Tim Stop is a singer-songwriter performing at 6 p.m. Thursday at Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave.
Q: You’re playing with a full band on this tour. How has that changed things for you as a performer?
I’ve played with full bands for a long time, but I’ve never had a the opportunity to tour properly with them. It’s a lot of work to bring a band with you, so I’ve mostly toured solo. I’m excited to bring these guys with me, it will be nice to travel with more realized versions of these songs. You can only do so much as one person on a stage.
Q: You’re opening for Chicago on a few shows this tour. How did that come about?
It probably seems pretty random to an outside observer. I met their manager through a friend and he kindly offered to help me out. I played the iWireless Center in the Quad Cities and when that went well I did two full tours with them.
Q: After this tour, what comes next?
In June I’m getting married, then I’ll head out of the country with my new wife for a few weeks. Beyond that, I’m going to be doing a college/casino tour, which is kind of a strange combo. I have some new songs that I want to get down, hopefully with a new album before too long.