'Launch' with Cobra Starship and A Rocket to the Moon



Photo credit: a RA busboy gracious enough to snap a few photos of us.

Fender joined our friends from A Rocket to the Moon and Cobra Starship (guitarist Ryland Blackinton and bassist Alex Suarez) on Wednesday afternoon to crush some sushi at Scottsdale’s RA, where coincidentally the menu includes a dish called Hot Mess–crispy rice balls topped with a spicy King crab mix, baked and finished with jalapeno & cilantro.

Subsequently, a RA menu is now sitting shotgun on the Cobra Starship tour bus.

“I had to grab this because people are constantly using our likeness and trying to make a couple of dimes off of it,” explains Blackinton. “In this case, they’ve named a dish a Hot Mess. It doesn’t even sound that hot or messy.”

Cobra Starship’s “Hot Mess” video will debut on Nov. 8 during the MTV premiere of Styl’d. The tune has been chosen as the theme song for the new show. (After sushi, Fender Vision filmed some of Cobra Starship’s tour bus where frontman Gabe Saporta and keytarist Victoria Asher were discussing some revisions to the video. Sounds as if it’s coming together well.)

A Rocket to the Moon recently released their full-length debut On Your Side, an infectious collection of upbeat pop music that is available for 9.99 at Target. Stay tuned for a Fender Vision video of their acoustic performance of single “Mr. Right.”

Here’s a photo taken after the performance. Justin Richards played a Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic, Nick Santino played a CD140SCE and bassist Eric Halvorsen played a Kingman™ Bass SCE. And that’s drummer Andrew Cook in the back.


But one of the best things about hanging out with a bunch of talented musicians is that they are ALWAYS busting out in song. We didn’t have the cameras rolling for Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” or Better than Ezra’s “Good” lunchtime sing-along, but during a crowded van ride back to the venue, Fender Vision captured impromptu versions of Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time,” and Hall and Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True” and “Rich Girl.” Once again, stay tuned for the video, and in the meantime, here’s a photo from the ride…


Both bands, along with The Maine and VersaEmerge, played the Marquee Theatre last night in Tempe. Here’s a few shots from the show.

The Maine’s bass player Garrett Nickelsen.


A Rocket to the Moon singer/guitarist Nick Santino.


Oh, and to resolve a lingering question for Nick: VOSS sparkling water ingredients include Artesian Water, Carbon Dioxide, and Sodium Bicarbonate. So yes, you were correct. Despite the fact that violent shaking did not create an explosion, VOSS sparkling water is lightly carbonated.

Cobra Starship guitarist Ryland Blackinton playing the Gretsch® STUMP-O-MATIC guitar that Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump gifted him with.


Cobra Starship bassist Alex Suarez and his Fender Custom Purple Sparkle Jaguar® Bass.



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