Tickle Me Pink Tour Back On After Death


Chastened after
bandmate’s death, but tickled pink to get back to work.

By Blurt Staff


Although bassist Johnny Schou recently passed away, Fort
Collins-based pop/punk outfit Tickle Me Pink has, after a proper mourning
period, announced plans to move ahead and has hired a replacement, Joey Barba.
Noting that Schou “would have wanted it this way,” the band is firm about
fulfilling its touring commitments to support its Wind-Up Records debut Madeline. The tour will re-start this
week in San Diego
and run well into September; a full list of dates is below.



Singer Sean Kennedy observed, in a statement, “Johnny always
wanted to bring purpose to other people’s lives.  He had a quiet
leadership that lives in all of us as a band. His legacy is in his music and
every show we play we are sharing a piece of Johnny’s heart with our listeners.
Not only would he want us to carry on, but we owe it to him. We have had to do
some major soul searching as a band. We not only have lost a band member, but
our best friend. The process is just beginning. We will never be able to
replace Johnny, but through this tragedy we have all grown even closer together
and are going to make him proud.” 



Drummer Stefan Runstrom added, “Following a period of
mourning over the loss of a great friend, it was only natural to want to move
on. For two weeks, we were wrapped up in what seemed to be an enormous setback
for our band. Now, it’s proven to be more of an opportunity to unite and see
something through till the end.” 



Of the selection of Barba, a longtime friend of the band,
Kennedy states, “Joey has been a long time band friend. His old band, The
Brotherhood of Dae Han, and Tickle Me Pink have grown up playing shows
together. Through this, we have all made a special bond, especially with Joey.
He appears on our nationally released live DVD on a few songs, and was in the
studio with us during some of the recordings. Joey is not only a brilliant
player; he is a great friend to us and was to Johnny. Johnny would want it this
way if he could somehow have a say.”



Says Runstrom, “Joey has been a great friend of ours and
Johnny’s since the very beginning. In addition to being an amazing musician
with reputable songwriting ability, he is also one of the nicest guys I know.”



Summarizes Kennedy, “It is somewhat ironic that many of our
songs deal with death and a higher purpose. We don’t think it is a coincidence
that these songs came about on our record. We want to let the world know how
short life is; embrace the ones you love and treasure each moment without


The 22-year old Schou was found dead in his Colorado home on July 1,
the same day that Madeline was
released. Initial medical reports as to the cause of death were inconclusive
and a toxicology investigation was ordered. The band camp remained mum in terms
of speculation although Runstron told a reporter at the time, “Obviously
everybody who knows Johnny knows that he had a lot of struggles in his life.
There were various things going on.”



Tickle Me Pink Tour


7/18        SAN DIEGO,
CA                 SOMA

7/19        POMONA, CA                                      THE

7/20        POMONA, CA                                      THE

7/22        ST. GEORGE,
UT                                THE ELECTRIC THEATER

7/23        LOAS VEGAS, NV                              HOUSE

7/24        LOS ANGELES,
CA                            THE KEY CLUB

7/25        VENTURA, CA                                    MAJESTIC

7/26        SAN JOSE,
CA                                     PBSJ

7/27        SAN FRANCISCO,
CA                      SLIM’S

7/28        SACRAMENTO,
CA                          THE BOARDWALK

7/30        PORTLAND,
OR                 HAWTHORNE THEATER

7/31        SEATTLE, WA                                    EL

8/01        BOISE,
ID                                             THE

8/02        SALT LAKE CITY,
UT                      AVALON THEATER

8/03        DENVER,
CO                                       CERVANTE’S

8/04        ALBUQUERQUE,
NM                       SUNSHINE THEATER

8/05        TEMPE,
AZ                                          THE CLUBHOUSE

8/15        LOUISVILLE,
CO                               DOWNTOWN

8/16        FORT COLLINS, CO                          BOHEMIAN NIGHTS @ NEW WEST (W/O SKSK &

8/25        LAWRENCE,
KS                                THE BOTTLENECK

8/26        OMAHA,
NE                                        SOKOL AUD

8/27        ST. PAUL,
MN                                     STATION 4

8/28        CHICAGO, IL                                      METRO

8/29        DETROIT,
MI                                      ST.

8/30        CLEVELAND,
OH                              HOUSE OF BLUES

8/31        BUFFALO, NY                                     XTREME

9/02        CAMBRIDGE,
MA                             MIDDLE EAST

9/03        NEW YORK, NY                 IRVING PLAZA

9/04        BALTIMORE,
MD                             RAMS HEAD LIVE!

9/05        SAYREVILLE,
NJ                               STARLAND BALLROOM

9/06        PHILADELPHIA,
PA                         TROCADERO THEATER

9/07        NORFOLK, VA                                    NORVA

9/09        CHARLOTTE, NC                              TREMONT MUSIC HALL

9/10        NASHVILLE,
TN                                ROCKETOWN

9/11        ATLANTA, GA                                    MASQUERADE MUSIC PARK

9/12        LAKE BUENA VISTA,
FL                HOUSE OF BLUES

9/13        ST. PETERSBURG,
FL                      STATE THEATER

9/14        FT. LAUDERDALE,
FL                     CULTURE ROOM

9/16        METAIRE, LA                                     THE

9/17        HOUSTON, TX                                    MERIDIAN

9/18        DALLAS, TX                                        HOUSE

9/19        SAN ANTONIO,
TX                            WHITE RABBIT

9/20        AUSTIN, TX                                         ANTONES



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