Tour Update #1
How the hell did I get roped into doing the Twilight Singers
blog again? It's not like I don't like doing it, but with two new guys in the band I was hoping to delegate some tour duties. That, obviously, has not happened. So anyway, on with the show...
After 2 weeks of rehearsals in New Orleans
(during Mardi Gras mind you), we flew into London on Tuesday.
We were so relaxed after flying first class
. As usual flying across the Atlantic wipes you out, so Tuesday was kind of a wash. That familiar bone-chilling English Spring is in full effect so I'm glad I brought a jacket. And thermals. And 2 sweaters. You get the point.
On Wednesday the kind folks over at Q Magazine
threw us a little party at Concrete
. We played an abbreviated set as we only had an hour, the highlight of which was seeing Greg jump on the drums for a cover of Brain
by The Action
. Everyone there seemed to have a good time and with 200 or so competition winners in the audience, it felt really loose and fun. I suggested we play Rush's 2112 in it's entirety but that got shot down.
The boys then went and played BBC Radio 6
on Thursday while I took the day off to go and spend some time with my family.
So I guess our first official show was last night in London at the Electric Ballroom
. I don't mind telling you that I was a little nervous, the first show of a tour is always tough. It's one thing to rehearse, there's no pressure, but getting out in front of an audience injects that 'x-factor' and the adrenaline starts pumping hard. It's been five years since we have toured as the Twilight Singers and it felt great to bust out songs like 'Teenage Wristband
' and 'Martin Eden
' again, damn I've missed those guys.
London, you were a great crowd, totally up for it, packing the room, jumping up and down, singing along, etc. Really a band couldn't ask for anything more. Thank you guys.
Right now I am in the dressing room at The Arches
where we play tonight. Saturday night, Scotland, sounds like a promising evening. I'm sure we'll change up the setlist a bit tonight, with so many albums under our belt it's hard not to.
I just want to say how excited we are to be out on the road again and that we really are looking forward to playing for you. It's been too long, let's not let that happen again.