“Reflections from Hell” prt 1

I just returned home my Going Through Hell Tour, which followed last year’s Copper Gone Tour (163 shows in all.) When I decided to tour again after “retiring” from tour, it was balls to the wall or none at all. But now it’s done. And I’m back to my cave with the ghost of hibernation past breathing its sexy winter breath on the nape of my stiff neck. Ugh…you vixen winter temptress. Nevermind that. The tour shirts are officially discontinued, but the remaining bunch are available in men  & women sizes HERE.
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Wanna know what I did for my birthday to celebrate my last year of being a dirty thirty-something? ABSOLUTELY FREAKIN’ NOTHING. I already did my thing. In fact, I probably overdid my thing with the last 88 shows by doing virtually everything on my own. I saw things, I heard things, I showed things and I said things. When it felt like I had nothing left to give, I kept giving. When it felt like I had nowhere else to go, I kept going. D.I.Y. or cry. I plan on doing more shows at some point, but there’s no way I could ever do it the way I just did it. That’s how I’m able to make a proper transition. It’s time to focus on my general health and my ambiguous home life. Outside of that, my time will be spent working on art, specifically. I’ll be posting some stories and insights from the road soon, but for now I just want to thank the following places for all the support and hugs:
5/29/14 Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
5/30/14 NY, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
5/31/14 Boston, MA – Middle East
6/02/14 Toronto, ON Canada – Opera House
6/03/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
6/05/14 Chicago, IL – The Abbey
6/06/14 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
6/07/14 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
6/09/14 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
6/10/14 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
6/11/14 Missoula, MT – Palace Lounge
6/12/14 Vancouver, BC Canada – Fortune Sound Club
6/13/14 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
6/14/14 Portland, OR – Alhambra Theatre
6/16/14 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
6/17/14 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
6/18/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
6/20/14 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
6/21/14 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
6/22/14 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
6/25/14 Austin, TX – Mohawk
6/26/14 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
6/27/14 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
6/29/14 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
7/01/14 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
7/02/14 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
7/04/14 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
10/04/14 Reykjavik, Iceland – Húrra
10/09/14 Cork, Ireland – Cyprus Avenue
10/10/14 Sligo, Ireland – Fifth on Teeling
10/11/14 Belfast, Northern Ireland – Voodoo
10/12/14 Dublin, Ireland – Sugar Club
10/14/14 Newcastle, England – Think Tank
10/15/14 Glasgow, Scotland – Oran Mor
10/16/14 Manchester, England – Gorilla
10/17/14 Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
10/19/14 Cardiff, Wales – The Globe
10/20/14 Bristol, England – The Fleece
10/21/14 Brighton, England – The Haunt
10/22/14 London, England – Village Underground
10/24/14 Reading, England – The Bowery District
10/25/14 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
10/26/14 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
10/28/14 Paris, France – Point Ephemere
10/29/14 Dijon, France – La Vapeur
10/30/14 Vendome, France – Les Rockomotives
10/31/14 Strasbourg, France – Laiterie
11/02/14 Cologne, Germany – Underground
11/03/14 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefaehrlich
11/05/14 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
11/06/14 Oslo, Norway – Sawol
11/07/14 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
11/09/14 Berlin, Germany – Privatclub
11/10/14 Munich, Germany – Ampere
11/12/14 Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
11/13/14 Geneva, Switzerland – Usine
11/14/14 Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
11/15/14 Bern, Switzerland – Dachstock-Reitschule
11/16/14 Vienna, Austria – B72
11/19/14 Lund, Sweden – Mejeriet
11/21/14 Helsinki, Finland – Kuudes Linja
11/22/14 Wroclaw, Poland – FIRLEJ
11/23/14 Prague, Czech Republic – Klub Podnik
11/25/14 Zagreb, Croatia – Mocvara
12/03/14 Adelaide, Australia – Uni Bar
12/04/14 Melbourne, Australia – The Corner Hotel
12/05/14 Sydney, Australia – The Roller Den
12/06/14 Riverwood Downs, Australia – Subsonic Festival
12/07/14 Brisbane, Australia – The Brightside
12/11/14 Wellington, New Zealand – San Fran
12/12/14 Aukland, New Zealand – Cassette Nine
12/19/14 Daegu, South Korea – Jeng-iy Collective
12/20/14 Busan, South Korea – Club Realize
12/28/14 Osaka, Japan – Conpass
12/29/14 Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Plug
1/24/15 Indio, CA – Date Shed
1/26/15 Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar Cafe
1/28/15 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
1/29/15 Sacramento, CA – Harlows
1/30/15 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
1/31/15 Portland, OR – Alhambra Theatre
2/02/15 Bend, OR – Domino Room
3/12/15 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
3/13/15 Providence, RI – The Met
3/14/15 Boston, MA – Great Scott
3/15/15 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
4/02/15 Atlantic City, NJ – Boneyard
4/03/15 Long Island, NY – Amityville Music Hall
4/04/15 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
4/05/15 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
4/17/15 Jacksonville – Underbelly
4/19/15 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
4/23/15 Orlando, FL – The Social
5/02/15 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
5/07/15 Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room
5/08/15 Tucson, AZ – Congress
5/09/15 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
5/16/15 Narragansett, RI – Wheel House
5/21/15 Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
5/22/15 San Diego, CA – Casbah
5/23/15 Corona, CA – M15
5/24/15 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew
5/25/15 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
5/28/15 Honolulu, HI – The Republik
6/13/15 Jackson Hole, WY – Contour Music Festival
6/14/15 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
6/17/15 Durango, CO – Animas City Theater
6/18/15 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
6/19/15 Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
6/20/15 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
6/23/15 Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar
6/25/15 Austin, TX – Red 7
6/26/15 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
6/28/15 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
6/30/15 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
7/01/15 Gainesville, FL – High Dive
7/02/15 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
7/03/15 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
7/14/15 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
7/15/15 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
7/16/15 Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
7/17/15 Columbus, OH – The Basement
7/21/15 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
7/22/15 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
7/23/15 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
7/24/15 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
7/25/15 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
7/31/15 Durban, South Africa – Freedom Cafe
8/06/15 Johannesburg, South Africa – Iron Tusk
8/07/15 Cape Town, South Africa – The Assembly
8/28/15 Virginia Beach, Virginia – Shakas Live
8/29/15 Washington D.C. – U Street Music Hall
8/30/15 Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
9/12/15 Butte, MT – Original Festival
9/13/15 Spokane, WA – Swaxx
9/14/15 Seattle, WA – Neumos
9/16/15 Victoria, BC Canada – Distrikt
9/17/15 Vancouver, BC Canada – Alexander’s
9/18/15 Kelowna, BC Canada – Habitat
9/19/15 Nelson, BC Canada – Spiritbar
9/20/15 Osoyoos, BC Canada – Jo-Jo’s Cafe
9/22/15 Edmonton, AB Canada – Brixx
9/23/15 Lethbridge, AB Canada – Inferno Nightclub
9/24/15 Saskatoon, SK Canada – Amigo’s
9/25/15 Calgary, AB Canada – Dicken’s Pub
9/26/15 Red Deer, AB Canada – Wild Bills
10/03/15 Uppsala, Sweden – Ordsprak Festival
10/16/15 Syracuse, NY – Funk ‘n Waffles
10/17/15 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
10/22/15 Guelph, ON Canada – District
10/23/15 Toronto, ON Canada – Adelaide Hall
10/24/15 Ottawa, ON Canada – Ritual
10/26/15 London, ON Canada – Rum Runners
10/29/15 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
10/30/15 Portland, ME – Port City Music
11/07/15 Newport, KY – Thompson House
11/09/15 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
11/12/15 Fargo, ND – Aquarium
11/13/15 Duluth, MN – Red Herring
11/14/15 Virginia, MN – Mirage Bar
11/15/15 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon

I survived the big fun.
<3 Uncle Sage

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THE FINAL 9 SHOWS: Vermont, Maine & Midwest

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