Saturday, June 20, 2009

Catching up with Royal Bliss

Royal Bliss has been on the road almost constantly since the release of their debut major-label release, "Life In-Between." They've played in 37 states and put over 40,000 miles on their motor home, touring with Candlebox, Buckcherry and more.

CommunityWalk Map - Royal Bliss on the Road

Here's a video from TuneLab Music’s interview with Royal Bliss at Rock on the Range in May, 2009.

Back home for a few weeks before heading off again, Royal Bliss made quite an impression on all of us headlining at Viva Salt Lake, an all day festival held at the Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City, Utah on June 6, 2009. The band seemed glad to be home, glad to be in front of their home fans and family members, and it showed in their performance. That night's rendition of "Devils and Angels" was the most inspired I've ever heard from them live. Boys, you were on point.

And the crowd was on point too. I've never heard an audience sing along so loudly - not just for the popular radio releases, but for the majority of songs on the set list that night. Neal Middleton even commented that he hadn't heard an audience sing "We Did Nothing Wrong" as loudly as we did that evening. So much so, that we woke up the guests of neighboring Marriot Hotel! They enjoyed the show watching from their windows.

From Sara's Blog: Cailin is now 9, and for her birthday Josh and I took her to the Viva Salt Lake show downtown at the Gallivan center. She had a blast and got to meet most of the Royal Bliss band members, which is awesome cuz they are are favorite band.

And from terrible-taya's blog: ... and finally, the only reason I went, the headliner, straight out of Salt Lake City, about to release their new album in Japan, (and if you can pull that off, you know you're great!) Royal Bliss. I can't even begin to describe how awesomely, amazingly, fantastically, pleasant they are! Every one got so excited, and I went with a bunch of little girls that couldn't handle it, so we had to go stand in the back where it wasn't so crowed. They are so great live! I love it! I really wish I was there now, singing along to "Devils and Angels" or "I Was Drunk." It was so much fun. I can't even believe.

And finally from the Larson Family blog: We were able to see Veer Union, Pop Evil, Ten Years and Royal Bliss. I hope some of you have heard of these groups, but especially ROYAL BLISS....why you ask. Royal Bliss is a local band going big in the music industry. They are amazing...really they are a rock band that knows how to rock but the lead singers Neil's voice is very soothing to sounds weird but oh well! I encourage anyone and everyone to check them out.

I love the officially unreleased (or is it unofficially released?) single, "I Was Drunk." It seems to be everyone's favorite song from Royal Bliss, certainly the most memorable and arguably the most-requested song on Bliss' live set list. Here, Texas Musketeers and their Ladies, at the 2009 Scarborough Faire to the tune of Royal Bliss' "I Was Drunk". From darthecp.

There are a host of such fan-made Royal Bliss videos; as I come across them, I'll post 'em up.

I caught up with Royal Bliss at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa, CA on Thursday night, June 11, 2009. We visited for a bit in the motor home, introduced them to my sister and brother-in-law and watched the show. The crowd gets bigger and bigger each time they play there - the local radio station, 101.7 The Fox, gives them real support.

Coming back from Santa Rosa, Royal Bliss played in Reno and in Jerome, Idaho.

On June 14, a young family member of Neal Middleton's, Cameron Eby, was tragically killed in a car accident. The band attended a post-funeral party in the young man's honor. Here they are.

(blog from The Crazy Whittakers)

Upcoming Royal Bliss concerts:

Jun 24 2009 - 7:00P - Knitting Factory w/Hurt Boise, Idaho
Jun 26 2009 - 8:00P - Liquid Joe’s w/ Broke City Salt Lake City, Utah
Jun 27 2009 - 7:00P - Martini Ranch-Early Show Phoenix, Arizona
Jun 29 2009 - 8:00P - Black Sheep Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jul 1 2009 - 8:00P - The Rock Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 3 2009 - 7:00P - WIIL Rock Radio Show Kenosha, Wisconsin
Jul 4 2009 - 7:00P - SUMMER FEST Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 8 2009 - 8:00P - Machine Shop Flint, Michigan
Jul 10 2009 - 8:00P - Club Fire w/Powerman 5000 Jackson, Mississippi
Jul 17 2009 - 8:00P - Pierre’s w/Candlebox Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Jul 24 2009 - 8:00P - Woody’s Evansville, Indiana
Aug 1 2009 - 7:00P - Oyster Ridge Music Festival FREE Kemmerer, Wyoming

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