Festival season

So for the next 6 weeks I will be living in denim shorts, t shirts and safety boots whilst having a radio (walkie talkie) clipped to my arse , no different to the other last few years apart from this time I’m tour manager (why did I agree)Β 

We start our journey beginning in Germany and taking us across Europe (back to the UK) and more ofΒ  Europe till the beginning of July , don’t think there is much of Europe that we aren’t hitting at some point , Germany, Estonia, Sweden, Poland, Austria, UK, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal and finish in Spain

Then we get 5 1/2 lovely weeks off to do nothing YAY before the North America support tour starts , I am SO fed up with touring America even more so when it’s places I have been to before or we will be stuck in the middle of nowhere or time off and bored stupid

 

 

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If it’s Friday it’s St Louis

So St. Louis is the base till Saturday then we are onto Ohio

Not a lot of time for sight seeing but managed to grab some snaps before leaving for Peoria

Back on the road again & time off in Chicago

So back to the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ for 5 days , Chicago as the base and last night we were in Fort Wayne which means middle of nowhere

So today has been half a day off so I’ve spent some me time in Chicago

Ending on the river cruise 🚒

Every time I end up in the Windy City I always have to go on the river this is because it was one of the last things I did with my friend Nick Alexander who was killed in the bataclan attacks

Onto another headline show tomorrow (we get there tonight) then in Columbus on Saturday before heading home 🏠

Jack Daniels distillery πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ so it must be Thursday

Morning off so what to do nothing but head off to the distillery

Have been here before but last time it was in the fall so better to see some shade and sunshine around the place

Nothing new there as you come to expect but as I’ve gotten older I can take it or leave it when it comes to drinking the stuff

Off to North Carolina next for another festival , then onto Virginia and then home which is the best part

Wednesday in Nashville πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

So it’s another beautiful hotel here in Tennessee this festival run really is flying by , after headline show tonight there’s just 2 more festivals and then I’m home for 10 days

The union station hotel reminds me outside a little bit of the house in the movie πŸŽ₯ CLUE wouldn’t minded for tim curry having been there but a girl can dream !

Weather is still warm β˜€οΈ without being too hot be interesting to see what summer in Europe and the U.K. have in store weather wise

World of Coca Cola πŸ₯€ πŸ₯€

So morning off in Atlanta πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ what to do , last time I was here was a visit to the puppetry museum so fancied something a bit different

Had been there before but few years ago there was a few new things but the polar bear was still walking around waving πŸ‘‹πŸ» like an idiot

Show time tonight then onto Tennessee in the morning which also means a visit to the distillery in Lynchburg for my JD fix πŸ₯ƒ πŸ₯ƒ

Daytona Beach πŸ–

So we’ve moved onto Miami , didn’t get to do much in Daytona as there’s not a lot to do if that makes sense

Did have a good night at the Tiki bar as one of the usual band dinners , very impressed with the nemo 🐟 drinks

Day off tomorrow and I’m planning on doing zero with the band – there’s something that is leaving a bad atmosphere behind the scenes that I won’t go into details on here ,

Will be in Miami till late Monday afternoon then off to Georgia – as much as I love my job I am getting so fed up of touring the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ all the bloody time

On the road again πŸ₯ 🎸 πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ€ 🎀 🎡 🚌 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ

So after a few months of r and r we’re back on the road for 10 days

Smooth flight ✈️ over from the U.K. to the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ well Atlanta !! Layover and then onto Daytona beach

All the times I’ve flown into or from Atlanta I’ve never worked out what this is on the ceiling

But the little toilet for any furries 🐢 or cat 🐱 that are flying internal was cute toilet 🚽 you lock the door like you would with a human toilet 🚽 and sort your furry person out

Managed to get a decent 9 1/2 hours sleep 😴 obviously needed it but today I’ve felt more than drained than I usually do also feel stressed for some reason so just had a look round the mall

And then walked down to the Main Street and beach where I am now

Band dinner πŸ₯˜ tonight , then we have our first festival of the year tomorrow in Jacksonville 🎡 then onto Miami on Sunday for another festival music 🎢 in Sunrise Florida and some time off – never been to Miami so looking forward to a quickexplore

And so the end is near…

So we’ve made it to the end of this leg of the tour and I have never seen so much snow in such a short time

As I write we’re in Indianapolis the photos and video were fish ladder park in Grand Rapids

So once tonight is done with there’s no sleep for the wicked – I had a choice of getting a later flight and getting home on Tuesday or leaving literally at the crack of dawn (5:30am including a layover ) to get back “home” tomorrow so being the insane fool I can be I went for that

No more road life now till end of April – I’ll probably be going stir crazy in a few weeks when I am back to the studios base after nearly a year in London and will be climbing the walls

But once April starts it’s all go to the middle of July with festivals and U.K. dates then I’ll be complaining I’ve had enough of touring !!

And now the end is near…………

So we have 3 shows of this tour left and then it’s home sweet home

I will be SO pleased to be away from America – don’t get me wrong I love the country etc but when you go to the same place time after time or are stuck in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do , you do start looking for a jacket you can hug yourself in after a while.

So here we are in Indianapolis , I am mentally and physically drained , I just want 24 hours solid sleep with no one telling me we need to leave for the venue, no travelling through the city to the next location just pure sleep !!!

OfΒ course once I do get home it’s only for 13 days then off to Australia and New Zealand – I think I may as well just spend my life living out a of a suitcase with revolving doors !!!

Don’t get me wrong I love my job it’s just at times like today when pain is kicking in 100% and the last thing I want to do is be dragged sight seeing , here again tomorrow and then off to Missouri,