Derek Ries of Push Play checked in with fans on the pop rock group’s blog at MySpace (@pushplayrox) on Monday (February 8), the third of the four members to give a farewell speech as they head to college and put the band on ice, perhaps permanently. Derek writes:
Hey Guys, It’s Derek now! I’m the third of 4 letters from us to you!
A little over four years ago it all started. There have been ups and downs, but this certainly will be an experience I will never forget, and I will definitely take with me whether I end up pursuing a musical or business career. Push Play has been and will always be a major part of my life.
I’m happy to say that after entering the music industry as four naive teenagers, we left as adults overwhelmed with knowledge of the entire entertainment industry. We’ve made life long friends, contacts, and most importantly we have befriended all of you! I thank everyone reading this for supporting us in a quest to pursue our wildest dreams. All of you have made this experience amazing, and I cannot thank you enough! No matter what, I will always remember and cherish the meet and greets, scrapbooks, and the feeling I felt on stage in front of all of you. What can I say, we always had the best fans any band could ever ask for!
It’s hard to believe that this stage of Push Play is coming to a close. I will always remember all of you and hold close all of our experiences shared with you, whether it be playing in the Macy’s parade, performing our CD release shows at Irving Plaza, or watching our transition as an unsigned act to a Wind-Up artist.
We will see what happens during this time off. I have the option to go back to college in the fall, so I have this time to decide what path I will choose to follow; music or books. It’s so weird to start thinking about term papers!
Thanks again for all the memories, and your never-ending support. You guys have played as big (if not bigger) a role in the band than us!