In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the alternative rock band, Sneezy, shares one of their stories from being on the road. You can check out the story, after the break.
During late October 2012, Sneezy was hired to play at a fraternity house in Hoboken, NJ — This would be one of our first times flying out to a gig, getting paid real money, and a chance to party at a Halloween bash for students of Stevens Institute of Technology.
Hoboken, NJ is located just across the Hudson River from New York City, and that particular weekend in 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck landfall on Sunday and caused over $68.7 billion in total damage — It was the fifth-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. The entire city and surrounding metro areas were completely shut down. No public transportation. The tunnels to Manhattan Island were completely flooded. All airports in the area ceased flights. We were supposed to leave Sunday night, but now we were stranded with no way to get home!
Luckily, we endured the storm unscathed. The Fraternity house we were staying at still had power during the days after the hurricane hit… The house was built a long time ago on top of a large hill in Hoboken and was one of the only buildings on campus still connected to the nearby hospital power grid. Once the dust settled, students from all over campus were coming in to charge their phones to talk to loved ones, and the fraternity brothers welcomed in as many people as they could since the rest of the city was still without power.
After 4 long days of waiting for the city to return to “Normal”, the Sneezy boys found the only limo service in the area that was open and willing to take us to the airport. We were flying out of JFK, on the far side of NYC from where we were staying.
As we emerged from the Holland Tunnel into Lower Manhattan, the scene was not unlike a zombie movie — The whole city was deserted. All the streets, which normally are filled with millions and millions of people each day, were barren. It was a rare sight to behold, and one we’ll never forget. We returned home safely to Chicago that night.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Friday Nov 19 – Loves Park, IL @ Casey’s Pub
Saturday Nov 20 – Lombard, IL @ Afterlife Music Hall [8am-9am]
Saturday Nov 20 – Lombard, IL @ Afterlife Music Hall[8pm-9pm]
Friday Nov 26 – St. Charles, IL @ Pollyanna Brewing
Saturday Nov 27 – Aurora, IL @ Two Brothers Roundhouse
Saturday Dec 4 – Cincinnati, OH @ Stanley’s Pub