Follow Friday | Joel Cummins Of Umphreys McGee
An @umphreysmcgee teaser: 2 more June dates TBA: 6/20 & 6/28. 1 more in Aug & 4 more Sept shows TBA, 9/13 & 9/25-27. 5 Oct shows 10/26-10/31— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) April 22, 2015
Today @umphreysmcgee will announce something you could not have predicted in a million years. Most of you will be into this, I suspect.— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) April 20, 2015
Joel’s not shy about inviting other musicians to join the band for a sit-in, and sometimes it comes to fruition.
Yes @jasonfladager that was the shit! Thanks for playin with us.— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) April 24, 2015
He often interacts with other musicians, including friends from within the scene and fellow UM bandmates.
@goldlikejoel are you self congratulating your own damn sets ?? Just sayin….??— chuck garvey (@chukg) April 19, 2015
@goldlikejoel wait, what do you mean by that? Are there invisible “sarcasm air quotes” around that?— chuck garvey (@chukg) April 19, 2015
@chukg quite possibly! But in all seriousness I guess I’m just saying I like you & Al as people. And jk re BB & Jake, those guys like bros.— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) April 19, 2015
Cummins also gives insights behind the logistics that go into being a touring rock band, such as scheduling shows and picking setlists, as well as other insider notes regarding the band.
@RageRestRepeat we named it Rocker 2 because our boy deserved something more uptempo & intense. He brought the best out in all of us.— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) April 20, 2015
@alexmello945 when we don’t have room for my V piano, I use a Nord Stage, which has a decent clav sound. Also using clav in a new UM song!— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) April 20, 2015
@dgarvich due to stage size & time constraints I believe it will be just UM that night in Birmingham. Maybe an official aftershow?— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) April 20, 2015
@bottomhalfed you can’t plan things like lyrical stews. It’s whenever Bayliss feels it.— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) April 17, 2015
A few years ago Joel and former baseball slugger Jose Canseco (and Canseco’s girlfriend at the time) had a couple of intriguing exchanges via a series of tweets with Cummins attempting to get the Bash Brother to attend one of UM’s Las Vegas gigs.
@JoseCanseco -tix & passes under your name at will call. If you’d like to come in from backstage we can make that happen no problem.— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) March 21, 2013
Then you will love umphrey’s McGee. I will be at their show at the house of blues in vegas on march 21st. #umphreak— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 18, 2013
@andkat84 @umphreysmcgee i bet they open with wine women and song. Hope you hear flamethrower and plunger and wappy sprayberry. I am jealous— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 15, 2013
It’s not just music and UM that Joel tweets about, the avid Chicago Cubs fan and traveler often shares his experiences with both.
@southpawsands wife & I did Thailand, Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia. Beaches, temples & amazing food + kind people.— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) April 19, 2015
Hey at least the jumbotron worked. #Cubs— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) April 6, 2015