Blue October is inviting you to spend the weekend with them in Las Vegas. Their first ever destination weekend will be held September 18-19 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. On Friday, September 18, there will be full band electric concert at JBL Sound Stage. Saturday, September 19, there will be an acoustic concert at Vinyl. Tickets for Friday’s concert can be purchased here, and tickets for Saturday’s acoustic set are available here. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is offering a special rate for guests that are staying with them for this Blue October weekend. Simply use the code HBLUOCT when reserving your room through this link. There will also be a Blue October memorabilia display dedication ceremony some time during the weekend.
Justin was in New York this morning for VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey and Michelle Buteau. He talked about getting sober, Blue October’s upcoming documentary, and writing while on the road. He also performed a beautiful version of Fear.
- June 12, 2015 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, Florida
- June 13, 2015 – Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater – Orlando, Florida
- June 14, 2015 – Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, Georgia
- June 15, 2015 – The Cone Denim Entertainment Center – Greensboro, North Carolina
- June 17, 2015 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
- June 18, 2015 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, Massachusetts
- June 19, 2015 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, Vermont
- June 20, 2015 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York
- June 21, 2015 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- June 23, 2015 – 20th Century Theatre – Cincinnati, Ohio
- June 24, 2015 – House of Blues – Cleveland, Ohio
- June 25, 2015 – SPACE – Evanston, Illinois
- June 26, 2015 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ticketing information can be found here.
Justin performed at a private event at Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz yesterday. In between songs, Theresa, interviewed Justin. They talked about attending The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the loyalty of Blue October fans, acting lessons, the documentary, and much, much more.
Justin also performed The Worry List, Hate Me and Fear. You can see video of his performances and pictures from the event here.
Blue October has announced their Spring 2015 Fear Tour dates:
- April 8, 2015 – Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, Arizona
- April 9, 2015 – House of Blues – San Diego, California
- April 10, 2015 – House of Blues – Anaheim, California
- April 11, 2015 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, California
- April 16, 2015 – Venue – Vancouver, British Columbia
- April 17, 2015 – The Showbox – Seattle, Washington
- April 18, 2015 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, Oregon
- April 19, 2015 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, Washington
- April 20, 2015 – The Wilma Theatre – Missoula, Montana
- April 22, 2015 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, Idaho
- April 23, 2015 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, Utah
- April 24, 2015 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, Colorado
- April 25, 2015 – Amarillo Civic Center – Amarillo, Texas
- April 26, 2015 – The Roxy Event Center – Joplin, Missouri
- April 29, 2015 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- April 30, 2015 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, Kansas
- May 1, 2015 – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Sioux City, Iowa
- May 2, 2015 – Austins -Libertyville, Illinois
- May 3, 2015 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, Minnesota
- May 6, 2015 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- May 7, 2015 – Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, New York
- May 8, 2015 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
- May 9, 2015 – The Norva – Norfolk, Virginia
- May 10, 2015 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, North Carolina
- May 13, 2015 – Exit In – Nashville, Tennessee
- May 14, 2015 – Juanitas Cantina – Little Rock, Arkansas
- May 16, 2015 – Stubbs – Austin, Texas
Ticketing information can be found here.
Colorado’s 99.9 The Point had Justin in studio while they were in Denver for the Sway Tour. They talked about filming the Fear video, the documentary, getting sober, Justin’s first job, what’s next for Blue October and much, much more.
Justin also performed Hate Me and Fear.
VH1 has posted a short clip from Blue October’s upcoming documentary. A lot of the clips are the same as the sneak peek that was included in the PledgeMusic campaign but there is some new footage included in this version. Every little clip we get from the documentary makes me more excited to see the whole thing. I know it is going to be a phenomenal journey.
Ash of Dallas’s KVIL talked to Justin backstage at the DVD concert. They talked about writing Fear and about how Justin feels when fans tell him how much Blue October’s music helps them.
Justin also answered a bunch of rapid fire questions with Brent. Would he rather be a jedi or wizard? Who’s his guilty pleasure artist? Craziest fan encounter?
Harvard of the South, a side project of Justin, Jeremy, Matt and Steve Schiltz, will be the opening band for the first ten dates on upcoming leg of Blue October’s Sway tour. They will also have their EP, Miracle, available to purchase. As of right now, these shows are the only place that the EP will be available. So if you’re going to one of those concerts, make sure you grab a copy! (If the EP becomes available any other way, I will post about it here as soon as I find out.)
Make sure you follow Harvard of the South on all their social media sites:
Eva from Music Gets Me By interviewed Justin last week while he was in London for the Open Book Tour. They talked about the tour, Songs From An Open Book, Blue October fans, their PledgeMusic campaign for the live DVD and documentary, new music and much more.(Side note- I love it when interviews are conducted by people who are obviously fans, we get much more in-depth questions!)
Here are a couple of tidbits from the interview. You can read the entire interview here.
Eva: Welcome back and thank you for bringing the Open Book Tour to the UK. How did the idea of this tour came around and what was the main reason behind these intimate shows?
Justin: Thank you. The Open Book Tour came around when honestly I got clean, when I decided to stop drinking and using any kind of drug besides coffee. And when you get clean, you have to make amends to people, you have to go to the people you’ve hurt when you were in that place and you have to apologize to them and let them know that you’ve realized you’ve done wrong, and then ask for forgiveness. So that’s where it sprang from, when I was working with my sponsor and I was going around to all these people in my life telling them that I was wrong and I promised to make living amends and every day to be a better person, and asking what can I do to make up for that. So that’s when I realized that not only the people in my life got hurt but everybody that’s been listening to me and supporting me. I kind of put them through a lot too, you know.
So I needed to tell the story in a way, like putting 12 songs together, from Black Orchid to Bleed Out and Not Broken Anymore, and tell the story of how it happened. So just like I am making amends with you, I tell you what happened, what led up to it, what I did and what I’m gonna do to make it better, I need to let people know where it came from, what I did and where I’m at now and what I’ve promised to do, not for them to go “Oh look at him, he’s still tortured”, it’s more about showing that this is a rebirth, this is a good, positive thing and this is how I live my life today. And because of the past, I’ve been focused so much on the negative, I want to show you guys this new life that I found and this positivity which all came from the amends that I had to make. So that’s where the Open Book story came from.
Talking about Fear. What was on your mind when you wrote this track?
My daughter. I was sober, I just got out of rehab and three weeks later I had a daughter. I was in rehab the whole time my wife was pregnant you know, so my wife was pretty bad ass, which says a lot for what she probably had to go through. So I don’t say that lightly, I say that with a heavy heart. But when she was born, it was such an amazing thing. I’d already had a kid before but that was such a terrible feeling around that, not having her, just what happened after that. But this was pure, there was this lady that loved me and I loved her so it was so different, and when I started going into writing I was just like, I gotta write a song about my daughter. I wrote it with my buddy Blue Miller who I named my first daughter after and I took it back to my roots where we first started out, back in Nashville and wrote it for her.
Plus the big thing when you’re getting clean is fear. It’s a big thing you learn about, you know. Every day, everybody’s scared of something, but every day I wake up and just say man, take my fear away, the thy will be done and let’s just walk. As long as you’re honest, as long as you’re straight and do the next right thing.
Let’s talk the documentary & live CD/DVD you are releasing through Pledge music. How long has this been in making?
I’ve been making this film for two and half years now and basically the whole point of it was to start shooting when I got clean and what does it take for someone to stay sober in this business. And then the story of Sway, and the story of Blue October and how they all intertwined and how the fans lift us up, how the music lifts us up and how through music, I am able to stay clean. The live DVD is just gonna be awesome, like Argue With A Tree but better. It’s going to have all the songs from Foiled, Approaching Normal, Any Man In America and Sway. We’ve put out a teaser over at Pledge.
Make sure you read the whole interview over on Music Gets Me By.
Justin Furstenfeld – London – October 17, 2014
Blue October will be performing in Dallas on December 17th at 103.7 KVIL’s Not So Silent Night. Justin called the radio station and talked to a couple of their DJ’s. They talked about coffee, kids, Blue October fans, touring and more. The interview isn’t embeddable so I can’t post it here, you can listen to it on their site.
Angèle Delahoussaye is auctioning five extremely rare Blue October Consent to Treatment posters and a Blue October Blvd sign from San Marcos, Texas. 100% of the proceeds from these auctions will be donated to Liam’s Lions and will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas. The posters will be signed by all of the guys in the band and will be personalized by Matt Noveskey. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your hands on some very unique Blue October merchandise and contribute to a good cause at the same time!! All auction information can be found here.
Remember: you can contribute to Liam’s Lions Buddy Walk here.