Notes from the Tundra
Man is it cold here or what? Above is a quick shot of myself with a new fan ... Caroline.
Her Dad took her to our show tonight in Milwaukee at The Pabst Theater. They were sitting in the front row and I nearly took this poor childs right eye out with a pick. After meeting her and her Dad, and apologizing for nearly blinding her, I thought I would try my best to make up for it by posting her picture here. She was a sweetheart and it's always good to see young people at the shows.
We've been venturing into the 'too cold to go anywhere' region of the country for the past week. The last two days were spent in Minneapolis where the high for the week was +9. The HIGH for the week! I have a friend who lives there and when I asked him how on earth he puts up with it, he said "Oh it's not that bad." HUH? Eddie ... get a grip man! This weather is only normal if you're a Penguin or a Polar Bear! Tomorrow we go to Chicago and I doubt it will be any better temperature wise.
As always, these shows are the best. We usually arrive at the venue around 5 for soundcheck, do a couple songs, pick at the deli tray, watch Randy scurry about the stage setting everything up then, it's Show Time. They call these types of tour's 'Plug In And Play'. Mainly because thats about all you do. No stage set, no pyro, no lighting rig, no Tour Manager, no Tour Assistant, no catering (only if you count the deli tray), no Tour Bus, no Private Planes, no Ritz Carltons or Four Seasons, no one picking up my bags an hour before lobby call, no daily sheets, no bed's, no shoes, no Promoter Dinners, and the best is ... NO COMPLAINING! Ummmmmm, wait a second .... THIS SUCKS! No, only kidding. I love it. The set flies by. No sooner do I get on stage than I realize we're doing Mystified (oddly enough a Utopia song) and theres only another 20 minutes left in the show.
The audience is always great. The fans ... our fans .... my fans .... are the best. I do my best to make it out to the house afterwards to show my appreciation for the years of support Todd and myself have gotten.
There's only one week left on this run but I'm sure Todd will be doing this show again in the not-to-distant future. At least I hope so.
I'm gearing up for the March solo dates and I've been told that by end of next week all the dates will be confirmed. Right now only the beginning and end is etched in stone.
Please, please try and make it to one or more of the shows as I will be doing some new material and will have at least one new face on stage with me.
I hope you're all well and safe. I'm looking forward to some warmer days ahead!