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.
Hi Everyone -
Hi Everyone -
Just a couple quick things to note.
1 – This Pledge campaign is officially closed…..meaning you can no longer purchase any items/incentives. The last batch of signed CD’s are being shipped out and if you ordered anything else that you haven’t received, you’ll be in touch with shortly or feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we will still be sending out updates and keeping you in the loop with all things Fastball for the next little while but we will eventually shuffle everything over to our official website www.fastballtheband.com.
2 – On the note of shuffling things over, the only place to now buy official Fastball merchandise is our online store – https://shop.bandwear.com/collections/fastball-shop – we are currently having a flash sale of old t-shirts, for a limited time all the old t-shirts are only $10. Buy them NOW before they run out cause they will run out soon….we don’t have many left of each.
I think that’s all for now. Till the next update.
Canada was great and we are now back in the USA!
Tonight we're in Duluth, tomorrow Moorhead, and then we head to Wichita and West Siloam Springs before retuning back to beautiful Texas where we play in New Braunfels, Houston and Midland in the next ten days.
If you haven't been out to a show - what exactly are you waiting for??!!
And speaking of shows - after the Everclear tour, we're taking a couple of weeks off but then we'll be back at it again, headlining our own shows right thru October - these have all been confirmed and announced recently:
7/21 - Chattanooga - free show
7/26 - St Louis - https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/3674364/fastball-stlouis-off-broadway-stlouis?searchType=venue
7/27 - Cincinnati - https://www1.ticketmaster.com/fastball-cincinnati-ohio-07-27-2017/event/160052929685808F
7/29 - Wilkes Bare PA - http://www.kirbycenter.org/events/85d/fastball/
7/31 - Westerly, RI - free show
8/1 - Exton PA - free show
8/2 - Harrisburg PA
8/3 - Ardmore PA - http://www.ardmoremusic.com/event/1462356-fastball-ardmore/
8/4 - Rochester NY - free show
8/5 - Detroit MI - https://concerts1.livenation.com/fastball-detroit-michigan-08-05-2017/event/08005284E82E96BE
8/6 - Grand Rapids MI - https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/080052C50A9E58F5?_ga=2.241814149.668502060.1497288901-488501052.1497288900
9/14 - Berkeley, CA - Cornerstone
9/29 - West Springfield, MA - The Big E
9/30 - West Springfield, MA - The Big E
10/1 - West Springfield, MA - The Big E
10/2 - New York, NY - City Winery
10/3 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
10/4 - Leesburg, VA - Tally Ho Theatre
10/5 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
10/6 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage
10/8 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
Just stay tuned to http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/ and all of the shows will be announced and Meet N Greets will be available for all upcoming dates.
And here is the latest in press links - check em out and share em - lots of photos and videos:
QRO MAG -
Rock 'n' Roll Truth: Music Worth Buying episode -
KMUW :: interview with Tony -
RARASFARM “I Will Never Let You Down” is the Song of the Day -
That's all for now kids!
Greetings from NYC folks -
Tomorrow night we have a sold out show at Irving Plaza. The band Ruth Ruth have been added to the bill and will be on before us...we are schedule to hit from 8-8:45pm.
Here are some recent press hits, including the morning TV we did in Chicago last Friday:
TV on WGN Chicago:
Record Journal Podcast:
Unpopular Option: Memory Lane
--TONY JOINS @ 27:00--
Also, here's the Miles episode from 4 months back...
The Least Anticipated Podcast Of the Week - "The Celebrity Drop-In Show"
--MILES JOINS AT 42:20--
We have upcoming dates this October that we will be announcing over the next week that include a return to NYC, Annapolis, Leesburg, Kent, Chicago and Pittsburgh....which is actually on sale now: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=7480325&pl=opus&dispatch=loadSelectionData
Tonight we're in Pittsburgh. Then we leave right after the show to haul ass to Chicago for a morning WGN-TV appearance....and then we're attempting a cover of a song you will never guess, which we'll present to you once it's out and released to the world....so busy times as usual in Fastball-Land.
And do tune into your local TV station if you are in the greater Chicago area....we'll also send a link once we have it as well.
And of course we play Arlington Heights, IL tomorrow. And then we head to South Bend, IN....then Columbus, OH.....before landing back in beautiful NYC, for what appears to be a sold out show at Irving Plaza next Tuesday, June 6th. So buy your tickets and come out and see us! This tour is fun as hell and a great bill with three great bands! And if you wanna meet us and say hello, but a Meet N Greet Package: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/
Our record has officially been out for a week and we charted in Billboard! Glad to be back on the charts!
Here are some recent press links:
Daily Vault: http://www.dailyvault.com/toc.php5?review=9518
See you on the road,
We played a show in Texas last night and hit Des Moines, Welch, Lincoln, Cleveland and Pittsburgh in the next couple of weeks.
Come on out and see us - the band is better than ever! And our new record is out to the World!
We now have all tour dates thru the end of the year available for Meet N Greets - get em while you can, they are limited: http://www.fanexperience.ca/fastballvip/
Here's some recent press:
Photos by Veronica Lee
It's May 19th. The record is officially out and available EVERYWHERE today.
Please just continue to spread the word about it - review it on iTunes, Amazon, etc (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WWH3DDZ/ref=s9_acsd_al_bw_c_x_3_w?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-14&pf_rd_r=E9HT7W7GSVCPFMW6CN2S&pf_rd_r=E9HT7W7GSVCPFMW6CN2S&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=908a08df-d4e5-4fca-b5e2-9b49a58efb53&pf_rd_p=908a08df-d4e5-4fca-b5e2-9b49a58efb53&pf_rd_i=163856011)
And here are a few more press hits for you to check out if you feel so inclined:
Austin American Statesman: http://music.blog.mystatesman.com/2017/05/18/austin360-on-the-record-fastball-missio-wendy-colonna-and-more/
Thank you for your love and support - we honesty couldn't do it without you.
Step Into Light,
Hi Everyone -
Miles and Tony put together a special playlist for Spotify that is essentially a 12 song compilation of their influences over the years, that have shaped their own songwriting and the songs on 'Step Into Light'.
The songs have intro's from both Tony and Miles explaining what the songs mean to them, etc.
We encourage you to check it out if you are a Spotify user or to tell your friends that use Spotify to check it out - it's very cool and ranges from the Beatles to Cheap Trick to Willie Nelson to NRBQ with little stories and tales in between.
Here’s the link: https://open.spotify.com/user/mzuni/playlist/0HE97xuXBMaQYPzS6xMNsI
We've got one of six Canadian shows under our belt - thanks to everyone who came out last night in Calgary.
Tonight we are in Saskatoon and may or may not be live on a College Station at 5:30pm local time (MDT) - www.cfcr.ca - tune in to find out!
And here are some great press links that have been flowing into our email inboxes that we want to share with you - check em out and share them:
We Are Austin - http://keyetv.com/features/we-are-austin/fastball
More soon... Step Into Light gets it's official release THIS FRIDAY!
Happy Mothers Day Everyone.
The band is in Billing, MT for night #4 of the North American tour with Everclear and Vertical Horizon and it couldn’t be going better….packed crowds and fun times. We hope we see you out on the road. Thanks to everyone who bought a Meet N Greet – we’ve been able to have you see the band soundcheck so they have been working out better than expected.
This week sees us venturing into Canada (Calgary, Saskatoon & Regina) before circling back down to South Dakota and Colorado….hope you can make it out to see us play new songs from ‘Step Into Light’ as well as other favourites from all of our records.
Here is a link to Tony and Miles doing the Beatles song “Two of Us” from the Howard Stern Wrap Up Show: https://www.howardstern.com/show/2017/5/5/fastball-covers-beatles-song-two-us-live-wrap-show/
Here is a 5/5 review that hit this week: http://crypticrock.com/fastball-step-light-album-review/
And here is a Youtube link to the entire in-store performance Tony and Miles did at Vintage Vinyl in NJ a couple of weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxYnqnkIcgs
Thought you might like to see them.
Big week ahead – the official release date for ‘Step Into Light’ is May 19th! This Friday!
As I type this Miles and Tony are at the Austin airport….their flight has been delayed so they are cramming more phone interviews in than expected. Hardest working men in show biz, folks.
They are flying to NYC and will be doing promo for the next two days, including an appearance on the Howard Stern Wrap Up Show this Friday around 11am EST….on SiriusXM Channel 100... so tune in for that, it should be a good one. They may even play a cover song that you should all know (shame on you if you don’t).
And they will also be visiting Paste Magazine, which from what we are told will be streamed live (more on that later), WBJB in New Jersey and if you haven’t heard already the guys will be doing an in-store performance and signing at the wonderful Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ (https://vvinyl.com/shop/index.php?route=fastball-preorder-step-into-light-cd-fastcd) TOMORROW at 7pm. Some come on out Jersey!
Then they return home to basically get on the bus and get out to tour North America, of which you should all be BUYING YOUR TICKETS! Or you can try and win tickets (and a turntable) right here, from the fine folks at Tunespeak who we just launched a contest with: tnspk.co/B0ztUdA
Step Into Light :: May 19th
Bye for now.
Alright everyone – we are pleased to finally get some new music out to you, in the form of this wonderful video for the song ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ premiering right now on Consequence of Sound – check it out!
And just cause we thought you’d like em, here are the lyrics to the song:
It may sound funny
I don’t have a lot of money
but I will never let you down
when everything is breaking
the enemy is taking the town
I’ll be Fightin those demons
they’ll be kicking and screaming
I will throw them to the ground
I’m here to protect you to love and respect you
and I will never let you down
I hope you won’t hate me
don’t underestimate me
I’ll always do the best I can
my mind’s a bit hazy I might just drive you crazy
Remember I am only a man
I’m not too pretty
once you reach the nitty-gritty
I’m not the nicest guy in town
I might forget what I say
but at the end of the day
I will never let you down
And a little blurb about it:
The video for “I Will Never Let You Down” was directed by legendary music video director, Nigel Dick (Guns And Roses, Oasis). It was shot in one day at Strange Brew Coffee in Austin, TX. It features Tony’s lovely wife, Jennifer, playing the organizer of a speed-dating event in which Tony initially strikes out.
Enjoy and please spread the word wide and far!
Hey guys and gals -
As promised we have an announcement today – we’re excited to announce we’ll be out on tour in North America this Spring with Everclear and Vertical Horizon, touring behind Everclear’s 20th Anniversary of their album ‘So Much For the Afterglow’ and of course behind our forthcoming brand new studio record, ‘Step Into Light’, out on May 19th.
Check out the tour dates and buy tickets as soon as they are available – it will be a tour not to miss and we can’t wait to be back out on the road playing these new songs for you, along with your favourites of course.
We’ll be offering up Meet N Greets for this tour shortly right here on the Pledge campaign so check in for that as well.
Join us as we release our brand new album, Step Into Light!
We're getting set to release our first album in six years, and we want you to be a part of the process. Pre-order Step Into Light on PledgeMusic, and get access to exclusive content from the recording of the album and hear the album before anyone else.
Also, get your hands on signed items, merch and bundles that are not available anyone else, as well as once-in-a-lifetime experiences with us like private house concerts, guitar lessons, studio sessions and much more. Check out all of the offerings inside!
Fastball is doing a couple of shows in Texas next month.
The band plays their hometown of Austin TXon Nov. 5th at The Parish
You can grab your tickets here. The band plays Fort Worth TX on Nov 11th at Shipping and Receiving. Tickets here.
In other local news, Fastball will be playing SXSW in 2017!
2017 is shaping up to be a busy year for the band because at long last, they will release their 6th album, Step Into Light in theSpring of 2017.
The track listing:
We’re On Our Way
Behind The Sun
I Will Never Let You Down
Love Comes In Waves
Step Into Light
Just Another Dream
Secret Agent Love
Frenchy And The Punk
Stay tuned for a link to pre-order the album.
The last time we came anywhere near Tennessee was on my birthday back in 2013. I had decided to go on the wagon (on my birthday, good thinking). I traveled separately from the band. When I arrived they were drinking local IPA and I was clomping around the backstage area in silver tap shoes. They were shiny, and they offered the opportunity to possibly learn a new skill.
They were also incredibly uncomfortable and I left them in the hotel room.
At the very end of the show, the last chord rang out and I put my Les Paul on the stand. A minute later I heard a sickening crash. My Gold Top fell off the stand and I nearly fell off the wagon. The headstock broke completely off. Luckily we were close to Nashville, home to some of the finest luthiers in the world. I left my guitar there for a week, and played a Gibson SG the next few days.
Our mini tour ended in Nashville. We have many friends there and always have a good time. I lived there from 2000 to 2002 so in a strange way it's like coming home. We're playing 3rd & Lindsley this Wednesday at 9pm. You can get your tickets here.
Hello kids. Last week we went to Sweetwater (the music store, not the town) to record a new song. The song is called "The Girl You Pretended To Be" penned by Tony Scalzo. This was an unusual recording session because there was an audience of people from all over the place there. Seriously. One guy came all the way from Australia (thanks, Tony!)
We'd like to thank Mark Hornsby for inviting us and for his skills behind the board. We'd also like to thank everybody who attended, we had a great time. Stay tuned for that song as well as our new album "Step Into Light" which will be out later this year.
Speaking of new releases, The Dandy Warhol's latest album Distortland, dropped in April. Miles co-wrote "Give" and "Pope Reverend Jim" with Dandy's frontman, Courtney Taylor Taylor.
Fastball will be part of the "I Still Miss Liberty Lunch" celebration at ABGB on June 18th. You can catch Tony Scalzo's band Wrenfro there the night before.
Fastball is playing a free show in Austin today at 5pm at Lucy's Fried Chicken on South Congress. Beautiful day for a party!