July 1st, Friday, 2016
Notes on a Tea Cup:
Haven’t had the proper chance to blog
lately as we have been like bam bam bam bam hit the ground running! The London
show was just a slice of heaven...so many fun folks we ain’t seen in ages...And
seeing Jane and Glenn Povey was really fun. I think we also put together a sweet
sweet set list and that made the show really flow. After the gig we went to
Steve and Sue’s house but not before stopping for chicken kebabs for all after
we dropped off Johnny and Georgie at their hotel. But Steve and Sue got 3 cats
and by 1am i was in full on allergies and wound up sleeping on the bus instead.
And of course, daylight occurring at about 4:30am so I didn’t get much sleep.
We took off from London and headed to
Frome, where we playing at the Cheese and Grain. Once we got there we recognized
the promoter, as he used to tour manage the Zombies so we’d actually toured with
him (note: LOVE w/ Arthur Lee toured the USA with The Zombies in the fall of
2004, not long after Arthur’s best friend, Don “Signed DC” Conca, died, which
left Arthur more than a bit sad). Now, once we unloaded and got our gear out
Dave Chapple noticed the nut on my guitar had broken where the Low “E” sits. He
and Steve were off to a shop to buy super glue and baking soda for a class Dave
Chapple “Mac Guyver” move (Note: In 1996, while in Odense, Denmark, we had a
battery operated small guitar amp that took 2 “AA” batteries. We only had one
battery but Dave Chapple stacked 6 Tuborg Bottles on top of it and somehow
through the conductivity the amp light came on and we were rocking! David
Fairweather got his harmonica and we did an impromptu blues jam!). Suffice to
say, the Tele held up like a champ and Frome got a fun show!
After the show, we packed up and headed
to Mike and Becca Wey’s accommodations at Wey manor, Mike’s 10-bedroom country
home, just outside of Frome. Mike made us his world class chili and Becca made
us her world class veggie pasta bake. Followed by lots and lots of wine. Then,
as we all were stuffed and ready for bed (and poor Becca had already fell asleep
at the dinner table - why didn't anyone take pics?????), Mike Wey poured me a
righteous glass of single malt scotch that went down super smooth.
We awoke this morning to Mike’s proper
British fry up of bacon, eggs, potatoes, fried tomatoes and black pudding and
mushrooms. Finished about noon, hugged and took photos and said goodbye to the
Weys and hit the road for Coventry University, where we play the Empire tonight.
Of course, funny thing is that we are NOT on the Marquee but instead it's SHED
SEVEN! WTF???? Alan Leach is having a laugh right about now!
Took some nice photos from my window
from Wey Manor. Meant to text the Lovely Lady before I went to bed but I hit the
bed and just crashed. She’d gone out to dinner with the bassist from The Sexy
Black Quartet, Diane, and I'd hoped she had a blast. Turns out she had a
wonderful time and as usual I was met with her very funny (and thoughtful) PM
and texts :-)
So now we have finished sound check and
are having dinner in some cool little joint up the road. The bartender, Martin,
says,” I saw you in Sidney, Australia in 2004. And again in Wolverhampton in
2003. My mate bought you a Kebab after our show at the Robin 2. I TOTALLY
remembered him! I was with Fraser, our merch guy! Good times. Ok, dinner