Video Blog... June 11
Glenn Learns to eat Lobster Legs
Glenn's Dessert: Not for the Timid
Frary is Running for Congress--Shares a Secret with Obama
Two Female Fans Talk Candidly About Glenn
Photo Blog... June 11
No joke, this was our midnight snack basket. This can't continue.
Okay, I was wrong. The 'Johns' do workout. But Bobey, are your shorts on backwards? Irony: Two guys working out while watching hamburger commercial????
Glenn broadcasting from 560 WGAN
A picture you thought you'd never see: Beck and Barack
Amy Doyle through the glass
Glenn looks possessed and Amy looks scared (rightfully so)
I'm happy to report I only eat the strawberries...well maybe two cookies too...
One of the Rare Moments when Rich gets to sit down
What is Glenn Looking at? After I took this photo I went over the same spot Glenn was in and looked up--there is nothing up there, absolutely nothing to look at!!!
Rich helping the local Boy Scout Troop Retire the Colors
Photo Blog... June 10
John Bobey listening to Karl Marx while sleeping
Glenn offering proof positive that Bobey's still on NY time--fast asleep before 1am
RESPONSE: Joe doesn't know that while in 'my alcoholic stupor' I snapped this photo of him apparently working hard at creating more drool.
- Signed John Bobey
Ice Cream for Glenn. But what are the rest of us going to eat?
Adam and John Carney: Keep you friends close and your...well you know the rest....
Glenn & Stu--they don't look too tired, do they?
Glenn & John looking at the Harrisburg Theater (why does Bobey keep his sunglasses on indoors?)
Glenn right before the sound check
Glenn right before the sound check
Rich works fulltime keeping the tour ontime and problem free; Rich with tour sponsor Angie's List sign
Wonder what's behind this door?
Not a good sign--Red Bull popping up in green room with more frequency as tour goes on
Stu and John Bobey reviewing the show with Glenn in the green room
Which one is John Carney's Foot? Who takes a picture of your foot anyway?
John Carney suggests we take a picture in light of our tempting fate. From left to right: Mr. Smiles, Mr. Tour, Mr. Beck, Me, Mr. Comedy and Mr. Sales.
Photo Blog... June 9
Glenn being animated while on air
"Are you really going to take this picture?" Glenn eating Burger King on the way to the show.
John Carney giving us the "we're good to go" sign in Oklahoma City.
Adam keeping a very careful watch on John Bobey while Rich looks on.
Glenn, what's up with these shoes?
How bad is the economy when Glenn has to wear shoes like this???
John Carney looking at his outdated iPhone while team prepares to go onstage.
Glenn & Stu and that INFERNAL COKE ZERO--Can't we Get Some Peach Fresca???
If John Bobey's the 'writer' why doesn't he ever have a pen or piece of paper in those soft hands? Glenn, Stu and John reviewing the show's notes.
Boy Scouts & Glenn
Stu and Rich doing a post show assessment
John Bobey's already complaining and Tour Manager Rich Bonn is already tuning him out
Adam never smiles, but does he have to frown???
Proof that Glenn does the creative writing (see the marker in his hand) while the 'writer' John Bobey appears to get an idea.
Glenn at work while John wonders how to get to his wine glass on the table.
Glenn's 'victory sign' really means the John Bobey is on his second bottle of wine within 10 hours of the tour having begun
Notice that the glass of water is full but that the cognac glass is...well, you can see for yourself.
Glenn talking about future tour plans as John Bobey falls asleep
John Carney letting us know it's show time!
Glenn meeting with local Boy Scouts after the show
Adam, Rich, John and John relaxing (why do the Johns bother running in the morning if they're going to enjoy a cigar at night?)
Glenn Struggles with Lobster Legs
Blogging by Joe Kerry
6am Walked down to the hotel gym to see if the ‘twins’ were working out. I have to give credit where it’s due—both John Carney and John Bobey were working out on various aerobic machines. Good job guys!
6:40am We arrive at 560 WGAN. What a friendly and engaging staff. Jeff’s been great. One of Glenn’s biggest fans in all of Portland works here Bridgette. She has a great boss, Jeff. I say that because Bridgette was too reserved to ask Glenn for a picture together so Jeff told Glenn earlier in that day about her. I think that’s pretty impressive and doesn’t happen enough—employers actually thinking about their employees.
7am Glenn wanted to answer blog questions so I pulled out two for his response and here’s the question followed by Glenn’s answer:
Q: Are those shoes Glenn was sportin' in the blog were they made to look all ragged like that - or are they JUST RAGGED? i have jeans that looked like they were worn by farm workers for 6 months and i paid damn good money for them.... (sent by Scott from Texas)
A: I asked Glenn and he said “it’s a combination of the two” (why can’t there ever be any answers). Glenn admitted, that much like you, he paid some good money for shoes that came frayed and slightly faded but that the present condition of the shoes represents normal wear-and-tear that a heavy man causes on daily trips to and from the local bakery.
Q: Why is Glenn eating junk food and soda on the tour?
A: To Glenn it isn’t junk food. As for the soda, Glenn likes to think of Coke Zero as water, just a different color.
9am Dan’s already emailed a generally summary of the major stories. Glenn spent most of the morning ripping up about 5 newspapers looking for good stories and developing a ‘big picture’ of the news. How he can do that while simultaneously reading stories on the internet is a true talent.
Glenn has Ken on from the morning show at 560 WGAN. Ken’s a self-admitted liberal who can’t bring himself to vote for Obama because Obama doesn’t have the necessary experience and the White House is no place for on-the-job training.
10am John Carney arrives and is gung-ho for the sales meeting. I guess all that morning running gives him energy because he’s literally bouncing off the walls—or maybe it was those 8 cups of coffee.
Noon Lunchtime! Amy Doyle who works at CNN with Glenn has come up to see her family and the show and takes us out to lunch at a personal favorite seafood restaurant. I don’t think I’ve ever seen lobsters so big! I’m not a big fan of fighting with my food so I pass on the lobster but Glenn orders what looks like a 10 pound lobster. The lobster’s so big Glenn can’t crack it open. It’s just pathetic.
Amy feels pity and helps Glenn out. She tells him how to get the food from the claws and tail—which Glenn does. But when she tells him that some of the sweetest meat is in the legs Glenn goes sickly-green (see video).
I go sickly-green when I see Glenn’s version of dessert (see video)—french fries dipped in butter then smothered in ketchup. It’s like a car accident scene. I don’t want to look at Glenn eating this self-created caloric tsunami but I can’t look away.
4pm We arrive at the theater and Rich has done another excellent job in show prep. All the props are already up and the equipment has been calibrated. He’s got one of the hardest jobs on tour and is always moving under the radar.
5:30pm Glenn has been calling Tania most of the day. Whenever a ‘Tania’ call is made or comes in I give Glenn an increased area of privacy by trying to leave the area. He’s usually got a handful of people around him that need him to review paperwork, propositions or plans so I try to be sensitive to these moments and give him some privacy. Glenn tells me that Tania is reading the blog (wow, is Glenn going to be in some hot water (no lobster pun intended) when Tania sees the video of Glenn’s french fry dessert—I wish I could listen to that call!).
(This reminds me—the weather here has been great—and Glenn has done everything he can to get outside just to enjoy the sun—even if that’s re-arranging the chair he sits in to be closer to a window).
7pm I take my first video ‘interview’ for the blog. It’s a local man running for Congress who shares one interesting nasty habit with Barack Obama (see video). I can see that people are wondering what it is I’m doing—if I knew I’d tell them, but I’m faking the whole thing. I take a few more video interviews.
7:30 The show starts and Glenn is on his game. The show runs about 10 minutes longer than any prior show. He’s just ad-libbing because of the flow of the show. It’s the funniest show I’ve been to. I don’t have to, but I watch each show from the same seats the audience sits in. It really is like watching a new show each time.
10:30 We board the plane. It’s great—finally an opportunity to get to bed early. The team watches the video interviews and gives lots of good pointers (I do a lot of head-nodding and ‘that sounds good’ but I won’t change anything—I mean it’s my blog, right?).
11:50 We arrive at the hotel. Prior to our arrival we dropped off John Bobey, John Carney and Rich at a local BBQ joint everyone raves about. My plans for an early night sleep are quickly dashed as I am experiencing ‘technical difficulties’ uploading the videos to the website.
1:15am Still awake and only two videos uploaded. I’m going to bite the bullet and upload the other videos—I think you guys will like them! Let me know if it was worth the lost sleep! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Slurpees for Breakfast, Missing Script Pages and Glenn’s Biggest Regret
Blogging by Joe Kerry
Sometime in the very early hours of the morning we land in Harrisburg. Glenn tells us that he’s finished the manuscript—like that was a good thing. He should have slept on the plane. WHP was there to meet us at the airport. What a great staff. Holly was terrific! Outside of Glenn I’ve never met anyone with so much energy so early in the morning.
3:30AM On the ride over to the hotel Glenn started talking about the Insider Convention which is scheduled for Saturday in Akron, OH. He tells those who are still awake but half-asleep that he can’t wait to meet the fans as he doesn’t get to do that as often as he used to. He really wants to call Carolyn who’s heading up the Insider Convention until he’s reminded that calling Carolyn at 3:30 IN THE MORNING would be totally unfair to Carolyn and her family. I can’t believe that he was really considering giving her a call.
Finally arrived at the hotel and tried calling from my room to set my wake-up call at 6am. The phone doesn’t work, I’m so tired I really don’t feel like going downstairs to tell the front desk to manually set the wake-up call but there’s no other choice.
7am Glenn, Stu, Adam and I meet to go over to the WHP studios. No one in the car is really talking except for Glenn. Stu and Glenn start the morning with a soda while Adam drinks his morning coffee. Everyone is operating on about 3 hours sleep. I’ll be interested to see how this turns out.
I make it a point to go by the hotel gym to independently confirm if John Carney and John Bobey actually are working out at 6am like they’ve both been claiming. The gym is empty and the overhead lights are still off.
7:30 We arrive at the studio and Glenn and Stu dive into the news. It’s really something to see. They cover a lot of ground but also spend lots of time on specific stories. They spend 30 minutes talking about how Congress has a system of restaurants reserved for our Senators and House members—it captures what’s wrong with our political leadership and sends a clear message that politicians should not be put in charge of our health care system.
WHP provides breakfast and there are these really cool icy fruit flavored drinks. Glenn says since ‘fruit’ is in the title it must be healthy.
9am During the radio show Glenn was presented with a giant tub of mint chocolate chip ice cream from a local dairy. Fans are like having family in every city.
2pm Returned to the hotel exhausted. I made the mistake of telling myself I would just close my eyes for a minute or two and immediately fell asleep.
3pm We all head over to the theater which looks great; it’s part of the state capitol system and is very ornate. Glenn says this is the only ‘green room’ that is actually painted green and that no other backstage green room is green; so I guess the politicians got this one right. Glenn reminds me that by painting the green room green, which it NEVER IS, they actually got it wrong. So their perfect record remains.
3:45 Stu and John Bobey offer their advice as to how the show can be improved. Glenn’s in a joking mood and they’re making small incremental progress in getting him to settle down and listen; he wants to play. While they’re being serious Glenn asks me what it would sound like if his introduction were said in German. I can’t tell if he’s serious or not—turns out he is. I still have no idea what prompted the question but I’m getting used to that.
5pm I meet some family members for dinner. While I’m away from the theater apparently John Bobey lost two pages of the script from ‘binkey’. John Bobey blames the hotel staff for the missing pages. Just like a liberal. Blame it on the little people.
6:30 I finish up my off-site dinner and head back to the theater. I don’t realize it but Stu had called three times trying to reach me on my cell phone to have me pull some research from my computer to reconstruct the missing pages. I later learn that John Bobey tells Glenn he can re-construct the two missing pages from memory but the attempt failed miserably as John jotted down jokes that (1) weren’t funny and (2) Glenn didn’t recognize. They were the jokes John wrote for the first script that Glenn didn’t use. What makes him think that those jokes will be funnier now? At this point I almost begin to feel pity for John. He is like some Willy Lohman character except from some snotty book that only John Bobey and Dennis Miller would know.
7:20 I come back to the theater and am met by Adam who quickly breaks down the situation: Glenn goes on stage in less than 10 minutes and still needs the outline of the two missing pages. I work with John Bobey in re-writing the two missing pages. Glenn isn’t nervous or upset about the missing pages—he knows what he’s going to say already—I think he has the speech memorized—but ‘binkey’ is an onstage failsafe.
7:30 Glenn walks out on stage with all of ‘binkeys’ pages tucked inside. This is a ‘hot’ audience. They are excited and are on their feet. Glenn feeds off of that type of energy so this is going to be a great show! In football, some say that the crowd acts as the 12th man—I think it’s that way for Glenn—he pulls energy from the crowd and I think it enhances his onstage performance.
He doesn’t disappoint. He leaves the prepared remarks on several occasions. It all flows.
10pm We’re on the road to the airport. Glenn’s talking to Tania—it’s the first call he makes after every show. After the call he pulls up photos of his children on his phone and just looks at them. He really misses them and maybe that’s why he stays so busy when he’s on the road—when he slows down I think the impact of the time away hits him harder (no psychological training here—but I did promise to bring you my thoughts—and that’s all it is).
10:10 Adam advises a storm is approaching and will likely impact our flight path. When we arrive at the airport we’re told there will be a thirty-minute take off delay due to the storm. Glenn suggests we each list our ‘biggest regret’ on the blog in case we don’t make it. Most of feel it’s like tempting fate but make the list anyway:
Glenn’s biggest regret is that he “wasn’t depressing enough on the air.”
Adam reveals that his biggest regret was that unfortunate ‘accident’ in his senior year of high school.
John Bobey announces that his biggest regret is “burning bridges at the Letterman Show from 1996-1999” which contributed to where he is today.
Rich says his biggest regret is that he won’t be able to prove the ‘nay-sayers’ wrong on the Christmas Sweater which is going to be a huge success.
John Carney tells us that his biggest regret is the thousands of dollars spent on film school.
My biggest regret, I’m not going to be around to see monkeys and possibly other livestock testify in court.
11:05 John Bobey has vomited twice and we haven’t left the ground. We board the plane and there’s a lot of nervous laughter, tacit recognition that we tempted fate. The pilot tells us it’s going to be a ‘bumpy ride’. Lots of white knuckles as we prepare to take off.
Bad Shoes, First Swearword and Stu’s Visit
Blogging by Joe Kerry
6am I can’t believe the shoes Glenn’s wearing! No laces, beat-up and torn. He does know we’re scheduled to meet with the local program director and sales team doesn’t he? I had to take a picture. Maybe the economy really is tanking??!!?
I met Glenn and Adam in the hotel lobby and he is half way through the novel he started last night. He still won’t tell what it is but he says it’s great. It must be dark, I can see that he is “living with it”. It seems to strike a chord close to home. We drove over to the local radio station, KTOK. I used to think that Glenn probably showed-up around 8:30am for his 9am show, looked at a few stories with Stu and then went on-air. That’s not the case. Show prep really never ends because no matter what Glenn’s doing if he sees or reads something he’ll make a note to follow-up with it on air.
Glenn, Stu and Dan talk on the phone and begin prepping for the show. They compare notes and stories and the general outline of what’s going to be happening on-air in about 2 hours. During that time, he also does an on-air interview and comment with Pat Gray in Houston they focus on the border. He also does an interview with the local stations here about the show.
9am The radio show starts and even though it’s radio and you can’t see Glenn (not even the insiders today since he’s in Oklahoma City) he does get very animated when talking to callers. His facial expressions change and his arms gesticulate up, down, left, right all depending on what he’s talking about.
During the commercial breaks Glenn reads emails from people who watched the Atlanta show as well as the insider blog. He enjoys the feedback, positive and negative.
It’s also interesting to see that there are really two shows going on from 9-12. In addition to speaking on the public airwaves, during the breaks, he’s also speaking or blogging to the insiders.
12pm It’s noon and still no sign of John Bobey. I’m worried since the last time I saw him was late last night and he was still drinking. He says he doesn’t need to eat, just drinking is enough for him to get by I guess.
12:30 John Carney’s scheduled a meeting with Glenn and the KTOK sales staff. John Carney works a lot behind the scenes by meeting with local radio sales people across the country. After the meeting I see Glenn turn down a sandwich and chips. I think that’s the first offer of food he’s declined since the tour began.
1:30 Glenn has a phone conference with Liz who runs Fusion Magazine. They are going over the questions Glenn wants to ask Ramos and Compean. This will be the first interview they have given in prison. He is trying to figure out how to coordinate the schedules so Glenn can fly into Ohio and Arizona to meet with each of them. He also would like the prison to allow Glenn to see solitary confinement where they are living. I know that he always says he’s not a journalist, but it never ceases to amaze me about how many facts and sources he wants to prepare him to be ready for anything he may stumble into.
2:45 He’s reading again. It looks like he’s got about 100 pages left. Next tour, I’m going to ask Adam to make sure he doesn’t bring any other reading materials. He can’t help himself—he’s just got to read.
3:05 It’s odd, 6 guys on tour and we all think about our weight—I’m thinking about my weight gain as Glenn, Adam and I walk into Burger King for lunch. I tell Glenn I’m gaining weight on this tour—he tells me to stop eating fast food. I tell him there’s no time for anything else.
I remember John Bobey and John Carney telling me they run every morning. I still haven’t seen a pair of running shoes on either of them and I’m convinced that they haven’t seen the inside of a gym since elementary school.
5pm Glenn reads an email out loud (only portions of it) that he just got from Tania. She told Glenn that she just read my blog and that he shouldn’t be reading books or manuscripts and should be sleeping when he can. Despite his request I tell him I won’t edit my blog to make him look good or that he’s getting more sleep. (Tania thanks for reading the blog!!!).
5:25 John Carney just uttered the first swearword I have heard on tour. I mark the milestone by telling John what he’s done, it’s followed by the second swearword of the tour.
5:43 Glenn and John Bobey (first time I saw him today) are talking about the NRA and guns. Surprisingly, John tells us that he actually went hunting when he was 14 and he remembers it being a ‘visceral’ experience. He admits that he’s only 50% sure he’s used that word correctly. Glenn’s telling him about King George. John asks, “don’t guns scare you?” John confesses he’s be horrified to gut a deer but enjoys a good burger. Irony is in there somewhere. John tells us that a ‘hammer’ was the only weapon in the house.
5:51 Rich is busy getting ready with the final touches for tonight. Out of the blue he tells us that the NYPD recovered a stolen watch of his—after announcing this he gets up and walks out of the green room. I think that maybe he had an A.D.D. experience.
6:05 Glenn is juggling a visit from friends that are in the air force and two other meetings. They now are stationed here in Oklahoma. He hasn’t seen them for quite sometime. The others are with clients of the station and someone that ‘insider’ information on the border. Glenn has been waiting to meet this person for quite some time, I wonder how this will influence the Ramos and Compean meeting.
6:18 Third swearword of the show, this one uttered by John Bobey.
6:19 Rich shouts out “fudgeknucker”; team substitute swearword coined by Fusion’s manager, Liz. I’m wondering if it’s a substitute swearword if it still constitutes swearing when said.
7:20 Stu arrives from New York. It was a bit awkward to watch how giddy Glenn and Stu got when they talked about how much carbon Stu used flying out to see the show—the same show he’s going to see tomorrow in Harrisburg.
Stu’s looking refreshed and full of energy. His being here is going to be a big help for Glenn and the tour team. The audience doesn’t know it but the plan is to have Stu make a stage appearance. It’s really amazing—within minutes of having arrived there was a discussion about whether Stu or John Bobey should introduce Glenn for the second half of the show. What struck me was that Stu was ready to go if he needed to—I mean the guy literally just walked into the building—and they’re talking about having him walk out in front of thousands of people—and it would have been the easiest thing in the world for him!
During intermission I learn from Adam that one of the city’s police officers who was working security told Adam that the next time Glenn’s tour comes to town she’s not going to work but come as an audience member. That will mean a lot to Glenn.
10:54 The show was different than last night but very good. Each audience responds differently which makes each show differently. We’ve checked out of the hotel. Tomorrow we do the show in Harrisburg and it’s going to be a late night.
Tonight we all had time to watch the Boy Scouts fold the flag. All of us watched as the Scouts properly folded the flag. Even John Bobey didn’t talk as the flag was folded with respect and reverence.
11pm Rich has done a great job—he continually reminds us of that—even now. But you’ve got to give credit where it’s due: great job Glenn! Really, I don’t know how Rich pulls it all together—7 cities in 8 days, you really don’t appreciate what that takes until you do the journey.
After the show I usually head back to the green room. Tonight I walked out on stage to watch the audience leave and to see if they were excited about the show. It struck me how many people remained in their seats just talking to each other. There wasn’t a massive rush for the exits. I thought that said something about the show—and the people who came out. Thank you Oklahoma City.
9am - Glenn attended church today. He found a local congregation and went. Later on I learned that somewhere between the midnight cheesecake and the 9am church service he found time to finish the last 30 pages of “The Host.” I really think it’s a sickness. The man doesn’t sleep.
1pm - It’s day three of the tour and we’re all tired. On the plane ride to Oklahoma City I looked around the plane and noticed that everyone was sleeping except for Glenn. He’ was awake reading from some local newspapers. I should add that Adam can sleep with his eyes open—so I don’t know if he was or wasn’t actually sleeping—but I’d bet he wasn’t.
When we arrived at the hotel, half of the team was picked-up by taxi and went out for another steak and wine dinner (Bobey went with that group). Glenn wanted something more low key, and in his own words, ‘something real’, so he walked with Adam to the Cracker Barrel. I thought it was really ‘cool’ that he would walk rather than hop in a taxi. I guess when a lot of your day is planned out to the minute. When you have the freedom to just walk out in the fresh air and eat where you want to, that you take advantage of that.
I noticed Glenn’s mood changed in the afternoon. He seemed a bit down. It’s day three of the tour and I think he misses Tania and the kids. Glenn doesn’t do job related work on Sunday. He tries to use this time to talk to his wife and kids and I think talking to them today reinforced how much he misses them. But that’s me just being a non-degreed psychologist.
10:30pm - I just left Glenn’s room. One of his favorite authors just sent him an unfinished manuscript to read (I can’t tell you who it is or what it is) and he’s already 40 pages into it. I have a feeling it’s going to be another long night.
11pm - I caught up with the group. They were outside relaxing. It’s the first time in three days I’ve seen them just kicking back having a nice drink.
7am - I go up to Glenn’s room bright and early—Glenn’s awake but not working on tour related materials. Instead I see him reading “The Host” by Stephanie Meyers. He tells me that he stayed up until about 3:30 am reading the book and he only has 30 pages to go. I tell him he’s ‘nuts’ and that we’ve got 8 more days of being on tour and he shouldn’t be staying up that late reading anything.
Glenn pulls out his handwritten notes and begins to review them. I learn from Adam that John Bobey has been calling wanting to know when Glenn will need his help writing the final script for the show. I’m puzzled by this because I’m now looking at Glenn who is reading the final script which Glenn also wrote out by hand. I’m confused because John Bobey is on tour because he was going to help write the script that’s already been prepared. I don’t try to figure that one out.
Even after we arrive at the theater I see Glenn making changes to his prepared remarks. He’s also out on stage watching the pre-show preparations. He checks several of the props and even checks the tautness of a hanging American flag. As show time approaches Glenn gets into a zone. The backstage green room has people coming in and out. There’s a lot of talking going on but Glenn doesn’t see or hear any of it. He’s in his zone. With 10 minutes until he goes out on stage Glenn’s still making changes to the script. How will he remember all this?
The show was great. I don’t know why he spends time working on the ‘speech’ at all. There is so much he adds to it while talking and parts that he just skips over. He told me that he just gets a feel from the audience and tries to move in that direction. That’s why even on this tour I expect that each performance will be different because the audience in each city will be different.
10pm - People are packing up. John Carney, Glenn’s sales manager has scheduled an after show meeting with some local business owners and Glenn. Glenn interrupts that meeting to shake the hands of several Boy Scouts from a local troop who volunteered their time to see that the American flag was properly folded prior to it being stored. I was impressed that plans were made to make sure that the flag was properly cared for even after the curtain came down and people left. I don’t know whose ideas this was—but I’m grateful that it was done.
11:00pm - We seem to be lost on our way back to the hotel. There’s a lot of construction and our van driver’s GPS isn’t factoring in all the detours. Glenn’s talking to Raphe who apparently is having a sleepless night. Glenn is being a long distance father tonight and I see that it weighs on him. I get the impression that no one in the Beck household sleeps well when they’re apart.
11:30pm - We come back to the hotel order cheesecake and Coke Zero and get ready to fly to Oklahoma City. Some of the group goes back to the Jazz Bar. It’s only day two and I’ve given up trying to keep track of Bobey’s drinks.
1pm - We met at the airport—and despite Adam telling everyone to be one time—John Bobey arrived 10 minutes late--I saw Adam make a mental note of the tardiness and I am concerned about John’s fate if he’s late again. Adam keeps things on time.
I thought the airtime was going to be spent working on the show but Glenn wanted to catch up with people that he sees and talks to everyday but is never really able to really have a discussion with given his schedule.
Within an hour of being airborne John Bobey was drinking his first glass of wine. I don’t know if he’s afraid of flying or just like’s the taste of red wine at 40,000 feet. But he gulped it down. He has at least two more glasses before our short flight is over.
We arrive in Atlanta—a great city but humid and hot like all get out. Our hotel rooms are nice, but nothing fancy—Adam’s air conditioner isn’t working—but it’s no big deal to him as he’s slept out in the woods without a tent in the summer voluntarily! To him the heat and humidity are no big deal.
We make plans for dinner and Glenn asks that I bring ‘binkey’—that’s what everyone calls the binder that holds Glenn’s notes and outline for the show. I don’t say anything to Glenn but I’m glad that binkey is coming along because I’m concerned about tomorrow’s show as we haven’t really gone over it in any detail.
Dinner is at a nice steak place. No vegetarians in this bunch and it’s steaks around the table. This is where it starts to get surreal and my first glimpse into how Glenn’s mind works. There are 5 of us sitting around the table when Glenn starts talking about the tour and his plans—except that he’s not talking about the show he’ll be doing tomorrow night—he’s talking about his Christmas 2008 Tour; Rich (tour manager) suggests that maybe we talk about THIS tour, Glenn says okay but then starts talking about possible tour ideas for 2009! I think this is his A.D.D. and I’m beginning to realize why John Bobey and Rich order a second bottle of wine.
After about an hour Glenn begins to talk about THIS tour. He also opens a file that he brought which I notice contains a bunch of papers in Glenn’s handwriting. It dawned on me then that I was the only one worried about his show prep because this was my first time on tour—he had already written it out—had already walked through it in his mind.
I wondered why it was handwritten and not typed but I’ll have to ask him later.
9pm - We’re about to order dessert and I notice that everyone’s eaten except for Glenn—he didn’t touch his plate of food and it’s going back to the kitchen the same way it came out to the table.
John Bobey had two more glasses of wine and a little short glass of cognac. I don’t know where all the alcohol goes.
10:30pm - Some of the group goes out to a small jazz club. John Bobey and John Carney go—but both say they’ll be getting up early to work out in the hotels gym—I’m betting against that.
The rest of us go back to the hotel and Glenn spreads his ‘unelectable speech’ and notes all over his bed—it looks like total chaos but he seems to know where all the important papers are. We stay up until about 1 am before Glenn tells us to go to bed.
Have you ever wondered what it must be like to travel on tour with Glenn? Or want to peak behind the curtain to see what happens offstage? Have you ever asked yourself if ‘on-air’ Glenn Beck is the same person when he’s ‘off-air’? I hope to answer these and other questions this week while I’m on tour with Glenn and his team.
I’m a recent addition to Glenn’s crew and it might sound backwards, but I knew Glenn even before I was a fan of the show. Long time fans will remember Glenn calling my cell phone and pulling me out of the courtroom with some pressing legal question which ranged from whether he would be able to sue candy cigarette makers to what the legal definition of ‘entrapment’ was. After four years of unscheduled and impromptu phone calls, Glenn was able to convince his general manager, Chris Balfe, to hire me fulltime.
Now, I see firsthand how Glenn and his team produce his radio, television, tour, magazine, newsletter, and books. With everything he does it always seemed like Glenn was given 37 hours a day while the rest of us lived on a 24 hour clock. How does he do it all?
I hope with this blog I’ll be able to provide some good behind the scene photos and insights to answer these questions—and questions that you may have. I think I have one of the best seats in the house. I’m in the plane as he travels from city to city, I’m backstage as he prepares and am in creative meetings with him and his team—so I hope this blog acts as a type of backstage pass into the tour, his team and Glenn.
(So you made it to the end. If there’s something you’d like to see discussed or have a question about the show let me know: email@example.com).