Gotta learn to control my excited outbursts here in the office. Shouting out “holy shit” in surprise at learning that my all-time favorite music performer is not only back on the road after 15 years, but is also blogging about it kinda upsets some folks. Fortunately today is the last day before the whole place closes down for a four day holiday weekend so there’s very few people here and none of them were actually upset with me for the outburst. Anyway, Dolby’s blogging and going back on tour. Here’s a bit from the first entry posted back on March 27:
I’m new to blogging. Well, at least in the modern sense. But I’ve been keeping online journals of one sort or another ever since the late 80’s and the days of the Tandy TRS-80 computer… with its wonderful acoustic cups that always looked to me a bit like a male mutual masturbation device.
Modern blogging has all sorts of new ways for guys to jerk off, but I will try hard to refrain from doing that here.
It’s about twenty days until the start of my tour — the first in over 15 years, which is a long time to be away from rock’n’roll. So long, in fact, that until a few weeks ago my three children had never seen me perform. They’d seen tapes of MTV videos starring some guy that had hair, and heard other kids’ parents refer to me as a ‘former rock star’, but for all their short lives I was just a business guy who went to work every day with a briefcase.
Why choose now to get back into music? Well, for a start it was never meant to be a 15 year hiatus. Certainly I was pretty fed up with the music business and when I left LA in 1994, I washed my hands of the whole thing. But in the back of my mind I always thought I’d get my appetite back within a couple of years. Music is the only thing I really know how to do well. I can do lots of things ok — including writing, directing flims, starting a business, computer programming, soccer, and sailing boats and boards — but I’m only world class at one thing and that’s music.
According to the tour schedule at his site he’ll be playing at the Royal Oak Theater here in Michigan on May 13 and I’m simply going to have to attend the show. I never got around to seeing him perform live back in the day despite being a huge fan so I’ll have to make a point of it this time. Alas, nothing in the way of a new album to speak of despite the rumors floating about:
Then Steven D Levitt, brilliant author of the bestselling ‘Freakonomics’, mentioned in his widely-read blog that he had lunch with me in Oxford last summer. As a footnote he stated that I’m back with my first album in 15 years.
Hold on–did someone say ‘album’? This is the first I’ve heard of it. But since Steven’s blog, I’ve seen at least 5 mentions of my new album–and in fact two of the journalists I did interviews with this week asked me whether I’ll be playing songs from the new album in my live show.
Next my agent called and said he has two labels interested in distributing me. I’m not kidding.
If Dolby were to put out a new CD it’d be the first new one I’d buy in a long time. Needless to say this bit of good news has made my day and now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to dig up my old Dolby CDs to listen to on the way home from work today.