Simply the Tesh

The wit and wisdom of John Tesh. Seriously.

JT: I definitely look back on it fondly. I think if there had been acrimony, it might be different. I look at the way Joan Lunden and ABC are parting, and that doesn't look good--it looks like there's something going on there. But the people at ET were terrific to me, and they offered me a much lighter schedule. I probably could have survived doing the show and music at the same time. But I think it was like Jane's Addiction: When it's time to leave, just break it up and go on to something else.

BROKEN HART

WW: Were there ever days at ET when Mary Hart was just so darned perky that you wanted to slap her to calm her down?

JT: Mary is like that in real life. She is the genuine article; it's not like she switches that on and off. I've seen other people do that, but not her. But I've got to admit, when you wake up one day and you haven't had your coffee and you really don't feel like putting makeup on and you sit down next to her and she's perfect--well, that's when I wanted to kick her in the shins. Her legs were insured, so I always wanted to raise the premiums.

THE ARTIST CURRENTLY KNOWN AS TESH

JT: I may have a sense of humor, but I take myself seriously as a musician. I practice a lot every day. And I have a great band. I guarantee you, my band is the best-playing band that's out there right now. They're so good that I have to try and play catch-up with these guys. We may goof around with classical music in the middle of our shows, but as soon as people sit down, they realize that this is a serious, serious music concert. And the light show is bigger than Lollapalooza.

AS THE WORM TURNS

JT: The dangerous thing this year is that we've had some really good reviews. And I told the band, "That's a really bad omen."

WW: Maybe you're wearing them down.

JT: Maybe so. But the more bad reviews we get, the more records we sell. When Leno and Stern say bad things about the records, the sales go crazy.

WW: So are you going to try to make your music worse so that you can get more bad reviews?

JT (in a notably glum tone): Oh, yeah. I think that's really the key.

John Tesh. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, $20-$30, Red Rocks, 830-

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