A MESSAGE FROM BILLY...
The time has come, when I say, “see you later.”
To my friends, family, followers, fans, and bandmates. As I depart “The Avenue”, I just want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you, especially Ben, John, Mike, and Fuzz for the great ride it has been over the past 13 years. (I must throw Mike, our regular sound tech into that mix too.)
After coming back in 2013, following an 11-year hiatus from singing due to my crazy schedule back then, I never dreamed things would have taken off as they did. Of course, there were ups and downs, but the ups outweighed the downs by far.
When I first came back to music, who would have thought I’d be in two bands plus an acoustic duo? Not me that’s for sure! But… things just seemed to fall into place for whatever reason and it was the right time for me. And it was a lot of FUN!
So, I guess you can say life runs in cycles. As I’ve aged, things have changed. I now have grandkids that I struggle to find time to be with, not to mention my wife who has always stood by me through everything, (God love her!) My everyday job in my family business has also become quite stressful over the last few years. My parents have grown older, and their health is declining, and then there is my own body which simply can’t take as much punishment as it used to either.
For all these reasons (and a few others), I feel the need to "slow down," but I don’t want to hold the rest of the guys in “The Avenue” back. So, that’s why I believe it’s time for a new chapter.
I'm not totally done yet. For now, I have hopes of continuing with OTB on a limited basis. If it works out, great. If not, then so be it. Everything happens for a reason, so we'll just have to wait to see what happens.
Fans of "The Avenue"... don't worry. These guys aren't going anywhere. Their longevity and dedication is simply amazing. I'm sure they'll fill you in soon on how they are moving forward. I know it will be awesome!
Best wishes and God bless! And... I'll see ya later!