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Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Here is a photo of Cape's own DRIvIN' RAIN on stage at South Texas Rock Fest (July 12 2008)

photo: Skully Shemwell, Geep Clark, Timexx Nasty, Michael Stewart

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these guys rock "NOT!!!!"

-- Posted by warship1 on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 6:32 PM

look six whole people showed up rotflmmfao

-- Posted by warship1 on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 6:32 PM

Hey warship1 you are still on here! Always good to see you.

And since you bring it up.

The show went great and we had so much fun. We have posted over 700 photos on our myspace, and also live videos at youtube.

This was the most professional festival we have ever been to. Everything was ran smooth and silk. It shows what you can do with a music festival, if you have some big money backers. (Miller Lite Beer, Harley Davidson, At&T, Time Warner, ect)

They had it set up like a large football field. Stages on each side of the field faceing each other. With vendor stands all along the sides. So the crowd just turned and could see the other stage. This photo is from right when we started. Just as I was walking out on stage. What you see here are people running to the front of the stage. Check out the rest of the photos at our myspace www.myspace.com/drivinrain

I'd say over the weekend Queensryche pulled the biggest crowd. Tesla the next biggest. With our VIP passes we were able to walk around backstage and just meet people. I was very excited to meet Brian Vollmer from Helix and the Y&T guys. Skully got to meet Faster ******** and was the highlight of his weekend. We talked to so many bands over the weekend, also several record labels and three Texas radio stations. It was a dream show. Everything was better then I could have ever asked for.

We have already been asked back next year. And we maybe going back to Texas for a even bigger music fest soon!

Keep watching The Southeast Missourian for new show updates!

-- Posted by timexx on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 6:43 PM

and and and the people in this picture thought we were a real band till we started playing then when i opened my mouth and the sewage i call singing came out they all went to that other stage where real bands were playing.so we just went and hung around backstage like little kids bugging the real musicians for their autographs.

-- Posted by warship1 on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 8:44 AM

Your jealousy of me runs deep doesn't it. Makes me laugh!

"Shake your head and walk away, well you disgust me too. But in your mind you envy me and all these things I do!"

-- Posted by timexx on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 11:04 AM

bahahahaha!!!!....bahahahaha!!!!.....whatever dude you are in an 80's band in 2008 and a very mediocore one at best i don't care what you do i have known you and your pinbrain antics since i was like 13.i just think it's funny that you think your something cause ya bugged someone until they let you be filler while the "REAL" bands set up their equipment lol.now that's funny right there.i see i was the only one to comment on your great success cause no one cares lmmfao.

-- Posted by warship1 on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 11:47 AM

lol. If you dont care about me, or what I do, why do you spend soooo much time keeping up with me? If you really didn't care you wouldn't even take the time to read. But you do, you just can't help yourself.

I am VERY proud of everything we've done as a band. I have never said we were Aerosmith, or The Rolling Stones. I didnt say we were anything super special. We're are only musicians, we never said we came to change the world. We're just a hard rock band from Cape. We play the music we love. And we stay true to our music roots. We arnt the kind of band that follows the trends. We learn from the music makers before us. And we carry on a stlye of music we enjoy. Much like a Jazz band does when they cover 1920s big band songs.

As far as being filler at STRF, maybe we were, but what did YOU do that weekend? And if we were filler, so was L.A. GUNS, XYZ, and HELSTAR. They all played on the same stage as we did. Not a bad job for a Cape band.

If you like us great, come party with us. If not, fine, go see someone else. Cape is lucky to have so much talent. And so many different kinds of bands to enjoy. Go see one of them in one of our local music venues.

You may not personally care for the kind of music we play. And thats fine. It's hard rock not pop, we don't make music for the masses. We make hard rock music for people who want to rock hard. Not everyone likes Ozzy, but then again not everyone like Garth Brooks. But, some do. And a band can only play for thos who want to listen to the sounds they make.

We sold a lot of CDs and t-shirts in Texas. We personally signed hundreds of autographs and handed out hundreds of photos over the weekend. We are still moveing cds online to new friends in Texas.

Say what you want, it makes no big deal to me. I am proud of what I have done, and I am proud of DRIvIN' RAIN for rocking hard for over 15 years. We have been up and down, had good times and bad times, and thats alright with me. At least I know I'm on the right road.

I have been singing since 1984. It's now 2008 and I'm still doing it. I'm playing shows with my favorite bands. And going places I've never been, to sing for people I may never see again. I wouldn't change it for the world. And if for some reason I never sing again, I can be proud of the things I've done, and the friends I've made.

Over all, I think we have proven that you can be a band from Cape, make whatever kind of music your heart desires, and be successfull in your own ways. If you just stick to it, and always try to be the best you can be.

"Long live music and the music makers. For music is the heart beat of the world."

-- Posted by timexx on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 2:34 PM

Time for someone else to stand up with Timexx for Drivin'Rain, although their record speaks for itself, and this still being a marginally free country, they are easily avoided. Don't attend their shows or buy their music. Choose what you prefer, which leaves more room for those who do want to hang with the Raingang!

The caption states that it is a photo of the band; most festival crowds tend to look more or less alike. From the stage scaffolding, the experienced eye can judge it is meant for a large crowd. Evidently the photographer is standing in the front rows.

The San Antonio newspaper estimated attendance at 300,000. DR's website shows crowd shots. Several of my friends were among them, rocking out and getting sun-baked with their fellow headbangers. They were more than thrilled to add DrivinRain to their playlists!

If you weren't there because you didn't care to be there (or anywhere else DR is playing), that's fine, but don't assume everyone shares the same tastes. The show schedule also confirms that 3 separate stages were set, so therefore no one was playing for anyone's set up time. If the audience members wandered between shows, their privilege.

I attended every show DR did on their Kansas tours, plus one in Poplar Bluff in 2006 and Scott City in 2007. This means, I've been with DR a total of perhaps 48 hours, both behind the scenes on tour, and rocking out whenever I hear them from out front! Their Kansas shows were filled with the best of local musicians and informed audiences, who'd have them back here in a heartbeat. Their music sells well even though it's been too long since they've toured Oz.

We have excellent live music here; it's not as if we don't know better or have no alternative. Kansans will also kick Missourians back into the brushy hills when we don't like them.

If someone has something different to say, please speak up. If I were from Rush L's hometown, I'd want someone else out there representing my town. It's a nice lil burg.

-- Posted by Her_Majesty,_Dementia on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 6:26 PM

so now you got your mom to post bahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

-- Posted by warship1 on Fri, Aug 1, 2008, at 9:21 AM

There are tons of bands out here in California that have NEVER made it to the big time, but still go out every weekend and rock out BECAUSE IT'S A FUN THING TO DO!!! Playing music is fun! Making people smile (regardless of if it's 10 people or 100 people) and have a good time is very worthwhile.

So, Drivin' Rain...keep doing what you do...and,to the other guy who likes to insult people on the internet...have fun watching WWE. Do you even know how to play an instrument? Maybe you should take one up so you can join Dr. CHUD and Doyle on their path to worldwide wrestling domination.

Jerry Only must be so ashamed.

-- Posted by mellosarah on Fri, Aug 1, 2008, at 11:50 AM

Once again with no imagination and complete predictability, Warship1 is attacking the person, not the message. My eighth graders could do better. Maybe someone needs a glass of milk, a cookie, and a nap. Then, a nice bath with the toy boats.

For the record, I do have a son, but he's not the frontman of DrivinRain. Hell, yes, I do love these guys for good reasons! So do their other loyal fans.

So, where's your band's next gig?

-- Posted by Her_Majesty,_Dementia on Fri, Aug 1, 2008, at 11:36 PM

i've played in many of band even had slimexx as a singer once but i grew outta playing crappy music and went on to bigger and better things.now i am unable to play but i still know what good and or bad music is.and a no name band from cali that has no idea what they are talkin about (jerry only ruined the fits not chud or doyle.and jerry was the one on the wrestling kick)is gonna tell me otherwise.it's my opinion and i can express it on the internet all i want to it's a free country so bash me all ya want don't change the fact that i think they suck.

-- Posted by warship1 on Sat, Aug 2, 2008, at 2:35 AM

You think The Misfits suck?

I'm confused...your last comment was filled with many grammatical errors and frequent punctuation mistakes. Not to mention the total disregard for capitalization at the beginning of sentences. No wonder you're so frustrated and annoyed! I'll bet it's hard for you to insult people on the internet when you have the composition capabilities of a 3rd grader.

I don't even know what I'm talking about. I guess I need to pay more attention to WWE.

-- Posted by mellosarah on Sat, Aug 2, 2008, at 4:45 PM

look idiot i'm disabled and only have one arm you wanna go there? don't worry about my typing skills.and yes the misfits suck ever since doyle,chud,and graves quit they suck,as a matter of fact i'd think jerry only had been listening to drivin rain the way it sounds nowdays. but if you wanna say something about my disability then laugh at me for that i don't care i still think drivin rain sucks the dirt off redneck boots.

-- Posted by warship1 on Sat, Aug 2, 2008, at 7:19 PM

Hey mellosarah, I like Drivin' Rain and the WWE, so ease up on the wrestlers and concentrate on the cripple.

-- Posted by Gigolo on Sun, Aug 3, 2008, at 1:38 PM

hey gigolo charma will catch up to you one day so...i'll leave it at that

-- Posted by warship1 on Sun, Aug 3, 2008, at 3:48 PM

warship1- It's spelled KARMA! And for the record you have NEVER been in a band with me. You are out right lieing about that to make yourself look good. ALL my old bands are on myspace for everyone to see, with a complete list of band members I have played with. Along with photos of ewach band. And, I am still friends with all my old members. You've been lieing to people for years about that. At best, you might have TRIED out for one of my bands, but didnt get the job due to lack of real talent.

And really why should anyone even listen to what you have to say, when you dont even stand behind your own remarks. You hide behind your pc like a little kid talking trash on capescene. A real man is proud of what he has to say, and will stand behind his words. Do you even read the Southeast Missourian or do you just come here to post crap about me? Stop acting like a child and grow up.

I think we all know who this is.... he's been hateing on me for years because his jelousy eats at him. He has been fired from his old band because no one can stand to be around him for long. He is closed minded and thinks everything should be his way. And doesnt understand why everyone doesnt see things his way. I've talked to your old band members many times, and they have nothing good to say about you to me.

Specail thanks to all our friends who posted, emailed, or called me. We are ready to rock even harder in 2009! And go on proveing that anyone can do anything they want in life, if you just give it your all, and stay true to your own heart.

Watch for big new details soon that I cant talk about yet..... Have a nice day!

-- Posted by timexx on Tue, Aug 5, 2008, at 11:18 AM

i was in one of your bands. i didn't get fired i quit cause you couldn't sing.i stand behind my remarks YOU CANT SING. as far as the cripple bashing i'm sorry timexx cause when they bashed me for my disability i learned how i made you feel about yours i know you can't help that you can't sing. besides if i remember correctly your dead guitarist was disabled.not very nice to cripple bash but i guess you only know if your there. he was the one that got you where you are today cause he was the one with talent.i was just stating in the earlier post that i didn't like your music what ya can't take it when someone don't like you? what you think i wanna physically fight you cause you can't sing? no i was just giving my opinion and if you can't take the bashing your in the wrong business. and you have not talked to many of my old bandmates cause most of em are atlanta bands and a little too heavy for your taste. your the one that took what i said personal i was just saying i didnt like your band.your "FANS" are the ones that started cripple bashin.

-- Posted by warship1 on Tue, Aug 5, 2008, at 1:16 PM

warship1- I love constructive criticism. We have even paid people to do that very thing for us. But, that is not, what you were doing. You did not just come on here and say "I don't like Drivin' Rain, and I don't like their music." Go read your posts below. If you had just said "I don't like Drivin' Rain" I might have wanted to know why? Maybe you would have a good point or two. Maybe you would have had something that I might want to fix. Or maybe you wouldn't. But you did not do that, you were just posting misleading comments, being argumentative and antagonistic.

It is fine with me if you don't like my kind of singing. You don't have to listen. Not everyone likes the way Brian Johnson (AC/DC) sings, not everyone like ****** Nelson. My mother hates Janis Joplin, however I love Janis' music. That is just part of music. I don't want , nor expect "everyone" to like what I do. I have always tried to play hard rock music. In the veins of Guns N Roses, Quiet Riot, AC/DC, Jackyl, Helix, Skid Row, and Cinderella. As a kid I would sing along with gravel voiced singers like Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Axl Rose, Jim Dandy, and Nazareth. I love that sound of vocal. No one forces you to buy my records. Their is no law that says you must go to my concerts. You are free not to like me and the band. I am sure their are a lot of bands you don't like. (I'll bet we just played with a bunch of them.) But why waste your time picking on us if you hate us so much. Use that time to work on your own kind of music. Or a political or social cause you might believe in. Read a good book, take a walk in the park. Watch a ball game. Drink a beer. Find something better to do with your time. After all we are just a rock n roll band doing our thing for who ever wants to hear. We didn't follow trends, and become a grunge band just because everyone else did. We didn't become a heavy metal band just because Pantera did. We did what WE wanted, in a time when it was very uncool to play our kind of music. Yet we pushed on making the kind of music we loved anyway.

We had several members and friends die. We overcame many obstacles in our own personal lives. But we kept pushing on. And stayed true to our hearts. And now, after years of hard work, sweat, and sacrifice, we are starting to get somewhere.

I am sorry if this makes you upset, or if it makes you aware of how you didn't follow your own dreams. Maybe you should get out there and get a new band going. Steppenwolf sang "It's never to late, to start all over again". Don't let things get you down. And always refuse to give up. If the American Dream is still alive, you will rise above, if you work hard enough, and believe in yourself.

Now, I also want to add again, that you were NEVER in a band with me. We "might" have let you come try out once, but we would pass on lots of people who I felt did not represent the kind of music I wanted to make. If you had been in a band with me, you would be on one of my bands myspace pages. ALL the information and all of the photos of every band I have ever been in are online. Along with music I made in each group. And you, my irrelevant chum, are NOT on ANY of my band sites. Therefore you were not IN a band with me.

As for Tommy. He also was NOT disabled. He received no money from the government for any kind of a disability. In fact he did everything he wanted to do, when he wanted to do it. He did have some untreated medical troubles. That caused him severe pain. Yet despite the pain he was in, he went on stage every chance he had. Sometimes bleeding badly from one leg, leavening a DNA trace on every stage he walked on to. But he was not disabled, ever. He rose above the pain and drew deep from within himself to perform music he loved. We was always unwilling to play the victim. He would not feel sorry for himself. Nor would he allow anyone to feel sorry for him. He did not let things hold him down, or stop him from doing has he chose. Tommy was a God among men, in a godless age. I am proud to have been his friend while he chose to walk this earth. And I still miss him everyday.

I feel if you want you can carry on this conversation with me in person, over a cold beer. Or, you can feel free to send me a e-mail at drivinrain@hotmail.com or at any of my many websites. I understand you don't like us. And I am totally fine with that. Lets not clog up the Missourian's website any longer with you angry remarks. Just send them to me direct if you really feel the need.

-- Posted by timexx on Tue, Aug 5, 2008, at 3:21 PM

notice: I said Willy Nelson, but the website wont let you use the name Willy with IE at the end?

-- Posted by timexx on Tue, Aug 5, 2008, at 3:31 PM

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