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!)

29 comments:

gdahimself said...

To Chris Sligh,
From GDA,

"Listen to the songs, learn then, learn every word and then sing along with me (and quickly realize how many words I get wrong!)" and hope Simon isn't in the audience.

"outside of not being able to hear really well"?

I hope "it's going great" means logisticly things are running relatively smoothly as well as your enjoying yourself.

Carrie said...

So if I never get to go to a show I will cry because this sounds like SO MUCH fun. I'm so glad it's going great so far!!

risalea said...

Hey, folks! Hello, from sunny CA! We had a good flight out (albeit LONG-LR to Chicago to San Diego!) We're headed to Azusa to my niece's graduation this afternoon, then going to LA/Hollywood on Sunday just to say we did and no doubt, eat at the Cheesecake Factory. We may do Disneyland on Monday....we're all big kids at heart. LOL Between our schedule and Cathy's, we haven't gotten together yet, but we definitely will before we leave on Tues. afternoon. Chris, the concert sounds fabulous, and I can't wait to hear Carmen's report since she and her husband are catching you at Wild Wing. Take care and have fun!!! Risa

rosalee said...

I heard that you met my stepson, Ken at the first Wild Wings show. He said you were excellent! He gave me the story on the whole downtown scene that night.

HstryQT said...

cant wait til august 10th!! Indy here you come :) ...but i'll see you at the picnic first - cant wait! neither can teddy!

LuLu said...

Kudos to you, Chris for your support of Compassion International. I began sponsoring a little girl through CI about 6 years ago and it has been a wonderful experience. One gets back SO much more than you give. Her letters just MAKE my day (my whole month!) I followed you with GREAT support when you were on AI and just went on line to see if you were appearing where I might catch up with you. I can't seem to find your schedule. But I HAD to write when I saw your support of Compassion International. Congratulations and I wish you much success with your career. Ellie in South Florida

rosalee said...

LuLu -
For now, try his Myspace Music site to see his tour schedule to date:

http://www.myspace.com/chrissligh

It looks like his new site is coming up and will be fully functional shortly, but not all tour dates are there yet:

http://www.chrissligh.com/

Jane said...

Hi all,

Went to the Wild Wings show tonight and had a blast. Sat with Carmen right in front, and Chris and the band were incredible. Hoping to go tomorrow night to the Seacoast concert.

Chris, we really enjoyed ourselves tonight......you are amazing!

J & D

SQJTaipei said...

surprise song --> This Is My Now
:-)

ChrisSligh said...

Haha...nope...not that one.

Carmen saw it last night. And will see it again tonight. She might can spill the beans.

Chris

Carmen said...

Hey all!
Wow is all I can say about the show last night. Chris was fantastic. This makes concert 13 for me and I would say by far it was the best. I loved the way Chris & Jason's voices compliment each other. It was amazing. The band was very tight last night and the crowd seemed to be enjoying the songs. When Chris sang In A Moment quite a few couples got up and danced. Loaded Gun also got a few people off their feet. Folks were singing along to the songs that they knew and all and all it was just a lot of fun.

My family had a great time and it was so good to catch up with Jane & her husband.

I am not going to let the cat out of the bag on what the surprise song is. Ya'll just go to the concert if you can. You won't be disappointed.

Chris-- major kudos dude. You are just getting better & better. I really love the way that Jason is part of the show. Ya'll are very good together. Thanks for a super evening!

See you in Zellwood!

Cathy Storms said...

It sounds like the shows are amazing. Carmen, why am I not surprised you were there? Chris, have you added any shows in So. California?

Don't forget everyone, Tuesday is "Chris Sligh Day". Go to the fansite for more information.

robyn said...
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robyn said...

Wow! Sounds like such a great show!
I'll have to try and see if there's one I can drive to!!!!

Chris, do you think you'll add any other cities to the tour? If you think you might, please consider some thing in NC!!! there's a great place in Cary (near Raleigh)at the Regency Park. It's an outside venue on a lake called the Koka Booth Ampitheathre...they have all kinds of great stuff there all the time....check it out:
http://www.boothamphitheatre.com/index.html

sure wish you would come there or somewhere else near here sometime, we LOVE you here in NC!!!!! Really, its a very beautiful & peaceful setting and the sound is great! my fiance plays here sometimes with a couple different brass bands he is in and I have gone there to hear orchestra concerts and also this past summer to hear Chicago. It's a 'kick back' kinda place...very comfortable and awesome...just like you!!!

Anyway I'm still gonna try to make it to the picnic even if I can't get to a concert yet!!

Robyn

clarissaNaz said...

COOL! To come here and find you posting what's in store for us!
I will be a good Do-Bee and learn all the words to the covers.

Thanks, Carmen for not revealing. I want to be surprised.

Happy Release Day Eve to all my blogger friends!! This is getting VERY exciting!! Glad to be allowed onto the ride.

EmilyBoo said...

Ugh, this entry makes me even more bummed I won't be able to make either the picnic or the cherry fest. Chris, something in the Detroit area, please???

Can't wait until tomorrow!

Cathy Storms said...

Don't forget...Tomorrow is "Chris Sligh" day. A contest with prizes!! Go to the fan site for all the details....
All of us "Sligh" fans, lets get together and make this a very special day for our very special guy....

DJ in AL said...

Chris,

Can't you get a little closer to B'ham? Dude we have Wild Wings down here too! ....Cause the concert sounds like a blast and I'm feeling pretty bummed!

Cathy, girl, what did you do before Chris Sligh came along? Ha!

Happy Monday if that is possible!

Sending you love from DJ in AL!

Cathy Storms said...

DJ~lol....I think that applies to most of us....

rosalee said...

My Sligh CD pre-order came in the mail today. How about you guys?

gdahimself said...

Rosalee,

Yes, I discovered it arrived at lunch time.

GDA

clarissaNaz said...

Whoa! Cool! I was hoping I'd get the CD today. My mail doesn't come till late. I may take a lawn chair out and wait by the box!! :o)

Nique's Nana said...

It's 2:55 PM here in Spring Valley, CA and I'm still at work. I hope my Chris CD is at home waiting for me when I get there at 5:10 PM. If it is not, I'm gonna be truly bummed.

Cathy Storms said...

I got mine...I love all the pictures.
The ones where you are smiling so big are so cute....Great job on the insert or I guess there called liner notes Chris. It really looks awesome.

Nique's Nana said...

Oh yeah! My autographed cd was waiting for me when I got home! I am so jazzed.

Carmen said...

I haven't gotten the 10 I ordered. Bummer! Hopefully tommorrow.

chipbennett said...

Just dropping in to add my name to the list of those who got their autographed CD today!

I'll try to get to reviews for both "Running Back to You" and Phil's self-titled album. Do you want links once I have them posted?

Cheers, God bless, and I hope you can keep enjoying the ride!

risalea said...

Quick! Somebody intercept mine at the mailbox before hubby finds how many I ordered! LOL

CA is beautiful! We are heading home tomorrow, but not until Cathy and I get to meet for lunch. Can't wait!

And the Cheesecake Factory? FABULOUS!

Risa

Angie said...

Chris, Good to see you partnering with Compassion. How many children do you sponsor? Where do they live? Which Compassion projects have you visited? Please share. How many children have been sponsored at your venues? Are you giving away CDs with sponsor sign-ups...