I’m excited to announce that we've signed with Ruf Records for the worldwide
release of our new studio album "Love To Beg". We’ll
be touring extensively in the US and Europe beginning early 2011. We’ve
already had some great press and reviews on this long awaited studio album and
I can’t wait to share it with you all soon.
Unfortunately, with this exciting
news, I also have some very sad personal news....
I've had to postpone the kick off
of the tour, which was scheduled to begin January 21st in Hamburg, Germany.
My oldest brother, whom many of you
know as the Bible Baby, was just diagnosed with terminal brain cancer over the
He has decided to forgo all treatment,
so death is imminent. We’ve been told he has a matter of months, although
now he feels and looks great, so we are hoping for more time.
Don and I have
been quite close over the years, especially after the suicide of big my sister,
Donna, my "Songbird" and his little sister, best friend & music partner.
After Donna’s death, Don was never quite the same.
Together, we deeply shared this pain and we've shared the
passion for music all our lives.
Our Aunt Sally and I are the only
family he has in the New York area, so therefore with love and honor we are taking
over the care for his final days with our hands and heart.
request, I will take him to Florida this week to say goodbye to our parents and
3 other brothers. We’ll celebrate the holiday and his birthday on December
Then, we will return to NYC where I will make sure he is comfortable with
hospice care until his time comes.
I need time here to set my brother
up properly, as his peace and comfort are my only concern right now.
Then I will fulfill my honor and duty to carry the torch of music for
Don, Donna and all of you who help us keep it burning.
In light of all
of this, and after learning that pop sensation Lady Gaga, whom regardless of your
taste in music is undeniably talented, calls her audience her "Little Monsters."
I love it. I started to think:
"What I would I call all of my dear friends who support our shows and
music all over the world?"
As you know, our last tour was "The
Church of Love" tour and the upcoming tour is the "Love To Beg" tour.
Therefore, I thought maybe I'd call
you guys my "Lovers". I mean that in the most soulful sense!
The idea came to me after many of you in Germany & Holland,
who already received this news last week, showed me such love and support.
Thank you dearly for your comforting notes to me.
It also seems to fit right in with the experience we all share together at
our shows. So, I hope you'll consider keeping the love alive for us all.
While I'll miss many of you in January, I will see all of you at some
point during the year. The tour will now start in Erfurt, Germany on Feb.
4th, for 4 weeks. Then I'll come home for a bit to spend more time with my
brother before heading out again.
Until then ... May we all live today
like there is no tomorrow.
Love, Peace & Joy to You All,