Gin Blossoms: Where are they now?
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As for Gin Blossoms?
They’re very much a going concern.
Although they appear to be a 4-piece in promotional photos, since 2012 the lineup has been:
Robin Wilson (vocals)
Jesse Valenzuela (guitar)
Scott Johnson (guitar)
Bill Leen (bass)
Scott Hessel (drums)
Hessel is new as of 2012; the other guys have been there since at least 1992.
Where are they now? Hopefully coming to a town near you & me!
Instead of asking where, a more interesting question is, how did Gin Blossoms get to where they are now.
Their story is much like their songs: full of contrast. A juxtaposition of major chords & sad lyrics. A band that has enjoyed success (including a Billboard #1 Modern Rock Track) & experienced tragedy (founding member Doug Hopkins completed suicide in 1993).
I am not an appropriate Gin Blossoms biographer.
Over the next few days however, I would like to share a few stories of how the band has played a recurring role in my life over the last couple of decades.
So perhaps instead of where are they now, how did they help me get here?
The story begins, or rather ends, with a photo.
Me in 2016 (yesterday at sunset) holding a picture of me in 1995.
If every picture tells a story, this picture (of a picture) only raises questions:
Why is 2016-me asking my daughter, right before bedtime no less, to take a photograph of 2016-me holding a photograph of 1995-me?
Why is 1995-me dressed in a not-so-form-fitting shirt?
What does any of this have to do with Gin Blossoms?
Hopefully, all will be answered over the next few posts, with a little help from (speaking of juxtapositions) two unlikely inspiration sources:
1) This Naked Gun clip, where Leslie Nielsen is walking at night, asking himself a series of questions, concluding with, “and where the hell was I?”
2) The 2000 film Memento, where the story is told in reverse, the lead character relying on a photograph to make sense of his path to his present moment.
My stories won’t be as funny as The Naked Gun, or nearly as dark/well written as Memento. Nor will they have anywhere near the typical catchiness of a Gin Blossoms track, but then again, what does?
I can however promise a short series full of Gin Blossoms-related memories, packed with song lyrics & samples of the impact they’ve had on at least one fan.
So I hope you’ll join me for this week’s 4-part series:
Found out about Me: My (not so) New, (not so) Miserable Gin Blossoms Experience