Written by: Spencer West.
When you really think about it, life is like a tour. We have the opportunity to travel, meet new people and potentially leave a piece of ourselves wherever we go. Of course in my case, the metaphor hits even closer to home.
For the last six years, my life has literally been a non-stop tour. First I spent time travelling across Canada with a partner, delivering speeches and workshops to amazing youth. Then came the We Day tour
, which this year will travel to 14 cities and reach over 200,000 young people. Then I took part in the We Create Change Tour
this past spring, where alongside my good buddies Hannah Alper and the guys from Neverest, I travelled across Canada thanking all of you for the hard work you’ve done and continue to do. And now I find myself on the biggest tour to date: The Demi Lovato World Tour!
I’m so grateful that each night, after my speech on stage, I get to watch Demi perform from the side stage. Afterwards, I wait backstage where Demi and I congratulate each other with a hug and chat briefly about how the show went. Then it’s off to pack up, load the buses (which are incredible) and then (at around 1am), we head off to our next destination while we all catch some zzz’s. When we wake up the next morning we’re in a new city and ready to do it all over again!
Two weeks into the tour I still have to pinch myself. I remember going to my first few concerts (I won’t say when that was as it will date me), thinking “man, I would love to do that some day!” Well, that dream has come true and it’s the best of both worlds coming together. Not only do I get to tour with an amazing friend and performer, but Demi is pioneering a new type of rock concert, one that’s not just about music but about social justice too! She’s even created the Limited Edition Demi Lovato Rafiki Friend Chain
, which is being sold at all her shows to help support the building of a new Women’s Empowerment Center in Kenya!
Demi has been so gracious with her time and has given me 20 minutes at each show to talk about my story, the work of Free The Children and the time I spent with her last summer in Kenya for her 21st
birthday! To be honest, I was really nervous during the first two shows, because everyone in the audience was there to see Demi, not me. But Demi truly has some of the best fans in the world and they’ve been so open and welcoming to me. From the first time I walked (rolled) out on stage, they cheered and accepted me with open arms, ready to tackle the world. It’s been a true honor to share the stage and meet so many incredible people in my home country of the USofA. I am so honored to be here and I look forward to meeting more of you as the tour continues its way around the world!
Learn more about our work with Demi Lovato and how you can get involved at www.metowe.com/demi