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This is the end....

Last night marked the very end of our U.S. tour with the Cruxshadows/Ego Likeness/Angelspit in Dallas, Texas. Today we're basically hanging out in our hotel getting ready to fly back to Toronto tomorrow. It's going to be so strange to get home. We've been gone for about two and a half months and although I'm more than ready to get back home to see everyone and sleep in my own bed again, it's also a bit sad and disorienting. Joe, Mike and I are going to miss the Cruxshadows so much as well as Ego Likeness. We said goodbye to the Australians (Angelspit) in Atlanta about 2 weeks ago since they were only with us for the East Coast dates. This was the longest tour we've ever done and we covered pretty much all corners of the U.S. starting and ending in Texas.

The things I WON'T miss about touring include: having to live out of a suitcase with limited access to laundry, staying in random hotels each night, loading out of venues at 3:00 am, getting to sleep by 4:00 am only to have to wake up at a ridiculously early hour to do the next 5 hour drive of the day, eating fast food, the freezing cold weather in Minneapolis, the ice storm in Texas, the ice storm (again) in the North East (between Philly & Northampton), no hockey coverage, and having limited internet access (hence the lack of updates to the Live Journal - sorry!)

Things I WILL miss about touring & things that rocked: Getting to go to a new city everyday, the amazing people that I got to meet and talk to (even if briefly) at our shows, the promoters that were so nice and accommodating to us (we love and thank you all), Walmart trips (believe it or not - is a luxury on the road), hotel rooms with the history channel, Pee-Wee Herman, our vehicle's Prince poster, getting to play at the venue that Purple Rain was filmed at, Starbucks (Large Chai Latte's were my saving grace), Florida and SPRING BREAK! Swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, Dance Dance Revolution (Steve, when's our official rematch?), MILKSHAKES!!!! Booty dancing, "Pass the Dutchie", "I love Lamp" (our merch lamp extrodinaire), setting up the merch table with Lauba, the warm weather of Texas & Florida, being called "The Canadians" and getting made fun of, Tom Tom (the amazing GPS, my drummer Mike's addiction to NPR talk radio, being asked at every gas station "Y'all in a band", signing boobies and MAINLY: I'll miss the people that have been my friends and my "family" while on the road (all 16 of us): The Cruxshadows, Ego Likeness & Angelspit!

Here are a few pictures that I have. I'll have to compile more of them when I get them from everyone:

In case you wondered what A.Y.R.I.A. stood for, it's - Awesome, Yeah Really, I'm Awesome..

All 4 bands (Cruxshadows, Angelspit, Ego Likeness (with Dingo photoshopped in) & Ayria) in Atlanta:

live in Indianapolis:

Angelspit & Ayria (dubbed "The Loyalists"):

I told you!

Pyro Jen & I at a signing in Washington D.C.:

Everyone (Cruxshadows, Ego Likeness, us & Dave King) in San Francisco:

Our merch girl Laura and I with our new AWESOME sunglasses:

And of course, some live Ayria pictures...
Joe and I flexing:

There will definitely be more to come...


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Mar. 19th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Awesome, it looks like you guys had a great time!
What an experience :)

You look beautiful too!
Mar. 19th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
It was quite the experience! Thanks for the compliments too.

See you on April 6th at Savage? (Ayria's playing again). It's on my Myspace but I haven't yet had the time to officially announce it on here ;)
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Mar. 19th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
It will be great to see you guys again!! I think a hockey party is totaly in order (after you guys rest up for a couple of days of course). And I learned how to make martinis while you were gone, we'll bring our cocktail shaker, triple sec and vermouth over, and I'll create an Ayria martini.
Mar. 19th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Hey girl! How much did you miss me? ;)
Let's plan for maybe this weekend but I'll get back to you when I'm home.
Mar. 19th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
Oh my God!!!! That's hilarious!

Ok, so we are sitting in our hotel room right now listening to your CD and we are sad and bored (well, packing really) and we're about to order room service, because yes, we are THAT tired and we miss you guys! what are you doing now?... what about...... now? Now? Anyting? What's up?

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Mar. 20th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
It's always a pleasure to hear from you! Glad you enjoyed the show of course!
Mar. 19th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
u cute always X___________X//
when ull come back to Japan ?
ill be in Berlin 5/4~2/5 & 20/10~20/10
i hope then ull come to Berlin too for LIVE ^^// +kisss+
Mar. 19th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
"no parkin"
Mar. 19th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Haha! Thanks for the sign you silly head! ;)
Mar. 19th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
i love the b&w photo of you. and your tie rocks!
welcome back girl!
Mar. 19th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Thanks! That tie was part of Angelspit's merchandise. They had amazing stuff for sale! I wish I could have brought more back with me!

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Mar. 20th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks alot (finally home and online). I alwyas have fun in Seattle! I'll be back ;)
Mar. 19th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
I bet I know one more thing you aren't going to miss...Mikes snoring. ha-ha. :) Glad to see you survived the tour.
Mar. 20th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA!!! You're right, I will not miss that. I hope your walls are thick! I don't know HOW you sleep through that at all. He saws logs all night! ;) (I love the user pic!)
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Mar. 19th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
It was great to see you guys live again, and to help host you in Albany

Wish you all the best of luck. :-)

aka DJ_DvlsAdvct
Mar. 20th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hi Jared!!

Albany was really a super fun show to do! The crowd was really into it and we enjoyed playing there! Thanks again for everything ;)
Mar. 19th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)
Fab photos! Sounds like you had a blast! But COME BACK TO EUROPE!

I can't wait to see Angelspit at WGT, they were in London recently staying with some friends but I never got to meet them :o(

Luv to you and Joe xx
Mar. 20th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
GO SEE ANGELSPIT! Angelspit and Ayria have started a gang dubbed "The Loyalists". If you meet them, give them a big hug from me.

Thanks again hun! We'll have to work on getting to the U.K. again. Joe and I were JUST talking about this.
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Mar. 19th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
I am so happy we got to see this tour in Portland and Seattle!!!
You are such an amazing girl~
You too Joe....you are such an amazing girl too. ; )
Mar. 20th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
We miss you guys sooo much!! We really want to plan a Seattle trip to see you both again.
Mar. 19th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
Please come to holland again soon [A]!

You're so beautiful^^!
Mar. 19th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
That reminds me, I still have some pictures of the Denver show that I haven't done anything with. They've just been sitting in iPhoto. ;) I can email some to you if you'd like, some of them came out pretty good.
Mar. 20th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
That would be awesome! Send me a link to jennifer@ayria.com if you can? Thanks!
Mar. 19th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
Indi was an awesome show. Rest up!

BTW, though not as good as the photographers that were in the front row with their mega flashes killing the stage light, I did get a couple of decent shots without the use of a flash. Enjoy.

Mar. 20th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that! They turned out great. I like this one: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v296/vazago/EgoLikeness%20-%20Ayria%20-%20Cruxshadows%202-9-07%20Talbott/101_6218.jpg

Looks like I'm doing some kind of interpretive dance or something ;0)
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