Celebrity Travel Spotlight: Kicking Harold

Kicking Harold is a group of modern rock alchemists, synthesizing hard rock, alternative, metal and dance-pop elements. They just finished the video for “American Nitro,” the second single from their latest album “Red Light District.” Here are singer and guitarist Tim David Kelly favorite places in the country…

My favorite place in the U.S. to visit is…New York City – there is no other place like NYC – the energy, coming from the West, is just a completely different feel. I love all of the walking and seeing the buildings, the architecture. I’ve always felt a personal attachment to NYC. And recently I learned that my family ancestry traces back to the earliest settlers in Kings County – we’re talking the 1600s here! So maybe some of that comes into play – who knows.

The first thing I do when I go to…NYC…is… I have a hot dog from the cart…and then stop into a neighborhood bar for a pint.

Everyone should visit…NYC…at least once…because every visit is completely different. It’s a city that has to be experienced. Reading about it or listening to others describe their memories from the City cannot ever compare to actually visiting New York.

Portland, OR…is a pleasant surprise…because it’s like San Francisco, but really relaxing. The city has this cool, artsy vibe. It seems like it was set up by people who valued craftsmanship, art, music and the outdoors. As a musician, I feel very welcomed and comfortable in Portland.

My favorite restaurant in the U.S. is…this list would literally be hundreds of restaurants long. There is great food in nearly every city I’ve ever visited in the U.S, but I do always love to come home to Jones in Hollywood. All of their food is amazing, the vibe is very cool, yet relaxed, and their manager, David Grieco always treats people like rock stars. At Jones, there is nothing better than a late night sausage pizza with a cold beer.

The best place to find…Mexican carnitas…is at…Poquito Mas. I know that doesn’t sound very upscale, but really great food doesn’t have to be upscale, does it? The Carnitas Dinner Plate with refried beans & rice is simply delicious. I’m going to have to go get some now…as soon as this interview is over.

Some great towns people may not know about that they should visit is…Tucson, AZ. Phoenix typically gets all the glory, but Tucson is my hometown. Club Congress dates back to the 1800s. It’s a very interesting time capsule in the form of a bar & hotel. It has tons of character. Kicking Harold has played there many times and I always feel like I’m back in The Prohibition Era. It had that vibe before that vibe became trendy. Things change in Tucson, but Club Congress is always there and always cool.

If you’re into airplanes, the Airplane Graveyard is really something to see. When the Air Force decommissions planes they store them in the desert on the edge of Tucson next to the Air Force Base in “moth balls.” There are acres and acres of WWII planes, bombers, and really cool shit. Tucson is also the only place where you can find Eegee’s, a fast food chain that is only truly appreciated by people from Tucson or people who’ve tried their frozen icy treat. It’s so good that whenever I visit Tucson, I bring back huge party packs of the stuff in styrofoam buckets.

The Flying J…is a great truck stop, it’s on Interstate 10, right on the border between California & Arizona. I love this place because every time I travel to Arizona, I stop there to get the usual gas and food and look at their treasures.   I’ve stopped there countless times and gotten delicious, greasy corn dogs along with cheesy ‘80s hair band CDs. Plus their bathrooms are aces!

My favorite airport in the US is…this one is easy…McCarran Airport in Las Vegas…they have slot machines!