Friday, August 13, 2010

Favorite Friday with Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling: Hot Tourist Spots

What's better than one Michael J. Epstein? How about he and his ultimately as fantastic wife Sophia Cacciola? The pair just finished up their summer tour for their band Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,where they brought along an amazing photographer, Kelly Davidson for the ride. We are kind of jealous we didn't get to come along. Sometimes the pit stops on your tour/trip are just as fun as the final destination. Don't tell me you haven't stopped to see the world's largest Teapot or Ball of Yarn. Before Epstein dives directly (too late) into The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library project, the duo offered up this list for Favorite Friday!

Top Six Ridiculous Places Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling Visited on Tour

6. Air and Space Hangar, D.C.
Yes, it’s a giant room full of planes and space shuttles! We immediately got busy jumping through the building, but had a somber moment when we stopped to reflect at the Enola Gay (and then promptly sang some OMD “Enola Gay, you should have stayed at home yesterday, oh oh oh...”)

5. Niagara Falls (American side)
Niagara Falls is spectacular to see, even if nobody brings along a passport and you have to go to the American side where they hit you with sticks (or so Mike claims). We made trouble by hunting Juggalos (Insane Clown Posse fans) and got a taste of our own medicine by getting photo-bombed on a bridge!

4. Industrial Park in The Flats, Cleveland, OH
The Flats in Cleveland only has two things: a venue and an industrial area, so we played at both!

3. Terminator Jesus, Monroe, OH
Once dubbed Touchdown Jesus, this Jesus statue has long been a hobby of Michael J. Epstein’s (he stopped there on a past The Motion Sick tour) and when we heard that it had burned down to its skeletal remains, we just had to go. Which of course means we had to tape a few songs (including the debut of a skeletal version of a Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library song) and take a bunch of photos in front of it.

2. Natural Bridge, VA - Escape from Dinosaur Kingdom
Natural Bridge, Virginia might as well change their name to “Happiest Place on Earth.” It’s a place where you can pay to have your photo taken with a baby tiger (and our tourmates did just that!). It’s also a place where Dinosaurs eat Confederate soldiers (but also The Gettysburg Address - so those dinosaurs are not entirely consistent) and where bands are hatched out of eggs.

1. Natural Bridge, VA - Foamhenge!
Foamhenge is a life-size replica of Stonehenge, but it’s made out of Styrofoam and perhaps holds even more mysteries than the more famous Stonehenge about how it came into existence. We frolicked amongst the bits of foam, danced with the Merlin stature, and taped an impromptu acoustic performance on a rock!

For more photos for the entire tour click here. You won't be sorry. For tons and tons of live videos taken on the tour, visit The Motion Sick's YouTube site.