From leading the Bret Michaels Band to his production and engineering gigs, running an independent retail business and releasing his own single barrel bourbon, guitarist Pete Evick still finds time to sit down and write. And, he now returns with his second book, MTV Famous.
Keeping with the inspirational theme of that first book but this time a bit more wide-open, MTV Famous focuses solely on Evick’s musical journey with over 30 years of memories about the ups, downs, trials and tribulations of the music business; from high school talent shows to playing in front of up to 115,000 crazed fans with one of his childhood heroes turned best friend, Poison’s Bret Michaels.
So, what does MTV Famous mean exactly? “MTV famous is my way of saying that what I wanted wasn’t the money or the glamour. In fact, to me, growing up, MTV famous meant that I wrote or co-wrote a song that resonated so much with people that it was played on MTV. What I wanted was to be part of something special, emotional, and powerful. I wanted to make people happy. I wanted to help make everyone’s day better… Just like MTV did for me.
“No matter where I was and no matter what I was doing, I knew that in the summer of 1984 – at 4:00pm – The ‘Panama’ video was going to play and I had to be in front of the TV to see it. That’s what MTV famous means in this book. I wanted to make someone feel the way I felt when I rushed home to see the ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ video, or the ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ or ‘Fallen Angel’ videos.” Included in the book are anecdotes from Evick about starting his first band in high school, the debauchery of touring in a van in the 90’ to joining the Bret Michaels Band and touring the world.
Written alongside Steve Olivas, MTV Famous, is the highly anticipated follow up to his award-winning first opus, The Moments That Make Us, and can be purchased by clicking here.