2015 Tour Diary

31st Oct 2015 - Fort Lauderdale

1st December 2015

SAFE TRAVELS   The final day brings with it a bittersweet feeling, mixed emotions…a small part of you is glad that it’s all over, the traveling, the trying not to eat too much, the m....

31st Oct 2015 - Fort Lauderdale

30th Oct 2015 - Clearwater

31st October 2015

PEN ULTIMATE It’s hard to believe I’m writing the penultimate page documenting this ridiculously great tour. It really is coming to a close and we can all feel it today. The crew had a gre....

30th Oct 2015 - Clearwater

28th Oct 2015 - Melbourne

29th October 2015

SURF SOUND Anyone who has spent any length of time windsurfing will know the name Mark Angulo. I met Mark many years ago on our first trip to Maui. Mark introduced us to the North Shore windsurfing co....

28th Oct 2015 - Melbourne

27th Oct 2015 - St Augustine

28th October 2015

SCATTERBRAINED SPECS   On September 8th, 1565 St. Augustine was first set foot upon by Spanish admiral and Florida's first governor, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. He named the settlemen....

27th Oct 2015 - St Augustine

25th Oct 2015 - North Charleston

26th October 2015

FISH FEST   South Carolina is a place I can’t recall having been to before. An hour East of Atlanta, North Charleston was originally a plantation area. The large plantations were subdivided....

25th Oct 2015 - North Charleston

24th Oct 2015 - Atlanta

25th October 2015

SALAMI GIFT The affluent uptown district of Atlanta known as Buckhead, comprises about one fifth of the city and surrounding its dense, high-rise core are large single-family homes situated among dens....

24th Oct 2015 - Atlanta

22nd Oct 2015 - Durham

23rd October 2015

COLLARD GREENS   It was time to bid farewell to New York and head to Teterboro for the final time. The Legacy was loaded with fresh New Jersey Sushi and we were off on our travels again. Landing ....

22nd Oct 2015 - Durham

20th 21st Oct 2015 - New York

21st October 2015

STANDING OVATIONS     I don’t recall any of our previous shows in New York being quite as exciting as these two. New York audiences are traditionally hard to please but both nights her....

20th 21st Oct 2015 - New York

18th Oct 2015 - Washington

19th October 2015

TONE KING   Another day trip from New York city, this time to America’s capital city and to a venue we visited a while back. The Warner Theatre is another in a run of cosy venues which have....

18th Oct 2015 - Washington

17th Oct 2015 - Philadelphia

18th October 2015

PHILLY CHEESESTEAK The beautiful Philadelphia Academy of Music on South Broad Street hosted us today, built in 1855-57, it is the oldest opera house in the United States that is still used for its ori....

17th Oct 2015 - Philadelphia

16th Oct 2015 - Red Bank

17th October 2015

RED BANK This is our second visit to the Count Basie theatre which although built as the Carlton theatre in 1926 was only renamed in 1984 to honour jazz great and Red Bank native William “Count&....

16th Oct 2015 - Red Bank

14th Oct 2015 - Niagara Falls

15th October 2015

UNHINDERED CROSSING  When I last came to Niagara Falls back in 2008 I….no wait a minute, I didn’t. That was a movie I wrote a score for. Niagara Motel was a fun little black comedy s....

14th Oct 2015 - Niagara Falls

13th Oct 2015 - Pittsburg

14th October 2015

 TOURING WHEELS   With the sunshine glistening on the water of Boston harbour, we flew up and away towards Pittsburg. Mark and I were trying to work out when we last visited this great city ....

13th Oct 2015 - Pittsburg

11th Oct 2015 - Albany

13th October 2015

STATE CAPITAL Today consisted of another quick trip out of Boston and back, this time to the New York State capital, Albany. Once again, it’s a trip revisited as five years ago we played the sam....

11th Oct 2015 - Albany

10th Oct 2015 - Mashantucket

11th October 2015

BLUNDER BUS After yesterday’s deluge, the weather today was crisp and bright. Not a cloud to be seen in the sky as I investigated the proximity of the closest Whole Foods store. I’ve final....

10th Oct 2015 - Mashantucket

9th Oct 2015 - Boston

9th October 2015

POLICE FIRE   The windows of the Montreal Ritz-Carlton looked out this morning to a proper dreary day. Probably the first such day of this leg of the tour. It was cold and very wet. Our departure....

9th Oct 2015 - Boston

7th Oct 2015 - Montreal

7th October 2015

DELICIOUS NIBBLES My goodness, another ridiculous day. Gym, self-made brekky with PG tips and Nespresso coffee in the room. Then a walk about the neighbourhood in search of Buckley’s ORIGINAL co....

7th Oct 2015 - Montreal

6th Oct 2015 - Toronto

6th October 2015

NEGRONI CLUB Another day off and another round of golf but this time was different as I managed to organise something which the crew boys could enjoy as well. We all found ourselves in the same city w....

6th Oct 2015 - Toronto

4th Oct 2015 - Ann Arbor

5th October 2015

REVEREND COYOTE Almost exactly five years ago we flew in to Ann Arbor from Chicago for a show at the same venue with an evening flight after-show to Toronto. I recognised this fact whilst on the plane....

4th Oct 2015 - Ann Arbor

3rd Oct 2015 - Indianapolis

4th October 2015

SOCKS For me and I think a large proportion of the band, today was a slow day. Exertions of the past few nights take an inevitable toll and every now and then there comes a day like today. Everything ....

3rd Oct 2015 - Indianapolis

2nd Oct 2015 - Chicago

2nd October 2015

LITTLE BLIGHTER A day off in Chicago is always a prospect to relish but for me, it was a trip out of town and yes, more golf. Blake and I were both invited to join Gray (other pilot) at his home cours....

2nd Oct 2015 - Chicago

30th Sept 2015 - Milwaukee

1st October 2015

XR750 Arriving at an even busier Midland airport this afternoon, Cpt. Blake greeted us at the FBO (fixed base operator, an aviation business that serves the general aviation industry) and a waiting sh....

30th Sept 2015 - Milwaukee

29th Sept 2015 - Minneapolis

30th October 2015

LEINIE ’n’ SAUSAGE The day started slowly for me which meant I didn’t make the breakfast club meeting at Tempo, our favourite touring deli. Hell, I didn’t even make it to the g....

29th Sept 2015 - Minneapolis

28th Sept 2015 - Kansas City

28th October 2015

SNAKE BITE I’m not quite sure how today happened. First, we were breakfasting in Austin, then we found ourselves in downtown Kansas City and the next thing we knew, we were in the windy city onc....

28th Sept 2015 - Kansas City

26th Sept 2015 - Dallas

27th October 2015

MAJESTIC RIBS Texas is an extraordinary place, there is a real buzz here. Yes, it’s the weekend sure but there’s nothing mythical about Texan hospitality and warmth. Self-confidence is als....

26th Sept 2015 - Dallas

25th Sept 2015 - Austin

26th October 2015

3 things…. Music The tour seems to go from strength to strength and we all keep thinking “how can it get any better”? well the answer is, it can. The show in Austin was another to g....

25th Sept 2015 - Austin

23rd Sept 2015 - Denver

24th October 2015

RED ROCK                               Geography means that stays in Denver, Colorado usually involve at least one day off an....

23rd Sept 2015 - Denver

21st Sept 2015 - San Diego

22nd October 2015

ADIOS CALIFORNIA Rounding off our fabulous 6-day stay at the now highly regarded Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, Ian and I grabbed some sunshine by the pool before the clouds drew in, ironically coincid....

21st Sept 2015 - San Diego

20th Sept 2015 - Santa Barbara

21st October 2015

BABY BACK The drive from the Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica to Santa Barbara had huge scenic potential and a quick look at Google traffic made the route obvious. Our rental cars are being driven by the ....

20th Sept 2015 - Santa Barbara

19th Sept 2015 - Los Angeles

20th October 2015

DARK STAGE Today’s LA venue has been home to America’s Academy awards ceremonies (the Oscars) since 2002. The framed photographs in the dressing room, all in black and white, shows teary e....

19th Sept 2015 - Los Angeles

18th Sept 2015 - Berkeley

19th October 2015

ANOTHER PLANET Gigs don’t come much better than this. Here’s why. 1. The venue. The William Randolph Hearst Greek theatre at Berkeley has long been a huge favourite of ours and with every ....

18th Sept 2015 - Berkeley

16th Sept 2015 - Las Vegas

17th October 2015

CAESARS BOHEMOTH   I get it, I really do, Vegas I mean.    Being married to a Californian means I understand the tradition. The attraction of having a fun weekend, driving to Vegas, blo....

16th Sept 2015 - Las Vegas

15th Sept 2015 - Salt Lake City

16th October 2015

WATER BALLOON Our day off yesterday was a quiet affair. I hooked up with a windsurfing friend and drummer, Tim Ortlieb from Hood River and Ezzy Sails. He was keeping an eagle eye on the wind situation....

15th Sept 2015 - Salt Lake City

13th Sept 2015 - Portland

14th October 2015

PORTLAND SCENE Visibility across the Puget Sound was almost non-existant this morning as I gazed into the murk pounding an overburdened treadmill in a freezing cold, uber-air-conditioned Four Seasons ....

13th Sept 2015 - Portland

11th 12th Sept 2015 - Woodinville

12th October 2015

LATE SUMMER WINE   These Summer winery festival shows are quite something. A welcomed addition to our touring schedule and the chaps at Chateau Ste. Michelle really know how to organise them. The....

11th 12th Sept 2015 - Woodinville

10th Sept 2015 - Vancouver

5th October 2015

TO CANADA     Ahh British Airways, “the world’s favourite airline” claims the ageing slogan, the accuracy of which is questionable in 2015 yet if the bustling club lounge i....

10th Sept 2015 - Vancouver

31st July 2015 - Barcelona

1st August 2015

PERFECT STORM   To say this tour of all tours has ‘flown by’ is understating a plain and simple truth. The end of this leg, or journey has come all too quickly for all of us sailing o....

31st July 2015 - Barcelona

SPACED360 Competition

31st July 2015

Win a SPACED360 and signed lithograph!

SPACED360 Competition

29th July 2015 - Santiago de Compostela

30th July 2015

HOT LIFT    Having completed the ‘recovery’, today felt like a gym day. Well aware from past visits, I knew the gym here at the Four Seasons in Lisbon was a bit special and so to....

29th July 2015 - Santiago de Compostela

28th July 2015 - Lisbon

29th July 2015

NORTH WIND   Lisboa has a rich and fascinating history which has been mentioned in previous diary entries from here. It truly is a unique city, the oldest in fact in Western Europe and has a stro....

28th July 2015 - Lisbon

26th July 2015 - Sevilla

27th July 2015

PERFECT HEAT   You know that wonderful contrasting feeling, after you’ve been in a bad way but you’ve now climbed the hill and made the recovery, been good to yourself, ate all the ri....

26th July 2015 - Sevilla

25th July 2015 - Avila

26th July 2015

DUST BOWL   We left the beautiful surroundings and headed back along the path when came a few days before, pack into France and to the airport at Pau. We then flew to Salamanca and checked in to ....

25th July 2015 - Avila

24th July 2015 - Lanuza

24th July 2015

WILD WIND At the border... The Pyrenees is a new destination for most of us, well this particular part of them. Our travel day commenced, leaving Rome quite early, heading out of the heat towards Ciam....

24th July 2015 - Lanuza

22nd July 2015 - Lucca

22nd July 2015

  Another searingly hot day in Rome and another air-conditioned one for me in a hotel bed. This was by now starting to get very tiresome, not least for my lovely wife Laurie, who had flown out to....

22nd July 2015 - Lucca

21st July 2015 - Rome

21st July 2015

CARABINIERI RESCUE There cannot be much to report from our show day in Rome as I simply wasn’t a part of it. The whole day was spent in bed with a fever which by now had a hold. The heat outside....

21st July 2015 - Rome

20th July 2015 - Barolo

20th July 2015

The searing heat continues in Italy and on the day off in Rome, it was unusually quiet on the streets. It seemed most people had left the city for the nearby beaches. I knew this as Laurie and I met u....

20th July 2015 - Barolo

18th July 2015 - Padova

19th July 2015

HOT HOT   Italy continues to feel the high temperatures of an African anticyclone that has sent temperatures soaring. The remarkable heat is now reaching epidemic proportions and with no sign of ....

18th July 2015 - Padova

17th July 2015 - Sion

18th July 2015

INTERNAL UNEASE   Geneva was hot this morning and with a line of angry looking clouds in the distance to the North East, thunderstorms were in the daily headlines once again. My Blitzortung app. ....

17th July 2015 - Sion

16th July 2015 - St Julien

17th July 2015

HIGH SUMMER   Checking out of the fabulous Park Hyatt in the heart of Vienna this morning, I realised that due to illnesses, very few of us actually got out and explored this wonderful city. A re....

16th July 2015 - St Julien

14th July 2015 - Sankt Margarethen

15th July 2015

FIT STATE The big question on the lips of the band today was who was in a fit state to play a show. The answer as we discovered when we met in the hotel lobby at 3:25 this afternoon was pretty much ev....

14th July 2015 - Sankt Margarethen

13th July 2015 - Krakow

14th July 2015

SOLDIER ON It’s almost inevitable that any tour of this size and length will include days where band or crew members aren’t in top form health-wise. No matter how fit you keep yourself, ex....

13th July 2015 - Krakow

12th July 2015 - Saxen

13th July 2015

CLAM FEST   Today’s travel logistics looked too complex to comprehend yet somehow everything ran like clockwork today. Saying our farewells to Munich, we headed off in the cars to the airpo....

12th July 2015 - Saxen

11th July 2015 - Munich

12th July 2015

PERFECT BEER Arriving in Munich for a day off was never going to be a particularly bad experience especially as true to form for this tour, I had pre organised a round of golf. This time our host woul....

11th July 2015 - Munich

9th July 2013 - Leipzig

11th July 2015

MAI TAI Leaving Berlin as swiftly as we arrived not 24 hours before, the band entourage found themselves on another station platform eagerly awaiting the almost silent arrival of another ICE train thi....

9th July 2013 - Leipzig

8th July 2015 - Berlin

9th July 2015

KNIFE TWEEZERS   A one night stay in one of the most exciting cities in the world always seems insufficient but we made the most of it with a splendid session in the Augustiner bar after the show....

8th July 2015 - Berlin

7th July 2015 - Hanover

8th July 2015

AUTO STADT       Another day off and we found ourselves in the extraordinary town of Wolfsburg situated between Hanover and Berlin. Wolfsburg ‘is’ Volkswagen headquarters. I....

7th July 2015 - Hanover

5th July 2015 - Stuttgart

6th July 2015

AIR CON               “I thought all Porsches had air conditioning” Mark quipped to the audience after a couple of songs in what can only be described as....

5th July 2015 - Stuttgart

4th July 2015 - Bad Kissingen

5th July 2015

DECEPTIVE CLOUD After a fabulous and well timed mid-tour break, it is time to regroup and get back down to business on the road. The weather in the UK and indeed the whole of Europe has been pretty wo....

4th July 2015 - Bad Kissingen

21st June 2015 - Cologne

22nd July 2015

LONGEST DAY With Summer’s Solstice upon us already, today was a day of trains, planes and automobiles. Another Gym, Swim session and a repeated attempt at getting online in the room was a dismal....

21st June 2015 - Cologne

20th June 2015 - Mannheim

21st July 2015

XYLEM TECH After the eventful day yesterday, today was the calm after the storm. The only real concern was discovering which pieces of equipment had time to consider their soaking in the truck to Mann....

20th June 2015 - Mannheim

19th June 2015 - Mainz

20th July 2015

WETTER WETTER In Dusseldorf this morning, caught out by a brief but heavy shower I sped around the corner to a great little camera shop to look for a few bits. I didn’t think to check the weathe....

19th June 2015 - Mainz

17th June 2015 - Dortmund

18th July 2015

BEER BRATS The North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany is its most populous state and includes several large industrial towns including Dortmund, Dussledorf, Essen, Bochum, Duisburg, Cologne and Bonn....

17th June 2015 - Dortmund

16th June 2015 - Hamburg

17th July 2015

SALIVA MIX Well we’ve done it a few times in the past and often right here in Germany. I am of course talking about 4 cities in one day. Waking, breakfasting and gymming in Copenhagen, we left t....

16th June 2015 - Hamburg

14th June 2015 - Copenhagen

15th July 2015

TIVOLI TARDIS The Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world dating back to 1843 and in all the years we’ve been coming here, I’ve never visited. It’s a bit of a Tardis ....

14th June 2015 - Copenhagen

13th June 2015 - Uppsala

14th July 2015

TRAVELING SHOES An Engraving from 1770 of Uppsala's Linnaean garden, and present day... In the wake of poor Dave Grohl’s recent mishap, much of the talk this afternoon was about stage jumping, t....

13th June 2015 - Uppsala

12th June 2015 - Trondheim

13th July 2015

SPEEDY RECOVERY   A day off in Oslo in the Summer sunshine should have been a day to get out on a boat for a Fjord cruise, however, that didn’t happen so a very late afternoon stroll with I....

12th June 2015 - Trondheim

10th June 2015 - Oslo

11th July 2015

NORWEGIAN WOOD The mêlée outside the hotel as we departed for the venue. The Norwegian Wood festival is held at the Frognerbadet ("the Frogner Baths”) in Oslo every year. We played ....

10th June 2015 - Oslo

9th June 2015 - Bergen

10th July 2015

GALVIN GREEN Our ‘hub’ city for these Scandinavian shows is Oslo and today’s journey saw us leave our hotel rooms at 3pm for our 9pm showtime in Bergen, 462km to the West. We drove i....

9th June 2015 - Bergen

8th June 2015 - Stavanger

9th July 2015

UNMOVED MOVED On a sunny, chilly afternoon in Amsterdam, we fly Northwards for four shows in another most civilised of countries. Norway’s appeal is essentially very simple, it’s one of th....

8th June 2015 - Stavanger

6th June 2015 - Amsterdam

8th July 2015

XXX A three night stay in one of Europe’s finest cities, what can be bad about that? The overnight storms have now passed, washing away the searing heat of the last few days to leave cool and su....

6th June 2015 - Amsterdam

5th June 2015 - Antwerp

6th July 2015

ROLLER DERBY As predicted, the temperatures soared today in Paris and the Benelux countries and with a serious prospect of some heavy storms, today’s travel plans were meticulous. The airfield i....

5th June 2015 - Antwerp

3rd 4th June 2015 - Paris

5th July 2015

BELLE EPOQUE We’ve never been on tour and not played Paris and naturally, it’s a city to look forward to. The audiences here are generally some of the best in the world and the two shows w....

3rd 4th June 2015 - Paris

1st June 2015 - Zurich

2nd July 2015

HAPPY BAGS As has been requested on more than one occasion, here is some inside info on Mark’s guitar rig. Glenn Saggers station. As anyone who has seen the show will realise, there are a lot of....

1st June 2015 - Zurich

31st May 2015 - Salem

31st May 2015

WUNDER BAR It’s clichéd I know, but sometimes you wake on tour and you really have no idea where in the world you are. You HAVE to remember if only to find the switch or button to open th....

31st May 2015 - Salem

29th May 2015 - Nice

30th May 2015

NICE ROSÉ The hotel Palazzo Parigi is clearly a brand new renovation project with little expense spared. ‘Haute Cuisine is the rule here’ states the blurb on the hotel home page but....

29th May 2015 - Nice

28th May 2015 - Milan

29th May 2015

AL FRESCO Somehow it is only now that the tour really feels fully underway as we head onto the continent and the UK contingent finally detach ourselves from home and the bags are fully loaded, teapot,....

28th May 2015 - Milan

25th 26th May 2015 - London RAH

27th May 2015

INTIMACY AND GRANDEUR I’m going to let you into a little secret, the Royal Albert Hall is a wonderful place. At the risk of repeating myself, I must re-iterate a few things. As time passes, one ....

25th 26th May 2015 - London RAH

23rd May 2015 - Birmingham

24th May 2015

FLYING RIZZLAS Another Bank Holiday weekend in London and the city seems busy beyond belief. After a sumptuous breakfast (almost perfect) at the Beaumont I found myself on the streets and a quick visi....

23rd May 2015 - Birmingham

22nd May 2015 - London O2

23rd May 2015

GARDEN GNOME Leaving home at 1pm should have left ample time to get to the venue for 4 o'clock but the mistake was to not factor in the bank holiday weekend traffic. Coming across London from the West....

22nd May 2015 - London O2

20th May 2015 - Newcastle

20th May 2015

LOCAL HERO After a humble breakfast at the hotel du Vin on the quayside, I think most of the band vegetated in their rooms until sound check call time. I know Mark and Glenn went for a wander in the c....

20th May 2015 - Newcastle

19th May 2015 - Glasgow

19th May 2015

GIE IT LALDY   The first day off of this tour and we found ourselves in the home of golf and I wasn’t about to waste the opportunity. On the face of it, the weather looked pretty miserable ....

19th May 2015 - Glasgow

17th May 2015 - Sheffield

17th May 2015

ROBIN'S LEGACY As I exited the lift to meet the band in the lobby for departure, I was greeted by a hoard of roped-off Manchester United fans inside and outside the hotel waiting eagerly for their you....

17th May 2015 - Sheffield

16th May 2015 - Manchester

16th May 2015

PUDDING PORN The older one gets, the more value is attached to health and wellbeing…or at least with the whole tour ahead of us, it is at the moment. The room of pain, torture and humiliation a....

16th May 2015 - Manchester

15th May 2015 - Dublin

14th May 2015

GUINNESS CAKE No amount of preparation can ready you for what lies ahead on that stage on any given ‘first show’ of a tour. We rehearsed, well I think, and even did a warm up show in Elstr....

15th May 2015 - Dublin

Rehearsals

16th May 2015

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