He kept touring in support of Blind Before I Stop, still seeking to return to the packed theaters of Bat I, but while he was big in the UK, the US wasn't giving him the love. He played bars so small that the gear, let alone the band, couldn't fit on the stage. Heck, he'd even been booked into a 7-11. He wasn't too proud to turn down a gig, but he drew the line at performing next to the Slurpee Machine.
It just wasn't "Masculine."