Today was the day that our drummer Danny got to “ring the bell” to announce that his radiation and chemo treatments are DONE! There’s still a long road ahead, but we’re looking forward to his full recovery!!
After Hurricane Ida, we were all pretty sure Leroy St Pierre wasn’t going to be able to make our Labor Day show at Haak Winery tomorrow. When we saw the photos of his house, we were doubly sure. But incredibly, he’ll be here tomorrow. Some of you have asked if there’s anything you can do to help. We know this is last minute, but if you have any of the following supplies, Leroy will have room in his trailer to take supplies back and get it into the hands of people that need it. His city (LaPlace) will be without power until at least September 29, and they still don’t have running water.
- Bottled water
- Gas (in approved containers)
- Wet wipes
- Gatorade, or any electrolyte drinks, powders, or tablets
- Bug spray
- Roofing Nails
- Plastic storage totes
- Trash bags (contractor grade if possible)
- Flashlights / Camping Lights / Solar Lanterns
- Feminine products
- Dog food / Cat food
Thank you to any and all of you that can help! Regardless, we’re gonna pass us a good time tomorrow, cher, so see you there!
We’ve always said that Already Gone is more than a band of musicians – it’s a band of brothers. In the fifteen years that we’ve been together, that has never been more evident than it has in the past couple of weeks as band members, past and present, have gathered around Danny to support him and his family.
We’ll let him give you the detail himself, but know that the entire band is committed to fighting this together with Danny for a complete and unequivocal healing, and that the goal is to keep him on his (drum) throne for as long as possible and barring that, getting him back on it as quickly as possible. Marty Comeaux will be filling in on vocals while Danny undergoes treatment as he’ll be unable to sing; we’ve also arranged for alternate drummers if it becomes necessary.
We know this is going to be tough, but we have faith, family, and music, and we’ll get through it like we always do – together. Please join us in lifting Danny and his family in prayer.
From Danny and his wife:
We have held off on posting this publicly, but we can’t put this off anymore.
I have been diagnosed with neck and throat cancer. I have HPV Squamous Cell Carcinoma. It started with a lump on my throat after we had Covid in January. A sonogram was done in March, then after 4 weeks of not getting better, a biopsy on my neck, the lymph nodes, were tested on April 13th. On April 15th, our doctor had a video conference with me, and broke the news. We’ve been to see 3 different specialists in the last week, plus our primary care doctor.
They will do a biopsy of my throat, tonsils, and tongue either Monday or Tuesday of next week. I will start radiation and chemo treatments within the next two weeks. They might possibly install a feeding tube in me, temporarily.
As I most likely will not be able to talk, much less sing, Marty Comeaux has been rehearsing with us, (Already Gone) to cover my vocal parts while I am recovering. Marty will be on stage with us playing rhythm guitar (acoustic???), for the next few months, as needed. We are assuming that I will still be able to play the drums, just not sing. In the event that I cannot play drums, either, we will have some guest drummers helping us out, but hopefully it won’t come to that.
I/we are NOT looking for sympathy. We would, though, greatly appreciate your prayers for Diane, Kaitlyn, and I, as well as our Already Gone family, and our family and friends.
I WILL WIN!!!!!!!!
We will fight this with every ounce of our being. We have an amazing support team, and we know that you guys are a part of that, as well.
We have faith that God will not only heal me, but use me as a support system to others, after I/we go through all of this. The good news is that they are confident that they caught this early. I fully plan on a 100% recovery.
I recently started working for a new company. Ironically, I’m more worried about losing my new job than I am the cancer. Crazy, huh???
Thank you for your prayers. We definitely need them. This is just a new chapter, with a plot change, but the book is far from over.
Hope everyone had a good weekend! We had a blast playing the opening weekend for House of Blues Houston, and we want to give a special shout-out to everyone on the HOB team that worked so hard to bring live shows back to Houston. We also would be remiss not to recognize Liza, who kept us entertained with showbiz stories while keeping us and our crew in food and drink all night. Thank you all!
Surprise! It's House of Blues Restaurant!
UPDATE: 8:00 PM seatings are “sold out” – you can still choose 7, 7:15, 7:30, or 7:45.
Already Gone will be playing a special show at Houston’s House of Blues restaurant on March 26th at 8:00. Tickets are extremely limited – there are only 250 being offered, so make your reservations now!
There are a couple of important things to know when making your reservation:
- Add Already Gone to the Special Requests field so they know you’re there for the show.
- Be sure you choose the correct date and time (March 26th at 8:00 pm) so you see the entire show. 🙂
(We’ve included an screen shot below so that you know what to look for.)
This will be a special show suited to a more intimate venue. So join us for a night of great music, fantastic food and drinks, and even better company! See you there!
We've Got a Surprise Show!
Here’s what we know:
- Seated show with dinner & drink menu
- Inner-loop location
- Reservations are first come, first served
It’s rare that we get to do a show with another band these days, but we played a wonderful show last Saturday night at The Wildcatter Saloon in Katy, TX with Nightbird, a Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nick tribute fronted by Brooke Alyson. We’ve done several shows with Nightbird over the years, and these shows are always fun, but Saturday night was really exceptional!
Nightbird started the show with a roaring version of “Stand Back” and followed with a tight set of classic hits. Clint joined Brooke for the Henley/Nicks duet “Leather and Lace” during Nightbird’s set, and it was electric! After Nightbird wrapped up their set, we took the stage and played all of the usual Eagles hits – “Take It Easy”, “Hotel California”, “Desperado”, etc. – plus some deeper tracks, such as “How Long” and “James Dean” (the latter with Johnny Ono on lead vocals). We also played a few songs from our new album, 8-Tracks, such as “Still In Love with You” and “A Matter of Time”, and then closed the show with “Seven Bridges Road.”
The crowd as large and appreciative! It was a night to remember! We’ll be posting more photos and videos soon, but here are a few to get you started.
Call My Name is the first single released from our new album, 8-Tracks! Written by Clint Springer, the guys decided to film a video for Call My Name that evoked an earlier, simpler time. The video was directed by Charlie G. at Cold Creek Productions, on location at Blisswood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, in July 2020 (one of the hottest days of the year.)
Although it’s the first single released from an album released in 2020, it has actually been kicking around since ’97. Originally introduced to one of his earlier original projects, it never worked out for them, so it was only natural that the faith-based, up-tempo blues rocker find a a musical and spiritual home with us. Getting to share the bonds of faith onstage with your musical brothers is a rare privilege, and we’re proud to perform it for you.
This album has been a long time in the making. We were hoping it would be out much earlier than this, but 2020 happened. Still, we persevered, and the result is an album that we’re proud of. We can’t wait for you to hear it!
The cover art was just delivered to us, and we think it’s perfect. As Clint said in our interview with Music News, “The goal was to make a record that sounds like it could have been released in the 70’s. We felt like back then, there was more value on every aspect of an album – the songs, lyrics, album art and so on. We wanted “8-Tracks” to be a piece of art, not just a collection of songs. It has a definite 70’s vibe and feel to it, so I think we succeeded.” And that was before he saw the cover art!
The track listing is final, and the songs are being mastered as we speak. The songs are, in order of appearance:
Intro – The Music Starts To Play (Bourgeois)
Still In Love With You (Bourgeois)
Call My Name (Springer)
A Matter Of Time (Bourgeois)
I’m Your Man (Bourgeois)
Rain For Days (Bourgeois)
Seemed Like A Good Idea (At The Time) (Ochsenbein)
It Won’t Be The Same Without You (Bourgeois)
Stay tuned for more information, including release dates for upcoming singles and videos from the new album!
New Music Video Coming Soon!
We can’t wait for you all to see the video for Call My Name, our first single from our upcoming CD, 8-Tracks. It was directed by the fabulous Albert Gonzalez of Cold Creek Films (he shot our Witchy Woman video as well) and he outdid himself. We’ve attached a few shots from the video.
Most of the antiques you see in the scenes are family heirlooms that the band members brought in, including the photos in the background. (That’s a Philco behind Clint, but we also had a vintage RCA and a vintage Stromberg on set.) Speaking of photos, Johnny spent most of his scenes playing across from early pictures of Danny’s in-laws and Jay’s mother-in-law!
Like the books on the table, the specs perched on the end of Clint’s nose date from the late 1800s – early 1900s. The reason why you never see him actually wear them in the video is that the prescription is so strong that it instantly rendered everyone who tried them instantly blind. 😂
We’ll be posting more behind-the-scenes photos and stories, so tune in next, and share our site with anyone that you think might enjoy our music or stories.