In case you didn’t get to see our chat this afternoon, we are writing this to set everything straight, recap, and help anyone who is still confused understand what’s going on.
The upcoming Allstar Weekend tour will be OUR LAST HEADLINING TOUR. On our headlining tour, we play for 75 minutes. We are still doing Warped tour as Allstar Weekend. On that tour, we only play for 30 minutes. After Warped tour, Allstar Weekend will be on an indefinite hiatus.
The three of us, Michael, Cameron, and Zach are starting another band, which will release music completely different and separate from Allstar Weekend. The new album we have been working on will be released as our new project (currently unnamed). We will NOT be playing any Allstar Weekend songs at shows under the new project.
This is something we decided very recently, and we’re still getting used to the idea, but it’s something we are all really excited about. As we were making this record, the more it became fully realized, the more we realized that this just wasn’t an Allstar Weekend record. What we want to do moving forward is not Allstar Weekend. We got signed to Hollywood Records when we were 17 & 18. Now we’re 22 & 23! We have evolved as people, musicians, and songwriters. We’ve changed just like we’re sure you guys have changed. We wanted to end this chapter of our careers on a high note!
We are not erasing our past or acting like ASW never existed. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished. Think of it like switching majors at college or your parents making a career change. It doesn’t erase the work, the passion or our connection we had with you when we were doing it. It’s simply time to move on to something new.
We decided to share the news with you now because we felt you deserved to know the truth. Just because we are closing this chapter doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy every minute of our upcoming shows.
We want to thank everyone past and present who has been a part of Allstar Weekend. Whether you are a fan, were a fan, or will continue to support us in the future, thank you for everything. Like I said today in the chat, I’ve been hesitant to show my appreciation recently because I think a lot of times thanking fans comes off as insincere. I don’t want to thank you because I want you like our new music and band, come see us on this last tour, or anything else. I wanna thank you for being a part of Allstar Weekend. Allstar Weekend made us who we are today, and we are so happy you were a part of that. No matter what happens in the future, I think we all did some pretty cool shit together over the years, so thank you for experiencing it with us. We had a great time and are so fortunate that you guys liked us, and Cameron’s sexy looks during our shows ;)
See you guys down the road, or not, either way, we love you. Thank you for being a part of something we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
We’re very excited about the next chapter.
A Quick Yes or No List:
*Yes, we will release The Mint DVD
*Yes, we will release the Covers EP
*No, you’ll probably never see the video for Hey, Princess!
*Yes, we will release a bunch of old songs and demos
*Yes, we will tour as our new band
*No, we will not play ASW songs on tour under the new project
*Yes, we are still very excited about these last shows
*No, we don’t believe in the Easter Bunny
*Yes, we still love you all
*Yes, Dillon and Brent will still be involved with us in some capacity
*Yes, the new project will have a new youtube, facebook, twitter, etc
Regarding Kickstarter - you will still be sent the new album we have been writing and working on long before we made this decision. IF you decide you no longer want to support us, we will refund the cost of the record. We will be sending a specific email about this to you through Kickstarter.
Zach, Cameron, and Michael
Happy Holidays :) I hope you guys are having a nice relaxing holiday. I’m trying to not do anything (minus all the last minute gift-getting/wrapping I’ve been busy with) for the next couple days. I was so happy when I left Nashville for the holidays because I was starting to feel like things with the album were starting to come together. I’m
not gonna say I think it’s great yet, cuz it’s not done and I don’t know, I’m just happy with where it’s going right now. Haha I don’t even really like talking about it when people ask because I’m bat shit crazy and superstitious so I’m gonna change the subject.
All the guys are excited for our little tour coming up :) Me too! I’m excited to try out some new things on the road and to just get back on stage. It’s weird when you work the way we do: most people have a job they do all year, and it’s pretty consistent. But half the year we create music and half the year we perform it. It’s pretty interesting to
switch like that. I’m excited for you guys to see our new growth and have a great time, as always ;).
Anyway, I feel like I’m boring this time so I’m gonna stop.
We love you guys and miss you so see you soon on tour! Have a happy holiday! Hope you do some cool stuff <3 Zach
EARLY SHOW House of Blues
Ticket Link Jan 26
Marquis Theater Denver, CO
Ticket Link Jan 28
House of Blues / Cambridge Room
Ticket Link Jan 29
Stubbs Jr Austin, TX
Ticket Link Jan 30
House of Blues / Peacock Room
Ticket Link Feb 1
Handlebar Pensacola, FL
Ticket Link Feb 2
House of Blues
Ticket Link Feb 4
Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Ticket Link Feb 6
Old Rock House
St. Louis, MO
Ticket Link Feb 7
Ticket Link Feb 9
Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Ticket Link Feb 10
Ticket Link VIP**
Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
Theater of Living Arts / TLA
New York, NY
House of Blues
Ticket Link Feb 22
The smallest things really can make the biggest difference. I know that’s a cliche saying. I mean, I already knew that. I guess sometimes you have to be reminded. Fuck, I feel like I’ll be learning new shit until the day I die—I hope. I got my perspective checked during an interview at this charity event we were at last night in Winnipeg, Canada. No surprise really that a charity event would be moving, I mean that’s the idea. It was a really cool event and it was so much fun watching all these kids at the event be inspired by all kinds of speakers and artists. There were some amazing stories told. The world gets so narrow sometimes: with life, challenges, your environment, even your family. I think everyone needs to remember there’s so much more than just what’s in your tunnel vision.
I digress… So we were in an interview at this event and the guy interviewing us asks, “when did you realize that you could make a difference in peoples lives?”.
All of a sudden I started telling a story I hadn’t told in years about a girl that was a really old Allstar Weekend fan. She’s autistic. We saw her come to many shows, her and her mom would drive all up and down the East Coast to come see us. I’d see this girl and her mom come through our meet and greet line time and time again. One night, at a show in Connecticut, her mom came up to me after the show (I sound like a presidential candidate talking about a bullshit story where someone “came up to them”) and thanked me. At first I was confused - thanks for what? Thank YOU for coming to the show!!! It turns out that her daughter had never started a conversation with anyone until she was brave enough to start one with me. The mother said that the band and I had this wonderful effect on her daughter, and that we had opened up this girl in a way she had never been able to before. So the mother thanked me because now, for the first time, she had developed a relationship with her daughter. I remember being so taken aback by the conversation because I had no idea I had made such a difference in their lives.
I’m not a douche bag artist who thinks his presence has a lasting effect on every person in the room. I’m a normal guy who grew up with a totally normal, boring background in a normal town. I made music because I thought it was fun, it’s what I wanted to do for myself, I didn’t think about it’s effect on people. Not to mention when I write these songs, I don’t think, “oh I’m gonna inspire the next generation with my music,” I don’t even see many of my songs as inspiring, a lot of them are just fun. Anyway, the point is… that’s amazing that I did that for somebody. Without even meaning to!
It’s crazy the impact music can have on people. I’m so glad I went to this event because I hadn’t thought about that story in a long time. I think it was good for me to be reminded of not only things the band has done, but what music can do, what anyone can do if they apply themselves. I definitely needed that, I feel energized.
Some charities and philanthropist organizations annoy me. There’s so much bullshit-yada-yada sometimes and I feel like half of them are more about being self-serving than helping others, which in my humble opinion is worse than big business because a bad charity is exploiting people’s hearts, not just their pocketbooks. I hate being made to feel guilty just because I don’t pledge or support a cause I’m not into. I think it’s important for people to find something they really believe in, and put their heart into that.
I told my manager the story of my experience here in Winnipeg and in response, she said something really profound: “None of us are going to change the world, but we can all certainly change the people around us.” That’s what it’s all about.
Like I said to start this rant, the smallest thing really can make the biggest difference.
It’s gestures, little things, that put that warm fuzzy feeling inside of people. What happened with the girl at our concerts was nothing for me, I just talked to her for a couple minutes at shows and it made a huge impact. It’s easy to do. You just have to be thoughtful, you just have to be open minded. Anyway, I was just inspired to write that. I’m still an asshole by the way :)
Was already so excited about making this record next month but now I’m beyond ready. It’s going to be so cool…
Thank you guys so much for making it possible. This one’s for you.
Only 3 hours left to back our Kickstarter. It officially ends at 7:02 pt / 10:02 et!
We’ve been posting about this a lot because it’s the only way we can afford to make our new record. And you guys have been so awesome and generous. Because of YOU, I’m in Nashville right now working on pre-production with Jason Lehning who will produce the new CD. This time, we’re making the record in one place (Nashville) with one producer (Jason). We’re all so pumped about it. Jason is really talented and totally gets where we’re going musically, so it’s the perfect combination.
2013 is going to be a good year :)
Anyway…back to the beginning…only 3 hours left. If you don’t have the money to go to Disneyland with us (which is going to be so much fun, by the way), just pre-order our CD. It’s $15 for a digital download before release date, or $20 for a CD signed by all of us. Every single dollar helps!!! I feel like I’m fundraising for a political campaign ;)
Thank you all again. Really! Please back us if you haven’t.
second-star-in-wonderland asked: You rarely check here, I know, but I'm gonna put this out anyway. For a new record, it would be so epic if you threw in a cover of a Springsteen song! Thunder Road, I'm on Fire or Born to Run maybe? Just ideas! Looking forward to it :) Byee xx
We did a cover of Thunder Road we’re putting out on our cover song EP.
I hate Starbucks. Cameron loves it but I think it tastes like those
flimsy cardboard cup holders they only give you if you request one. I
started drinking coffee recently. It gives you nice little buzz and
warms you up. I like drinking it late at night when I have a really
long drive or something. McDonalds coffee is really good actually.
Why is the Starbucks logo a mermaid? Are there mermaids in Seattle?
What does Starbucks even mean?
I’ve been obsessing over music recently. I’m on a mission to keep
writing really great songs for this new album. I’m really nervous
because I’m taking a lot of risks lyrically and musically. Sometimes I
feel like it’s gonna be this amazing album I’m gonna be proud of
forever and sometimes I think it’s gonna crash and burn and just suck
miserably. Haha I go from extreme to extreme always. I just want it to
be great. Deep down I think it really will be. Everyday I listen to a
shitload of music. I’m trying to find inspiration everywhere. I’m
writing nonstop. I actually get depressed quite a bit when I’m not
having a great day creatively. I aspire for consistency but creativity
isn’t really consistent. You’ve just got to be persistent. Before I
wrote songs I wrote poetry. I’m trying to showcase my passion for
storytelling and prose in our new shit. I’m always trying to write
stuff that will be awesome for Michael to drum on. When we get it
right, I get so excited. Yesterday I came up with this cool bridge to
a song that’s really anthemic. I recorded a demo where we recorded a
ton of takes of me singing the melody over and over so it sounds like
a big crowd of people. When I listened back I got so excited. I pace a
lot when I’m excited or thinking really hard. People think I’m crazy. -Note from person posting this for Zach after he wrote it: this is true. He paces like a madman and I think he’s crazy ;)
So I’m excited for everyone to hear our new music. I’m working really
really hard. I think that will come across with the final product. It
won’t be a half-ass attempt. I wanna thank everybody who has backed
our kickstarter… It’s so awesome and we appreciate the support!
If anyone hasn’t pre-ordered the album, please do so. There’s so much we want to do,
and every little bit helps.
I’m about to get on a plane so I’ve gotta go.
Side stage taking a quick breath after a relentless, adrenalin-injected first half of an Allstar Weekend set this summer on The Summer of Love Tour. I’m watching two of my closest friends and business partners jumping around the front of the stage soliciting screams from our fans in the audience as they do their very best rendition of “Cat City”. When the double-time clapping starts halfway through Michael’s verse, I can’t help but move my body in that motion all too familiar to our fans where I dry-hump the air with my pelvis from the side of stage. ”F**K yeah!”.
I’m really glad we put out this EP. It’s always a surprise to us when fans are singing the new songs just as loud if not louder than the old ones. We don’t have a big marketing machine behind us, we just put out new songs for the sake of putting new song out. When the entire audience pulled out American Flags when we sang “The American Dream”, we went crazy! Butterflies in our stomachs. We’re not a massive band, we have our awesome little niche of fans who keep us on the road and love our music. Our fans are diehard. So whether we are playing a sold out amphitheater or a bar floor that smells like weed and body odor, we feel like what we are doing is big. We just love playing to kids that are pumped to see us.
My voice is shot. It pisses me off. I guess I sang a little too hard a couple of nights and messed up something in my throat. But I always find a way to get up there and have something come out of my throat when I’m on stage in front of our fans. Adrenalin? Flonase? Who knows? We just love performing.
Day off tomorrow in Philadelphia. Then we have a bunch of East Coast shows. I’m sure they are gonna be nuts. This is a fun tour, you can see the energy on stage from the whole band and the audience. I love seeing Michael get into it. Makes my show every night. He’s been jamming on the drums and even the mic. I hope you guys get to see a show on the tour. It just feels right. I think its the start of something really good…
Come see us! Tour Dates & Ticket Links:
Request “Life As We Know It” on your local radio stations, MTV & Fuse, and buy it here: http://bit.ly/ASWTAD
directionerxmixer asked: you shuold come to Israel :) have you heard about us? love you XXXX
Would love to play in Israel!!!
erikamay3-deactivated20120724 asked: Which cities are you guys touring? (:
Tour dates are on our websites!!!! But here they are:
Jul 17 Stubb’s BBQ Austin, TX
Jul 18 House of Blues Peacock Room Houston, TX
Jul 19 House of Blues Cambridge Room Dallas, TX
Jul 23 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
Jul 24 SLIMS San Francisco, CA
Jul 25 The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
Jul 26 llstar Weekend w/ Hot Chelle Rae Costa Mesa, CA
Jul 27 Marquee Theater Phoenix, AZ
Jul 29 Summit Theater Denver, CO
Aug 01 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
Aug 02 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
Aug 03 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
Aug 04 Indiana State Fair Indianapolis, IN
Aug 05 A&R Bar Columbus, OH
Aug 06 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
Aug 07 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
Aug 09 TLA Philadelphia, PA
Aug 10 Irving Plaza New York, NY
Aug 11 House of Blues Boston, MA
Aug 12 Franklin County Fair Malone, NY
Aug 15 Erie County Fair Hamburg, NY
Aug 16 Croc Roc Allentown, PA
Aug 17 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
Aug 18 Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 22 Pacific National Exhibition Vancouver, Canada
Aug 24 Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago, IL
Aug 26 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, Canada
Sep 01 Vermont State Fair Rutland, VT
Sep 15 York Fair York, PA
Sep 22 Soldier’s Memorial Outdoor Stage St Louis, MO
Oct 12 South Carolina State Fair w/ Hot Chelle Rae
Oct 13 Georgia Fair w/ Hot Chelle Rae
Zach here. Just checking in, seeing how you guys are doing. Well not really, I’m just telling you how I’m doing realistically because I’m just writing a blog and there’s no actual conversation taking place. Have you ever been in one of those situations where someone really talkative asks you how you are doing or something and mid-sentence, butts in and mouths off about his or her life for several hours? I actually don’t mind when that happens. I prefer listening to talkative people rather than talking since I’m not much of a talker. I only like excessive talking when I’ve been drinking or when I’m with close friends, and then, I prefer a heated debate, immature potty jokes, or a normal conversation over small talk. Most people wouldn’t know this because most people think I’m awkward or a pathetic blob but I’m actually really good at small talk in cars. Like if someone is picking you up from the airport that you don’t really know that well and is driving you somewhere longer than 10 minutes away, I’ve got that conversation down to a science. Anyway, none of that has anything to do with this blog.
I’ve been so pleased with the last few weeks. Rehearsal week was a lot of fun - It was really fun jamming with the guys and having a good time. We’ve been experimenting with some new things and Michael and Cameron seem really determined to make this new show unique and exciting for you guys. We don’t want to bore you after all ;)
This is an exciting summer for us: Just released a new music video, our EP “The American Dream” is finally up and priced correctly on iTunes, and our single “Life As We Know It” just got added to Sirius Hits 1! We all love summer. Whoever invented the word “nostalgia” was probably reminiscing about something during a summer… it’s just that time. Just wrote a bunch of fluffy bs after my “nostalgia” lead-in and realized it was fluffy bs.
I noticed some of you “complain” that I’m not on here enough, but the last few months have been crazy busy with writing. You know, I have a lot of songs to write in order to make a new record!!! I’m happy to say that they’re coming along great. Sometimes I have to focus on writing songs, but we ALL read stuff you guys write :)
Anyway…can’t wait to get on tour (first show is Tuesday already!). Please get a copy of our new EP “The American Dream” - it’s $5.99 on iTunes, then learn the words so you can sing with us or I’ll feel lonely singing by myself.
Haha just have a good time, we love ya <3