I've officially been Shiprocked, again!
It's weird. I'm still so tired I feel like I've been in a time warp for about a week. One second I was on a boat, the next I'm at my desk at work writing a newsletter. Shiprocked speeds up time: there's no sleep, that's for sure.
Cinderella, Tesla, Vince Neil, Drowning Pool, Sevendust, 10 Years, Black Stone Cherry, The Letter Black, Aranda, Lynam, Broken Teeth, Niki Barr Band and Pianotarium rocked the boat.
The cruise was on MSC out of Fort Lauderdale. The weather sucked but you can't control that. Because the water was choppy and wind strong, our port stop at Coco Cay was canceled and I was very bummed about this. I was very excited about the private island and I think everyone else was too. The high winds meant a couple shows were canceled/shuffled, but more on that in a minute.
For me, the best bands on the boat were Sevendust and Lynam. I also really enjoyed Tesla and Cinderella. The other bands I caught bits and pieces of their shows...and Vince is another story.
Because of weather, both Sevendust and Lynam were bumped and played one time only each (they were scheduled for two shows). So, Sevendust played up on the pool deck of the Poesia (that's the name of the ship) and it was basically awesome. The boat was literally rocking because of the rough seas and I think it was a little weird for the band, but the show wasn't affected. There was no pit -- not exactly the right crowd -- but the energy was high for everyone involved. In fact, I'd say the energy for the crowd of Sevendust was the best of any band on the boat. Everyone was jumping around! Definitely my favorite part of the trip.
Lynam are always good. The vibe of their show was different from other times I've seen them. Still, I had a good time and I love hearing some of my favorite songs live and lead singer Jacob Bunton is always nice and smiley.
Vince Neil was nowhere to be seen on the boat except on rare occasion when he wandered around with his blondentourage. While Vince was okay at the meet and greet, he wasn't very personable any other time. His show wasn't great either. I only watched about four songs - he did do "Tattoos and Tequila" and that surprised me. There was a mass exodus during Vince. I was standing at the door most of the show and I just watched a constant stream of people leave. Vince doesn't need to act like a diva (he was the only musician who arrived to the boat via limo)... especially when half the people in the group were there for him.
The food on the boat was basically horrible. There's no sugar coating that one. For someone with dietary restrictions like me, it was even harder to eat.
Beyond Sevendust and Lynam, my favorite part of the cruise was seeing my friends. I also got to check in lots of the passengers and it was fun seeing how excited they were – but it was great working with Heather NirVrana. Eric got to help get bands on the boat with Johnnie NirVrana. Kari and I wore matching jammies for pajama party night and we got loads of compliments. The both of us ran into Lajon Witherspoon while wearing our pajamas. He’s such a nice guy and we chatted a bit. It’s too bad I felt – and looked – like a jackass. Our very own Metalboy! was on the boat, too except every time I went looking for him…he was missing! He must have been on a covert metal assignment. I think he watched more of Vince than I did, so he’ll fill you in I’m sure.
What else? Cinderella did a great set. It was the same set they’ve been touring behind but it was fun nonetheless. During the meet and greet, people were getting mad because the guys in the band were disinterested. I made no effort to speak with any of the band members – I was busy – but I did notice a “leave me alone” vibe. Still, it was great watching Cinder from the center balcony with Kari, Eric and Ella. As Kari said “I love this band!”
Tesla played the first night of the cruise. That slot is both a blessing and a curse I think. Everyone is so amped to finally be on vacation, but getting on a cruise ship is typically a long, drawn-out process. Some people slept through the show – but those of us who made it in had a blast! As always, “Modern Day Cowboy” was my favorite part of Tesla’s show. The band was very personable to fans, too.
I loved Drowning Pool on the pool deck stage and I’m bummed I missed their special show in the theater. The Glam Mistress had to sleep! I’m ready for another round of Shiprocked fun. I want a few more days, better food, some warmer weather and Kix next time.
Thanks to everyone that came up to me to talk music – good times!