I hope this email finds you well. I've been dreading sending this for awhile now but it's time to sit down and repeat what many of you already know. On July 24th we lost our dear friend/brother/bass player, Mr. Lou DeMartino at the way-too-young age of 56. Lou had battled asthma for years though you would never have known it by the way he performed and left everything on stage every night, every show...
The outpouring of LOVE on the Internet, Facebook, texts, phone calls after the news of his passing was really moving to say the least. I was on a solo tour in Europe at the time and all the hugs and stories with folks after each show really helped me at a tough time. It's still a tough time for me and I am sure I can speak for Sam and Greg when I say that. So many folks were genuinely touched by Lou's kindness and good spirit. They don't make many "Mr.Lous" in this world and I am so glad that I got a chance to know this one for the past 15 years of my life. He made my life better and I know many of you feel the same way. Even now as sad as this is, almost every time I talk about him it ends in smiles and laughs as that was the strength of his goodness and Spirit.
With that Spirit in mind, we will celebrate Mr. Lou's life on Sunday, October 25th from Noon to 5pm at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey with music/songs, laughs, smiles, hugs, food and some great photos and videos of the one and only Mr. Lou. Please come join us as there will be raffles and Mr. Lou shirts and all funds raised will go to Lou's family and I am sure a few charities near and dear to his heart. It will be a wonderful afternoon of musicians, friends and fans paying respect to a wonderful person.
There should be a special room in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for folks like Mr. Lou who may not have been as famous as other musicians but are certainly deserving to be in that Hall as they "moved" folks as much as anyone ever did. Lou was of that caliber and class and I will miss him every time I step on a stage and really, everyday for the rest of my life. Lou loved you and I/we loved Lou...
Below are some really great upcoming shows but I really feel like anything I say after writing about Lou is meaningless/nonsense/don't feel like writing anymore. Greg, Sam and I will move forward and continue to play our hearts out every time we get on stage and we will have new band members performing with us but as in life, no one you love is ever replaced, you just find ways to keep moving forward as that is what we all do in this wonderful, beautiful, sometimes frustrating and sometimes sad, thing we call life.
Hugs, love and God Bless.
All the best,