MK 2011 Dylan Tour Diary

20th Nov 2011 - London 2 & 3

20th December 2011

Forever Young Finale... Well here we are again, at the end of another wonderful adventure. This trip has fulfilled every expectation, it's been enlightening, entertaining and educational to tour in un....

20th Nov 2011 - London 2 & 3

19th Nov 2011 - London 1

19th December 2011

Odeon not Apollo... It will always be the Hammersmith Odeon to me and as the name suggests the Odeon was once a cinema. Opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace cinema, it was designed by Robert Cromie in....

19th Nov 2011 - London 1

16th Nov 2011 - Zurich

16th December 2011

Modern Times ... We have a winner. As I said to Mike, John and Ian whilst basking in the cold Autumn sunshine lying in one of the three outdoor whirlpools, "when we next come to Zurich, if we aren't i....

16th Nov 2011 - Zurich

15th Nov 2011 - Geneva

15th December 2011

Soldier's Joy... I have decided that if you're going to have Bircher Muesli in Europe, make sure it's in Switzerland. It's not rocket science, they did after all invent the stuff, but they really know....

15th Nov 2011 - Geneva

14th Nov 2011 - Milan

14th December 2011

Abhorrent Bouquet... Day Off - Despite the stark contrast in hotel rooms between Milan and Florence, my lack of sleep on the bus last night meant I felt compelled to stay indoors ALL day in my rather ....

14th Nov 2011 - Milan

12th Nov 2011 - Rome

13th December 2011

Coffee of the gods... Florence seems like an awful long time ago after one of the longest days of the tour. We finally checked out of the sumptuous Four Seasons at 2pm and took local transport to the ....

12th Nov 2011 - Rome

11th Nov 2011 - Florence

11th December 2011

11-11-11...Renaissance relish... Day Off - When the sun is shining as much as it has been this past few days, the moment when you wake up, draw the curtains and open the window to discover where exact....

11th Nov 2011 - Florence

9th Nov 2011 - Padova

10th December 2011

odore di basket E 'fantastico essere di nuovo in Italia .. Land of passion, pizza, pasta, perfection (in some areas)pother and puzzlement. We arrive in this beautiful country in the midst of a financi....

9th Nov 2011 - Padova

8th Nov 2011 - Innsbruck

8th December 2011

The hills are alive.... Only a few days ago we were bemoaning the onset of Wintertime as it seemed that the gloom had descended and the sun disappeared. Last night's drive Southwards meant warmer weat....

8th Nov 2011 - Innsbruck

7th Nov 2011 - Nurnberg

7th December 2011

Norisring.. It's an old cliche but when you're on the road, you REALLY don't know what day it is. This morning could have been any day of the week. I'm honestly not really sure why this is. Whatever t....

7th Nov 2011 - Nurnberg

6th Nov 2011 - Hannover

6th December 2011

Driving limits... Day off - Another day off and this one is the last in Germany. With winter now rearing its chilly head with gusto, wandering the busy Hanoverian streets is a bracing affair. One thin....

6th Nov 2011 - Hannover

4th Nov 2011 - Stockholm

4th December 2011

Skeppsholmen stroll an Ice Ladder.... Well I was right, it was very difficult to get up this morning. Once I'd got back to sleep at the hotel, the getting up bit was tough. Being in Sweden, I had a su....

4th Nov 2011 - Stockholm

3rd Nov 2011 - Malmo

3rd December 2011

Zamboni Baloney... There's something about the weather in Scandinavia at the moment which is making it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings. I'm not sure that we've seen the sun for a whole wee....

3rd Nov 2011 - Malmo

2nd Nov 2011 - Herning

2nd December 2011

Great Danes... Day Off - Hamburg The day started with the traditional swim and Bircher Muesli. After lazing back in bed for a few hours I thought I should make some sort of effort to get out and about....

2nd Nov 2011 - Herning

31st Oct 2011 - Hamburg

31st October 2011

Banjoween Day Off - ANOTHER day off, this time though most of it was spent on the bus as it was decided that we'd use today to make the 175 mile trip from Berlin to Hamburg. With the clocks going back....

31st Oct 2011 - Hamburg

29th Oct 2011 - Berlin

29th October 2011

Schnitzel Logic.. Day Off - Now we're well and truly starting to feel at home in the land of Schnitzel and Wurst. The Weissbier is going down pretty well too. What to do on a day off in Berlin? Well, ....

29th Oct 2011 - Berlin

27th Oct 2011 - Leipzig

27th October 2011

Banjo jokes.... It's odd that Bircher Muesli can vary so much from hotel to hotel within Europe. Being a lifelong fan, I've sampled a few bowls and this morning in Leipzig, the centerpiece of the brea....

27th Oct 2011 - Leipzig

26th Oct 2011 - Munich

26th October 2011

World's loudest tambourine... Senility can rear its ugly head at the most inopportune moments when you get to my age and last night when I walked into my hotel room at 2am I neglected to put the spare....

26th Oct 2011 - Munich

25th Oct 2011 - Mannheim

25th October 2011

Tripping points... A day off at the Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt..I'm not sure we've quite earned it but there are no complaints from any department. The hotel gym is a highlight and indeed most of us m....

25th Oct 2011 - Mannheim

23rd Oct 2011 - Oberhausen

23rd October 2011

Wurst Brat... Day Off - Dusseldorf on a Friday evening is I suppose like most European cities, heaving with people out for a good time but when the bus rolled in last night at 3am, I couldn't believe ....

23rd Oct 2011 - Oberhausen

21st Oct 2011 - Luxembourg

21st October 2011

Luxembourgish Steel... Another mind-numbingly interesting morning, this one spent in the Luxembourg Sofitel. I could see it was a beautiful day outside but somehow something prevented me from venturin....

21st Oct 2011 - Luxembourg

20th Oct 2011 - Rotterdam

20th October 2011

Santa's in town and he means business... Ahh, the sound of construction. I peer through the curtains to see in full daylight the monstrous new rail terminal taking it's weird and wonderful shape. Brea....

20th Oct 2011 - Rotterdam

19th Oct 2011 - Antwerp

19th October 2011

Kwak... Day off - Brussels. Another jewel in the Rocco Forte crown, the hotel Amigo is one of those which never lets down. Great staff, food, rooms and bar. Late to surface this morning after a long r....

19th Oct 2011 - Antwerp

17th Oct 2011 - Paris

17th October 2011

Lobster toilet... One of the world's most beautiful cities and I didn't leave my hotel room, I couldn't find the door! Just kidding. By the time I'd surfaced, ordered breakfast, edited photos, written....

17th Oct 2011 - Paris

16th Oct 2011 - Lille

16th October 2011

Three in one... On previous tours we've had many examples of traveling to and through three cities in one day, well today I'd say was the first 'long' day of the tour. I woke at home after a lovely re....

16th Oct 2011 - Lille

14th Oct 2011 - Bournemouth

14th October 2011

Together at last... My room was so big in this hotel, I actually discovered a new bathroom this morning that I never knew existed last night. In actuality, the reason for the grand suite is that the h....

14th Oct 2011 - Bournemouth

13th Oct 2011 - Cardiff

13th October 2011

Triassic Ammonites Rock...and Roll... A day off in Cardiff, what more could a man ask for? Oh, yes, by the way, it WAS raining when we arrived AND when I woke this morning. However, there are rays of ....

13th Oct 2011 - Cardiff

11th Oct 2011 - Nottingham

11th October 2011

Rock City.. ..was the name of the venue we used to play at in what is my somewhat vague memory of Nottingham. This is not a town we've visited much over the years so I guess this show was long overdue....

11th Oct 2011 - Nottingham

10th Oct 2011 - Manchester

10th October 2011

Tip-top bearings.. Is it really 'always' raining in Manchester. It certainly seems that way. When we arrived in the early hours this morning it was a light drizzle and as I write this (midday) it's a ....

10th Oct 2011 - Manchester

9th Oct 2011 - Glasgow 2

9th October 2011

Shiny Bus... Show Day 2 - It's an interesting thing, being a support act again, as Mark so rightly pointed out in the dressing room last night. The pure fact that not everyone in the audience is autom....

9th Oct 2011 - Glasgow 2

8th Oct 2011 - Glasgow 1

8th October 2011

Sauchihall Overspill.. The first of fourteen days off on this tour consisted of another short flight on the Embraer Legacy 600 from Dublin to Glasgow. Lunch on the plane was a fabulous home-made Sheph....

8th Oct 2011 - Glasgow 1

6th Oct 2011 - Dublin Show Day

6th October 2011

Potato Boxty ... on order as an integral part of the full Irish breakfast, kettle on the boil, PG Tips sitting eagerly in the teapot, NHT speakers hooked up, yes, we're back on the road. There's that ....

6th Oct 2011 - Dublin Show Day

5th Oct 2011 - Dublin - Production day

5th October 2011

The Whistling Wind ...was the sound to which I woke this morning, no, it was 'howling' through the gaps in the window which won't quite close properly in our popular, recently refurbished hotel in the....

5th Oct 2011 - Dublin - Production day



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