The City of Angels

I woke up about 30 minutes ago, my ears are still ringing and my body feels like a truck hit it. There's something about the end of a tour that's relieving and yet sad at the same time. Of course, we aren't done by a long shot, I think we have 10 days off then we head to Europe for about 2 months worth of shows. Don't be surprised if we end up doing 100+ gigs for this tour.

Last night we played LA, my hometown. I remember the first time I ever saw the Twilight Singers, long before Greg and I met, they played the Knitting Factory here in LA, a small but decent venue. The Avalon might as well be Madison Square Garden in comparison, and the fact that it was jam-packed made me smile inside all night long. You guys really showed up in big numbers to support us, we felt it, and that's why you got the longest show on this tour.

The pressure was relieved on me on There's Been an Accident when Joseph Arthur stepped on stage to sing, the man has an amazing voice and I was honored to sing with him.

The atmosphere last night was as it has been the whole tour, a traveling band of musicians, us, Afterhours and Jeff Klein, enjoying each others work, jamming together, laughing together and generally having a wonderful time. We secretly joked on the tour bus that this was our summer camp and how lucky we all are to be doing what we do.

I really hope you got to see Afterhours on this tour, what they do is indescribable, I've never really seen a band quite like them. I've known these guys a few years now and they feel like my brothers. Next month we'll see each other again in Italy, I can't wait.

Jeff Klein will be coming to Europe with us for the whole run, and in August after Manuel departs to take care of his own band, he will join us at the keyboards. Jeff Klein, the little brother I never had...

So, I'm going to be taking a little break from blogging until we start the Europe run, I'll be hanging out with my daughter, playing video games and sleeping a lot. I really want to thank all of you that came out to see us and I want you to know that we really appreciate your support. I hope you guys are enjoying Powder Burns, tell your friends, help us spread the word. If you missed us on this American tour, don't make the same mistake when we come back later in the year.

The ride has just begun.


originally posted 06.22.06