It’s a beautiful day in Austin, Texas.
Jason Reece is taking it all in before he heads back out on the road.
Lately, his days have been filled with preparing a set for the tour.
“It’s needed because we haven’t really performed in nearly two years,” he says. “We’re also brushing up because we have a lot of material.”
Reece and Conrad Keely formed … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead in 1994. The band is also known by its abbreviated name Trail of Dead.
The band is touring in support of its 10th album, “X: The Godless Void and Other Stories,” which was released in January 2020.
“On this tour, we’re playing stuff we haven’t played,” Reece says. “It’s nice and refreshing because we’ve never had a chance to play some of this stuff live. We’re excited about that.”
Reece is looking forward to performing at Meow Wolf.
“I went there a few years ago and I really loved it,” he says. “It’s a nice treat to end the tour with.”
In preparing for the tour, Reece says it’s been more about approaching the set with a fresh perspective.
“There are a lot of songs that never got the chance to be heard live,” he says. “The set will have a wide variety and reach the entire scope of all the albums. It’s exciting to revisit a lot of the songs because we can still see where our head was at. We’ve grown musically as well since we started this 25 years ago.”
As far as keeping the band going for a long time, Reece says it has taken a lot of work and energy.
“Luckily, we still have the physical ability to do this,” he says. “I have a lot of friends I started out with and they’ve moved on from music and have normal jobs. It’s been a small victory for us.”
During 2020, Reece continued to make music and the band did a few virtual shows doing that time.
It was a far cry from where the band was at prior to March 2020.
“We had just released the album and we were on this really good path,” he says. “We were in Europe and the shows were well-attended. We were in London for a sold-out show and then it all stopped. We didn’t know what would happen next. This is why we’re on the tour again. We didn’t get to tour the last album.”
Reece says the band recorded a new album during the pandemic and should be released in 2022.
“We recorded it in a very different form,” he says. “The technology we used is different way. We’re hoping to make it more of an art piece so that people can listen to it in spaces. This is the newest challenge for us.”
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Giving back. Celebrities may be beloved by people around the world, but it’s not a one-sided relationship. Stars such as Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban adore their fans right back, going out of their way to make sure their supporters know that they are appreciated through acts of kindness.
For some, like Drake and Katy Perry, that means getting in some serious face time with their admirers, while others help out in more creative ways: J.K. Rowling lent her signature for an uber-personal tattoo, while Thor’s Chris Hemsworth gave a traveling fan a lift to his destination.
In 2021, single mom Angelia Cantrell set up a GoFundMe page, asking for assistance to keep her home after she lost her husband to COVID-19. As she continued her pleas, Kim Kardashian quietly donated $3,000 to the cause.
“When I saw the donation, I literally fell to the floor in tears. I shared my GoFundMe link with several celebrities, including Supernatural TV stars Alaina Huffman and Lisa Berry who donated as well, just simply asking them to share,” Cantrell told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “I never dreamed that celebrities would take notice of our story, let alone donate. … Words cannot describe how blessed and thankful we are. This, by far, has been one of the biggest miracles God has given.”
Cantrell further discussed the Skims mogul’s generosity: “During this difficult time in my life, I prayed daily and continuously kept my faith throughout. When I received the donation, I had hours left to gather the money and pay my landlord to avoid eviction. Words cannot describe how blessed and thankful we are. This, by far, has been one of the biggest miracles God has given.”
Less than a year earlier, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum announced via social media that she wanted to “spread the love” by sending 1,000 fans $500 in December 2021. She wanted to help those who were “struggling, worried about how they’re going pay rent” or “put food on the table” amid the holiday season.
The KKW Beauty founder is not the first celebrity to give back to her devoted fans. Shaquille O’Neal once paid for a young man’s engagement ring for his bride-to-be after they met in a jewelry store.
“Whenever I leave the house, I just try to do a good deed,” the professional athlete revealed during an April 2021 episode of NBA on TNT. “I’m just trying to make people smile, that’s all.”
Scroll through for more stars who have taken the time to say ‘thank you’ to the ones who made them famous.
Original Source: usmagazine.com
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