2009 Update

10.21.09 - Hope everyone had a great summer. As always, they go by too fast. This was our first summer since our reunion tours began in 2003 that we haven't toured...we can't wait for the 2010 summer tour. It's been tough and we miss seeing all of you. Here's a little update of what we have been up to since the final show of the last year's tour.

Since we did not perform this summer, we had the time to go out see some great music from local and national acts. The music covered a wide range: Peter Cetera, REO Speedwagon, Styx, 38 Special, Randy Travis, Nickelback, Papa Roach, Hinder, Saving Abel, Night Ranger, Loverboy, Billy Squier, The Buckinghams, Ides Of March, Herman's Hermits (They were great believe it or not), Dennis DeYoung at the beautiful Millenium Park in Chicago (We miss you Dennis in your band), Steely Dan.... And we can't forget Fresh Hops (Marty's son's band). Every Tuesday Fresh Hops host the "Tuesday Jam Session" at Finnegan's Pub in Dyer, Indiana on Route 30. "Tuesday Jam Session" begins at 10:00PM and goes until 2:30AM. Stop by next time you're in the area. Marty and some of the other guys have been jumping on stage quite regularly to jam.

Some other noteable happenings since the last tour:

- In August, the band took in a Chicago White Sox home game together... Yes Carl, Jeff and Marty (Cubs fans) gave in and went to a Sox game. HA!!!! We've posted some of pictures from the game. See story below.

- John got a chance to talk to fifteen time Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter David Foster while he was in Chicago promoting his PBS special "Hit Man". John has been a fan of David Foster's songwriting and production techniques since the 80's when he was working with the group Chicago, Peter Cetera and others.

- We've all been doing some traveling around our great country - LA, Las Vegas, Nashville (John went to the NAMM show, the music equipment trade show, see story below), Cleveland (Rock N Roll Hall of Fame), Denver (Red Rock Theatre - WOW), St. Petersburg, North Carolina and some of our family members- John's daughters, Kristen and Jenna, went to Europe!!!

As we do before the beginning of each new tour, we are asking for your input in helping us come up with a name for our 2010 summer tour. Remember it will appear on the back of the summer tour t-shirts. Heck your title might even inspire us to write a song ...Send us your suggestions to: mandrrush1@yahoo.com

Well....that's it for now... we miss seeing all of you!! Remember you can always hear M&R Rush on your iPod or CD player by going to iTunes or the M&R Rush Store and purchasing your favorite M&R Rush songs from our three CD's: "Rock & Roll Chicago", "The Thrill of The Chase" and "Keep On Rockin".

Keep On Rockin and See You Summer 2010

Marty, Roger, Carl, John, Paul and Jeff