I had my first full show with the incredibly talented Free Moral Agents as my backing band on 4/23/10!
It took place at a book store called Open Books in Long Beach, CA. I didn’t announce the venue until the day of the show. Without my knowledge, tickets went on sale the day before and it completely sold out. I’d like to thank the people who managed to get inside! It was really nice seeing a lot of old friends in one place. Poetry friends, music friends, industry folk. The Ice Cream Man serving free ice cream outside!
We mainly performed all the new songs from my LI(F)E album but we sneaked in a couple old “hits” as well. There are some kinks we still need to work out but overall I’m very happy with how everything sounded. It’s great playing with a live band again and I can’t wait to put this music on a big stage. Not that I don’t like feeling the blasts of air on my leg from the kick drum or having Ikey’s keyboard amp blasting my face off, but it’ll be nice for us all to have a bit of breathing room. Once our set was over the crowd urged us to do an encore which we were not expecting or prepared for. We managed to eke out a performance of Crack Pipes and The Cure and I’m really glad we did that because it was one of my favorite moments of the night.
When the show was over I stuck around and signed posters, handed out stickers, blew kisses to the pictures on the wall and disappeared in puff of smoke.
The next day we did a short gig at the Prospector. Upon entering the club I went directly to the bathroom. When I opened the door there was someone standing at a urinal (which is quite common in men’s bathrooms.) The bathroom was smaller than I expected it to be so I closed the door and waited for the guy to get out. When he exited the bathroom he got in my face and, in a drunken slur, asked me if I was gay. Apparently he was very upset that I saw him standing at a urinal. So I replied, “yes.” It is important for this man to know that gay people often intrude on others while they are peeing. It’s an evil culture of dirty piss predators I tells ya!
If you haven’t purchased your tickets ahead of time for the other shows then do so now. Click here to see the pre-sale ticket links for every city!