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Deafening And Awesome

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Just a quickie to say that rehearsals are sounding fucking immense.

I honestly thought it would take us ages to get these new songs together, but within a couple of days we’ve nailed the bastards and are polishing their little extremities like well loved nubbins of the rock apocalypse, or would that be rockalypse? Actually no it wouldn’t, as it is crap.

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Vegas, Baby!

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Picked up by Billy and Jen this morning we met up with Chris and Donovan from Camp Freddy at Burbank airport before being hurriedly rushed into the plane (where we scan the terrifying spectacle of fires tearing across LA, amid billowing plumes of white and red smoke, as the plane flies almost above), business class, natch. Camp Freddy don’t do things small. This operation makes my biggest shows look like pub gigs, hell they make everyone’s shows look like pub gigs.

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So, Let’s Recap…

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Jebus H Corblimey what just happened?

Only two weeks ago my family and I were sitting at Heathrow airport waiting for our flight to Sweden to meet and perform with Maria McKee, then to Finland to write with Michael Monroe.

Next I’m saying goodbye to my family at Heathrow where I’ll board a flight to LA. Luckily I can upgrade my seat to premium using my airmiles, so far so good.

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Up, Up And Away

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Just touched down in LAX, and after a visit to the wonderful Chelsea at the Viper Room we head off to our digs where we are confronted by some awesome Toadies fans who saw my show with them a few weeks ago.

Strangers truly are friends you haven’t met yet, especially in Korea Town, CA.

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Punk Is The New Rock Dinosaur

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Please watch this.

I used to think that punk was a pretty radical movement.

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Tired? What I’m Feeling Makes Fatigue Look Like A Panic Attack…

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Yeah, I’m tired. Breathtakingly tired.

Taylor doesn’t grasp the concept of touring just yet. Early mornings are his thing and sharing his exuberance is his way.

So after approximately 30 seconds of sleep I am awake and out the door to do a live radio show in Stockholm following the success of the acoustic show yesterday. They want a couple of songs played acoustic and an interview. On scanning the studio I see that I’m the least famous person to ever walk through these doors. There are signed photos and memorabilia by everyone from Angus, and Slash to Jimmy page and James Hetfield.

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Scrubbed From Head To Foot

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

After finally reaching the hotel, complete with super stealth power shower, the battering removal of the grime of three days of farm life and trekking frees the mind to wander through a myriad of corridors, each storing memories, each promising a banquet of misplaced delights.

Singing Panic Beach around the campfire with Maria McKee, enjoying, for the first time ever, an acoustic show alone- sans accompaniment- to a hushed and reverent audience, eating delicious crawfish while wearing a paper hat and attempting to join in with Swedish drinking songs…

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Crawfish, Schnapps And Song

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

If anyone has a more sociable method of dining than the Swedish then they’re keeping it a secret.

The show (which was sublime, by the way) included my set, many more players following, then I guested with Esther Rose Parkes on Am I The Only One Who Ever Felt This Way and finally got up for the finale to growl through Rocking In The Free World with the entire bill performing. A truly brilliant moment.

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Swedish Magic

Friday, August 14th, 2009

So, after a very long day travelling we finally arrive at our destination, a dreamlike country retreat straight out of a Swedish kids book.

After feeding and bathing Taylor, and settling into our accommodation, I venture into a guest house with an array of seasoned musicians jamming extremely professional quality cover songs, where I’m lead to a microphone to sing Rocking In The Free World.

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Dreams Come True

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

“Dreams come true, say they do, say they do, say they do” Maria McKee

After a criminally insufficient amount of sleep (thanx Taylor, boy am I gonna keep YOU up when you get older) we are ready to leave for Sweden, where I will perform with the greatest living female vocalist and writer on Gods earth, Maria McKee.

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