Come on out! We will be rocking. Another visit to Dallas is always memorable. In both cities, I’m pretty excited to see old friends and of course make new friends too.

I haven’t talked about the Graphic Novel that is being worked on too. GN’s are pretty cool. For my simple brain, I think comic books with major respect and coolness attached. Don’t have anything to share yet, but it’s happening as I write this. The GN will be a part of our plan. 1. Very cool 11 tunes music project. 2. Very cool 11 video series to go with the music, but with a completely different approach from the lyrics of the music. 3. GN to complement the videos and the music. It is really exciting, gigantic job, but will be so very worth it. Everyone’s patience with this undertaking has been so gratifying. Thank you.

We’re trying to nail down a handful of cool shows coming up soon. A couple may be a nice surprise. We’ll see. Hard to predict how things will turn out, but we have good people working on it.

Heading to UK again at the end of June for meetings and just hanging out. We need to all be on the same page concerning the imminent release of all 3 creative formats. I love London, and never turn down a chance to go. Really hoping that after everything has been released, TFB gets over there to rock the UK and anywhere else for that matter.

Couple of weeks ago, we had a visit from our publicist in London, and a journalist from a national paper in the UK with a large online presence too. They spent 3 days here in Chicago and of course TFB. All of us had a great time, and they got to have a special private performance by the band. While they were, John Lewis and I went to Parka Studios to record with Christian Cullen for the radio show in the UK called Get Ready To Rock. We performed 9 tunes with just guitars, and I think it turned out great. It’s fun to go back and play songs, exactly the way they were written. At the same time though, it can be challenging to play them when your ears are used to hearing drum parts, keys, etc…all the sounds of a live full band thing or even worse, the actual recording. Your ears and mind can play games sometimes. Anyway, we had a blast and the interview and live recording for radio will be posted everywhere soon. Ditto a bunch of very cool reviews concerning Freedom, the new project.

Am grateful for all of the support we get from all of you.  I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

God Bless,

TF

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day!!!!!!!! The high temperature in Chicago today was 42 degrees. And it rained.

So we’re still working on videos for the upcoming CD. I have seen additional footage and it’s pretty cool. Man, this is a big undertaking. It has been a challenge pacing everything, but for sure, I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Tomorrow is Jordy’s birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone please wish him a happy birthday. We’re rehearsing tomorrow night, so I know it will turn out to be a musical birthday party we will all remember.

Album/CD graphics are 95% complete. That’s been a big job too, but what I saw yesterday or maybe it was Tuesday, looked pretty cool. I was in Nashville when the first draft came from London. Excited. Was really nice because I was with Rick Chudacoff, my producer and he thought it was cool too.

We’re getting ready to rock Texas again at the end of May. So we’re making a set list we think Texas people will dig. We like rocking Texas and can’t wait to make new friends. Everything in Texas is big and we will deliver. House of Blues in Houston on Friday the 30th, and then the Gas Monkey in Dallas the 31st.  I guarantee you this: it will be a rockin’ great time. The last TFB Texas trip was amazing. We grew as mates and as a band. Just like when we toured Europe.

At the end of next week, we have two people coming over from London, to hang with TFB. Pretty excited about it, as it will turn into a feature story in a national newspaper in the UK.  The story of TFB will also be in an online edition and format. Pretty cool happenings. Usually it’s me that goes to London to be interviewed. Having them come here is truly awesome. We’re planning on a full rehearsal for them, a private concert. I know and can feel, it will be a blast, a very special treat.

Made arrangements to see Paul McCartney in Chicago with the band. Hoping to go back stage again, and hang out with Brian Ray and Abe Laboriel, Jr. They are great guys. We did it once before when he played Wrigley Field in Chicago. Seeing Paul McCartney is a wonderful experience and I encourage all to see a legend. I love how everyone knows the words and everyone sings along.

That’s it for now from Chicago. God Bless Everyone.

TFB

Saturday, April 12th, we are going to take over Hard Rock Cafe Chicago and blow the roof off the place! We’re going to be playing a ton of songs from our new album as well as TFB classics! The show kicks off at 10pm with our friends The JoyRyders and advance tickets are only $7.50!
You do not want to miss this!!

Saturday, April 12th, we are going to take over Hard Rock Cafe Chicago and blow the roof off the place! We’re going to be playing a ton of songs from our new album as well as TFB classics! The show kicks off at 10pm with our friends The JoyRyders and advance tickets are only $7.50!

You do not want to miss this!!

Big shows coming up!

Hi everyone,

It’s the end of March, feels like winter in Chicago, and we’re hoping to be able to go for a boat ride by July!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, this has been a very long winter. But we’re not alone. Most of America can say the same.

Our shows with Cowboy Mouth in Milwaukee and at the House of Blues in Chicago were fabulous. Many thanks to all the people that helped put the shows on, those that came out to listen, and those that were there in spirit!

Hoping you have seen some of the pictures posted on the TFB website and Facebook. We were really happy because we used our new TFB neon light. We think it’s pretty cool.

We recently worked out a couple of more shows with Cowboy Mouth in Texas at the end of May. Another House of Blues in Houston on Friday, May 30th, and Gas Monkey Bar N Grill in Dallas on Saturday, May 31st. We’re working on getting more shows for on the way down or on the way back or both! TFB has rocked Texas before and no doubt our next trip will be the same.

February 23rd we did a performance video for Jurisdiction. That leaves just two more to go, Sweet Dreams and Highest Mountain. Both fabulous songs, we’re certain you will enjoy. But we also still have several cameos to film as well. It feels like its taking a long time to complete, but making videos is just as intense as writing and recording a full music project.

We’re also getting into filming some of our shows live too. Soon, you’ll be able to see some of it on YouTube, Facebook, etc…

The album cover for Freedom has been selected, with minor tweaks being completed as I write. Since that is finished, now the EPK can be concluded too. It never ceases to amaze me how everything is always tied together. Can be frustrating at times waiting for one thing to be completed, and then having to wait for something else to be completed before tackling another.

For those of you who missed our Chicago House of Blues show, we have another big hometown gig coming up Saturday, April 12th at the Hard Rock Café in Chicago. Our friends The JoyRyders will be opening for us. Will be fun to hang out with Andrew & Co.; hoping all of you can make it. Will be a special show for sure!!!!!!!!

All of us are grateful for your support and hope to see any and all of you soon.

God Bless.

TF

Great Shows This Past Weekend!

Hi Everyone,

Many thanks to all of those cool fans who came out to rock this past Friday in Milwaukee at the Potawatomi Casino, and of course our hometown show at the House Of Blues in Chicago Saturday night! Two packed shows, awesome!!! We had a great time playing with Cowboy Mouth at both of these great venues!

Thank you also to all of the sound people that helped us! You guys are so professional.  It is always fun to play at well run establishments who take artists and their music seriously!

It was so much fun. The tunes are coming together as we reinvent them from recorded sound. Fat Boy, Jurisdiction, Freedom, Lonely Man……………..were so much fun playing live!!  We could tell the fans were turned on too.

We used our new TF neon icon logo on the stage at HOB. It’s pretty cool and I know it helped us get to another level. Look for more pics to be posted soon from both shows on all media outlets and the website. There are currently tons of pictures being posted on our Facebook page. Hoping you can check them out. Also, we filmed the HOB show. Hopefully the audio will be great and we will post on YouTube, etc. Stay tuned.

You guys are great! Thanks so much for your support. See you at the Hard Rock Café in Chicago April 12 for our major headlining show. Be there!!!!!!!!!

God Bless

TFB

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Happy Valentine’s Day! New shows, new album updates!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all TFB fans worldwide!!!!!!!!! 

Wishing everyone a super fun time. Please be safe driving and stay warm.

All month I have been thinking about our Europe tour last year at this time with Little Feat and later with Wishbone Ash. What a wonderful journey. John McCally put together a book with of his photos that documented our fun, rockin’ times. Well done John, it’s a keeper.

What’s really exciting too is that we will be going back again this year. No details yet, but with the release of the new project and videos, plans are being made now. It’s so very exciting. Rocking Europe is cool. I welcome going there this summer. We froze our butts off last time.

OK…………it’s time to come clean and update about the new album project and videos. Here’s the deal: We were going to call it “Don’t Ask.” Unfortunately, the potential covers we considered, didn’t quite communicate the vibe and coolness of the music. So………..I went back to my original choice which was to call it “FREEDOM.” The title track Freedom, is absolutely killer. Very honest and real, concerning the challenges of emotional pain. I consider it one of my best tunes ever.

To go with that, the video project has gone to another zone too. It started out we were just going to do one music video for the song 1+1 only. But that then evolved to doing a 6 tune story. Taking on a life of its own, that led to…………..let’s tell a story and do a video for each of the 11 songs from the CD. How cool is that? It’s been another labor of love, but very time consuming. Well worth it.

What I have seen is stellar. Not sure how this is all going to come together, but I think May 2014 is the date to wait for.
Music and video. 11tunes!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very cool.

A few shows are on the horizon. Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee on February 28th and the next night at the House of Blues in Chicago on March 1. Both of those shows we will be playing with Cowboy Mouth. The following month we will be playing at Hard Rock Café Chicago for the first time. That show is with our friends The JoyRyders on April 12th.
All 3 of these shows will be special and I’m hoping I see tons of familiar and new faces. These will be fun and you’ll have a great time!

Again, Happy Valentine’s Day from the Tom Fuller Band!!!!! Rock on!!

TFB

Video shoot update!

Hi everyone out there!

Wherever you are, I hope you are warm and taking care of yourselves. Happy winter!!!!!!!!!!

Last few days, TFB has been shooting film in Chicago. It really is a gigantic undertaking. A lot of people, time, and creativity go into this. Its
impossible to really understand how much detail is required until you walk the walk.

One of the surprise feel good for me is this: When any of the guys are playing their part and being filmed alone, I get to watch them perform as a watcher. Think about it: We rehearse; we do shows together, sing together. I never really get to watch!
So…………..have been re-blown away, watching my mates do their thing. You guys are great!

Makeup: Guys are clueless. I know women are experts, we are not! So……………..thank God for Katie and Sam. Both of these ladies are so good and so patient. I have a new sense of understanding when I see anyone wearing makeup. I get it. I also get how important it is for us to take care of our skin with moisturizers. Never in my wildest imagination, did I ever think I would write something like that. OMG I’m done.

We’re having a blast making videos. The decision has been made to have a video for each song on the new project. Also have been having thoughts about having a video release party somewhere too. Think about it. 11 videos telling a story, 11 killer tunes, 5 great guys.

And the worlds greatest fans!!!!!! You!

Anyone have a cool idea? Let us know.

God Bless and stay warm.

TFB

Happy New Year 2014!

Two zero one four! 2014!!


This year is gonna be a rocker. Happy New Year to all, everywhere.

We’re making like 9 videos. One is finished, the others are in process — whatever that means. :) Producing these videos is a very tedious, time consuming job. However, TFB is getting the job done!!

One fun thing I did last week: I ordered a huge neon TFB sign. Am going electric !!!!!!!!!!!!!! TFB will be electrified! Look for cool pics soon. My friend Betsy found a guy in the Chicago area who makes these by hand.
Very cool old school craftsman. Hoping we get it next week. Full credit goes to Jordy for the cool idea. Excited.

Couple of cool shows coming up soon. I’m already wound up for the House of Blues show in Chicago on Saturday, March 1st. Thinking this will be sold out, and we hope everyone can make it. Come to Chicago!

My Super Bowl pick is for Denver. I just get Peyton Manning, such a class act. Seattle is fabulous too, but I like Peyton.

Hoping you’re rocking it wherever you are.

TF

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all TFB fans everywhere! Thanks so much for all your support; we couldn’t have done it without you. All of us are very excited about 2014. We wish all of you a healthy and prosperous new year!

God Bless!

TFB