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May 23, 2014

Bassist ready to play hometown crowd

TRAVERSE CITY — Blue October bassist Matt Noveskey says he wakes up everyday thankful that he gets to do something he loves for a living. That’s especially true when he gets to play his hometown.

The 37-year-old Noveskey says the days of partying are in the past. The platinum-selling band has matured. They have families.

And it’s all good.

“We’re in a great place as a band,” Noveskey said. “We’re not young guys, so we’re not out partying. We’re kind of boring, to be honest. It’s like, the show is over, now I can’t wait to put on my pajamas and catch up on (TV). We all have families and it’s a lot healthier. When we’re out here, it’s all about the music. It’s all about the show and nothing else. We go out, and this is how we support our families. That’s what keeps us grounded. It’s a job, but it’s also something we all love to do. Thank God, I get to wake up every day and do something I love to do.”

That’s what he’ll do today in Traverse City, when he plays in his hometown at Streeters GroundZero for just the third time since Blue October hit the big time with its 2006 album Foiled.

“Personally, I’ve just been gone too long,” Noveskey said. “Last fall, we had a show in Grand Rapids and I had a day off before the show, so I went back up just for the day to see my parents. One day is just not enough.”

However, today’s show is sandwiched in between stops in Flint and Des Moines, Iowa — which is the tour’s last stop — giving Noveskey no time to stick around Traverse City.

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