I’m not sure there’s a better word that sums up 2014 for me. Even though I was away from it so much of the time, it was such a reoccurring theme in my daily life, this year more than ever. My wife and I moved to a new city, and where we thought sounded awesome enough to move -turned out to be even better than expected. This all seemed so fitting because ‘Home’ was also the theme of The Rockville LP, which ironically pulled me away from it to go out on the road in order to to tell the story of this album and what it means to us as a band.
It’s about where we grew up. Mostly about how we saw things from the perspective of our youth, feeling hopeful and ready to take on anything. The stories all felt familiar – a thriving part of my childhood that is still alive and well. It’s one of my favorite things I have ever done with the band, ever. So many moments spent with them and these songs really felt like being back there for the first time.
There’s an ongoing shared experience – our friends, our family …. and the places that remind us of our friends and family. That’s something we all share no matter where you call home. And this has meant the world to me this year.
The band and I wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We hope it’s spent with all of your friends and family, and we’re looking forward to seeing you guys in 2015!!
Audience taping is permitted at most O.A.R. shows. We feel that taping shows is a great way to increase fan interaction and allows fans a way to have a permanent memory of a live show. If O.A.R. is playing in an event which features multiple bands, the taping policy of the headlining band will dictate the taping policy for that evening. Additionally, at select shows, taping may be restricted. While we will do our best to notify fans in advance of this, unfortunately we cannot guarantee doing so.
All taping of live O.A.R. shows is restricted to audio only; no videotaping will be allowed. Audio recording is limited to portable equipment which includes microphones and a recorder. Power or other auxiliary equipment is generally not supplied so be prepared to bring your own equipment. If you wish to tape, we encourage you to arrive early to set up.
All taping must be for personal and non-commercial use only. No profit is ever to be made from the band’s live shows. You are permitted to trade shows with other fans for an equal amount of media (i.e. 2 CDs for 2 CDs). O.A.R. will actively pursue those in violation of this policy.
Trading of shows has been a large part of recreating the live experience and we want to continue offering this option to fans. Please keep clear of the crew during the show. Remember that the audience’s enjoyment of a live show is paramount and will never be sacrificed at the expense of a taper requesting fans to move, keep quiet, etc. Please respect other fans while you are taping.