TIP OF THE HAT: Favorite Song by an Artist we’ve Opened for…..

300c9464e35392faee4f55540adc7513This is The Easthills TIP OF THE HAT blog. A place where the band salutes the bands they have been fortunate enough to open for, share the stage with or just want to try and force upon their own fans. 

Question to the band: What is your favorite song by a band or artist The Easthills have opened for?


Will == Soul Aslum | “Black Gold” | Listen & Watch


Great pop rock, great lyrics.
I know I heard it in the 90s when it first came out, but I didn’t truly appreciate how good it was until I found out we were opening for them

Hank == Cheap Trick | “Hello There” | Listen & Watch


This is my favorite show opener for a rock show. Not only did Cheap Trrick play it the night we opened for them but one of my other favorite bands, Guided By Voices, used to always open with it. It’s just perfect. That night with them was perfect. Their acceptance of us, bringing us out on stage with them, all of it was just crazy. That night solidified all of our efforts.

Brad == The Flaming Lips | “Are You a Hypnotist?” | Listen & Watch


I had been listening to The Soft Bulleton and was completely blown away by the sound these guys were getting. From start to finish it was a masterpiece. Then came  Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. An unbelievable album. The story. The songs. The sound. It was unlike anything before it and since. “Are You a Hypnotist?” is the high point on the album. Wayne’s voice is on the verge of breaking and he delivers an emotion that is unexplainable. Ill never forget standing front row and taking in that show. Its like being 8 years old at a birthday party with balloons, cake, party hats, costumes and clowns on a head full of lsd and amazing music in your face.

Paul == RATT | “Round and Round” | Listen & Watch


I still have the orignal 45 I bought at 3D department store when it first came out in 1984. One of my favorite riffs of all time.  I also love the Eddie Van Halen inspired rhythm guitar counter melody on the verses.  Bridge is brilliant.  Great one note harmony on top-“I knew right from the beginning…” I still love it today.

*The Easthills opened for Stephen Pearcy of RATT

Wade == The Faces | “Maybe I’m Amazed” | Listen & Watch


Like a lot of their best work, it sounds loose and unrehearsed, and brilliant.

*The Easthills opened for Ian McLagan of The Faces & Small Faces

Andy == REO Speedwagon | “Roll With The Changes” | Listen & Watch


This song always sounds good on the radio. The perfect blend of vocal, guitar and piano that sticks in your head. The sign of a hit is when you’re still singing it several hours later.



The Easthills just completed their 2013 “Death Of A Salesman” summer tour this past weekend.  They rounded out the summer with a five day run supporting Fastball (“The Way,” “Outta My Head”).

Since the release of their debut album in April the band has played across the Midwest in Chicago, Nashville, Dayton, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Louisville and beyond. Dates have included multiple support slots with the likes of the Georgia Satellites, a night with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan (The Faces) and slots on major summer festivals including Wicker Park Fest (also featured Meat Puppets, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists), WARMfest (also featured Big Head Todd, G. Love, Red Wanting Blue), Three Rivers Festival and more. The Easthills also held their own record release show in April to a packed house in Indy.

The Easthills do have a few encore shows planned for the remainder of 2013 including a Friday, November 8 show at The Vogue in Indy serving as direct support for Here Come the Mummies and also a special appearance on Friday, November 22 as part of Tonic Ball at Radio Radio, also in Indianapolis. Tonic Ball is a benefit for Second Helpings. There may be a couple more shows sprinkled in here and there, so check back often.

And, we do have some cool new music related items in the pipeline as well…….but, more on that later.

Thanks to everyone (family, fans, friends, press, promoters, venues, bands, and that one dude in the baseball cap)  for an amazing ride so far and for supporting The Easthills!

Onward & Upward…….