‘For the love of the game’
The Freddy Jones Band reunites without sacrifice
After taking a hiatus from 1999 to 2005, the Freddy Jones Band has reunited. The band members have figuring out a way to keep making music amid a life filled with laptops, cell phones, families and real jobs.
“We don’t really live the typical lifestyle of musicians and never really had,” said vocalist and guitarist Marty Lloyd. “We didn’t spend much time sleeping ’til noon and letting the world pass us by. One by one, we moved away from doing music full time and that carried over into other aspects of our life.”
Lloyd, a self-proclaimed “triathlon geek,” opened his own running specialty shop in Santa Monica, Calif., and other band members became traders, real estate agents, record label owners and many started families. They are now scattered around the country in Atlanta, California and Chicago.
The Freddy Jones Band will bring its roots rock to the base of the Steamboat Ski Area at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Nowadays, when band members get on a bus or hop on a plane to play their 10 shows a year, they have ways to keep their regular lives intact.
“The logistics of travel and technology has made things a little smoother,” Lloyd said. “It’s not that big of a deal to get on an airplane and meet somewhere, and still work on our laptops and BlackBerries.”
The one thing that hasn’t changed about being a musician is the thrill of the performance.
“The stage performance and the crowd still feels almost the same as it always did,” Lloyd said. “People still want to go out and see live music just to see guys on stage smiling and having a good time.”
The band members’ first goal after reuniting was just to see each other and play music again.
“It’s like a little vacation for us all to get to spend time with each other,” Lloyd said. “We’re in it now for the love of the game, which is the way it should be.”
A charity concert for the Boys and Girls Club of America brought them back together, and in honor of that, the band donates proceeds from each concert to local charity in the city they perform.
“We wanted to carry forward the reason why we got back together for the first time in years,” Lloyd said. “It makes us feel good and we’re doing it for a higher purpose than something self-serving.”
Now that the band is back together, they have been feeling pressure from their fans to produce a new album.
“I guess I’m that guy who used to sing in the Freddy Jones Band with all these stories. Sooner or later you get tired of that,” Lloyd said. “We don’t want to be a nostalgia act – we would love to do it – it’s just logistically putting it together that’s difficult.”
Lloyd said the band will continue to play as time and their lives allow.
“We’d like to play every day if we could,” he said. “But everybody has families and other things going on in life that are too hard to walk away from.”
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