Saturday, May 03, 2008
Tour Update 1
Well, 2 Wild Wing Shows down.
And it's going great! Wild Wings was a perfect choice to start off my official touring. It's a low-pressure venue (you show up whenever you want), they LOVE the cover songs we have in the set, the audience is there to just have fun, and it gives the band time to settle into being tighter in front of an audience that is eating and drinking, etc. as much as they are listening. It's kind of like having a dress rehearsal with an audience that actually kind of cares!
We actually have played 2 really good shows, too! The band is really, really tight already and, outside of not being able to hear really well, we're listening to each other, playing off each other and just playing great.
Here's how the set list works:
The band goes up and does "Summer of '69" which morphs into "Arise". From there we go to "Love Is Raining Down" into "Pleased". Then "Cry Tonight" & "In a Moment" followed by the Killer's "All These Things That I've Done" (which is great as everyone sings the bridge - "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier!"). I then introduce Jason Walker as my special guest. He does 3 songs with bass & drums and then one song alone with the piano. Then the band comes back up and we do Bryan Adams' "When You Love Someone" which segues into my Compassion International presentation (for $32 a month you can literally change a child's life - more on that in later posts). Then we go to break.
We take a 15-20 minute break then head back up. In most shows, I do a 2-song acoustic set and tell some stories (it hasn't worked at Wild Wings yet...but in church shows, we'll do the acoustic set). Then the band comes back up and we do "Eleanor Rigby" straight into "Loaded Gun" (we do the full band version). We then go into "City of Blinding Lights" (by U2) and that goes into "Potential". We finish up that set with "Empty Me" which morphs into "40" (by U2), which ends that set on a very very meditative note.
We leave the stage and hopefully people cheer. Loud. Once they do, we head back out and we perform a surprise song (which I won't give away here). And we end the night with "Let You Know".
So, I can't wait to see all of you at a show! Now you know what to expect. Listen to the songs, learn then, learn every word and then sing along with me (and quickly realize how many words I get wrong!)