Tour Survival Guide: Rocco Deluca and the Burden




Now and then our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Rocco Deluca on gold toes and ELO.

Don’t Expect a Foreigner Collaboration
I was opening up for Foreigner, solo acoustic at the Sun Theater. [After I finished] I said "Thanks for having me, and enjoy Journey!" I got fired off the tour, the first show. The saddest part was that they filmed the show, and right behind me is a big kick drum with "Foreigner" written across it. The promoter thought it was kind of funny. He paid me extra, but then he told me I had to leave the tour.

Or ELO For That Matter
In L.A. the most random people will come out. The sitcom people, other musicians that you didn’t even know dig your sh*t. It’s a nice feeling. There’s been people that have come out to shows that I had no idea [knew us]. A friend dragged them, or they heard about our live show. I was at the Viper Room and Jeff Lynne from ELO told me that he thought I was the devil, because of the way I play live.

The Way to a Man’s Heart is Through His Feet
Socks. As many as you can pack, and every type of sock you can think of. And then get twice as many as you possibly need. Stuff ‘em in your suitcase. There’s no particular brand for me. I like them to be decorated, though — stripes, or maybe a horse.

Some Bands Get Panties Thrown on Stage…
This woman gave me her family portrait [after a show] the other day. I would hate to hurt her feelings, so I took it. It’s now hanging in the bus. It’s endearing. We look at it every day, and we realize how absurd this whole thing is sometimes. It’s a good reminder.

Tour Dates
-4/13 Avalon Boston
-4/14 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia
-4/15 Rams Head Live! Baltimore
-4/16 The NorVa Norfolk, VA
-4/18 Amos’ SouthEnd Charlotte, NC
-4/20 Coca Cola Roxy Theatre Atlanta

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