Pete Droge, the Seattle singer-songwriter best known for his hit “If You Don’t Love Me (I’ll Kill Myself)” from the 1994 movie “Dumb and Dumber,” has embarked on a 24-city tour in support of his new album, “Spacey and Shakin.” (EW praised the CD’s “high-voltage songs” and gave it an A-.) Droge hit the stage at New York City1s Irving Plaza last Friday night sporting a floppy Calloway Golf hat, a neatly polished Gibson hollow-body guitar, and his characteristic mellow-as-avocado demeanor. Between songs of a 45-minute set, the singer charmed the audience with his low-key patter — at one point telling a would-be photographer that her flashbulb hadn1t gone off, then posing as she took another shot.
Before the gig, Droge told EW Online that he wanted his new album to be more of an out-and-out rocker than his last release. “If you listen to it in the car,” he says, “it’s the kind of record that makes you want to exceed the speed limit.” Droge, who has opened concerts for such headliners as Neil Young and Tom Petty, says he enjoys the challenge of winning over an audience that may not be familiar with his music. He recalled a Pearl Jam show at which he played for 15,000 amped-up fans: “I was onstage by myself with just an acoustic guitar, but the crowd was so excited to be there, it had already started moshing.”