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Thank you's for days [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:50 am]
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walking_by08
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[mood |gratefulgrateful]

As of Friday we have collected almost all of the data to finally settle the tour for the cure. I am pleased to announce that we will be able to donate somewhere between 70 and 90 thousand dollars on behalf of the Dear Jack Foundation. In addition, Team Jack's has raised over 30 thousand dollars through the Light the Night Walks with more money still being counted. My thoughts on this are as follows: HOLY SHIT. I know it's a crass response but it's the first thing that comes to mind when I think of how many people pulled together to make the tour for the cure even more successful than I could have dreamed. To everyone who came out to these shows all I can say is thank you. There are also a handful of people that selflessly gave to the tour that deserve a thank you as well. Here goes the list; To my managers at sanctuary and my booking agency, APA, who donated significant portions of their commissions to help us reach and exceed our fundraising goals, to the promoters who discounted hall fees or donated portions of their profits back to the foundation, to everyone who threw a little extra in the donation jar at the merch booth and to every one of you who made a point to get involved with the light the night walks...you are all so generous and I am so proud to be a part of a community of people who are willing to take a moment out of their day to make a difference. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Onto other news
The Panic tour is going great. It's been a lot of fun to play in these big arenas and everyone out here is blown away by the support we have been getting from our fans. I'm not surprised in the least as you guys have been there every step of the way, but it is awesome to see how shocked people are when they see Jack's for the first time and realize how passionate and large the turnout is. I must apologize for not being available at every show. Security is insanely tight as some of you have already found. I've been doing everything I can to meet people, but we are not allowed meet n greets on this tour and there are nights where they prefer we don't add to the post show chaos. That being said we will be playing a lot of these cities on our next headlining tour and we will certainly reinstate the sound check meet n greets. I'll have casper make them a little bigger on the next tour so we can catch up with those of you we missed on this run. To everyone who has been handing out the ATR/River samplers as well as those who have submitted their names to volunteer I could not be more appreciative. You are all so kind to take the time out to give me a helping hand. Lets see...what else have I forgotten. Ahh yes, the video submissions for La La Lie are looking awesome. Casper has been playing them for me and I'm so psyched to see how much work has been put into these. I think that about covers it for now and I promise after this I will get back to my usual more abstract blogs, but I couldn't move forward without taking the time to say thanks for everything you guys have done to make the last few months such a success.

Andrew

P.S. Dates will be popping up soon for our February "West Coast Winter Tour". We'll be playing a lot of the major markets that we had to skip on the "Tour for the Cure" and I really think you are going to like some of the things we have up our sleeves. Production is going to be bigger than ever and I am really thrilled about the opening acts that are joining us. Keep your eyes pealed, as dates will be up and on-sale over the next month or so. Thanks again.

**Orginally Posted On: Nov. 19,2006, Sunday
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Tour for the Cure Part I [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:48 am]
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walking_by08
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[mood |accomplished]
[music |Everly Brothers]

I would be remiss not to apologize for my absence from the blog in recent weeks. I can't turn up a great excuse, and while I was prepared to blame laziness I just considered the last month of work and feel anything but. So lets just say I was neglectful and hope I have learned from my missteps. :)

I figured I'd return with a tour wrap up. The short story is simple, the shows were amazing. For me this tour was a bit of reeducation in how to headline a show. I know it sounds crazy after so many years, but truthfully aside from the one-off shows we did in the spring it's been a long time for me. That being said it was a lot of work and a lot of learning and it was an experience that could only take place on a stage in front of a large crowd. Usually I am very self conscious being so vulnerable in front of so many people, but there was a humanity to this tour and it's audiences and I am so thankful for the ability to go through that reeducation without having to hide. I found that my body was not immune to what it's gone through this past 18 months nor was my mind. There were definitely times when the usual tour sickness would make it's rounds on me and leave me terrified I may be really sick again, there were nights my lungs didn't hold up and I would leave the stage feeling like I had just run a marathon. (Not that I've ever run a marathon or have any idea what doing so might feel like :) Still, with the hardships considered it was worth every minute. Not only did the tour help me to reclaim some confidence I had lost it taught me that sometimes the only thing you can do is wrestle your demons. Not to say they didn't occasionally get the best of me on this run, but while there were moments I felt too tired or sick to finish the tour it was not hard to see the impact of what we were doing nightly and it kept me steady. I am still waiting to get the final numbers on what the tour brought in for the dear jack foundation, but that will be posted in part II and I have a feeling it's going to be very impressive. To all of you who came out and supported us on this run as well as those involved in the light the night walks I am so thankful for your involvement. I also have to thank my management, label, agency and all the promoters on this tour who bent over backwards to turn up extra money anywhere they could. They did this knowing that it would end up in the hands of people who will be fighting to make sure that blood cancers become more treatable and eventually cured. In a business that is characterized by it's evils I have truly found a team of people who not only do what they do because they love music, but like you who came to the shows, they have huge hearts and I am honored to work with each and every one of them. In closing I would like to dedicate this tour to two incredibly strong young men who I met over the course of the past few months and whose attitudes throughout their battles with cancer were unwavering and positive. Both were gifted musicians in their early 20's and both had incredible friends and families who adored them and saw in them what it is to be truly courageous. When I found out that both men, Brad Andreas and Chad Harjer had lost their battles within four days of each other it became clear what we were doing this past month and who we were doing it for. It is in their names that I will donate earnings from this tour and with their families in my heart that I will aggressively pursue research for this disease. No one deserves to be taken so young but both Brad and Chad will live on in the purpose of everything we do with the Dear Jack Foundation going forward.

**Originally Posted On: Wed. October 18, 2006
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Broken Toes, Broken Prose and Broken Pianos [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:47 am]
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walking_by08
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[music |Jack's Mannequin ~ Bruised]

I think I heard once that bad luck comes in threes. Okay, honestly, I'm not certain that I've ever heard that, but as I have attempted to begin this blog 20 or more times now, this theory will suffice in moving me past the thesis and into the real stuff. The first of my unlucky encounters involved a dark bus, a misplaced computer bag and an unsuspecting left pinky toe. Needless to say after contact was made I thought myself a bit pathetic to be in such pain from a stubbed toe. Once I pulled the shade and the light hit my foot lets just say the problem was...illuminated. The toe was completely split off from the others and in fact was completely perpendicular to my foot. I was forced to pull it back out of its socket and tape it to the toe beside it. This would explain why some of you have noticed me limping the past few days. The next happened exactly one day later in Austin, Texas when for no apparent reason the electronics in my piano shorted out during the second song of the set. This was obviously upsetting, but for reasons such as this we have a backup. When that keyboard arrived onstage we found that it too was broken, forcing us to break into the Hush Sound's trailer and barrow Greta's keyboard, which thankfully got us through the set. Normally both events, the toe and the piano, would have taken a huge toll on the set but in the case of these unlucky events we have been blessed with awesome and understanding audiences. Part of me believes that these events simply illustrated why live music is so special. Any art form that is rooted in spontaneity and subject to outside forces will never be safe from some form of disaster, but occasionally the challenges create the magic if you let them, and truthfully I've enjoyed every show on the tour thus far despite complications. Tulsa went well yesterday and today I was feeling like my luck was coming around. Still though, if the theory of threes was to hold up there remained room for another unfortunate incident. This brings me to the broken prose segment of my blog title. Several months ago I did an interview for the magazine Cosmo Girl. Most of the attention was focused on the creation of Jack's Mannequin and the events surrounding my Leukemia diagnosis and recovery. I have rarely made a point to address what I consider inaccuracies in any of my press because truthfully I have rarely made a point of reading my press. Nevertheless, the Cosmo Girl article was called to my attention and I felt I would be remiss to not to quickly address it. While much of what is written in this article is accurate I take significant issue with the fact that it is published as if I were the one writing it. I think you all know my writing well enough by now to know that these words were not my own. There are certain discrepancies in the story, which is not uncommon in journalism, but once again the fact that those discrepancies appear to come directly from mouth made me feel slightly violated. Truthfully, I have no problem with this magazine or the writer who did this piece. I just feel that with a subject matter this personal it is extremely irresponsible to lead readers to believe they are hearing the story directly from the source when it was, in fact, a second hand account and a partially inaccurate one at that. Im not looking for an apology or even a retraction I simply felt that you, the ones who know me best deserved confirmation of that fact. That being said, there is an upside to my theory of threes. It would indicate that my spell of bad luck is now through, leaving room for only one thing, good luck. Thanks for listening I'm going to go get lucky
A

** Originally Posted On: Tues. Sept. 12, 2006
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Here's the deal... [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:45 am]
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walking_by08
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[mood |amusedamused]
[music |OkGo]

I don't have much to say as it is late and I have spent the entire day organizing my messy messy world, which was incredibly exhausting on one hand and on the other, a total relief. I turned my TV on (finally installed after moving here (Hollywood) some 6 months ago...**Side note life without TV can be rather nice...okay, back to my story. I turned on said television to help me fall asleep, as I am slightly wired by my compulsive organizational binge, and what I saw blew me away. OKGO's new video is brilliant. I assume it is new, as I have not watched TV in six months, and in turn have become completely unaware of what may or may not be relevant to pop culture. A perfectly choreographed dance routine on treadmills? F*ing Genius.

That will do it. Go watch that video and if you run into those dudes tell them I say they deserve an award of some sort. Definitely something shiny and big that would warrant an entire cases construction simply for its display.

** Andrew Originally Poste This On: Monday, Aug. 28, 2006
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"Time to move on... [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:44 am]
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walking_by08
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[mood |accomplished]
[music |Tom Petty]

Today I am reminded of a quote from one of my favorite songs in the world, by one of my favorite songwriters, Mr. Tom Petty...

"It's time to move on
Its time to get going
What lies ahead I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby
The grass is growing
It's time to move on
It's time to get going

The sun rose for all of us today but for me it meant more than most sunrises of my near 24 years. It meant that this year had past and a new one had begun. It meant that the wires were undone and the scars were just scars and yes; that it's time to move on. In this year I have seen dark places and I have seen some places flooded with light that I never knew existed. I have walked to the door of death and never felt more alive and I have learned something that is inherent whether we chose to live knowing it or not. That we are just pieces of this crazy universe, floating through space like every other piece of this crazy universe. You don't have to push or pull or fight or win, the struggle is illusory. Sometimes or rather, all times, you just have to be. I am doing my best to be and today it occurs to me that in being I have been very lucky. I write this blog mainly because I know, you, whoever you are, will read it. I do often find moments of clarity while I type these words and on those days I feel very lucky to know that you, the one behind the screen, may not only take part in that clarity but in some way or another you have actually inspired it. Many of you think your responses go unread, which fascinates me but is also a perfect illustration of my point. (You know the one about us all floating through the universe together). While assuming these comments will not be read you write them anyway. I suppose I am being presumptuous to assume you think I don't read them, but then again why would anyone believe I do? I have never once responded, and strangely none of you have ever gone out of your way to make me feel the least bit guilty about that. Why do I know that? Well truthfully, because I read most of them. Of course it could be argued that your comments are written in hopes that they might be seen, but I like to think there is more to it than that. That maybe you, like me, push your thoughts into cyberspace a place that so eerily resembles space itself in hopes that they float along just like the rest of us. Read or unread just being is good enough. It may sound crazy, but when I write these passages, maybe a hundred or two hundred people reply, maybe a thousand or two thousand people read them, but maybe in some other way they stretch their wordy arms out into this big sky and rain down like all your prayers did on me when I was too sick to open my eyes and see the sunrise the way it did today. I don't...maybe.

** Originally Posted By Andrew On: August 26, 2006, Saturday
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My skin, the color of my mac's battery icon [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:41 am]
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walking_by08
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[mood |energeticenergetic]
[music |Jack's Mannequin ~ Dark Blue]

Okay, I know that is a rediculous blog title, but truth is I have a nasty sunburn and my computer is about to die. So you know what that means?..no spell check...sorry. Well, I am on vacation, hence the new skin tone. I must say it's been pretty amazing, my doc recommended complete silence for a week so I haven't made a sound in 24 hours. For someone who spends so much time talking I am really enjoying the inner peace that comes with such quiet. I just wanted to check in and say thank you to all of you who came out to support us on this summer's O A R dates. Everyone in their band and crew said they have never seen an opening act receive more support than we did in their entire time on the road. Of course I'm not suprised, but I am certainly thankful.

The other news I wanted to mention (AND MOST IMPORTANT) was that after many hours and unbelievable dedication from everyone involved, we have completed the Dark Blue video. It looks beautiful and I can't wait for you all to see it. The concept was inspired by a movie called "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" which focused on depression era dance marathons that would last for months yielding the winners enough money to get through the financial hardships of that time. These marathons were insane and for a short time were a huge part of american pop culture. We took a little liberty with the styling and reset it in the 50's, but I feel like we really shot something beautiful and special and I love that there is a little more to it than your average video. Truthfully, at the end of the day many people will just take away a great James Dean era dance off vibe from this video, but for myself and those involved there will always be a little something extra to it .Needless to say, the time will be upon us soon where fall to my knees begging you all to work your internet savvy and help us run this puppy up the charts. I can only say that I think it's worth seeing more than once and hopefully that will motivate everyone to roll up their sleeves and help us add Dark Blue to the history books.
I hope you are all doing well. As many of you know this week will be the year anniversary of my transplant. I must say thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping get me to the other side of my cancer. If it weren't for you all and knowing that my music might be missed I don't think I would have gotten well as quickly as I have. I am forever in debt to you all.

**Originally Posted By Andrew On: August 18, 2006
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Richmond to Richmond (how to survive a low-speed Vespa crash) [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:39 am]
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walking_by08
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[mood |gratefulgrateful]

There are certain perks to having your entire band call Richmond, Virginia home. On this tour one of them happens to be a wealth of conveniently placed days off in the historic capital city. And when I say convenient I mean it. In fact our swing of southern tour dates have landed us in Richmond on our way down the east coast and again on our way back up. I cant say that my brief time here could ever give me a total grasp of this haunted town, but what it did show me is that when your lonely for home sometimes the home of your dear friends is a worthy substitute. From our first night at Ipanema where last call just meant everyone else had to leave and I was going to roller skate around the bar, or the fateful low-speed Vespa crash that I didnt feel 'till the morning after, (Im pretty sure we actually crashed twice). I will always think of this town as Jacks east coast window to home. Being here with Bob, Jay Mac and John is a lot like cruising through town with the mayor. It seems like everywhere we go, people know them, miss them and couldnt be happier to have them back. To some extent I almost feel responsible to these people for robbing three of Richmonds greatest treasures. Nevertheless I have not been treated like a robber here, but rather a friend by some code of friend ethics that keeps me in the pack by association. (And really, what better guys to be associated with?) Weve called them the Richmond Rats since they joined Jacks but here in Richmond they are no rats. They are three of the most well missed dudes around. So to all the crew from our nights at Ipanema, Acapellas and the Linden Row Inn my glass is raised to you. Youre the salt of the earth and youll always have a home back in So Cal with me and the Mannequins I stole from you.
A

**Originally Posted By Andrew On: Monday, August 7, 2006
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To Rochester With Love [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:36 am]
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I am on the bus leaving the venue we played this evening in Rochester NY and I felt the need to apologize to some of you who came out to to the show tonight. We had an amazing time and while I am usually quite accessible after we play, there were some unfortunate circumstances at the venue tonight. Our bus was parked in a very visible area which happened to be directly adjacent to the stage. I find it to be in poor taste to sign autographs in clear view of a band while they're performing, which was the case with out tourmates OAR. I just think it's disrespectful to a band you tour with to distract from their show. I decided that I would wait until the show was through and sign. When I went to the gate to make good on my promise we were quickly forced by security to stop as they insisted on clearing out the venue. The unfortunate reality was the bus was then forced to leave to allow production trucks in and there was no place the local police would let me sign because they wanted the crowd dispersed. I know this is a long story, but I hope you all are aware by now that I do my best to be available to sign or take pictures. I was just disappointed that tonight I was unable to do so, especially after seeing the awesome turnout of support. One way or another I promise I'll get you all back when we roll through next time (Which should be before the end of the year. Thank you for your understanding.

**Andrew Originally Posted On: Wed. July 26, 2006
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Enough to Make the Head Spin [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:34 am]
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I feel like so much has happened since I last posted that I will skip the eloquent for the informative today.
THE UPDATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1. We are confirming headlining tour dates at a fever pitch for the upcoming Sep/Oct TOUR FOR THE CURE with COPELAND, THE HUSH SOUND and DAPHNEY LOVES DERBY... The tour is going to be insane and I really think everyones going to love the bands on this package. We're finally going to be able to take out some cool production and really hone a sweet headlining set with lots of memorable moments, so make sure you're there.

**As always we recommend you get tix in advance, which you can do at this special presale site
http://www.jacksmannequin.tickets.musictoday.com
When the presales are through you can grab tickets at www.ticketmaster.com

**This tour is very close to my heart as it will be during Leukemia Awareness Month. It will be called the TOUR FOR THE CURE and the majority of the profits from tickets sold will go towards the DEAR JACK FOUNDATION, which I am creating to assign funds to Leukemia and Cancer charities as well as medical research and community outreach programs. I think it is important for me to give back to those who have helped keep me on this earth and I would like to use whatever power I have to try and keep others diagnosed with cancer here with us as well. I like knowing that when people buy tickets for these dates they are also doing something to make the world a little better for someone in need. SO BUY A LOT OF TICKETS PLEASE!!!!...HAHAHA

THESE WILL BE THE LAST HEADLINING SHOWS SCHEDULED FOR 2006 AND AT LEAST THE FIRST PART OF 07 SO WE'D LOVE TO SEE YOU ALL BEFORE WE TAKE A BREAK. PLUS HEY, WHATS A TOUR WITHOUT YA'LL :)

2. On another note we wrapped shooting on the Dark Blue video this week. I really think it's going to blow peoples minds. Without giving too much away, it all takes place at the end of the Venice pier circa 1950. It really was a magical shoot and I can't wait for you all to see it. Everyone involved worked so hard to make it happen and I am extremely pleased. I hope to have a cut up within 3-4 weeks.

3. Some SoCo news...A few mornings ago NASA ground control woke the flight crew of the space shuttle by playing "The Astronaut" off of SC's Leaving Through the Window album. As most of you know I am mildly obsessed with space and I consider it a high ranking achievement that one of my tunes has made it there. The whole band was so fired up I just had to share it with you all. I'll try and get the news footage up somewhere when I have a chance.

4.Coming Soon:
*Jack's Mannequin sheet music
*Japanese tour dates in January...otherwise being referred to as the Japanuary Tour.
*River Apparel-A boutique clothing line that will launch online by summers end. Going to be beautiful.
*I am launching a small imprint with an indie label. I hope to find some serious rockstars with some serious talent. If you all come across any special unsigned bands bring a cd to one of our shows and I'll check it out
*Lastly, some tweaks are being made to freshen up the jacksmannequin.com site, so keep checking back.

Thats all for now
Much Love to All

**Andrew Originally Posted On: Thursday, July 20, 2006
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Staying Through The Rain [Jan. 30th, 2007|11:32 am]
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walking_by08
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[mood |gratefulgrateful]

There are times when I come here to this page and search for something to say. Some string of words that might mean something to someone besides myself. Today I woke up to find a fairly grey Milwaukee morning and as I stared out of my hotel window into the muck I was reminded of a remarkable yesterday. Suddenly I wasn't searching for words, I was searching for a place to write them. You see, yesterday was a big day for me. Many of you have heard second hand or at one of the two shows where I chose to share it but last night I took down the final pill of the hundreds prescribed to me over the course of this grueling year. For that reason alone I knew yesterday would forever be an important piece of history for me. Lucky for me there was so much more to yesterday than cancer meds. It was probably about 7 when the clouds rolled onto the summerfest fair grounds where myself and the mannequin's were scheduled to play later that evening. I was en route to a signing when I noticed the first drops of rain collecting on the ground as we made our way through the crowd. We didn't think much of it, but as I began talking to the people who had waited so patiently in the heat to say hello the sky opened in a way I have only seen on a summer day in the Midwest. People were scrambling, running for shelter anywhere they could find it. The tent I was beneath became useless in the sideways rain. I've always said I have been blessed with incredible fans but yesterday I will admit I was shocked and moved by how well that statement was supported. With hail raining down from the sky above and an entire park of people vanished or hiding, the line to our little signing was unmoved. They huddled together beneath the few umbrellas they had between them, watching the rain gather around their feet and without complaint waited until each and every person made their way to the booth to shake hands get and get a picture or autograph. I looked back proudly a couple of times at the assortment of record label representatives who I had just met that day knowing that they were learning first hand why I love my job. When the signing was through the rain had died down, but we past stage after shut down stage. The park was a ghost town. An hour before it was teaming with tens of thousands and now it was just an abandoned carnival. As the car pulled around I got a clearer view of the stage we were set to headline and what I saw was something I'll remember forever. People. Not just a few, a thousand or more who didn't move an inch in the face of an unrelenting storm. By the time we took the stage it was the largest Jack's concert we've played yet and one of the largest in my career to date. And for one night only, I will say taking that pill didn't irritate me even a little. In fact it tasted pretty damn sweet.
Thanks
A

**Orginally Posted By Andrew On: Monday, July 10, 2006**
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