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Bucket List #23 :: See Myself in Rolling Stone. #MyFamilyRocks

Bucket List #23 :: See Myself in Rolling Stone. #MyFamilyRocks


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Bucket List #23 :: I wanna be in Rolling Stone.



I can remember the first Rolling Stone I ever picked up. It was 1987 and Lisa Bonet graced the cover. It was in that instance that I swore to myself and to any rock gods within an earshot, that one day I would be featured in Rolling Stone. Fast forward 25 years later. Oh man. Is this my big break? Hyundai Santa Fe and Rolling Stone are on a mission to find the perfect #MyFamilyRocks role models and this fam gladly accepts the challenge! I promise, we will make you proud.

“Wanna see my picture on the cover, wanna buy five copies for my mother, wanna see my smilin’ face, on the cover the cover of the Rolling Stone.” – Shel Silverstein

To qualify, Hyundai and Rolling Stone wants to know “How does your family rock?” I’m proud to say our reputation precedes us on this one. Not only is music playing in our home 24/7, but it is not uncommon that once the dishes are done, baths are taken, teeth are brushed, bedtime stories are read, and goodnight kisses are handed out like candy, we are hightailing it to The Sunset Strip for some big-name rock and roll. Our family is quite serious about live entertainment. Last week, our social diary resembled something like: Saturday afternoon – Yo Gabba Gabba Live!, Monday night – Soundgarden at Jimmy Kimmel, and Saturday night – Private Bon Jovi performance on the Paramount Studios backlot. This fam does not joke around when music is on the agenda!


The Life + Times of a Rock and Roll Family.


#MyFamilyRocks_Rolling_Stone_HyundaiThe littlest member of our rock and roll trio loves the lifestyle as well. Even at the ripe old age of 5, she has developed an amazing ear for good music. Behind a drum kit perfecting her inner Dave Grohl with a twist of Animal from The Muppets, she has found her calling. Her favorite bands are The Beatles and the Foo Fighters, and not only did we begin transforming her room into her very own Octopus Garden, but last April, wee drummer met her idol, Mr. Dave Grohl. What a HUGE moment as a parent to witness such an introduction. I still get chills when I look at the photos.

Did I mention her world is a stage? During a G.Love performance, she didn’t miss a beat and took it upon herself to jump on that stage to sing Baby’s Got Sauce and Jungle Gym while dancing. She has stolen the heart of Biz Markie when she asked if she could ‘beat box’ for him and each time DJ Lance Rock has spotted her, he’s scooped her up and screamed, “WE’RE AWWWWWWESOME!!!! She certainly has the ‘rock and roll’ gene. Whether it is the fact that her first concert ‘in-utero’ was the Foo Fighters at the Pantages,  or how she tried to sit in First Class with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, this child is a legend.


Z is for Zeppelin. \m/


Dave Grohl (Nirvana | Foo Fighters), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Donvan Leitch, G. Love :: Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) ::  Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Chip Z’Nuff  (Enuff Z’nuff) :: Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters), Drew Hester (Chicago), Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) ::  Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) :: Billy Idol :: Pat Smear (Foo Fighters) :: Russell Brand (Aldos Snow) :: Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) :: Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) :: John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) :: Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses), Corey Taylor (Slipnot), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) :: Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) :: Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Dave Lombardo (Slayer) :: Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) :: Steve Adler (Guns N Roses) :: Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)


As a family, we taught our daughter the A-B-C’s by reading the children’s book ‘M is for Metal’ which I have since had signed by everyone from Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, Dave Grohl of Nirvana/Foo Fighters, and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, to Motorhead’s Lemmy, members of Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, and Jane’s Addiction.


Professionals by day, hubs + I value our quality time and dedicate date nights to watching Morrissey at the Hollywood Bowl, Sunday mornings dancing to Arcade Fire’s Keep the Car Running, and settle our disputes over a game of Guitar Hero. We are the quintessential #MyFamilyRocks! Backstage, on-stage, or in a backyard with President Obama watching the Foo Fighters, front and center for an intimate show with Jack White at a market in LA, or checking out Camp Freddy with Sex Pistol’s Steve Jones and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith at the Roxy on Sunset, we attend at least 20 shows a year and wouldn’t have it any other way.



Instant Karma.


#MyFamilyRocks because we make time for our community as well. Our family has been members of The GRAMMY Museum since 2007, support charities such as Matt Sorum’s rockin’ Adopt The Arts, Milk + Bookies,  and Flea’s Silverlake Conservatory. Last month, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy I founded ‘East Meets West’ an online Facebook relief drive were we divided our closest friends, family, fellow bloggers, and strangers between ‘TEAM TUPAC’ (west coast) and ‘TEAM BIGGIE’ (east coast). The collaboration is still thriving and to date, ‘Tupac’ has sent over 40 boxes and hundreds of dollars of gift cards back to ‘Biggie’ aiding those directly affected by Hurricane Sandy.


In it to win it.


So does your fam rock also? How? Maybe it’s car dancing or acting a fool. Maybe you practice yoga together or sing lip sync in the mirror. If you rock, you can ENTER HERE and upload a photo of your fam getting your groove on and telling why #MyFamilyRocks in 500 words or less. Prizes include a photo shoot in Rolling Stone by an industry photographer, airfare, hotel and transportation to the 55th GRAMMY Awards, and a brand-new customized rock ‘n’roller Hyundai Santa Fe. Contest ends December 14th, 2012.

Believe it or not, these are just some of our stories. One day remind me to share how Eric Clapton + I used to walk to work with each other, or the time Thom Yorke asked for my chair during lunch. Ha! And then there is that time I made a complete fool of myself in front of Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. Oh, have I got stories. See. I told you #MyFamilyRocks and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


– Nicole

A NJ transplant living in SoCal, Nicole Standley, digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley

Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. On occasion, contributors of The Trend Tribe receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not influence the contributor’s point of view or the outcome of the review. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the reviewers experience. The opinions are their own. Photos credits: Nicole Standley.


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Founder + Editor-In-Chief, Nicole is a NJ transplant living in SoCal, who digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley


  1. The “M is for Metal” book is the best thing on this planet. Your daughter will cherish these memories throughout her life. Your family rocks… indeed. 🙂

    • And you were with me for 95% of the book signings! I can’t wait to see the next autograph we get. McCartney? Bowie? Springsteen? It’s on!

  2. I find myself very jealous of your family’s adventures. I hope you win! You have my vote!

    • Thank you, Amber. Your support really means a lot to us and I really appreciate you stopping by to check out why #MyFamilyRocks!

  3. Well. This right here is proof that you are far cooler than I will ever be.

    • Ha! Well stick around sistah and you can come on our next rock and roll ‘venture!

  4. You are living the life, girl!! Your family definitely ROCKS! I love that you are giving your daughter an exciting childhood. She will treasure everyone of these memories.

    • Family means everything to me, and we’re having fun! Being able to have such a colorful life and do out-of-the-box things together like this is simple helping me show her that throughout life, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. You just need to figure out how to get it! #MyFamilyRocks \m/

  5. Wow your family does rock! I love how fearless your daughter is! I just purchased the Rockabye Baby lullybye cds so we can help pumpkin appreciate music from early on!

    • We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Rockabye Baby! Which ones did you pick up? We have all of them and 6 years later they are STILL playing 24/7 in our home. Pumpkin is going to LOVE them.

      Thank you again for supporting the #MyFamilyRocks post! \m/

  6. I shouldn’t even be allowed to share your cool air I am so un cool. LOL

    • I love you more than Gummy Bears, but just not as much as Led Zeppelin…hey, that’s still HUGE!!!! Thank you, Adrienne for supporting my post. It’s means a ton. xx

  7. I love that you guys do all of these things as a family! Such awesome memories.

    • Thanks for stopping by Jessica! I don’t share much about my family, but writing this post really make me step back and enjoy the awesome times we’ve had in the 5 shorts years of being a family! #MyFamilyRocks \m/

  8. If anyone deserves this, you guys do! Your girl will always have these awesome memories! Good luck!

    • I’m so happy you were there for some of them! I can’t wait for 2013. I hope there are many more musical ‘ventures on the calendar for you + I! Thank you for supporting #MyFamilyRocks! \m/

  9. You truly embody this contest! I have seen your families love of music first hand and know you should win this hands down. I wish you the best of luck!

    • I cannot wait until we get to be chaperones at Coachella + Lollapolooza! Heck! Our lil’ rockers will be the band!!! Take that Biebs! #MyFamilyRocks \m/

  10. You guys are superrad!! You always have the best stories, and every one totally rocks!!

    • Thanks Steph! Fingers crossed!!! We’re in this to win!!!! #MyFamilyRocks \m/

      • If ya don’t win you might have to call up some rocker friends to throw down with ya!

  11. Your family rocks!! Good luck, you deserve it!

    • Dude you rock! But unfortunately, not as much as this family. Hang your head in shame!

    • Thank you, Angela! I really appreciate you stopping by to support #MyFamilyRocks! Very cool of you! \m/

  12. You win- hands down! 🙂

    • Oh Natalie. If only it was that easy!!!! Thank you for supporting #MyFamilyRocks! \m/

  13. That’s so awesome! And I love that Coco is such a little rockstar in her own right!

    • I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think #MyFamilyRocks, but the best part is how much fun we have together doing this stuff!!! \m/

  14. OK your family really does ROCK! Love all the photos and especially how Coco is passionate about amazing music! I can only imagine all the fun had in the Standley household! Love it!

    • Yes, The Standleys could hang with The Funzies. The rocking out is a blast, but what I love most about our family is how much we laugh. It’s great just being happy. #MyFamilyRocks! \m/

  15. wow… it looks like this contest was MADE for you! Your family truly rocks – from the wee one to the oldest, it looks like music runs in your blood. Good luck and I hope you win!

    • Thank you, Pattie! It means a lot to us that you stopped by to support #MyFamilyRocks!

  16. Looks like super fun times all around!! Good Luck!

    • Thank you, Mel! I appreciate the comment. Come back soon!

  17. You convinced me! Your family rocks!

    • We’re like a mini-Von Trapp meets the Bradys, meets the Jacksons, meets the Osbournes! (Not sure if that’s a good thing…) Thank you for commenting. I appreciate you helping me on our #MyFamilyRocks quest! \m/

  18. Hahaha. OMG this is awesome! You guys totally RAWK!!! Mama and Papa are a ROLLIN’ STONNNE!

    • Thank you, Travis! #MYFAMILYROCKS!!! \m/

  19. You’re definitely a Rock N Roll family! Good luck!!

    • And very proud of it! Thank you, Catalina for taking the time to stop by. Happy Holidays!

  20. If Coco doesn’t get me a backstage pass to Paul McCartney’s last concert on earth, I’m going to be very disappointed.

    • Adin, how awesome is it that we met Dave Grohl? Suckers. #MyFamilyRocks \m/
      Now go learn those A-B-C’s!

  21. Your family DOES rock!!!

    • No, Kran…MANILOW RAWKS!

  22. So exciting. I love all of the pictures – Coco is a total rockstar. I hope you win – your family most definitely rocks.

    • Has someone seen Kathy?????

      • I take it all back. :p

  23. Coulda sworn I left a comment last night, but don’t see it anymore…regardless, love this!! You and the fam rock it super hard!!

    • And you are one of our inspirations my dear!!! Thank you for supporting #MyFamilyRocks! \m/

  24. Will you adopt me?

    • YES! We can be the next Partridge Family!!! Holy heck that would be a blast. We can get a really cool school bus and rock all the shows!

  25. What a lucky girl Coco is to have had all of those experiences and not even be in double digits yet!! Kudos to you and your hubby for making all of those things happen!

    • Thank you Leann! I really appreciate your support for our #MyFamilyRocks posts! \m/

  26. You and your family rock! Not only have you made music your life, but it sounds like your life could be made into music- what a great song that would be. Thanks for always sharing your stories with us, they inspire me to be a better mom and make my family rock!

    • You’re awesome Chrissy! Thank you for supporting #MyFamilyRocks. I’m so glad you enjoy reading my stuff. I love dishing the goods! \m/

  27. Nicole, you and your family definetly deserve this. Thank you for sharing the inside scoop of your lives. Coco is one lucky girl. You have my vote!

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