On September 16, 2003, we released our debut album, Page Avenue. It was an album that changed our lives; an album that kickstarted a decade of making music, traveling, and most importantly, sharing our music with countless people all around the world. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that our band; 5 guys from working class midwest families, would one day be on MTV, headline the Warped Tour, or help define a genre and inspire so many bands. We just played music because we absolutely loved it. It's just what we did.
To paraphrase the great Dave Grohl, there is this magical "thing" that happens when a band has officially broken. When the anxiety of playing to an empty room is replaced with the sheer exhilaration of playing to a sold out audience. When you start talking to managers more than your wife. When you go to a mall to buy fucking socks and people recognize you. It's the storm after the calm, and we lived it. We are among the luckiest people in the world because we know. We know how amazing life can be when you spend every hour of every day doing what you love, on your own terms. We found ourselves living out of suitcases, in tour buses and hotel rooms, going a mile a minute from the adrenaline of being on stage any given night. We found ourselves standing on the Great Wall of China and wandering the streets of Tokyo. Instead of delivering pizza we were driving snowmobiles on glaciers in Alaska and petting kangaroos in Australia. All because of this little collection of songs called Page Avenue. It has been a beautiful ride, and we will forever be thankful.
It's been an amazing, ridiculous, and utterly unpredictable journey. We've been at the top, bottom, and every place in between. And somehow we managed to stay friends through it all. Love us or hate us, there is no denying the fact that there is something special about the 5 of us on stage together. There is a sound, a certain quality and chemistry that is unique to the five of us. How many bands go ten years without a line up change? Still, in all honesty, the thought that it might be time to call it quits has crossed all of our minds- that the dream is over, so to say. To say that things have been easy over the last three years would be a lie. But it's time. It's time to give it another go. It's what we do.
10 Years and Counting...
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Page Avenue, we will be embarking on a PAGE AVEUNE WORLD TOUR. We'll be playing the album front to back, in it's entirety, in addition to a bunch of fan favorites, and a few surprises. It's our goal to take this 10th anniversary tour not only around the USA, but to as many countries as we can, for as many Story of the Year fans as possible. This is a celebration of "Page Avenue" and the 10 years of memories associated with it- YOUR memories, OUR memories, and an awesome opportunity to make brand new ones. This is our way of saying thank you.
In conjunction with the tour, we will be releasing "PAGE AVENUE: 10 Years and Counting", a full acoustic re-imagining of Page Avenue. It's borderline inappropriate to call it an acoustic record, because it's so much more than that. We recorded the album with acoustic guitars, pianos, crazy big drums and really cool, artistic programming and arrangements. It's a really cool take on these songs that mean so much to us. We will have release dates for the album soon.
We are also extremely excited to announce that we will be a part of this years Vans Warped Tour! And finally, we just might have to make you a brand new SOTY record after all of this awesomeness!
We are absolutely stoked. STAY TUNED, as we will announce dates for the 10TH ANNIVERSARY PAGE AVENUE TOUR soon, as well as other awesomeness in the works.
Sincerely, Dan, Phil, Josh, Ryan, and Adam