Homeward Bound

20 countries, 109 shows, what an incredible year it has been for us. Last year at this time Greg and I were up on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles mastering Powder Burns (on the same board 'The Wall' was mastered on) wondering if people would like the album as much as we did. I don't think we were prepared for the acclaim we have received and the love and support from all the fans that was upcoming for every show night after night as we've trekked around the globe. Truly we are humbled and grateful, totally appreciative that so many of you came out to connect with us and enjoy the music. Thank you for that.

It's not over yet, tonight we play Torino in Italy and then we get to fly home for the holidays. January 3rd we play live on Jimmy Kimmel on ABC and then we head to New Zealand and Australia to cap off the tour. What happens next will all be revealed in time, but suffice to say we have earned ourselves a nice break and a chance to catch up on some sleep.

So, back to catching you up. Thank you guys so much for your kind birthday wishes, especially to the girl that thought I'd turned 28, flattery will get you everywhere. Now, Rome is a city that likes to party hard and that was in evidence the night we played, the fans didn't disappoint and we had a great time. For us it was a night of practical jokes too, and unfortunately for Jeff Klein he was the recipient. However, we had nothing to do with his guitar cutting out during his set, and in fact we felt so bad for him that we came out on stage unnanounced and accompanied him for two songs to help him finish his set. However, next time you see him ask him if he wants to play 'spoons'.

Now I know I've told you guys about Cesare before, but for those that don't know he is our 'consigliere', a position no other can fill. Literally he takes care of us whenever we are in Italy or Sicily and makes sure we get what we need. There is no other like him and when I see him, my face lights up. Cesare and his beautiful fiancé Danila have been with us throughout the whole Italian leg and we wouldn't have it any other way.

On to Milan where we played in a club that in no way, shape or form was designed to play rock and roll in. Nobody uses a tiled stage, they sound like crap, but sure enough there was one here. Coupled with the fact that they kept us on fucking limiters to keep the sound of the PA down it was not one of our favorite shows. It was great however to see the Afterhours boys in their hometown. They had a day off from touring and showed up to see us, and then after we all headed to a club to celebrate their drummer, Giorgio's birthday. It was bittersweet goodbyes and then we all jumped on the bus to Torino and that's where we are now.

Tomorrow morning we all get to fly home and see our loved ones. Happy holidays everyone, and once again we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have given us this year. What a year it was.


originally posted 12.12.06