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My name is Steve Clark, and I have lived in the same mixed up, under belly of Chicago and the cross roads of America for my whole life. Music goes as far back as my cognitive memory can reach. Growing up watching my father and his two best friends sitting around a fire, playing and singing CSN, Beatles, Zeppelin, and countless other classics, i couldn't help but pick up a taste for good music, played live, w/ the entire soul of the performer on the wire. My brother, who is five years older than I, picked up the guitar much earlier than me and excelled to a level i have yet to achieve. i make up for this in other fields, such as bass, drums, and, recently keyboard. I have always loved watching live performances like the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd when i would see their old recordings on VH1. My favorite band my entire life has always been the Grateful Dead and until the past 8 years has been uncontested for that spot.
That all changed when my brother handed me a burned copy of Make Yourself and another burned disc containing multiple live/acoustic sets of Incubus from that tour. I quickly fell in love. And it wasn't just puppy love, it was a deep appretiation, that I have held w/ me since. Every aspect of the band touch's me personally. Each one of the musicians in the band are, hands down, the best and most professional at their primary instrument. They have grown to be this way TOGETHER. They weren't a bunch of random dudes, who can play instruments, and thrown into a random studio. They grew together, learned together, and quite possibly formed the greatest friendship known to rock n roll in the 21st Century.
Now, mind you, I was 14 at the time. Morning View had already come out and Crow Left of a Murder had just been released. My perspective of this band was formed around, what i call, their 2nd transition. it wasn't until a year or so later that i was turned on to earlier things like Fungus Amongus and Science. I was dieing to see this band. They were new, they were exciting... they were playing in Chicago in July!! My cousin hit me up around June of that year w/ 2 extra tickets for me and my brother. chills ran down my spine, my stomach started to flutter like butter flies. I WAS PUMPED! But, Alas, i was only 14 at the time so it twas up to the folks. Mainly, MOM. She wouldn't allow it at the time. "Your too young to be going to a rock show." "I can't trust your brother to take care of you." little did she know what she was stopping me from viewing.
The following tour swept through under my radar. When Light Grenades was released, I found out too late about the tour and missed out on that sold out show that ended up being Look Alive DVD. ;( The following tour was even more exclusive. i watched for weeks for the tour then one day i hit up ticketmaster and they were sold out, AGAIN! but, alas, Chicago's Q101 was doing a call in for tickets for an entire week. We went online to get the schedule, listened in constantly, and called over and over again when the time was right. We never ended up winning, in fact, a good friend of ours won them and refused to sell them to me for even double the ticket cost.
So here i sit, now on my 4th try to see this band live. In the period since Monuments and Melodies I'v attempted to fill the void w/ countless other concerts and music festivals. My girl friend, who is an insane Incubus fan as well and has fail to see the band live to this point, and I volunteer all over the region at all sorts of venues and fests. We do anything from trash and parking to cooking and providing drink and goods to other concert goers. We both love live music and the community it brings from all over and would do anything to insure it's survival. This is my musical achievements and down fall, and i thank you for reading and possibly understanding my lonely position. hope to see yall through the future