Wow. This was a year ago. A year ago, my best friend and I sat on the steps of the Asbury Lanes and talked with Joey Cape for over an hour. We weren’t even supposed to be there that night.
It turned into one of the most emotionally charged, positive nights of my entire life. I can say this night changed my life for the better.
Never have I had such a conversation with a stranger before. We talked about saving the music scene (The Lanes in particular) as a memorial to those that left before us (he had Tony Sly in mind, I was thinking of my brother).
He actually said something that made me realize fully how special The Lanes is. We were discussing how they want to close it down and he said, “I’ve spent most of my life in music venues and never found another place like this. This place keeps a piece of everyone that comes here. Closing this place would be ending a life force.”
This was the day I realized I was going to spend as much time as I possibly can fighting to keep The Lanes alive.