Some of your fans might not be familiar with the fact that youâ€™ve been in this game for quite some time working behind the scenes. On some of your earliest dates as a performer, you were still running the soundboard for all the acts you opened for. Tell me what it was like to put all your energy into a big set, just to run back to the soundboard right afterward and get to work.
Being able to play was a bit like a reward for me. A treat. I could step out of the shoes of the tour manager [or] engineer and, for a few moments, not be the babysitter. I could think about myself and what I was doing instead of everyone else I was responsible for [on tour]. There were times, as I would sing and then rush back to the soundboard, that people would want me to stop and talk to them. I couldnâ€™t, and I felt really bad about it. The quick â€œK THANKS, SEEYA,â€ was impersonal, but necessary for me to do my main job.