Saturday, January 18, 2014

Battle of the Bands!

Many of you know that way back in the day, Sean and Christian had their own garage band. The band name they started with was Soap Box Opera, then some of the personnel changed, then changed again, then the name changed to His Boy Elroy, but through it all, Sean and Christian were constant. And, they were fabulous.

One of their very first gigs was playing in the Battle of the Bands at the new club on the block in Provo, Velour. What great fun that was! Christian was a tender 13 years old, and Sean was just barely scratching at 17 years old. Goodness gracious, they were young. Dave and I were their biggest groupies for many, many reasons, among which were the facts that we truly were their biggest fans and simply ate this stuff up, and also because, well, because who sends a 13-year-old son and a 17-year-old son into a night club without their annoying mom and pop keeping a close eye on what goes down? Sheesh, was that some good fun!

Tonight, Velour is celebrating it's 8th anniversary with a big whoopin' it up concert. In anticipation of that, our local newspaper ran a story about the first battle of the bands held there. The photo below is the pic accompanying that recent article, and just lookee at who was also on the bill with Sean and Christian's band? None other than the super-duper successful and world-renown Neon Trees.

The poster erroneously listed Sean and Christian's band
as Soap Box Hero. Uhhhh, it was actually Soap Box Opera, but either works.

Neon Trees

And, just for fun, here are a few more pics from back in the day. Photo credits and a big shout out go to Ashley and Jordan for capturing the magic for future generations!

For some reason, this seems like just yesterday and also a lifetime ago, simultaneously. I don't know. But I do know that I am still so grateful to this day that these boys didn't once try to shake off their ol' mom and dad from tagging along to every gig; never once did they fail to show appreciation for our help and support; never once did they roll their eyes at us in front of their oh-so-cool bandmates (or ever!); never once did they make us feel like intruders. Those are the memories that I do and always will hold so dear in my little His Boy Elroy-loving heart.

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