The New York-native, born Erik Schrody, has been touring the country promoting his latest album, "The Life Acoustic" and appeared as the headlining act for Jingle Balls 2013, a charity event to benefit testicular cancer research hosted by local Tucson rock station KFMA. Opening acts included So-Cal rapper Big B, who performed radio hits such as "Hangover With You" and a crowd-pleasing cover of Biz Markie's "Just A Friend."
Everlast took the stage just before 11 p.m. and performed for 90 minutes, playing nearly 20 songs to a grateful audience. The mood was upbeat throughout The Rock's cramped quarters and everyone seemed present in the moment; the audience was genuinely enjoying the performance and their night out to support a good cause. Besides trips to the bar and the occasional visit to the outdoor smoking patio or restroom, everyone seemed entirely focused on the music and the evening's festive mood.
Many in the crowd were clearly long-time fans of the hip-hop artist turned gritty blues-rock singer, singing along to every lyric and cheering loudly as each song wrapped up. One guy in particular, who told us he'd been a fan for more than ten years, kept screaming, "The powerful Everlast!" at the conclusion of every song. (At one point, he proudly showed us his phone's music library, which held every Everlast song known to man.)
Everlast opened his set with "Broken" and closed with "Put Your Lights On." The rest of the set list included hits "What It's Like," "White Trash Beautiful" and "Stone In My Hand' (which he dedicated to the late Nelson Mandela) as well as his cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" and the Johnny Cash classic "Folsom Prison Blues."
In addition to these songs, Everlast performed tracks off his summer release, "The Life Acoustic," such as "Today," "Weakness" and an uber-mellow rendition of "Jump Around." (For all you old-school House of Pain fans: if you haven't heard the acoustic version yet, check it out right here.)
"The Life Acoustic" is available for purchase now on iTunes.