We finished up tearfully at the Canal Room in NY last night. It was a packed house and I was thrilled to be back in New York, where I have played 7 shows in 2006 (counting multiple sets at Joe’s Pub.)
We had to give up the tour bus mid afternoon and frantically de-bussed our belongings on teeming Canal St as traffic cops hovered. In crowded Manhattan the poor bus driver clipped a car with the gear trailer. And the car turned out to be…. a Maserati! (He could at least have dinged a Ferrari, which would have given me something to sing about.)
It was a fun show. The ever present Stevie D was in the front row. He has attended 24 shows this year, travelling all over the US and he gets kudos for sure. Stevie, if you’re reading this, you’ve gone way beyond the call of duty and are straying into serious Celine Dion territory! Jordan Rudess was also there, one of the finest contemporary keyboard players. I’m glad I forgot he was coming or I would have been initimidated.
Also in attendance were my darling wife and 2 daughters, whom I’d not seen for a month. Harper (15) made an appearance on stage for ‘Europa’, but she hasn’t guested with me since the summer and I note she’s a little rusty. I played ‘Airwaves’ and we filmed it for a potential podcast episode. I also sang backup for BT on his anthemic ‘Satellite’. Both songs live IMO are better than their recorded counterparts.
I have a New Years’ Eve gig in Orange County with Blondie, Violent Femmes and others. 15k revellers are expected. That’ll be it for 2006, of course. I am totally exhausted and could easily sleep for a week. Thanks to my family for letting me do this. Thanks to my amazing crew for getting me to the gigs, and especially Lunesse for her stellar job on this website as well as all the merch and meet’n'greets. To my agent Rich Rees, my publicists at Conqueroo, and my licensing/distribution rep Lisa Klein. And thanks to everybody that’s read this blog, come to my gigs, and bought ‘The Sole Inhabitant.’ It’s been a fantastic year for me, and I’m so very grateful that the audience is still listening. I truly believe my best music is still ahead of me. In 2007 I plan to write and record a masterwork! Stay tuned.