For those of you following me on Twitter, you have probably already realized how much fun I had going on tour with Josh LaMore. Myself along with two of my closest friends, Hailey Williams and Christina Guerrero, enjoyed probably one of the best weekends any of us have experienced in a long time. For those of you not following me on Twitter, I’m going to tell you all about it right now!
Tour got started on Friday, March 11th at Lock 16 Center in LaSalle, IL. Although the turnout for this show was particularly disappointing, every band performed as if it were for a room full of people. Honestly, there is not much else to say concerning this show other than Sean from Egon’s Unicat successfully turned a grill into a musical instrument and it was awesome. Everyone sounded amazing, unfortunately, despite our almost constant promotion, there was very low attendance at the first show on Friday night.
However, things on Friday quickly turned around when everyone arrived at 9th Street Pub. Even though Josh refused to utilize the set list that Hailey and I wrote for him (including things like "Champagne Supernova," the "Darkwing Duck" theme song, and the theme from "Titanic"), I assume he still performed remarkably well. Unfortunately, I’ll never know for sure because I had been drinking.
The following morning we all groggily packed up our belongings and loaded ourselves into Christina’s car to begin our journey to Greenfield, Indiana. This drive was hilarious, to say the least. Indiana has a lot of billboards, most of which either have to do with loving God or cows. All that aside, the Indiana show was one of the best local shows I’ve been to in a long time. I was completely blown away by this crowd. Despite having little to no prior knowledge as to who Josh LaMore was, they all gave him their full attention and even sang along when asked to do so. Well done, Indiana! Seriously though, the energy that radiated from this group of people was amazing. It was completely obvious that they were all there for the music and not just something to do.
That being said, I feel the need to mention that some of the other bands who performed on this particular night were fantastic. I was particularly impressed with The Day After, Breaking New Lines, and Forevermore. Each member of each of these bands displayed an obvious passion for what they were doing, and that’s something that I can really appreciate. It was clear that every person in attendance loved what they were hearing. I found Forevermore to be particularly intriguing because it was obvious to me that they were one of the local favorites. Lead singer, Jordan Furr, displayed amazing stage presence and the crowd was willing to do just about anything he said.
All that aside, our night in Indiana was a great one. We met a lot of really cool people, had a few laughs, and hung out with a cat named Lysander. Oh, and I got a bowl of Reeses’ Puffs out of this deal because our new friend Chris is the best host in the whole world. Also, his tiny mother snores like a lumberjack, but she is a fine lady and I love her. I just remembered that I have Reeses’ Puffs downstairs. BRB.
The next morning we, once again, groggily packed up our things (except for Hailey’s hair straightener apparently) and began the trip to our next destination, Josh’s home town of Manteno, IL. This show was all acoustic and therefore significantly quieter than the previous night’s show. I assume this is mostly because we were in the basement of a church, but that’s just an educated guess really. Hailey and I should not be allowed in a church for ANY reason aside, Sunday night on the tour went extremely well. Josh was able to perform for some of his closest friends and family which I know meant the absolute world to him.
After this final show, everyone gathered at Josh’s house for one last night surrounded by great people. It was this night that we really were able to get to know some of our new friends and, let me tell you, they are some seriously awesome people. I honestly do not think that we met one person on this tour who we just really didn’t like. That’s probably a lie. I’m sure there were at least a couple. But that’s not even kind of the point.
Early on Monday morning, it was time to head back home. Sadly, we packed up the car for the last time and made our triumphant return to our usual mundane existences. Although none of us were ready, tour was over in what seemed like a minute. There would be no more long hours in the car, getting ready in the venue’s bathrooms right before the show, or listening to Josh sing Nelly Furtado. Even though this particular tour was not a long one, it was definitely an experience that none of us will ever forget.