Tour Blog 6/21: Rahway, NJ
Tonight kicked off the Coming Home tour incredibly successfully! My voice held up well, which was a concern as I haven’t been practicing singing nearly as much while I’ve been on vacation in NY/NJ. The venue was cool, a local bar and grill place adjacent to a nicer restaurant from the same owners. No stage, just an area for the musicians to set up.
Following Joe Galuppo’s lovely acoustic set, I performed in a slightly unusual fashion; solely using an electric guitar and amp. It’s a beautiful 1974 Fender Stratocaster run through a Peavey 300 tube amp. Most of my gigs I play either solo and acoustic or with a full band behind me, but this was my first real solo electric set, and I had so much fun. I had the freedom to better recreate some of the guitar solos from my records, and I gained more confidence in just trusting the audience to be okay with me taking an unaccompanied solo.
As always, I played “stump the band” with Beatles songs: a lightning round of playing a few bars of whatever’s called out, ending with a full performance of a song. Tonight’s full song was “Glass Onion”, a favorite of mine, but one that I’ve never played live until tonight. I didn’t even have to think about the song before jumping in. The song is pretty short though, so I followed it with my own Beatles selection, “When I Get Home”
Overall it was a very fun kickoff to the tour, and I managed to sell some CDs! I played more covers than I’ve been doing lately, but I’ve always found it’s a great way to win audiences over when they don’t know you. Setlist is posted below. Next tour stop: Alameda, CA on June 27th, opening for Stephen Michael & The Rickety Van Band (who I’ll be playing keys for during their set!).
- Say That You Will
- Miracle Man (Elvis Costello cover)
- Start Anew
- Bell Bottom Blues (Derek & The Dominoes cover)
- Distant Places >
- Substitute (The Who cover)
- Glass Onion (Beatles cover)
- When I Get Home (Beatles cover)
- Eastbound And Down
- Is She Really Going Out With Him (Joe Jackson cover)
- Real Love