And of course, there's always an incredibly scenic or historic site, this year being the
amazing Kaiserthermen, an acoustically perfect amphitheatre on the site of ancient Roman baths
in Trier, said to be Germany's oldest city. And that means old...what a great gig!
Wherever we went, we left the place "Hooterized", felt the incredible energy and vocal prowess of
the fans, and basically had a blast. Special thanks to our devoted and tirelessly enthusiastic
crew, drivers, and tour managers, for making every night happen no matter what obstacles came
our way. Also, hats off to Willi Englehorn, George Hoffman and Staff at Shooter Promotions in
Frankfurt, who have really believed in taking this show back out on the road. Of course, much
love and thanks to everyone at Cornerstone Management, here at home, for hanging with us over
20 years now. This has been a memorable time for all of us.
A little Hooter History...After 15 years of writing, recording and touring world-wide, we simply
needed a break. So despite all the rumors, we never really "broke up" - we just took some
much-needed time off. And after becoming semi-responsible adults, with families, kids, homes,
dogs, studios in our homes, more kids, more dogs, and bigger studios....well, it made us miss
the live stage more than a little bit. We believe this is a band that is best heard live, and
after some coaxing from DJ Pierre Robert, our close friend and supporter at WMMR for all
these years, the Hooters reunited in November, 2001, for his 20th anniversary party at the
Spectrum, in Philadelphia. Seems we weren't done rocking after all.
Just as Live-Aid was 10 minutes that changed our lives, the half-hour Spectrum show had an equally
profound effect. We played that Thanksgiving Eve with a vengeance, and it really did feel like
time was standing still (more on that later).
All we knew was, we needed to do this more often.
With one more U.S. show under our collective belts at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia on
Memorial Day, 2003, we dusted off the road cases, dug out the album lyric sheets, restrung the
guitars, restrapped the accordions, and bought some new stage shoes (John took us shopping).
We had one production rehearsal in Germany, in June, 2003 and hit the road. From the very first
show - a field in Munsingen with more cows than people at first - the Hooters were off and
running. Three tours later, we're still energized, especially after trying out a number of new
songs onstage last summer in Europe. And though most of our touring activity has been in
Deutschland, we look forward to future shows back in the States, as well as the other
wonderful countries we've visited.
In a way, we are trying to make "Time Stand Still", the opening song of our last tour. When the
lights go down, and the volume cranks up, time does seem to stop, and something magical and
celebratory takes place. All of which brings us back to square one - getting back onstage,
playing new songs, and writing for a new album after all these years. We can't promise when (or
even if) it will be "soup", but we endeavor to come up with a bunch of new tunes that will be
fun to record, and even more fun to play, night after night, for you - the loving and loyal
Hooters fans. You know who you are, and on behalf of Eric, John, Fran and Davey,
we thank all of you, in the States and abroad, for this
most amazing ride and opportunity, and we'll continue to do our best not to let you down.
Rob Hyman/The Hooters