At Reno's Hilton Hotel, the John Popper Band played a two-set
show to close out 1999 and end one of the more tragic years
of Blues Traveler history. At the stroke of midnight, Popper
hoisted a bottle of champagne, saying "I've been meaning
to do this for years - 'To Bill Graham...and to Bobby'."
The band then played their second set to some 6-700 faithful
fans who turned out for the show despite the cancellation of
Blues Traveler's original two-show run and worries about
difficulties brought on by Y2K.
Among other news surfacing at this show was news about the
band's future. According to Popper, the band will be heading
south to Texas to record their next album, which is rumored
to be mostly new material, though some sources indicate that
some music may be used from what was supposed to be the
band's concept album. Joining them in the studio will be an
unnamed keyboard player, who may join them on their next
tour, though there is no confirmation of this.