When I was a younger man (early 90s), I was on the road for 2-3 years with a country/rock band. I could handle it back then, but not now (I'm 47). When I saw Jake's schedule for this tour, I was amazed. He would play like 5 days in a row (all cities spaced far apart), then maybe have a day or two off (to fly somewhere else far away), then roll forward with a bunch of consecutive days again. It looked pretty brutal. I made the assumption that he may be the kind of guy who likes to go out and "get it done" when he has to be on the road -- playing as many dates as possible (because time is money), cramming as many in there as he could while in road-mode... and then be able to come back home for an extended period to be with his family. Rather than do what many bands do, which is play every few days and be on a constant, year (plus!) long touring schedule. I can see the wisdom (and the burn) in both styles. The latter way you have time to explore and experience the places that you're traveling through and to. But it's a LONG time between trips home. But doing it Jake's way... you pack-in as much of the "work/business" in a short time as you can... and then you get to be home, living a normal life with your loved-ones.
Anyways... Jake did not look tired when he stopped here in Billings, Montana a few weeks ago. He was on-fire and I'm still blown-away as I reflect upon the passion and the vitality of his performance.
I agree he should go out and get it done as time is money. He's still a hot commodity.
I teach in an arts magnet school and looked into bringing Jake to our school for a show. I spoke with his management company and they told me it would cost 7-10 grand for a show. That was about three years back so I would imagine that price has gone up. I also think that he would at some point scale back his touring. Your kids are only young once and family time should always come first. Hopefully he won't need to tour as much in the future. We've all heard the saying about when we reach the end of our lives, no one says, I wish I spent more time at work.