John Popper Discusses Coping With Death Of Blues Traveler Bassist

With the solo debut from Blues Traveler frontman John Popper hitting stores this week, these should be happy times for the singer.

However, as Popper continues to cope with the recent death of Blues Traveler bassist and good friend Bobby Sheehan, happiness is hard to come by.

It has been less than three weeks since Sheehan was found dead in New Orleans, and Popper (who has already fought through an arterial blockage this year) sat down with MTV News’ Kurt Loder recently to talk about how he has been dealing with the loss.

“I think the way that I mourn or deal with really bad news is I try to figure out what to do about it, finding stuff to do to make sure these people know, talk to these people about what happened,” Popper explained. “I mean, we’re a very tight-knit group. It destroyed all of us, you know? I’m still not over it, but I just kind of feel dried out.” [RealVideo]


Despite the loss, Popper is moving forward, and he plans to launch a solo tour on Friday. If you want to see Popper in support of his solo album, “Zygote,” here’s where to look:

  • 9/10 – Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theatre
  • 9/13 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Theatre
  • 9/15 – Toronto, ON @ Guvernment
  • 9/16 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
  • 9/17 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 9/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
  • 9/21 – Washington, DC @ Garage
  • 9/23 – Norfolk, VA @ Boathouse
  • 9/24 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
  • 9/25 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
  • 9/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
  • 9/30 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
  • 10/2 – Chicago, IL @ Metro / Smart Bar
  • 10/3 – Chicago, IL @ Private Function
  • 10/4 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
  • 10/6 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 10/8 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
  • 10/9 – Birmingham, AL @ Birm. Southern College
  • 10/10 – New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
  • 10/12 – St. Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights
  • 10/13 – Kansas City, KS @ Beaumont
  • 10/15 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
  • 10/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ Drink
  • 10/20 – West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
  • 10/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
  • 10/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • 10/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Starfish Room
  • 10/30 – Seattle, WA @ Show Box