November 2003 Archives

Winding Down · November 30, 2003

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving, hanging out with family and eating lots of turkey. Me, well I woke up around 6pm and went to the 101 diner in my local 'hood for a tuna melt, but then again I've never been one for tradition.

So, the next day I drove up to SF with my girl and my friend Tony to meet the rest of the band and play Slim's. I love San Francisco, it's possibly the only other city I could live in if I wasn't in LA. We had a great time playing last night, even though the SF crowd was somewhat 'reserved'. But eventually they threw down and got into the spirit of things, personally I blame it on the turkey.

We threw in a particularly cool version of Dixie Peach Promenade at the last minute, I love playing that song.

Afterwards a bunch of us went out to eat in the city, and I sat at a table with my girlfriend and my ex-girlfriend, which was a little weird, but surprisingly drama free. Life is bizarre sometimes isn't it?

I met a bunch of fans last night, some really cool folks, most of whom seem to know more about me than I do. Thanks for doing your research people.

It's about time for bed now, 5am in Portland, McCartney's on the TV, Joe's asleep in the other bed, and we have a show tomorrow night. We'll see you there.

Posted at 05:32 AM | Comments (1)

A Sort Of Homecoming · November 27, 2003

Just got home from the LA show. I must say that was one of the most fun experiences of my life. I don't think I have seen the band happier. We were surrounded by friends and family, and there was a lot of love in that room tonight.

Appolonia (yes, she of Purple Rain fame) and Petra Haden came out and sang Fat City and Teenage Wristband with us. However, the monitor guy was friggin' remedial and blew everyone's ears out for the first song. Joe Z., our illustrious production manager, tried to help the guy during soundcheck, but he was one of those typical know-it-all LA a-holes that actually doesn't know squat. Call me bitter, but that feedback nearly punctured my eardrums.

The band recovered though, and the set rocked hard. The crowd was with us every step of the way, and Greg was on fire. Joe came out and played cowbell on Uptown, he's getting pretty good at it.

Well, I'll be going to bed with a smile on my face tonight, as I'm sure many of those in attendance tonight will do too. Have a great turkey day people and we'll see you in San Francisco Friday night.

Posted at 02:53 AM | Comments (1)

Home....Briefly · November 25, 2003

Dallas, that show was so much fun. You guys made us feel like kings. For me, it was easily one of the top 3 shows on the tour, it really felt like the band was on fire at points, I couldn't wipe the grin off my face the whole time.

Greg was medicated on flu meds, but really if I hadn't have seen him backstage I would never have guessed he was so sick. Sorry we didn't have time to set merch up in Dallas, our tour manager Todd (who handles such things) was taking care of Greg, and I believe that was the priority right? I'm sure you guys will be able to buy stuff through the site soon anyway.

So Greg, Mathias and our manager Brian flew back to LA Monday morning. However, Bobby, John, Todd, the infamous Joe Z. and I braved the 24 hour drive from Dallas to LA non-stop. Seriously, you've never really lived until you pack 5 guys in a van for 24 hours straight. The mood swings alone are worth the price of admission. By the time we were hitting the LA suburbs I was about ready to destroy anyone that came into my path. Note to self: fly next time.

We rolled in around 4am this morning, and it was all worth it once I slipped into my own bed where my girl was waiting. Call me romantic, or call me really horny, you are probably right on both counts.

So now we get to rest up (and boy do we need it) for tomorrow night's show at the El Rey. I'm really looking forward to it, I hope you are too.

Posted at 01:10 PM | Comments (0)

Third Times The Charm · November 23, 2003

I'm sitting backstage in Dallas right now after just waking up. Just to let you guys know, Greg started feeling sick after last night's show, and although we are going to play Dallas tonight (we were so close), the Tempe show has been cancelled so that he can get 2 days of rest in LA. Sorry Tempe, we'll make it up to you I promise.

Anyway, here's the Texas recap thus far. I don't know if it was the fact that Houston was such an intimate (read small) show, or that we were punch drunk, but that was one of the most fun shows on the tour. For the second encore Bobby hit the stage solo and started playing the drum beat for Uptown, at which point the rest of us went into the audience and started clapping along. The look on Bobby's face when he looked up and saw us was priceless, my sides hurt so much from laughing.

We played like it was MSG, and the people of Houston treated us so well. Thank you guys, you rocked.

Last night we played Austin. Even though Greg was starting to feel sick, we still played like our lives depended on it. Personally I feel the encores were the best we've done. We decided to do the full version of 'Hey Ya', and pretty soon everyone was shaking it like a polaroid picture. Thank you Austin, the crowd was so appreciative, and we had a great time.

So, we'll see some of you guys in Dallas in a few hours, then we head back to LA for a well-earned day off, a chance to see our loved ones, sleeping in our own beds, and ready to rock the hell out of the El Rey.

Ciao Bella.

Posted at 04:38 PM | Comments (2)

Don't Mess With Texas · November 21, 2003

So I just got to the hotel in Houston after soundcheck, damn it's nice to have some DSL service finally, I miss the Internet, it's almost like I get withdrawals. The show promises to rock tonight, one thing for sure is it's going to be loud.

So let's see. After NYC we headed to Atlanta, where personally I think the band was the tightest sounding we have been the whole tour. It was a night of no stories apparently, Greg guided us from one song to the next, but there was a hell of a lot of jamming. Sometimes I feel like we are one big jam band , it's a good feeling. The people of Atlanta were amazing, and I want to thank Smith's for having us there, what a great room.

Last night we played New Orleans, which is a city where every night is Saturday night. John and I got a ride from a couple of girls who attend LSU and they told us about the drive through liquor stores and to-go cups at the bars. Apparently drunk driving laws are somewhat loose in the big easy.

The set was loose too, but it's NO, how could it not be. Mike Napolitano (co-producer of BB) joined us on stage for a few songs, which was a real treat. The man plays some wicked guitar. I think it was during Decatur that John and he traded licks, it was like playing in the Allman Bros.

I just want to say hi to all the great people we are meeting on our travels, and how much you all mean to us. Your hospitality is overwhelming at times, and we certainly do appreciate it.

Now I have to eat a steak before the show. After all, this is Texas y'all.

Posted at 06:50 PM | Comments (1)

Southern Harmony... · November 18, 2003

We just finished taping a radio show in NYC this morning for the World Cafe, and Lynard Skynard (sic) are setting up next door while Pat Benatar is doing an interview in another room. It's surreal.

Well, I hope you folks enjoyed our tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band last night, after all it was NYC, we had to pay homage. By the time I came off stage all I could do was retreat to my hotel room and watch a remake of Children of the Corn. Damn, that was a long show.

Much love to the folks in NYC, I really love this city.

So after we get packed up here we are off to Atlanta. There's something about playing in the South which really excites me. Being English, I am fascinated with Blues and Southern rock, I'm sure some of that will be creeping into our set list.

Get some rest now if you are coming to the shows, they promise to make you shake your ass.

Posted at 11:44 AM | Comments (1)

Damn I'm Hungry! · November 16, 2003

I'm in Boston, I just got back to the hotel after playing and there is nowhere to eat around here. What the hell? I'm starving. Room service stopped at 11, so I guess I'm shit out of luck.

Anyway, I finally made it to a working Internet connection as you can see, so here's my recap of the last few days.

First off, DC people fucking rock. You guys were so cool to us and we totally appreciated it as I hope you could tell by the 2 1/2 hour show. The folks at the Black Cat were great, they made me some french fries that were the best I've ever had. Did I mention I was hungry? We'll definitely be back to DC.

That brings me to Philly. Nobody told me that the Khyber was about as big as our rehearsal space. You guys were jammed like sardines in there, but then again, so was the band. My leg kept falling asleep because if I moved I would have been sitting on the drums, and nobody wants that. All in all it was a great show. We had to cut it a bit short (not much), because there was a curfew we were about to go over. Apparently 1:45am on a Saturday night is late in Philly. Go figure.

Tonight we played Boston, which is always a fun time. The crowd was great, but they could have made more noise. Sometimes in between songs I felt like I was in a library. I understand though, all y'all are waiting for some Dulli story and don't want to interrupt, so on that level, you are very polite. This is rock n'roll though, so make some noise. Still, even though I blew a speaker during the set, I had a great time.

Tomorrow morning we head to NYC, I heard the show is sold out, but then again since Omaha they pretty much have all been sold out. I can't wait to get there, I love that city, probably because it is so much like London.

I fotta go find a diner, night all.

p.s. Thanks for all your emails, I have so many that it's impossible to reply to them all, but I will try.

Posted at 10:52 PM | Comments (3)

Day Off · November 13, 2003

So last night's show was our 7th in a row, you can only imagine how happy we are to have a day off. We did the overnight drive frome Cleveland (you guys were great), and ended up in D.C. this morning.

I took a little nap after we got here and woke up after dark, I guess we were all a little tired. Apparently there are gale force winds blowing through D.C. tonight, or at least it sure feels like it.

Tomorrow I am planning on visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, I have never had the time to see it in person and I can't be here and let that chance slip by.

Did you se that Britney interview tonight btw? Goddamn...

OK, see you guys tomorrow night.

Posted at 08:07 PM | Comments (1)

Hello Cleveland! · November 12, 2003

Well, for those of you in attendance last night, I think we can all agree that was a great show. The audience was amazing, they were with us from the first note, so thanks you guys. If Rick had been there it would have been a full on AW reunion for the encores.

The Southgate House was overflowing, about 800 people at last count. The room reminded me of the Hammersmith Palais back in London, a really cool ballroom with a balcony that wraps all the way around.

I got to play guitar while John played bass last night on the Whigs songs, that was fun as hell.

It was great to finally meet Lee who runs this site, what a sweet guy. Thanks Lee, you are a gentlemen and a scholar.

We'll see you guys at the Grog Shop tonight.

Posted at 03:24 PM | Comments (2)

Detroit Rock City · November 11, 2003

People, hate the game not the player. Personally I had a great time in Chicago, and thanks for two packed nights all you DD people. Joe S. took us out to a great meal Sunday night, what a great guy, you people are lucky to have him.

For me the latest highlight of the tour was last night in Detroit, I don't think we could have asked for a better crowd, you guys were simply amazing. I'm not good with names, but I met a bunch of you and wanted to publicly thank you for your enthusiasm, it means a lot.

Tonight we play Kentucky. I'm sitting in the Southgate House right now as I type this, what a cool place this is. This is my first time here, so I hope you people can show me what your city is about tonight.

I'm gonna head to soundcheck now, so we'll see you tonight, get ready for a long one.

Posted at 02:02 PM | Comments (0)

The Windy City · November 09, 2003

Actually it's not that windy, but it's still cold. However, last night at the Double Door things got a little hotter.

The club was sold out last night and you could tell, it was packed to the rafters, which is a great feeling for the band as you can imagine. We got a bit of a late start, don't blame us, there's a lot to do in Chicago, but we finally hit the stage around midnight. When we came off stage at 2:30am we were all still ready to go, but apparently there's a curfew or something.

I came to sometime this morning (after a long night of revelry), and went to see Dan Lakin at Lakland who hooked me up with some sweet basses, thanks so much Dan, you are a good man.

I'm gonna go eat some dinner now and start warming up for tonight. For those of you that were here last night, get ready, because tonight the Twilight Singers are gonna take you on a journey.

I'm hungry.

Posted at 04:30 PM | Comments (5)

No, seriously, it's cold as hell... · November 08, 2003

So today is the first chance to get online, we've been doing a lot of travelling, you understand right?

First, the kids in Omaha rocked hard, you guys were great and it was so cool to meet all of you. More bands need to play Omaha, they are starving for cool bands there apparently.

This morning we piled in the van and headed to Minnesota for tonight's show. I gotta be honest, none of us had really slept much, but the energy of the crowd was so electric tonight that I didn't even remember I was tired.

Greg invited a special friend to come up and play the encores, and suddenly Rick McCollum was there playing a bunch of Whigs material with us. The crowd seemed to appreciate it, as we certainly did too.

OK, onto Chicago in the morning, we'll see you there. Bring a jacket, it's freezing.

Posted at 01:38 AM | Comments (1)

My God It's Cold Here · November 05, 2003

Well Denver, we came, we rocked, we are now driving to Omaha. Just wanted to say a big thanks to all of you that came out last night, it really was a great time for us, especially for a first show. I think we jammed so much that at some point I forgot we actually had a set list. I think we played for about 2 hours, lord knows how long the set will be by the time we hit Seattle.

Greg was his usual jovial self, he really got into telling stories last night, it was hard not to crack up while playing.

Thanks a lot to Adam and Dani at the Bluebird, they really took care of us, everyone was really cool. Oh, and we did play Rhiannon last night just to clear that up.

So, onto Omaha, we'll see you there tomorrow night, don't forget to bring your dancing shoes.

Posted at 01:06 PM | Comments (0)

Rock Steady Baby... · November 04, 2003

Wow, I'm tired. We left Vegas at 11am yesterday (incident free I may add), and rolled into Denver at 7:30 this morning. The conditions in the mountains were a little icy shall we say, so rather than slide off the edge of a cliff we had to drive slower than my grandma. Seriously, I thought we were going to die at some points, but we all survived, woo-hoo.

I just saw the set-list for tonight. If you are coming to the Denver show get ready for a long night, and be prepared to get sweaty.

I've had about 5 hours sleep in 2 days, so I'm a little punchy right now, it should prove for a great show tonight. We are all really excited about playing, I hope you are too.

Apparently the Philly show has sold out, and I guess the first night in Chicago too. You guys rock. Make sure you rocky mountain folks stop by and say hello to me tonight, it's good to have friends in high places (mountains, get it?)

Gonna take a nap...

Posted at 01:24 PM | Comments (0)

On The Road Again... · November 02, 2003

So today is the day, we finally leave LA and head out on tour. I know I forgot to pack something. I have that strange mixture of excitement and homesickness already. Going on tour feels like you are going off to summer camp when you are little, except it's in hotels and it's way easier to get drugs.

The band is heading to Las Vegas tonight to hang out and do some 'bonding', keep your fingers crossed that we make it out of there alive. Vegas is always a test for me, seriously, what the hell is there to do there other than get into trouble? Then tomorrow morning we have the long drive to Denver. I don't really know Denver all that well, so if any of you folks want to drop me a suggestion for a bar/club/caligula-like event to hang out at Monday night, please do.

Our tour manager Todd is going to help me with the Internet stuff while on tour, so hopefully this won't be my last entry. I'm not 'computer savvy' as they say, luckily Todd is.

So goodbye LA, hello tour bus, and we'll see you out there. Remember to bring a friend.

Posted at 10:36 AM | Comments (1)

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11.04.2003 Bluebird Denver, CO
11.06.2003 Sokol Underground Omaha, NE
11.07.2003 400 Bar Minneapolis, MS
11.08.2003 Double Door Chicago, IL
11.09.2003 Double Door Chicago, IL
11.10.2003 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
11.11.2003 Southgate House Newport, KY
11.12.2003 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
11.14.2003 Black Cat Washington, DC
11.15.2003 Khyber Pass Philadelphia, PA
11.16.2003 TT The Bears Cambridge, MA
11.17.2003 Bowery Ballroom New York City, NY
11.19.2003 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
11.20.2003 Tipitina's New Orleans, LA
11.21.2003 Rhythm Room Houston, TX
11.22.2003 The Parish Austin, TX
11.23.2003 Gypsy Tea Room Dallas, TX
11.25.2003 Nita's Hideaway Tempe, AZ
11.26.2003 El Rey Los Angeles, CA
11.28.2003 Slim's San Francisco, CA
11.30.2003 Berbati's Pan Portland, OR
12.01.2003 Chop Suey Seattle, WA

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