Tour Done- What Now?
Part of doing this was to integrate my HIV education work with my music- and doing so really motivated me to finally take the music of the road, which was (thankfully) well-received. A huge thanks goes out to one of my best friends since high school, Josh D’Elia, who came in from Los Angeles to do the tour with me as a member of Synthetic Division.
I haven’t hung out with Josh for two straight weeks since my pre-HIV speaking days, I was probably 19. For me, the greatest joy of doing this tour was being surrounded by friends on the road- from everyone in Bella Morte (including Marshall Camden, who helped keep Synthetic Division going in 2007 by joining up) to everyone who came out to a show or a coffee meet up.
I got some more photos and vlogs from the road to share this week, and a lot of sleep to catch up on too... am starting back on my HIV meds, and will slowly figure out what other adventures await this summer. As I said quite a few times on tour mid-set, right around the time I disclosed my status and informed everyone of the free condoms by the merch table: “I hope everyone is enjoying their life as much as I am mine.”
It is so true. I am loved. I am alive. And I’m HIV positive. The fates have smiled on me in so many ways, and the way I show my appreciation is by showing the love I feel to loved ones as I try to protect strangers from the virus I am living with while also giving hope and a few laughs to those who are already in the same boat as I am.
And I’ll keep on doing it.
Big thanks also go out to my tour sponsors, Poz Magazine, MTV Staying Alive and One Condoms- thank you all for helping to make this tour rock so safely.
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