Amidst the exhausting late night performances and pre-dawn pressers last week, something special happened on this leg of the tour. Long time Old 97’s merchandise man, Mario Perez took the love of his life’s hand and walked her through the bitter New York cold to a quiet, picturesque spot in Central Park. There with his foggy, sleep-deprived head cleared by the crisp air, he dropped to one knee, looked into Laurie Lomas’ beautiful brown eyes and asked her to grow old with him.

She said yes.

We couldn’t be happier for them! Their nuptials are set for next year. So next time you mosey past the merch table, don’t forget to congratulate Mario on his good fortune in finding a woman as lovely as Laurie to be his bride.

Congratulations and the very best to you and Laurie always!!