Big Mike’s Brad Love
Edited by Nicole Drum, 3EB Expert Editorial
Well it all started in 1997---College in Des Moines Iowa. These girls said let's go see Third Eye Blind. I of course said Okay. I have never heard of them but Jumper came on ... I said, “I know these guys.” Instant love. Then let's jump to 2009 Iowa City...I found out about Assembly 3eb. So, I got connected. Just trying to talk to the band members. I asked for them to play “Blinded.” This was during a tough time in my life. Brad heard my shout out and said, “we will play that song for you.” I was very excited. I know they probably play that song anyway, but I was very excited that I got a response from Brad. I found out they were playing in Iowa City in October so I bought a ticket to go. I showed up for the concert and was walking passed the tour bus. Did not think much of it. And guess who walks out? Brad! And he said, “hi Big Mike.” I was in just shock. He shook my hand. He said, “I will see you later.” I was so pumped. Brad handed me an invite to an after-show party called JustBrad
So, after the concert. I went to go see Brad at JustBrad party. Brad came up to me and said, “hey what's up Big Mike,” and we talked then I asked if we could take a picture together. He said, “hell yes!” I was in rockstar shock at this time.
Then Omaha, 2015. I made sure to wear my JustBrad shirt so he would see me and he did. I saw him walk into his bus after soundcheck. And I was so bummed I did not buy VIP tickets. But all of sudden Brad walks out of his bus. Goes through a crowd of people and shakes my hand and says, “what's up Big Mike?” I got warm fuzzy butterflies in my stomach. I was like holy shit. Brad just walked passed a bunch of fans and came up to me and said hi! We talked for 20 minutes.
This made my day. Once this happened I knew that Brad and I would be friends for life. What amazing guy and friend to have.