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Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld On Why He’s Nervous About Returning To The Stage

Furstenfeld kicks off a solo, outdoor, socially-distanced, CDC compliant solo tour of Texas with two shows this weekend at White Oak Music Hall.

Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October
Justin Furstenfeld, lead singer of Blue October.

Justin Furstenfeld grew up in Houston and, for more than 25 years, has been the songwriting force and lead vocalist for the band Blue October, which has had sixteen Top 40 singles in that time with songs like Hate Me and Into the Ocean.

But he and his bandmates haven't performed live in more than 15 months — that is until this weekend when Furstenfeld kicks off a solo, outdoor, socially-distanced, CDC compliant solo tour of Texas with two shows tonight and Saturday at White Oak Music Hall.

Blue October
Members of the band Blue October, which started in Houston.

In the audio above, Furstenfeld tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty why he's nervous about these upcoming shows, about the band’s latest album, This Is What I Live For, and why he’s so open about his struggles with depression and substance abuse.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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