Eric Baines

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From the Mall to the big time…and more Vodka

by eric on Oct.25, 2010, under Eastern Europe Tour 2010, Music, Uncategorized

I am exhausted! We played the big show in Kiev last night with the full orchestra. It was awesome but not without a glitch. We started the show and halfway through the first song the keyboards decided to freak out. They started making this super loud screeching sound which felt like someone was ripping your skull in half. Ugh! Keiko had to stop and call Casey (the sound guy) up to the stage. That worked out good for him because she introduced him and he got to take a bow. That’s pretty rare for a front of house mixer. I hope he got that on YouTube. It turns out that the laptop that plays all of Keiko’s keyboard sounds needed a re-boot. After that it was fine. Computer’s can be so winy sometimes. In the end the show looked and sounded incredible! For an encore we brought out a rising young super star singer to sing a traditional Ukrainian song. He won the Russian version of American Idol and his name is…something I can’t pronounce. He was good.

After the show it got really exciting. I should probably start by explaining what happens on a typical show for me. I usually start out with a little Jagermeister maybe 20 minutes or so before the show starts. I will have anywhere from 1 to 3 shots for a Keiko show. Then we do the first half of the show. There’s a 15 minute intermission in the middle where I will probably do another two shots. Then after the show, depending on how early the lobby call the next morning, is when I kick it into high gear and drink. Last night started out very typical but I forgot about the Russian element. I did my shots, played the first half of the show and then was met backstage by my favorite stand-up bass player, Vadik. He asked if I’d like a drink, I said yes and he said follow me. Half of that conversation was in Ukrainian so I’m guessing that that’s what he said. Anyway, he led me down some stairs and down some long, winding hallways into the depths of the theater where his dressing room was and pulled out, of course, a bottle of vodka. We downed 2/3 of the bottle and went back for the second half of the show. I was way ahead of schedule but somehow managed to nail what I needed to nail. Song after song flew by and I was having a blast. I was a little worried that I would make through the Russian Idols guys song because I had to read some serious notes but I was on fire!

When the show was over, I invited Vadik and his vodka to the band’s dressing for more drinking. We were joined by the twins and all of us began to consume vodka like it was candy. We were reminiscing about the last 6 years of touring the Ukraine, joking and laughing about pas shows, I even borrowed Kayta’s guitar and gave an impromptu performance of my song “Baby” that’s on my latest record “Dive Bar Rock Star!” available on Itunes ;-) , all the while forgetting that we had to catch a train to the next city. I feel bad now for our stressed out, overworked Ukrainian tour manager, Olga, who now had to heard a bunch of drunk musicians to the train (including Keiko, I might add). at this point my memory gets a little foggy but somehow we all managed to make it on the train. We all reconvened in someones sleeper car for a few more drinks, I love you man’s and road stories. I was rooming with Kayta and we finally made it back to my sleeper car after getting lost on the way not realizing we were in the wrong train car and then I crashed hard.

Overall, it was the most fun we’ve had on this trip so far. It’s nice to be able to let lose and let off some steam once in a while and I think we were all due. I woke up the next day feeling quite refreshed behind a little bit of a hangover. Good times!!

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2009: Schoo…I’m glad that’s over!

by eric on Dec.22, 2009, under Music, News, Uncategorized

What a year! I started off with some TV shows playing with Corbin Bleu (the NBA Allstar Game and Regis and Kelly). That is always a fun gig to be on. The band is great and Corbin is awesome. We also like to party a bit. Ouch! The fans are also pretty crazy. I was standing behind Corbin at the NBA show waiting to go on when what seemed like a huge tree branch came out the sky behind me. I looked up and it was Shaquille O’Neal reaching out to shake his hand. He’s Huge!! It was quite a moment.


Then it was off to Ukraine with Keiko Matsui. I’m not a big fan of Eastern Europe and Russia. I’ve been there 8 or 9 times and it’s always a dangerous and interesting experience. This year we were actually deported from Moscow because we didn’t have visa’s to get into Belaruse which is where we trying to go. After spending 8 hour in the airport the Russians sent us back to Ukraine where we had to try and explain what happened so that the Ukrainians would let us back in. The show promoter had bought the visa’s but couldn’t get through security to give them to us and we couldn’t get out to get to him. That was a long day and we missed the gig. It’s always something. I’m alway surprised when we make it back to the states alive…but once again, we did.


Somewhere in the midst of all this touring and craziness I decided that I wanted to start a record label and release my own record. It seemed so cool at the time. haha. it’s actually been really fun but a TON of work. Luckily, I had many of the songs written but I definitely needed more to finish a complete album. There were many hours in the studio. Then the artwork and the photo shoot. Then hours on the website and I went to Utah and made a video but then…it was done. I went on a short summer tour with Corbin and I came home to a bunch of boxes on my porch full of the CD. Pretty cool.


Then the work really starts. Band practice, promotion, mailing lists, publicists, gigs, tours, car problems, twitter, facebook, sell, sell, sell, spend, spend, spend. I know let’s do a live web show from my house. I’m exhausted! It’s hard work doing what you want to do and the work continues. I’m taking a break for the holiday but after the new year begins it’s back to the grind. Gotta write new songs, sell more records, make more videos, drink more Jager (mmmmm) but it’s so great to be working hard on my own music. It makes it all worth it. Follow your dreams! What else are you gonna do with your life?


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I’ll see you in 2010!!

Eric Baines


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