Sparrows just wrapped up a PropertyOfZack sponsored tour along with Under The Gun Review. Today we’re stoked to be posting the band’s final Road Blog from the run of dates. Check out the new Road Blog entry below!
Okay so here’s the last blog. Problem is I’ve now been home for a week, so the memory is getting a bit hazy. Sure I had three days off when I got home when I could have written this, but we all knew that wasn’t going to happen. Why would I do work when I could relax in the luxuries of my own apartment after a month living out of a van with threeother dudes? Then I had to work for 5 days in a row, and let’s face it, after a day at work all I want to do is relax in the luxuries of my own apartment after a month living out of a van with three other dudes. Note to self, copying and pasting doesn’t make things sound any cooler, even though it’s quicker so I can spend more time relaxing in the luxuries of repeating the same joke so many times. No more filler, back to tour.
After Alabama, we headed back in to the fine state of Georgia to Atlanta. Another big baseball stop for me was Turner Field where the Braves are hoping for a nice post‐season run (update: they were eliminated after one game). Beside that was the site of the former Atlanta‐Fulton County Stadium, where my beloved Toronto Blue Jays won their first World Series back in 1992. Standing on the same spot as Joe Carter brought back memories of the videotape I watched because I was only 2 years old when they actually won. Shame on me. Rem and I also visited the World of Coca Cola that day. Getting to taste every flavour of Coke possible was pretty amazing. It’s been a week at home and I’m starting to go into Cherry Coke withdrawal (yeah, we don’t have it here). Our show in Atlanta was at Under The Couch on Georgia Tech Campus. We played with Kelsi Grammar (before you get excited, double check the spelling). They were phenomenal. Definitely one of the best bands we’ve played with on this tour. Definitely would recommend them to anybody. Drove up to Chattanooga, Tennessee that night and crashed at (surprise) a Wal Mart. Found out the next day that Chattanooga is actually one of the most dangerous cities in America, so we (possibly literally) dodged a bullet on that one not getting robbed or anything.
Our day was consumed with driving.We started in Tennessee, dipped back into Georgia, then made our way up through Kentucky (yeah, we got KFC) and ended the day just south of Indianapolis, Indiana. We got Chili’s, which was pretty much the only thing around. Rem got a steak, which he paid for himself. To quote Dan, it was “the first steak paid for and eaten in the history of tour, by someone on tour”. There was a big storm that night, but we definitely dodged the bulk of it, luckily. The drive from there involved going through a big patch of windmills, which was neat.
Next stop was Chicago, easily one of my favourite cities in the U.S. Big fan of the skyscrapers and the food there. Personally. Got to the venue, and it turned out to be two blocks south of Wrigley Field. That’s a pretty big deal to me. Only ballpark with more history to it nowadays is Fenway in Boston (which, if you recall, we walked by earlier on this adventure). Rem’s parents flew in from Colorado to see us, and very generously got us a room to stay at that night. We’d sincerely like to thank them for that, as well as all the nice things they had to say about our set. The added bonus to the hotel room was we could leave the van parked the next day and train into the city. Parking in any city, especially the major ones, is both expensive and a pain to find. The Sunday we had off so We went to see a Cubs game. Seeing a game at Wrigley is a real highlight. The atmosphere is indescribable. You can really feel the tension and depression that can only be caused by over a hundred years of losing. Kidding. It was great. Except the cold. Post game meal was none other than real Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, courtesy of Pizzeria Due. Our waitress was hilarious, and the pizza was delicious. Easily my favourite meal of the tour. A walk through downtown and a trip to the bean wrapped up our time in Chicago.