Oct. 30th

Hey Everyone - 

Lots to catch up on - the most important thing being that our 20th Anniversary re-relase of ‘All the Pain Money Can Buy’ is right around the corner, on November 9th! Available for the first time EVER on vinyl and both the CD and vinyl include (9) bonus tracks, including rare B-sides, compilation tracks, and four previously unissued demos. 

And to kick it all off, we’ve playing a very special hometown show at 3TEN ACL LIVE in Austin, TX that same night. Scott Reynolds of the band ALL will be playing before us and the show is presented by the fine folks at Sun Radio. We’ll be playing songs from the record and of course will have the new record for sale, as well as a new t-shirt.

Get your tickets here —>>> https://www.3tenaustin.com/event/1725201-fastball-austin/ or try to win grand prize here —>>> https://acllivecontest.squarespace.com/3ten/win-fastball?utm_source=contest&utm_medium=acll

Thanks to all of you who have pre-ordered the record thru our Pledge campaign, we’re still putting new items up and if you haven’t already done so, Newbury Comics is also now pre-selling it with an autographed booklet by the band right here —>> https://www.newburycomics.com/products/fastball-all_the_pain_money_can_buy_20th_anniversary_cd_with_autographed_booklet?variant=13634236743785

And we have two other shows - one to close out the year, and one in January 2019:

December 14   Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Doe —>> https://www.doseydoetickets.com/shows/301

January 26   Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House —>> https://www.newberryoperahouse.com/shows-and-events.html?show_name=fastball

That’s all for now - if you haven’t already done so, please follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! 

https://www.instagram.com/fastballtheband/

https://twitter.com/FASTBALLTHEBAND

https://www.facebook.com/fastballtheband/

<<<— Fastball —>>>

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Hey Everyone

Thanks for getting our Pledge campaign off to a great start - we're excited to re-release this record!

So two recent additions:

1 - You can own Tony’s Black Royale Epiphone ES-339 PRO guitar. It has a classic ES-style archtop similar in shape to the Gibson ES-335 but with a reduced body size. This guitar features custom wound Alnico Classic PRO™ humbucker pickups with coil-tapping plus Wilkinson™ Vintage Machine Heads. It was played by Tony during two recent Vegas dates. Comes with the sweet case, too! 

2 - A Brand New Epiphone Les Paul Special VE™ (Vintage Edition) electric guitar featuring the classic Les Paul profile with a lightweight Poplar body. This Les Paul Special VE is powered by Epiphone Open Coil humbuckers and is in beautiful “Vintage Worn” Cherry color. Signed by the entire band!

And there's not many Vinyl test pressings left so if you're thinking of getting one of those, now is the time before they are gone!

Happy Friday! 

Fastball

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ALL THE PAIN MONEY CAN BUY ALBUM COMING IN 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Pre-order on Pledge Music: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/fastball-all-the-pain-money-can-buy-20th

Available on CD and, for the first time ever, vinyl, this remastered version of Fastball’s platinum album features the hit “The Way,” along with nine bonus tracks, four previously unissued.

Package contains liners by Scott Schinder with band interviews.

AUSTIN, Texas — When the first single from Fastball’s second record was released a few months before the album dropped, it was apparent there would be no sophomore slump. “The Way” exploded at radio, eventually going Gold, and propelling All the Pain Money Can Buy to Gold status in only three months and Platinum another three months later. The release also received two Grammy® nominations, and the band won four Austin Chronicle awards for the album. 

Produced by the band with Julian Raymond (Cheap Trick, Sugarland, LP), All the Pain Money Can Buy also delivered the second single, “Fire Escape,” as well as the Top 20 single “Out of My Head” (whose chorus was recently reinterpreted in “Bad Things” by Machine Gun Kelly & Camilla Cabello) while also including a track with Poe (whose Hello was certified Gold in 1996).

This 20th anniversary edition contains the original 13 songs, plus nine bonus tracks including rare B-sides, compilation tracks, and four previously unissued demos. To make this anniversary even more special, the album makes its vinyl debut as a double LP containing all of the bonus material! 

With expanded packaging and an essay from Scott Schinder including a new interview with the band, All the Pain Money Can Buyreturns stronger than ever. The way is finally clear. 

As Schinder notes, “It’s not surprising that All the Pain Money Can Buy would catch on with the public. The album’s 13 original songs embodied an irresistible mix of catchy song craft, melodic sophistication and emotional depth, and the band arranged and performed them with an unmistakable sense of urgency that underlined the opportunity that the project represented.”

According to Fastball’s Tony Scalzo, “Coming to A&M Studios to record was a big deal for us. Hit records had come out of there for years and years, and you could really feel that when you walked inside. Time and a sizable budget gave us access to all these great session musicians and we were able to go nuts with our ideas. With Julian Raymond in the driver's seat, we were encouraged to take full advantage of the sonic resources available to us at A&M. When we finished we knew we had a great record but didn’t expect the success it would bring us."

Fastball’s hometown Austin album release show will take place on Friday, November 9 at Austin’s ACL Live!.

Track Listing:

1. The Way

2. Fire Escape
3. Better Than It Was
4. Which Way To The Top? 
5. Sooner Or Later
6. Warm Fuzzy Feeling
7. Slow Drag
8. G.O.D. (Good Old Days) 
9. Charlie, The Methadone Man
10. Out Of My Head
11. Damaged Goods
12. Nowhere Road
13. Sweetwater, Texas

Bonus Tracks: 

14. Quit Your Job
15. Freeloader Freddie
16. The Way (Cassette Demo)*
17. Fire Escape (Demo)* 
18. Slow Drag (Demo)* 
19. Sweetwater, Texas (Demo)* 
20. Androgynous
21. This Guy’s In Love With You
22. The Way (Unpaved Acoustic Version) 
* previously unissued

Pre-order on Pledge Music: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/fastball-all-the-pain-money-can-buy-20th

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Greetings Everyone

First things first - in honour of our latest record, Step Into Light, turning 1 year old this Saturday May 19th, we’re offering a 20% off sale at our merch store - visit https://shop.bandwear.com/collections/fastball-shop - and enter code STEP20 right NOW thru Monday at 11:59pm EST to get the discount! 

In other news, we’re heading to Vegas! For a FIVE week residency! And it starts very soon... on June 2nd

That’s right folks - Fastball will be performing at Harrahs in Las Vegas EVERY SATURDAY in June - the 2nd/9th/16th/23rd and 30th. 

We’ll have a ticket link soon - stay tuned to the website and come to Vegas for a weekend of fun and see us play! 

And in more tour news, we’ll be in the following city’s this summer - please spread the word:

May 27          Tampa Bay, FL @ Margarita Festival 

June 2           Las Vegas @ Harrah’s (Carnival Court)

June 9           Las Vegas @ Harrah’s (Carnival Court)

June 16          Las Vegas @ Harrah’s (Carnival Court)

June 21          Leawood, KS @ Town Centre Plaza: Sunset Music Festival

June 23          Las Vegas @ Harrah’s (Carnival Court)

June 30  Las Vegas @ Harrah’s (Carnival Court)

July 1          Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

July 14         Sugar Hill, GA  @ The Bowl w/ Vertical Horizon

July 21         Lancaster, PA @ Clipper Magazine Stadium: Rocks the Park

Ticket for all shows are available at: www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And you may have noticed but we’ve recorded a new album with producer Steve Berlin. It will be released in 2019. 

On a final note, you can see Miles talk about his first concert in this latest segment on Digital Tour Bus: https://digitaltourbus.com/features/fastballs-miles-zuniga-first-concert-ever-ep-11-video/

Cordially, 

Fastball

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Texas Tour Starts Tonight

Hey Everyone -

Just a reminder that our tour with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers starts TONIGHT in our hometown of Austin, TX.

April 4th Austin, TX @ 3TEN (ACL Live)
April 5th The Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
April 6th Houston, TX @ Firehouse Saloon
April 7th New Braunfels, TX @ River Road Ice House

Tickets for all shows are available at: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

Also - we should mention that for the first time, we will be recording our shows and selling them afterwards at the merch booth on a USB drive so if you feel so inclined, buy a copy of the show!

See you at a show,
Fastball

 

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A few updates for you

Howdy y’all:

Happy Friday.

A few updates for you.

1. We are playing a show in Seattle on April 18th. It’s a concert benefitting America’s Firefighters and their communities and you can try to win tickets by listening to 96.5 Jack FM in Seattle. Good luck!

2. Next month we are heading into the studio to start recording a new record. I’m sure we’ll have more updates soon on that but we wanted to let you know the good news.

3. Our album ‘All The Pain Money Can Buy’ officially turned 20 on March 10th. You can listen to an interview Miles did with Kyle Meredith at WFPK right here: http://wfpk.org/2018/fastball-20-years-pain-money-can-buy/

4. Don’t forget that very soon we are starting our run of four shows in Texas with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.

Here are the dates again:

April 4th Austin, TX @ 3TEN (ACL Live)
April 5th The Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
April 6th Houston, TX @ Firehouse Saloon
April 7th New Braunfels, TX @ River Road Ice House

Tickets for all shows are available at: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

Please come on out and spread the word!

Have a great weekend!

Fastball

 

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Tour Dates with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

Hey Everyone -

We are happy to confirm a run of four shows in Texas this April with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.

Here are the dates:

April 4th Austin, TX @ 3TEN (ACL Live)
April 5th The Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
April 6th Houston, TX @ Firehouse Saloon
April 7th New Braunfels, TX @ River Road Ice House

The only show currently on sale is the Austin show but stay tuned to the website for ticket links, etc: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And while on the subject of touring, just a reminder that we are in Miami TOMORROW night for the Rock 2K Music Festival at the Magic City Casino with Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker and Spin Doctors.

Come on out and see us!

In other news, we are up for a couple of awards at the Austin Music Awards which take place next week – on Wednesday, February 28th – we’ll be sure to let you know if we win anything! Thanks again for your help with the voting process.

Take care, 
Fastball

 

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LAST DAY TO VOTE for FASTBALL in Round 2 of the AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS!

Hey everyone - 

So today is the last day to vote for us in the second round of the Austin Music Awards - we promise well stop bugging you after this and appreciate any help you have given. 

To recap - we have two official nominations at this year's Austin Music Awards - please take 5 minutes and go here to vote: https://www.austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards/

If you'd like, you can leave a comment and that's all you need to do - you are not obliged to vote for every category - these are the two that we need you for! 

Fill in the required info at the top and then please vote for us in these two categories:

AUSTIN BAND OF THE YEAR - FASTBALL

SONGWRITER - MILES ZUNIGA

Don't forget our first show of the year is in Miami on February 24th with Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker and the Spin Doctors - buy tickets and Meet N Greet packages now at http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And here's yet another piece that Miles did, this time on 'Dream Tours': 

https://digitaltourbus.com/features/fastballs-miles-zuniga-dream-tour-ep-603-video/

Thank you!

Fastball

 

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Happy 2018! Austin Music Awards!

 Hey everyone - 

Thank you for voting in the first round - we have two official nominations at this year's Austin Music Awards! 

Now we need your help again - please take 5 minutes and go right here right now: https://www.austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards/

Fill in the required info at the top and then please vote for us in these two categories:

AUSTIN BAND OF THE YEAR - FASTBALL

SONGWRITER - MILES ZUNIGA

If you'd like, you can leave a comment and that's all you need to do - you are not obliged to vote for every category - these are the two that we need you for! 

Thank you! And please spread the word to anyone else who can help us by voting. 

Ok now that that's out of the way, we're excited that our first show of the year is in Miami on February 24th with Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker and the Spin Doctors - buy tickets now at http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And here's another piece on gear that Miles did, for those of you so inclined: http://www.gearphoria.com/e-mag/v6n3/files/assets/basic-html/page-38.html#

Lots more news coming up in 2018 that we're excited to share with you - stay tuned and we'll be making some exciting announcements soon! 

Fastball

xoxo

 

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LAST CHANCE to vote for us in the Austin Music Awards!!!

Hi Everyone - 

Today is the LAST DAY to VOTE for us in the AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS. 

PLEASE TAKE 5 MIN AND VOTE FOR US RIGHT HERE: https://www.austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards/

You do NOT need to vote in every single category to be eligible - the categories we need your vote for are:

Austin Band of the Year

Austin Musician of the Year 

Austin Song of the Year 

Best Performing Bands (Rock)

Best Austin Musicians (Male Vocalist/Guitar/Bass/Drums/Keyboards/Songwriter)

Everyone can vote once - go get voting and help us!!!!!

Thank you! 

In other news, we will be playing in the 'Concert for our George' - a memorial celebration of the life and music of George Reiff this Sunday, Dec. 17th at Emo's in Austin, TX - music starts at 6pm and tickets are $25. 

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1493422830733663/

Ticket link: https://emosaustin.frontgatetickets.com/event/yodpqomk2q6s1z3n

And finally - here is a clip of Miles on the recent tour, talking about the gear he uses: https://digitaltourbus.com/features/fastballs-miles-zuniga-gear-masters-ep-159-video/

That's all for now - please vote, vote, vote!!!!!

Miles, Tony & Joey :: Fastball

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey Everyone 

We’d like to take the time to thank each and every single person who has helped make this year so very special to us. The last twelve months have been really quite amazing. There’s been some great moments, many of which were shared with you. If you came to see a show, reviewed our music, played it on air or bought/listened to our record we are forever grateful.

In the spirit of the holidays, we are having a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale in our online store – you get a 10% discount on anything in our store using the code FBHOLIDAY10 so go pick up that CD, Vinyl, T-shirt, poster that you’ve always wanted: https://shop.bandwear.com/collections/fastball-shop

And while you’re sitting around eating turkey and drinking wine this weekend, you could do us a big favour by VOTING for us in the AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS – please if you can, take 5-10 min out of your day and vote for us in as many categories as possible – everyone can vote once and it would mean a lot to us – to vote go here: https://www.austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards/

And speaking of Austin, don’t forget we have our final blowout show of the year on December 1st at Antone’s – don’t wait to buy tickets cause they are moving and we hope to have it sold out – GET TIX or VIP Meet N Greet packages right here, right now: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

Ok be safe, 
Fastball

Photo by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez For KUTX

Happy Friday Everyone

Just a few things to let you know about: 

1 - The ALL ATX “Back to the Armadillo” compilation that was for sale at the benefit concert last week is currently only available at Waterloo Records in Austin (http://www.waterloorecords.com). We do a cover of the ZZ Top song 'Tush', which we played at the concert - you can read about it here: http://music.blog.austin360.com/2017/10/30/john-fogertys-blasts-from-the-past-follow-armadillo-themed-bash-at-all-atx-show/. Proceeds from both the concert and the disc go to four Austin organizations working toward affordability issues for Austin artists: Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, the SIMS Foundation, Black Fret and the Austin Music Foundation.

2 - Last night WHYY-TV's 'On Tour' program featured a piece on the band...'On Tour' is an Emmy Award winning music and performance program recorded live on location at local venues in and around Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey....they filmed us at our recent performance at the Ardmore Music Hall in Pennsylvania. 

It's a great piece and you can watch it in it's entirety here: https://whyy.org/episodes/fastball/

And here are some other pieces from the show:

Bonus song medley - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opl2cR4-2ik 

FB photo album from the show - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1607992595925322.1073741973.179753188749277&type=1&l=42c1f1c298

3 - Last but certainly not least, we have our show poster for our last show of the year, coming up on Dec. 1st at Antone's in Austin, TX....shout out to Jamie Zuverza who did the poster for us - check out his art:

instagram: @jaime_zu

facebook: www.facebook.com/jaime.zuverza.art

or zuverza.com

4 - Ok one more thing - have we mentioned we have a new video out:) http://www.listenherereviews.com/fastball-drops-new-music-video-best-friend/

Have a great weekend everyone!

Fastball

 

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'Best Friend' Video Premiere! 

 

Hey everyone - 

'Today Glide is excited to premiere the new video for “Best Friend”. The video goes from a sunny California beach to a house party filled with eclectic characters where, of course, the members of Fastball are performing. “Best Friend” is a song that brings to mind simpler times when it was possible for bands to write straightforward, feel-good rock tunes. In this case, the band’s upbeat harmonies and jubilant guitars and synths take on an almost power pop sound. The video itself matches the the whimsical positivity of the tune. 

“Here’s some interesting Fastball trivia: the big green wall Joey walks past while looking for the party is the back of what used to be known as A&M studios – the studios where Fastball recorded their monster hit ‘The Way.’ When Joey told me that I knew that shot was going into the video come hell or high water,” says director Nigel Dick, best known for directing hugely successful videos for Guns N’Roses, Britney Spears and Sheryl Crow among others.

Reflecting on the inspiration behind the song, Fastball’s Miles Zuniga has this to say:

“Tony and I wrote Best Friend a long time ago in Nashville. We were recording with Adam Sleshinger. We went out and ‘jammed’ a bit on some progression, who knows what the original idea was but then we got the bright idea to loop one bar of the jam in a weird spot. It was sort of like a 3 legged dog. Then we wrote the song over that. Tony wrote the verses and I wrote the choruses. It’s an unusual song for Fastball because there are only three chords in the song and we normally have at least seven or eight.”

https://glidemagazine.com/196038/video-premiere-fastball-whip-feel-good-vibe-pop-laden-rocker-best-friend/

Hope you dig it. 

Thanks to everyone who came to see us play yesterday in Austin at the All ATX Show. 

And don't forget we have one final show this year, at Antone's in Austin, on Friday December 1st - get Meet N Greet's and Tickets right NOW right HERE:  http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

Love, 

Fastball

 

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Final Show of the Year in Austin, TX!

Hey Everyone -

We’ve returned home from our last run of dates – thanks to everyone who came out to see us. After the last date, in Chicago, Tony and Miles dropped by WGN Radio, you can listen to it here: http://wgnradio.com/2017/10/09/two-time-grammy-nominee-fastball-the-band/

It’s been a great year for Fastball and because of that we’ve decided to have one last blowout show in our hometown of Austin, TX on Dec. 1st at Antone’s. Our friends Moving Panoramas will be opening the show and you can get tickets and VIP Meet N Greet packages right NOW at http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/– please come out and join us, the Christmas spirit will be in the air and it will no doubt be a great night of rock n roll. And it’s a Friday night.

And just a reminder that we’ll be doing 2-3 songs at a benefit concert at Auditorium Shores in Austin on Oct 29th. More details and tickets can be found here: https://allatx.frontgatetickets.com/event/d1d79o7vum0mwvby

And we can’t remember if we’ve told you or not, but we shot a video last month for the song ‘Best Friend’ from Step Into Light….again with our pal and acclaimed director Nigel Dick…you’ll be seeing it real soon….below are a couple screen shots from it.

And finally, big thanks to all the radio stations out there that are currently playing ‘Best Friend’, if you feel so inclined and want to help out, call your local radio station and request it today!

RIP Tom Petty

Love, 
Fastball

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One More Round of Tour Dates

Greetings Everyone -

We’re back on the road doing some of our final dates of the year...

Today/Saturday/Sunday we’re in West Springfield, MA, playing a massive Fair called the Big E... our show is free with Big E admission and we’re on at 3pm each day at the Court of Honor Stage.

Then on Monday we return to the great city of New York... at City Winery... our pal Wesley Stace (AKA John Wesley Harding) will be playing before us... doors are at 6pm, Wesley’s on at 8pm, and we should hit around 8:45pm.

Tuesday Oct 3rd we’re at Rams Head in Annapolis.

Wednesday Oct 4th we’re at the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, VA

Thursday Oct 5th we’re at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA.

Friday, Oct 6th we’re at Kent Stage in Kent Ohio which the Summit, a great radio station, is sponsoring.

Saturday Oct 7th we’re at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe/Back Room in Kalamazoo, MI.

Sunday Oct 8th we’re at City Winery Chicago.

And then Sunday Oct. 15th we’re playing a free outdoor show in St. Louis for the Rock N Roll Marathon.

Come out and see us and as always VIP Meet N Greet packages are available for every show while supplies last right here: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And then for those of you in Austin, we’re happy and proud to announce we’ll be performing at ALL ATX Presents: Back to the Armadillo October 29th at Auditorium Shores. Enjoy an evening of music along the banks of Lady Bird Lake and support Austin’s working musicians. Tickets on-sale now via AllATX.org. Proceeds benefitting HAAM, Sims Foundation, Black Fret and Austin Music Foundation. Show poster attached... lots of great acts (John Fogerty!).

Will that be it for live shows till the end of the year???!!!! Stay tuned...

In other news, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you probably know about this fella Chet Wild…well, we finally played his living room and it was for a great cause that raised $12,500…it was also streamed on Facebook so hopefully some of you were able to catch it…..a big round of applause to everyone who contributed and to Chet for…well, being Chet….here’s a link to the campaign that is now closed:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fastballatchets-hurricane-harvey-recovery-show#/

And it actually got some decent press, including the LA Weekly!

LA Weekly: http://www.laweekly.com/arts/fastball-is-playing-an-la-house-party-tonight-thanks-to-comedian-chet-wilds-successful-fastballatchets-campaign-8661920

http://www.hollywoodintoto.com/fastball-house-party-hurricane/

And here’s a review of the show we did in Berkeley earlier this month: http://bammagazine.com/fastball-flies-in-at-full-throttle-into-cornerstone-berkeley-ca/

I think that’s all the news that’s fit to print for now – thanks for tuning in!

Love,
Fastball

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Wanna be in a Fastball video? Donate to our Hurricane Benefit Show!

Hey Everyone - 

First things, first: we're raising money for Hurricane Harvey recovery by playing this random guy's (AKA Chet Wild) living room on September 18th. Donate and you could appear in our next music video!

Click the link, watch the video, and support a good cause! We hope you can join us for the live stream next Monday. All proceeds go to Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts in our home state of Texas.

LINK:  https://igg.me/at/FastballAtChets

And before we do this, we're playing four shows on the west coast that start THIS THURSDAY:

09-14-17    Berkeley                 CA     Cornerstone

09-15-17    West Hollywood     CA     Whisky A Go Go

09-16-17    Pasadena               CA     The Rose

09-17-17    Agoura Hills           CA      The Canyon

Come on out and see us - tickets and VIP Meet N Greet packages are available here: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And finally, here's a recent interview with Miles: http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/fastball-doesnt-shy-away-from-past-hits,518828

xoxoxo

Fastball

 

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PoMo Heroes FASTBALL Make A.V. CLUB UNDERCOVER Debut with ‘9 to 5’

Band Announces Additional Tour Dates for

STEP INTO LIGHT

Headlining Run hits Berkeley, Los Angeles, New York City, Annapolis, Chicago and More

“Step Into Light is a diverse, engaging record from one of pop’s most tenacious bands.” — Paste Magazine

(August 22, 2017) Today, Austin’s FASTBALL makes their A.V. CLUB Undercover premiere with a tribute to the #1 Grammy® Award nominated title track of the 1980 film 9 to 5. The chart topping hit was originally recorded by Dolly Parton. FASTBALL's rendition is an unlikely addition the collection of this years Undercover performers.

The eighth season of A.V. Undercover, which launched this earlier this summer,  features favorite or soon-to-be-favorite bands doing covers of  your favorite songs.  Groups like Old 97’s, Passenger, Cloud Nothings, The Regrettes ,Phantogramand FASTBALL covering cuts by T-Rex, Dolly Parton, Fugazi, and Blink-182, though not necessarily in that order.  New episodes are posted every Tuesday at A.V. Club.

FASTBALL released their 6th album, Step Into Light, earlier this summer and immediately set out on an extensive North American tour with Everclear, released three singles and videos - including the award winning clip by Nigel DickBehind the Sun, which premiered withGuitar World and is now headlining their own national tour.  Step Into Light, is available through the band’s own 33 1/3 label and is the first FASTBALL collection to get a vinyl LP release.

Before Step Into Light was officially released the band shared the entire album via billboard.com.  Appropriately, FASTBALL then appeared on MLB.com and on Sirius XM for an interview and performance on the Howard Stern Wrap Up Show, where they discussed the unexpected reincarnation of their hit “Out of My Head” on the worldwide #1 Smash Hit “Bad Things.”   FASTBALL also performed one of Howard’s favorite Beatles songs “The Two Of Us.”  Highlights can be found here.

With nearly 20 years of musical explorations and milestones under its belt, FASTBALL remains one of the most consistent and continuously celebrated rock bands on the road today.   

Step Into Light extends FASTBALL’s highly respected body of work, which encompasses such acclaimed albums as their 1996 debutMake Your Mama Proud, their 1998 platinum breakthrough All the Pain Money Can Buy (which spawned the Grammy-nominated Top Five hit "The Way"), 2000's The Harsh Light of Day, 2004's Keep Your Wig On and 2009's Little White Lies. 

View “I Will Never Let You Down" here.

View “We’re on Our Way” here.

View “Behind The Sun” here.

View “9 to 5” here.

 FASTBALL “Step Into Light” Tour

09-14-17    Berkeley                 CA     Cornerstone

09-15-17    West Hollywood      CA     Whisky A Go Go

09-16-17    Pasadena               CA     The Rose

09-17-17    Agoura Hills           CA      The Canyon

09-29-17    West Springfield     MA     The Big E

09-30-17    West Springfield     MA     The Big E

10-01-17    West Springfield     MA     The Big E

10-02-17    New York               NY      City Winery NYC

10-03-17    Annapolis               MD     Rams Head On Stage

10-04-17    Leesburg                VA     Tally Ho Theater

10-05-17    Pittsburgh              PA      Club Cafe

10-06-17    Kent                      OH      Kent Stage

10-07-17    Kalamazoo             MI      Bell's Eccentric Cafe  

10-08-17    Chicago                  IL       City Winery Chicago

10-15-17   St. Louis  MO     Michelob Ulta Rock ’N’ Roll Half Marathon

 

For ticket info check: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

The August Update

Greetings everyone -

We hope your summer has been going splendidly.

Ours sure has thanks to you and everyone who has bought a ticket to a show, bought a CD or vinyl, streamed or downloaded the record and given us their ears or eyes over the past few months.

We’re happy and proud to have Step Into Light out into the world.

Next month we hit the road again…back to the west coast. If you live in Berkeley, West Hollywood, Pasadena or Agoura Hills we expect to see you out at an upcoming show! And if you’ve been itching to take a trip with an ol’ pal to the west coast, you can thank us for giving you the perfect opportunity for a September road trip.

At the end of September, we’re back on the east coast playing THREE nights at the Big E, a massive fair in Springfield, MA….before returning to NYC to play City Winery with our pal Wesley Stace aka John Wesley Harding. Come on out NYC….it will be a great night. We then hit Annapolis, Leesburg, Pittsburgh, Kent, Chicago and finally St. Louis, where we play a free outdoor show in the afternoon.

And after that we may be playing a hometown show in Austin…stay tuned for more details on that.

Tickets and Meet N Greets for all shows can be found and purchased here: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

In other news…..we’re not sure if you caught that we live streamed our recent show at the wonderful Daryl’s House in Upstate NYC a couple of weeks ago….because we actually didn’t know until we arrived (!), but here’s a link to see it (just search for us):

https://www.facebook.com/pg/darylshouseclub/videos/?ref=page_internal

And here’s a couple of recent interviews you can check out and spread the word about:

https://veraciousmagazine.com/2017/08/07/fastball/

http://www.dailytribune.com/arts-and-entertainment/20170804/fastball-at-saint-andrews-3-things-to-know

I think that’s all for now. As always, follow us, re-tweet us, like us, and do whatever the hell else you’re suppose to do to us.

love, 
Fastball

 

'Behind the Sun' Video Premiere

Hi Everyone - 

Today we are debuting the third and final video that the great Nigel Dick directed for us, for 'Behind the Sun' from 'Step Into Light'.

The fine folks at Guitar World premiered it this morning on their website so please go check it out: http://www.guitarworld.com/news-videos/fastballs-behind-sun-video-premiere/31366

Here's what Miles had to say about the song and the video:

I wrote this one in open G tuning doing a Beatles White Album fingerpicking pattern. John Lennon learned it from Donavon in India. I learned it from an article in Guitar World one afternoon in Virginia Beach.

I recorded it one night at the Bubble, just Sean Rolie and I. I used an E-bow for that droney  stuff, Tony added a harmony later

Nigel Dick shot the video. We were out in Lockhart TX and it was hotter than hell. I started to moan after we shot 20 takes of the same thing and he said "You'd never make it in the film business, boy." He worked his ass off, 3 videos in 3 days. Whatta guy!

The video also won a Silver Remi Award at the Houston WorldFest International Film Festival earlier this year. 

On another note, here is a link to a photo gallery from the June 7th House of Blues Boston show (photos by Eric Riley): https://artistwaves.com/so-much-for-the-afterglow-tour-in-10-stunning-photos-44c4a6786c22

We hit the road again on July 20th in Atlanta - come on out and see us: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

XOXO

Fastball

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Here Comes the Loooong Weekend!

Hi Everyone -

Greetings from Hawaii!

We traveled from LA today and play tonight in Honolulu and tomorrow night in Maui, and that will conclude this fantastic tour we’ve been on with Everclear and Vertical Horizon. Thanks to all of you who have come out to see a show, bought merch, said hi to us, etc. We love playing for you.

As we’ve mentioned, we’re taking a few weeks off and starting up again in Atlanta on July 20th - we actually just added a show in Knoxville, TN on July 23rd: https://fastball-knox.eventbrite.com

These old t-shirts have almost sold out so last chance to grab one: https://shop.bandwear.com/collections/fastball-shop

And here’s some recent press on the record - check it out while you’re lounging around or BBQ’ing this long weekend and don’t forget to crank our new album!

Rock at Night - Must have album of the summer!: http://rockatnight.com/2017/06/album-review-fastballs-step-into-the-light-the-must-have-album-of-the-summer/

Cryptic Rock - interview with Tony:  http://crypticrock.com/interview-tony-scalzo-fastball/

News 4 San Antonio - interview with Miles: http://news4sanantonio.com/news/entertainment/fastballs-miles-zuniga-talks-new-album-ahead-of-new-braunfels-concert

Major League Baseball - video interview with the band: http://m.mlb.com/video/v1548368083/the-austin-rock-kings-discuss-their-roots-and-legacy

My Statesman (Austin) - Year’s Best Music So Far: http://www.mystatesman.com/entertainment/music/willie-nelson-spoon-shinyribs-among-year-top-local-music-far/gF6BSohjit47Xb0KTE4ofL/

Ink 19 - Simply put, the latest from Fastball feels like a beautiful, rib-cracking, tear-jerking bear hug from a bunch of old college buddies who you’ve not seen since that night out in the desert, nearly a decade ago: http://ink19.com/2017/06/magazine/music-reviews/fastball-2

Real Rock News: http://www.realrocknews.com/concert-review-fastball-cherokee-casino-west-siloam-springs-okla-june-22-2017/

Happy long weekend and 4th of July to you - be safe out there.

Love,
Fastball


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