Robby's Lobby

BlogMarch, 2024INROCK Magazine

Heyhey In Rockers and Welcome to The Lobby for this month, coming to you from the frozen, icy shores of Lake Erie here in Buffalo, NY! I'd just like to start off by saying I hope anyone that anyone who is joining us from the earthquake affected areas in western Japan is safe and in the process of recovering from any misfortune they may have met up with during this tragic time.

Some of you may be familiar with my Good Charamel Records label and our involvement with Japanese musical acts. RINKO, the lead singer from one of the bands we work with called The MOLICE is from the Kanazawa area and felt the urge to write a song to raise awareness and funds for earthquake relief. Another thing you may or may not know is that my hometown of Buffalo is the Sister City of Kanazawa Japan. We thought it would be a good idea to strengthen this sister city bond by recording RINKO's new song alongside a new Buffalo band called Letter to Elise. The song was recorded by The MOLICE in Japan and Letters to Elise will be working with myself and producer / engineer Jay Zubricky (Every Time I Die, The Menzingers, Taking Back Sunday) here in Buffalo this week. We will release the single through Good Charamel Records in early February to raise funds and awareness for the earthquake affected areas. We'll be sharing more information on this and links to official outlets you can support with relief as the project proceeds.

Goo Goo Dolls are preparing for a trip to Australia and New Zealand which begins in early February with Matchbox 20, but before we leave winter here in the US and head into summer in Australia we got to escape snowy Buffalo for a few days with a trip to The Cayman Islands in The Bahamas. The band was fortunate enough to be asked to perform at the 15th Annual Cayman Cookout which is a super high end event that gathers a gang of “rock star” chefs preparing meals for a full weekend of tropical fun and food capped off by a rock show, and this year it was Goo Goo Dolls! The show was really a lot of fun, with the stage set up by the ocean, surrounded by swaying palm trees and vacationing party goers …. it really was quite a scene! They were amazing hosts as we visited and I even got to spend an extra day at the amazing resort hosting the event!

It was so nice to be able to spend an extra day just chilling after the busy holiday season here at home, and I spent it swimming in the ocean, being lazy and doing some snorkeling! Our guitarist brad and myself went out on a rented boat and explored the reefs surrounding the Grand Cayman Island. We saw so many things down there; sea turtles, starfish and manta rays, tons of tropical fish and we even got to go swimming with Sting Rays out on a sandbar about a mile out from the shore. The Sting Rays were unexpectedly friendly and comfortable with humans, as they know we have some food for them probably, but it was such a special experience being able to interact with these beautiful and graceful creatures in their own environment…. They even liked to kiss, which I'm not sure they're looking at the same way as we are, either way it was a great day and something I'll never forget!

Alright, a few more things coming up for us in the next couple of weeks, but I'll fill you all in next months when we get together again …. as we have for many, many years now here in the pages of the mighty In Rock!