A couple years ago I worked for a singer/songwriter named Thomas. He had worked as an actor growing up and continued to do so as an adult, but recently had also formed a band and started to play shows around Southern California. One show he played was a festival at Hollywood Park where for the merch set-up, we had this six foot tall banner of Thomas’s album cover that stood next to the table. People would come up all night, lift their right arm, stand there for a moment, and then make repeated motions as if they were throwing a ball. A guy, clearly intoxicated, yelled: “It’s the kid! That kid from the movie!”
Last year I ran in to Thomas at a show where the band Rookie of the Year was headlining. Thomas had been added to the line-up as one of the openers, and when ROTY took the stage they invited him up to sing a song with them. Whether or not most of the audience ‘got’ the amusement of what was happening—maybe because I’m easily amused, maybe because they were young, but seriously, what twenty-something as a kid growing up didn’t want to break their arm if it meant they could play in the Major Leagues?—the performance was fantastic. Yesterday while at a store, I walked by a DVD display on the way to the register and this cover caught my eye. That one performance came to mind, and I immediately smiled and went home to take another listen to his first album, Without Warning, and his most recent, Heroes Are Human, which came out this year on June 1st.
And now I’m asking you all to do the same.
Thomas Ian Nicholas Band