What to know about Joe DeSantis, a giant cave tour company, and the ’80s tour he co-wrote
Posted On August 7, 2021
The 1970s were a time of change for Joe De Santis, and a time when the singer and songwriter came to terms with the fact that he was gay.
De Sants world tour included his first solo tour, with support from the Allman Brothers Band and other artists.
The Allman Bros. were in town, and De Santes’ band, The Doors, had just finished a concert at the Fillmore Auditorium.
He said the band’s manager came up to him after a performance, asking what was wrong.
“I didn’t know if I could say anything to him,” De Santos said.
“But I knew what he was saying.
And I thought: Well, he knows, so he’s going to do it.”
De Santis told The Canadian Press he was asked to tour with the Doors and he was “a little upset” at the request.
“But then, when I got to tour, I started to feel very happy,” he said.
“It was so good, I thought I would do it again.”
DeSantis told the CBC’s Chris Hall he was in a band of people who had all grown up with a “big heart” and “big ideas” and that his idea of touring was to “show what you can do.”
“When you’re a teenager, you’re just trying to figure out what you want to be,” he told Hall.
“You don’t have much knowledge.
You don’t really know how to put on a show.
I thought, well, I can do that.
I think I can bring some energy to the band.”
De Santos said he was offered the tour, but he declined the offer.
“I don’t think I could make it, because I’m a young guy,” he recalled.
“At the time, it wasn’t like I was a young, gay, gay male,” he added.
“It was a band, and we were young, and all of us, we were trying to bring the band together.”
De Soumans tour ended up being a one-man show, with De Sante singing only guitar.
He didn’t want to play with the band, either, and said he did not think he could “do the job” as a singer and musician.
The band disbanded in 1980, and it was only when De S Santos became an independent artist that he found his voice again.
In 1980, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Song Written for an Original Broadway Musical.
He told the BBC’s Chris Mallin that he is not afraid to speak his mind and that he’s not afraid of anything.
“If it’s the right song, I’m going to go into the audience and tell them I like it,” he explained.
“That’s my business.
That’s my job.
It doesn’t matter what it is.”
But that’s not the way De Soumans said he sees his life going forward.
He thinks the tour will help him become a better singer, and has even had a change of heart about the name of his band.
“The last few years, I’ve felt like I’ve been getting more of what I really wanted,” he admitted.
“Now, I just want to make music that makes me happy.
And it’s kind of a different way to make a living, to make money, to have some money.”
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