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Even though a couple of weeks have passed, it still hasn’t really sunk in that Rich is no longer with us, and it’s never easy to find the right words to honor the life of someone who impacted so many folks. I’ve known Rich Caldwell going on 7 years now. He was a truly friendly, caring and hilarious individual. It was always smiles and laughter with Rich around, and never a dull moment. He was the brightness and life of every situation wherever I saw him. On April 19, he passed away in a car accident, leaving behind Katy and their 2 year old son Kirby Caldwell. Over the years, I grew to know and love the Caldwell family so much. They’re not only such an integral part in what Flyleaf does, but just an amazing set of people. Please lift their family up in prayer right now.
Flyleaf will be doing a benefit show to raise money for the Caldwell family. It will be held on May 20, 2012 in Dallas at The Palladium Ballroom. I’m going to try my best to fly to Dallas for it to help with what I can, so hopefully I will see some of y’all there. Whether you’re going to the show or not, you can donate via FlyleafMusic.com. Please read below for further details.
May 1, 2012 — Platinum-selling alternative hard rock quintet FLYLEAF will gather fans for a special benefit concert in honor of their longtime soundman Rich Caldwell on May 20, 2012 at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, TX. Sponsored by 102.1 The Edge, KDGE, tickets go on sale for the show May 4, 2012.
Everything the group does is out of love and passion, and this night stands emblematic of that. Caldwell was in a fatal car accident near his home in College Station, TX. As soon as the band heard the news, they wanted to do something to both honor his memory and raise money in order to support his family. Caldwell is survived by his wife Katy and two-year-old son Kirby. All proceeds from the show will go directly to Katy and Kirby aiding them in the aftermath of this tragedy.
For FLYLEAF, their friend and brother’s light still shines brilliantly. Beyond his talents behind the board, he was a crucial part of the band’s family. They did everything together, and his spirit and memory will forever be a part of FLYLEAF.
About Caldwell, singer Lacey Sturm comments with a heavy heart, “Rich was our brother. His life and love have forever changed the world for the better. From the first showcase we played, every heart we touched with Flyleaf’s music was as much Rich’s victory as it was any band member’s. There is not one person behind the scenes, or on stage, who deserves to be honored more than Rich Caldwell. I’m only sorry that the honor we are giving is so overdue. We will never sound the same. We will never be the same. We can only pray that we will continue our lives with Rich’s fearlessness and passion that changed the world into a more hopeful, enchanting, glorious, and adventurous place. When we commit to this, then this part of Rich’s impact continues beyond his death. Rich loved following Jesus… not in some phony religious way that sucks the life out of everything, but in genuine awe of God and His creation… in following Jesus who gave His life for the whole world and especially loved on the outcast and forgotten, the broken hearted and needy… Let’s start here as a group, and care for Rich’s wife, Katy and their son Kirby, who are mourning the loss of their hero… Pure religion is this, to care for widows and orphans.. James 1:27”
Guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya echoes that sentiment, “It’s hard to believe that this is real. Rich was like the sixth member of Flyleaf. He was our brother and dear friend. We’re here for Katy and Kirby, our family. We want to help in any way we can.”
Please come out and remember Rich Caldwell with FLYLEAF on May 20, 2012.
With Caldwell on their minds and in their hearts, FLYLEAF is currently in the midst of recording their follow-up to 2009’s Memento Mori due in stores this summer via A&M/Octone Records.
To donate to Rich’s family please visit Flyleafmusic.com
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Click the album art to buy it now on iTunes for $1.29. The proceeds for the track will be donated to the World Vision and Samaritans Purse charities.
Hearing it reminds me of the nights I spent in venues around the US, standing with hundreds and thousands of people watching and experiencing Flyleaf play this song live. It was always the most moving experience, and as many times as I’d seen it, it always hit me just as hard. It’s kind of bittersweet to listen to, because there’s going to be a long while before we’re all able to hear it in person again. But I’m really glad we have something to remind us of what it feels like to be there in that moment.
While you’re at it, watch John Mark McMillan talk about the song, and support the original by buying it on iTunes too.
The winners of the How He Loves contest have been notified! Congrats to Laurie, Justine and Chad. :)
My entire career has been one long Spinal Tap moment spiraling out of control. A couple of months back we were playing a big outdoor festival supporting The Pixies and Interpol in Mexico City. When we started the set it was as if I channeled the Air Force show in Spinal Tap. There was exponentially more Mexican talk radio coming through my amp than any guitar sounds. Then a 14″ step pyramid lowered from the truss and was almost trod upon by little people dressed like Aztec priests. I envy us.
What were some of your favorite releases from 2010?
Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”
Third Eye Blind “Ursa Major”
New Year’s resolution?
My New Year’s resolution is to be a better listener, and to shred like it’s 1986.
You’ve experienced it at Flyleaf’s shows on the Unite & Fight Tour; you’ve seen the clips on Youtube, and just in time for the holidays you can have it all for yourself! On December 21st, Flyleaf’s recording of “How He Loves” will be available at your favorite online retailer. Stay tuned for more updates and links!
SOOOOO EXCITED FOR HOW HE LOVES! You can tell by my usage of caps lock. If this is the only thing I got for Christmas, that’d be cool with me. :] Winner for the HHL contest will be announced Thursday night! We’ve also decided to do a few runners up. First place will win Beneath the Surface, Remember to Live and a free iTunes gift download of How He Loves, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive Remember to Live. Stay tuneeeeeed. :D
Remember to Live is now officially available for purchase on iTunes for $6.99. GO BUY IT! Again, the lyrics are here so you can follow along while you listen for the first time!
It has a continuation of the Letters from the Commander in the digital booklet (and I assume on the cover art for the physical version) that was written from the perspective of the Commander’s daughter. I’m not going to post it here for a while, so buy it to see what it says.
The EP is amazing. Support the band and buy it for all of your friends!
According to FlyleafMusic.com, you can purchase it Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Hot Topic, Newbury Comics, Walmart, and FYE if you want to go to a store to buy it. Digital copies are available at amazon.com, and iTunes!
EDIT: Flyleaf is currently #16 on the TOP 20 Albums for iTunes today! If you haven’t already, buy it! Let’s get them into at least the Top 10! If you pick it up there, write a review about it and let the world know what you think. :)
Flyleaf has added a ton of new merch to their online store just in time for Christmas. So ask your parents and friends to get you all the super awesomely beautiful merch from the Unite and Fight Part 2 Tour. The long awaited Skeleton Hoodie has been added. Go buy some stuff!
As I’m sure you guys have seen, Remember to Live has been confirmed to come out on December 7, 2010. I was in Boston for the last few days, so forgive my posting slack. In celebration of the EP’s release, the band’s official website has gotten a facelift and you can also hear 90 second previews of Justice and Mercy as well as Amy Says here on Flyleaf’s FB. Memento Vivere!
On December 7th we will be releasing new music, and we hope you enjoy “Remember to Live” (Memento Vivere). It’s a bunch of old songs that you guys have asked us to record for years, so we finally did it. There are a few new songs you may have never heard and old ones reborn that Passerby fans will remember.
Also, be sure to check out our new website. We hope you are excited about all the new features and artwork. All the woodcuts and art you see on the website were done by Pat when we first came up with the concept for Memento Mori. The community page will stay alive so all of the hard work you put into your profiles and blogs will still be a part of the site. Thank you for all your love and support!
PS - Stay tuned in the coming weeks for news about "How He Loves"