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)
We start our journey beginning in Germany and taking us across Europe (back to the UK) and more of 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
So back to the USA 🇺🇸 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 🏠
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 🇺🇸 all the bloody time
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 🇺🇸 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 🥘 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
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 !!
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 !!!
Of 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,