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.
Blue October has launched a PledgeMusic campaign for their upcoming live concert DVD and CD and a documentary about the band.
We are excited to launch this very special PledgeMusic campaign that with your support will enable us to complete and release a documentary film that we have been shooting over the last few years.
This will also empower us to shoot our first live concert DVD in over ten years, performing our favorite songs from our last four albums.
Along with the live concert CD and live concert DVD and your very own copy of the documentary film, you’ll find some amazing, unique exclusives, from limited edition posters and t-shirts to creative writing sessions with Justin and red carpet pre-screening events of the documentary film.
We can’t thank you enough for your support on the Sway PledgeMusic campaign and are excited for you to be a part of these new projects. We will send out exclusive updates throughout the process, giving you an inside look into the creation of both the live dvd, live cd, and the documentary film.
As they did with the Sway PledgeMusic Campaign, Blue October is offering some amazing perks. Get all the information about the campaign here.
Make sure you request Fear on your local radio stations!! This is one of the simplest way you can support the band! A list of radio stations and their contact information can be found here.
How Did I Get Here? interviewed C.B. and Matt about Orb Recording Studios. They talked about how the studio came to be, building the studio, producing records, running a studio while touring with Blue October and much more. (the interview with Matt & C.B. starts about 6:40)
Theresa from 94.5 talked to Blue October before . They talked about Blue October fans, Justin’s beard, what’s next for them, and much, much more.
Justin and C.B. also performed Say It and Dirt Room acoustically.
Justin will be going on a solo acoustic tour this Fall. Ashleigh Stone, who has toured with Justin acoustically and with Blue October in the past, will be joining him again on the tour. The dates for the 2014 Open Book Tour are:
- September 4, 2014 – Rockin Rodeo – Denton, Texas
- September 5, 2014 – The Roxy Event Center – Joplin, Missouri
- September 6, 2014 – Ordway Auditorium – Amarillo, Texas
- September 7, 2014 – Cactus Theater – Lubbock, Texas
- September 9, 2014 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, Texas
- September 10, 2014 – Jean Cocteau Cinema – Santa Fe, New Mexico
- September 12, 2014 – The Irenic – San Diego, California
- September 13, 2014 – Assembly Music Hall – Sacramento, California
- September 14, 2014 – Knitting Factory – Reno, Nevada
- September 16, 2014 – The Chapel – San Francisco, California
- September 17, 2014 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, Oregon
- September 18, 2014 – The Triple Door – Seattle, Washington
- September 20, 2014 – The Stateroom – Salt Lake City, Utah
- September 21, 2014 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, Colorado
All ticketing information, including meet and greet passes, can be found here.
Here is a brief description of what the shows will be like:
The shows will consist of spoken word, a question-and-answer session, and an acoustic set of intimate versions of fan-favorite Blue October songs. The evening will focus on breaking down the walls between artist and audience, and will provide fans with the most access to Justin ever available.
Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz interviewed Justin this morning. They talked about attending The High School for Performing and Visual Arts, his upcoming acoustic residency in LA, how Blue October’s music has changed, performing in Houston and much more. Justin also performed a Hate Me and Calling You.
You can see pictures here.
- July 19, 2014 – The Buzz Weenie Roast – Houston, Texas
- August 23, 2014 – Bat Fest – Austin, Texas
- November 12, 2014 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, Maryland
- November 13, 2014 – Royale – Boston, Massachusetts
- November 14, 2014 – The Trocader Theatre – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- November 15, 2014 – Webster Hall – New York, New York
- November 16, 2014 – House of Blues – Cleveland, Ohio
- November 19, 2014 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, Ohio
- November 20, 2014 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, Ohio
- November 21, 2014 – The Fillmore – Detroit, Michigan
- November 22, 2014 – House of Blues – Chicago, Illinois
- November 23, 2014 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, Indiana
- November 28 and 29, 2014 – House of Blues – Dallas, Texas
- December 4, 2014 – Route 66 Casino – Club Envy – Albuquerque, New Mexico
- December 5, 2014 – Talking Stick Resort & Casino – Scottsdale, Arizona
- December 6, 2014 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, California
- December 7, 2014 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, Nevada
- December 9, 2014 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, Colorado
- December 11, 2014 – The Rave – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- December 12, 2014 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, Nebraska
- December 13, 2014 – The Pageant – St. Louis, Missouri
- December 14, 2014 – Brady Theater – Tulsa, Oklahoma
- December 18, 2014 – Iron City – Birmingham, Alabama
- December 19, 2014 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, Florida
- December 20, 2014 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
- December 21, 2014 – Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
All ticketing information can be found on Blue October’s website.
Blue October was in St. Louis for Pointfest 2014 this past weekend. Justin sat down with 105.7 The Point before they performed. They talked about the other bands that were at the festival, the Sway PledgeMusic campaign, touring with his family, art, what’s coming up next, and much more.
The Broadcast in Dallas talked to Justin touring with his family, where he was the first time he heard a Blue October song on the radio, singing in the shower, and his dream collaboration.
Justin also talked briefly about where they have toured and then he and Ryan performed Fear.
Justin also performed an a capella version of Bleed Out.
Earlier in the show Justin and Ryan played a game of Last Word with the hosts of the show.
While Blue October was in Illinois last month for the Sway Tour Justin gave Digital Tour Bus a tour of Blue October’s bus. If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of their bus looks like, here’s your chance. Check out the video below.
Justin shares a touring story-
Justin’s top five touring tips
Who would be on Justin’s dream tour?
Blue October’s pre-show ritual-
Blue October was in Dallas for the Suburbia Music Festival yesterday. Justin sat down with 103.7 KVIL for a really fun interview. They talked about twerking (see Justin twerk here), Chris Daughtry tweeting about Sway (see his tweet here), what Justin would be doing if he wasn’t a musician, going to a performing arts school and much, much more.