Pop Quiz: Matt Nathanson


Aidin Vaziri | Matt Nathanson is about to head out on the biggest tour of his career, co-headlining 10 weeks of summer dates with Gavin DeGraw. The San Francisco singer-songwriter is currently enjoying another run up the charts with his single “Kinks Shirt,” taken from his latest album, “Last of the Great Pretenders.” We spoke with Nathanson, 41, at his home in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. He performs Friday at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley.

Q: Are you seriously about to go on a 55-city tour in the middle of the summer?

A: I don’t think I knew the full extent of it until a few weeks ago. We’re out for like 10 weeks. To be able to throw down with my full band on that long a tour is awesome. By the end I’m sure I’ll be psyched to be done. Right now I’m amped to get out and do it.

Q: Are you going to do the whole Elton John and Billy Joel dueling pianos thing?

A: My idea was we were going to do “Summer Nights.” I told him that I’ll totally be Olivia Newton-John. He texted back, “Ha-ha. We’ll figure something out.” Apparently he didn’t want to do “Grease.”

Q: You have to do something.

A: We still have to figure out our moment. He can outsing me, so I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m going to pull a Ted Nugent and go out in a Tarzan outfit shooting flaming arrows.

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