Celebrity Travel Spotlight: The Villains’ Dan Call

Coming off the success of their 2010 debut album, Southern rock band The Villains return with their sophomore CD “Velocity.” From the opening track “Cadillac” to the optimistic “I’ve Got A Feeling” the songs run the gambit of experiences and emotions. Here are some of bassist Dan Call’s favorite places in America…

My favorite place in the U.S. to visit is…New York City, period. I basically live there part time so it’s more than visiting and I’ve yet to tire of it. The history, people, energy…it’s like no other place on Earth. You either get NYC or you don’t. I get it.

The first thing I do when I go to New York is I go to…Molly’s Pub on 3rd Ave and 22nd Street…a pint (or 2,or 3) and the best burger in NYC!

Everyone should visit …the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero…at least once. The size and scope is overwhelming and really puts that day in our American history in perspective. It also is a reminder of the strength of the American people and it certainly shows in the magnificence of the new park and Freedom Tower.

The South…is a pleasant surprise. Though I grew up in Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, there’s not a state or region that isn’t unique in its own. It’s good people. Many think that we’re all Goobers and Gomers below the Mason Dixon line and are surprised to find that it’s not like that…at least in the more urban areas! HA!

My favorite restaurant in the U.S. is…Any great barbeque place! The Villains are BBQ crazy and have tried hundreds of places on tour and always on the lookout for more. A Rolaids endorsement would be nice! HA!

The best place for pizza is…Lombardi’s in Little Italy, NYC. The oldest coal oven pizza in New York also cooks the greatest pizza, period.

Some great towns people may not know about that they should visit are…Sandpoint ID, Kalispell MT, Spokane WA, the general Pacific Northwest. God’s country…

Union 76 truckstop at the top of Monteagle Mountain…is a great truck stop. It’s on Interstate 24 in Monteagle, TN. We always stop in on way to Nashville. One of the last of the old school greasy spoons.

My favorite airport in the US is…Tri-City airport in Johnson City, TN. It’s small, but cozy and cool…plus I know I’m home!