The first time I met Kathy my good friend "Tall John" had brought me to her. Tall John and I started working together at a restaurant called T.G.I. Friday's in San Francisco about 15 years ago. He ended his career there within a normal amount of time and I kept going. John had quickly worked his way up the ranks here in L.A. and made it as a writer. That's when he met Kathy -- through mutual friends -- and that's how I got to meet Kathy is through Tall John.
I believe it was during either a Halloween Party or a Birthday Party about four or five years ago. This was actually my first Hollywood party; it was Kathy's house and everybody was there including all kinds of celebrities. John had brought me over there, but I can hardly remember it because I had a little to drink that night. That was the first time I met Kathy and though it was brief she seemed really nice. It seems strange but the first time I ever had a conversation with Kathy was just this last year and I feel like I got to know her pretty well.
So you might ask, what qualifies me to be Kathy's tour manager? Not much. It's kind of on-the-job training being a tour manager for Kathy. I was in bands for a while and the level of touring we did is nothing close to this, but at least I knew how to make due on the road. Kathy and I stay in much nicer hotels than the places that my band and I would stay so it's been a very easy transition because of that. Throw in all the other stuff I'm learning and actually it's been great.