The “On This Ledge” Tour kicked off in my hometown of Philadelphia Friday night. Early October makes for some of the best weather all year in my city; Friday was a cloudless cool 65.
Put on my first pot of coffee around 8am. Lord knows, coffee is my savior. Met my band (Duffy, Josh West, Korey, Brandon, and Chris) and crew (Ricks, and DC Kev) down at the CBS TV station at 10. I was interviewing and performing live at noon to promote the tour, my new EP “On This Ledge,” my new novel “Run of the Mill” with Barnes & Noble, and my new movie “Delivery Man” with DreamWorks (the last year and a half had been a bit of a dry spell, and I was determined not to let history repeat itself). Behind tired eyes, I could see everyone buzzing with energy — we’d been in rehearsal for 7-9 hours for the past six days straight. It was grueling. I had flown into Philly only a week prior from Los Angeles, giving myself seven days to coordinate, design, and rehearse the show for this tour. Probably not doing that again. But we were ready, and this shit was going to be great.
Sound-check. Flirt with the cute weather girls. Eat. Interview. Perform.
A few hours later I found myself at the 96.5 WRDW radio station with @BusterRadio promoting my show that night at Hard Rock Cafe. Buster and Dan are great guys, and 96.5 has been a huge supporter of my music for years, so it was great to be back with the family.
Hard Rock Philly. Load in. Sound-check. Showtime. Was nuts. Other than one of our sponsorships falling through last minute (no time to stress about that now, will figure out later) and our t-shirts being late, everything ran rather smoothly. Barnes & Noble came through to sell my book. The show itself was one of the best shows I’ve done in my life. There’s nothing quite like performing in your city, having the audience belt your lyrics back at you, rocking out with your best friends on stage, shredding, killing it. I perform with a 6-piece band: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums, and a two-piece horns section. I LOVE the horns. I mean I definitely love everyone, but I just love the horns especially.
Arrived home at 5am to conclude my 22 hour day, slept, and am now on to the next city. I love tour.