Back in February, we shared with you a performance of Tom Petty's "Walls (Circus)" courtesy of local performer Andrew Leahey and a roomful of his friends. As I explained at the time, the performance took place weeks before Leahey underwent surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma (that's "a brain tumor that sits on top of your hearing nerve"). According to Leahey, there was a 50 percent chance he'd lose all his hearing as a result of the procedure. "I had nearly three months between my diagnosis and my surgery, which gave me a lot of downtime to freak the hell out," Leahey tells the Cream. "I figured the best medicine was to play a ton of shows with a ton of good people, so I booked a California tour for the fall, then booked a bunch of Nashville shows too, then went ahead and booked a three-week tour to take place after the operation."
Somewhere amid all those shows, Leahey and his band The Homestead sat down to film an installment of Fender's Airstream performance series, which — you guessed it — takes place in an Airstream. Watch Leahey and the Homestead do "Shot" above, and click on through after the jump to see them play "Little in Love."
"If there's one good thing about a brain tumor, it's the fact that it puts everything else into perspective. I enjoyed the shit out of my band that night," says Leahey, referring to the last show he and his band played before the surgery. "And I've enjoyed the shit out of them ever since. Those guys (and girl) are the shit. Can I say 'shit' here?" You sure as shit can!