Friday, November 2, 2007:
Everyone! Live Fast!
Ask and ye shall receive … after many requests, we’re very excited to let everyone know that our song “Live Fast” is now downloadable for free! For a limited time, exclusively on PureVolume, you can quite legally grab “Live Fast” and keep it forever tucked away in your own little iPod! Indeed, generously share it with your friends and spread the good Pensive word around the world!
Thanks for all your love and support while we’re out on the road, and all your good thoughts during the San Diego wildfires. Now click and enjoy “Live Fast” on PureVolume !
Sunday, November 18, 2007:
ROCK FOR VARSHOCK!
Richard Varshock lives in San Diego. If you visit his MySpace profile you’ll find someone who obviously loves life, loves his high school friends, and loves to wrestle for his high school team. He chose a profile picture which shows him standing in his orange Valhalla High School letterman’s jacket, a cute cheerleader on each arm! So he loves the ladies too! He’s just like you in so many ways but one ….
Richard last logged into MySpace on Sunday October 21st. By noon that day he was fighting for his life, pinned to the ground behind a rock outcropping shielded by firefighters, his flaming home at the trigger point of California’s worst ever firestorm. Richard’s father Thomas Varshock already lay dead near a burning firetruck, its motor disabled by the fire’s smothering black smoke.
Richard Varshock and four firefighters, all suffering devastating burns, were rescued from sure death by a helicopter pilot who heard a firefighter distress call, and miraculously located them all in dense smoke and towering flames making flight conditions all but impossible. Critically burned over 60% of his body, Richard was transported to the Burn Center at the University of California San Diego Hospital, where he is today, on his journey to recovery.
We were on tour a long way from home on Sunday October 21st, when the San Diego wildfires started. Even though we were safe traveling through the Southeast, our hearts and minds were home in San Diego, feeling a lot of anxiety and fear for our families and friends as they all faced a never-ending list of evacuating neighborhoods, packing up most-favored belongings and waiting for the call to leave home. Having experienced the 2003 Cedar fire, when flames came right up to our street, we had a lot of memories and emotions, as if no time had passed since that day.
So we are so grateful that all our families and friends are safe, and even more grateful that we have an opportunity to help Richard Varshock. We’ve joined forces with Richard’s high school friend Carson to put together a benefit show as a way to rally Richard’s classmates and the entire San Diego community to help him. Richard and his mother face a future struggling for Richard’s recovery without a father and husband, a burned down home, and no health or home insurance.
The ROCK FOR VARSHOCK wildfire benefit show will feature four bands, including us, all playing free. Alma Felan, owner of San Diego music venue Hot Monkey Love Café, agreed to host the show, and donate use of her venue without charge as well. Also joining the benefit is San Diego music promoter Stefan Georgi, who is donating his professional time and expertise to the project, and is optimistic in his expectations for a sell-out of the venue that night.
The proceeds from all tickets sold will go to the Varshock Family Foundation. Please spread the word about this show and be there Saturday December 15th starting at 5 PM for an awesome night of music, and the awesome opportunity to help Richard.
ROCK 4 VARSHOCK Fire Benefit Show
Hot Monkey Love Café
6875 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego CA 92115
$10 … All Ages … 5:00 PM
DECEMBER 15, 2007