THANK YOU FOR 20 YEARS OF
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An open letter from Micky / Ozzy...
This is going to be a difficult announcement in some ways and easier in others, but here goes.....
I'd like to address some things before we close out the year, the career, the last 2 decades, etc..
First off, lets take care of the Facebook/LinkedIn
Secondly, let's address why we haven't been to some of the markets/venues of the past 20 years to say goodbye..especially PA and NY. Without going into so much detail, the reasons are in no particular order - either no one returns calls and emails, or the clubs just aren't there anymore, or no one cares anymore, or no one's paying what it will take to do it, so I HAVE tried...
Third...and here comes the difficult part to do....why I am retiring Believer and myself after 20 yrs....well that's a damn good run I say!! lol
First reason is it seemed appropriate on the 20 year anniv. to go out with a bang...and 20 years IS a long time...but it seemed time for a change, which I planned on until something more serious came up ..I was going to say that "I'm not getting any younger, you know"...but it's far more serious than that I'm afraid...it seems I have some health problems/issues which HAVE to be taken care of right away....so much so that I regrettably had to cancel the last two gigs on the calendar, the Palace in Stafford CT and Maximum Capacity in Chicopee...I'm scheduled for surgery the day before Thanksgiving, and will be down for the count all of December, at least.....so Believer fans who attended the Wolf Den and Fusion, you, my friends, ended up at the last shows....
So now it's time for the real goodbyes....those who are guilty AND innocent shall all remain nameless so as I won't forget anybody!..does that make sense?....I want to thank all the club owners, production crews, booking agents, club employees, good or bad, it was all an experience....I want to thank all the musicians I've played with thru the different versions of the band, without you guys it wouldn't be what it is....hoist one up to all of you...and the most important of all are you fans and supporters (I lied when I said the health part was most difficult, this is by far harder to do without tearing up)...you have been such an important, integral part of my last twenty years in this thing...MA/CT/RI/ME/NH/VT /NY/PA/NJ....you special ones know who you are, there are just too many to mention ..if you've ever shared a hug with me, a pic with me, a (soft) drink with me, a hit with me, ha ha, a handshake, high 5, or shout out,..some of you we've even been invited to share your hospitality within your lives and your homes....YOU FANS HAVE BEEN THE BEST ANY PERFORMER COULD EVER ASK FOR (I am so crying right now)......I will miss you all so much....I do intend to return to music with something cool in 2015 (or maybe earlier, circumstances permitting)..so stay tuned for news at the Facebook page, Ed will be keeping it going.....
And there he is ed ed ED!!.... my faithful companion, navigator, bitch, roadie , gopher, punching bag, etc. for the better part of this long strange trip...we've seen it all, haven't we, my friend....the most important are the ones you DON'T see, and Ed is the background guy, making sure I'm where I'm supposed to be, when I'm supposed to be .....MY GOD how did we STAND each other for this long?? You know that I love you, man and as Ahhnold would say "Aahhll be bach!".......so there it is, folks, nothing more to say but another big thank you, and I know it's been said but "I love you all."
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