Jason Wade of Lifehouse carries on 

What a difference a decade makes. “In my early 20s, I was really anxious and nervous, and I’d get stage fright so bad that it was really hard to perform,” says Jason Wade, the gravel-throated frontman for Lifehouse. Now almost 30, he’s gradually transformed into one of rock’s most charismatic artists, with more than 5 million albums sold and singles like the sharp new “Halfway Gone” from the band’s latest album “Smoke & Mirrors.” His band will give Daughtry a run for its money in San Jose next week.
 
You recently celebrated your nine-year wedding anniversary, right? Yeah. But actually, it’s a sad story. I was on a flight at the time, flying to another city to do another show, unfortunately. So I took her to Santa Barbara, belatedly. That’s the only bad thing about my job sometimes. But last year we celebrated in Venice, Italy, so I guess that kind of makes up for it.
 
Playing devil’s advocate here: Doesn’t “Smoke & Mirrors” sort of sound like a breakup album? Right, right. And I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I co-wrote pretty much every song on this album, which was really different for me. Because when you’re writing with other people, you always have to take their feelings on board. But it’s funny – when I first played these songs for my wife, she looked at me and went "Are we OK?" But I think she gets it. I write about my life and other people’s lives, so the songs aren’t always going to be about me.
 
Do you work out family problems in your songs, before they occur? Yes, absolutely. You start hitting some bumpy spots in the road, and you begin using your music to kind of work your way out of them. I mean, we don’t deal with loneliness ourselves when we’re on the road, because we’re surrounded by other people and working all the time. So when I’m home, I’m there – I don’t go anywhere.

You keep politics and religion out of your songs. But you do subtly insert your philosophies, right? Yes. Music should be an escape, an escape from everything. And I like music that you can interpret for yourself, any way you want to. Something without a heavy message. But the older I get, the less I’m sure about. My life just seems like a dream sometimes, like it isn’t really happening. But I’m actually enjoying the whole process of making records and touring. As hard as it gets sometimes.  

IF YOU GO
Lifehouse,
opening for Daughtry

Where: HP Pavilion, 525 West Santa Clara St., San Jose
When: 7:30 p.m. May 6
Tickets: $31.50 to $39.50
Contact: www.ticketmaster.com

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