Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Happy Easter

Happy Easter...if you celebrate Easter, that is. If you don't, have a great day! We'll have twenty-five people over today. It'll be a good family day and thankfully the weather's supposed to be brilliant.

DON'T STOP THE SCREAM will be the next Book Of Kills album to be made available for downloading and/or streaming on iTunes, Spotify, CDBaby, Amazon, Slacker, etc. It's almost ready and should be up by the end of next week.

A 'regular' to this site asked if I would post something I put up on the old bookofkills.com a couple years ago entitled "The Ten Best Gigs I Ever Played", I thought I'd put up one of the ten show's descriptions each day for the next ten days. My best gigs, of course, are from the standpoint of an unknown amateur semi-musician who considers 50 people a huge crowd, so prepare to be underwhelmed. But if you're into BOK, I suppose for some reason or another you might be interested. This list was prepared in chronological order only:

1986 - Harrisonburg High School Reading Literacy Benefit Show:  Heart Of Gold, Dark Side Of Tomorrow, Abandoned, I Saw Her Standing There. My friend and fellow teacher, Gary Bugg, concocted a multi-band charity show with an actual stage (one of the better ones I've ever played on actually), a warm-up room for the musicians, a backstage area with a huge spread of food and drinks, and a professionally run sound system. Gary told me the day of the show that he expected a good crowd, though I wasn't so sure.  I should've had more faith..."good" turned out to be an understatement.  An hour before the show got under way, the gymnasium was packed wall-to-wall with over 500 students, teachers, parents and curious townies. The floor and balcony grew so crowded by the time we went on that several students climbed out onto the metal rafters running along the ceiling just to be able to see. When Gary introduced us, the crowd roared and we launched into "Heart of Gold".  I was so manic that I inadvertently stepped on Michael's guitar cord, pulling it out of his guitar while he was in the middle of a solo.  Next came "Dark Side of Tomorrow" and the crowd went ballistic.  I had a bit of a sore throat from using my voice too much in the last couple weeks of practice before the gig and had trouble getting through the song, which is a hard one for me to sing anyway, but it didn't seem to matter.  By the time we barreled into "Abandoned" I was feeling like a god.  For our "encore", I introduced Gary who came out and sang along with me on "I Saw Her Standing There". We ended up making almost $2000 for whatever charity it was we were all sponsoring.  What a night.