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February 22nd       Home
 
I wonder why, no matter how many times I do them, I agonize over every tour.
I lose sleep (yes, I get even less than usual).
I want everyone to be happy with my song choices...including me.
Picking them gets harder every time.
It's no mystery why some older acts just go out and do their 'greatest hits', if they were lucky enough to have any.
Hell, some of them go out and do somebody else's hits.
It makes the setlist a 'no brainer'.
Me, I like to be expected to bring the goods each time.

It's become painfully obvious to me these days that some audiences just want to hear the songs they like no matter who sings them.
As I've said in a few of the latest interviews I've done, I don't want a career I don't even have to show up for.
I don't aspire to what I don't admire.

Hey, it's a different world, and there's very little sense trying to anesthetize ourselves into thinking nothing's changed.
We can still find comfort in hearing some of our old favorites.
I do it everyday.
Been listening to Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention for the past few weeks and it's absolutely terrific.
But I also wish FZ was still alive so I could hear what he'd be doing now.

It's no secret that I love Paul McCartney.
I'd take a bullet for the guy.
But, for my money, he can leave Live and Let Die with those explosions coming right on cue or Hey Jude with the 'First the ladies sing - Na na na nanana na'...now just the men!' alone for awhile and play one of the zillion other great tracks from The Beatles or Wings or his solo catalog I'd kill to hear him do 'live'.
And, you know, with as much affection and respect as I feel for the guy, if he'd have started calling his new band The Beatles I would have turned my back on him along time ago.
That's just me.
Did I say I'm funny that way?
 
Now about this Alone Again tour...
It's been brought to my attention a few times that I'm not literally 'alone' this time out.
As if I didn't know that I have a wonderful support act in Emily Maguire.
The 'alone' , of course, refers back to last year's band gigs.
I wanted to make perfectly clear that this year it's back to being an 'only child' affair.
Just me and my guitars.
And, can you believe I've still I've had a few email saying they can't wait to see me and the band again.

Of course you can.
Sigh...
The 2011 tour name was decided while I was still out with Tomorrow Road and before I even knew we were having an opener.
So, no slight to Emily there, folks.
I think she'll be a strong addition to our evening.
About this time tomorrow I'll be sitting back stage in yet another dressing room, waiting to go on and wondering if I have what it takes to do this all by myself again.
Every time I've had a band I was usually anxious to get back out on my own.

Glad to see the backs of some of the people involved, if I'm honest.
But Pete, Rich, Mike, Amy and Paul were not only an exceptional musical entity but lovely folks to see every day.
They made the hectic circus life of touring with a group of people as enjoyable as I think I've ever known it to be.
And I loved what they played  and sang every night.
Now it's just me again.
I guess if you all can stand it I certainly can try.
Teehee.
Besides, I'm never really alone.
There's Adrian and Simon doing all they can to make things run smoothly on the road and John Taylor overseeing it all.
 
Forty shows between now and July.
Does it seem like alot?
Two shows this week and that's February.
Only 5 dates in March.
A few more than that in April.
More again in May.
June is chock full and on into July.
I hear I may be heading to Canada only a few days after I wrap it up here.
They don't know my solo work there.
They're gonna want 'wall to wall' Hook.
It's gonna be like missionary work.
Bringing modern times to the natives.
Details if/when there are any.
 
OK, later...but not much. ~


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February 23rd     The Capitol Theatre, Horsham (and then, home!)
 
Well, damn!
Here we are again.
Me, trying to find new words to express myself about the shows.
And you, hoping I do.
It's all a bit of a blur to me.
I know what I did tonight, but, well, maybe I don't exactly know.
First night is always me flying by the seat of my pants, but I wear my flight suit to some degree every night.
I think folks were happy about the songs I chose.
It's been since the fall of 2009 since I did a solo show.
It was not like riding a bicycle or falling off a log tonight.

I forgot how much there is to remember when I'm up there alone.
Anyway, a baptism of fire for me that didn't seem to burn or even singe anyone else.
That's always a good outcome.
Lots of people said they'd see me down the road somewhere.
I don't think they meant at one of the service stops.
Of course, with all the motorway hours we'll be putting in over the next several months, that's a distinct possibility in itself.

 
P.S. I used one of the poems in my book as a introduction to a particular song in the set.
A woman told me later that it made her cry.
I'm pleased it had an emotional affect.
Good thing it wasn't one of the funny ones, huh?




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February 25th     Central Theatre, Chatham (retrospectively speaking, that is!)
 
You know, I started to type something out really late after the Chatham show - another night at home - but decided to put it on hold until the next day when I wasn't so tired.
Somehow I just blanked and never posted anything at all.
Simon mentioned to me in B'ham that I'd never said a word about the Chatham show and wondered why.
Why?
Because I'm a dolt lately.
I have tons of things on my mind, some productive, some I could live without, and I find myself a bit scattered.
My stage legs are slowly coming back but very slowly as a result of there being such long gaps between shows.
Of course, that will all change as we get into it, but right now - YOIKS!
Anyway, the Chatham show...
The audience was very quiet thru out, but, as it turned out, really paying attention.
Nice comments about individual songs and certain lyrics after the show.
Like I said, they were listening.
I even had one woman telling what the words to my poem 'ought to be', instead of what they are.

She quoted a section of the piece and said, 'Right there what you should say is...'
I suggested she try her hand at writing poetry  - it's obviously not that difficult, me being a good example of that), - telling her mine was already in a book but I was quietly pleased that she also was paying attention.
I like that so much better than a crowd who just wants to sing.
That may 'save' some acts, but let's all sing every word to every song with Dennis Lo-Karaoke  is not my cup of meat.
A nice second show, even if I was still in struggle mode.
The book seems to be doing well too and that's cool.
So, there's my belated review of the Central Theatre, Chatham.
I'm shocked that no one out there posted or emailed and said 'Oy! Where's ya blog???'
Thanks to Simon for getting me back on track. ~

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 March 4th             Town Hall, Birmingham
 
What a lovely audience I had last night at Town hall.
The minute I walked out on the stage and started talking to them it felt like we'd been hanging out together all night.
It's so nice to be greeted and treated like that.
Very vocal, responsive, appreciative, warm folks, during and after the show.
It helped me settle a little more, confirming that I may have just chosen the right songs for this tour.
I'm also sure that we have the right opening act for this tour.
Emily is going over very, very well with the audiences.
They don't mind telling me and
I certainly don't mind hearing it.
Stayed in a city centre hotel around the corner from the venue and left early this morning for home.
Another week before the next two shows...in a row.
Almost like a proper tour. ~

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March 11th     Clair Hall, Haywards Heath
 
This week between shows thing will never do.
It's so hard to get a rhythm going, musically, travel wise, packing, you name it.
Every show I'm just a clumsy as the last.

I know - come May and June I'll be bitching that I can't get a second to myself.
 
Tonight's audience were very friendly and responsive.
It felt like it took them a little while to realize they were allowed to relax and have a good time.
Sometimes I think me being up there alone makes 'em think they need to be reserved.
Attentive, yes, but reserved, never.
By the end they were stomping for more, which I gave them, and I recv'd some very nice comments at the meet and greet afterwards.
Gonna keep this short so I can wind down at a reasonable time - it's already 2:30am - and get at least a little sleep before we leave again. 
Another show tomorrow night.
Then 12 days off!
Sure, keep me stupid, why don'tcha? ~


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 March 12th             West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-upon-Sea
 
It was a c-c-c-cold night by the ocean, friends.
I'm talking about to the bone cold.
Happily, the atmosphere inside the venue was as warm and welcoming as I could have wanted.
Don't get me wrong - all the audiences have been wonderful to me, but I think tonight was the first night I really felt like the show was a whole piece and not a series of separate things I was trying to pull together.
So, I suppose I probably relaxed more and enjoyed the people as much as they hopefully enjoyed themselves.
My guitar didn't feel like a foreign object in my hands, which is a good thing.
I didn't realize just how much of a readjustment there would be from band mode back to 'only child' head.
This time out I have purposely avoided playing many of the songs that I played with Tomorrow Road last year.
I figured if it was going back to square one then let's really go there.
So far I've gotten a great response to the setlist.
The evening's opener, Emily Maquire and her partner, Chris, could not be nicer folks.
They seem to be enjoying themselves and the audiences are as well, so that's all very cool.
So far, we've socialized briefly in the backstage hallways or green rooms at venues.
They've been leaving right after their set to travel to the shows they've been doing in between the ones with me. 
Once the tour gets rolling and we're staying in the same hotels there will be time to sit after a show and chat a bit.
OK, well, next stop is Doncaster.
But that's not until the 25th!!!
What was that I said about the show beginning to feel familiar?
Nah.
It'll be fine.
I believe it came together in my head tonight enough that it will retain and regain it's shape and continuity 12 days from now.
Oh, and here's hoping the new boxed set, Retrospection, and (fingers crossed) the Post Cool 'Live' DVD/CD set will be ready and available for Liverpool and thereafter.
It's always down to the finishing touches on the packaging and artwork.
Proof-reading everything, again and again.
Anytime something gets changed or corrected you have to re-check everything.
I've done alot of that particular activity in the past year, first with my book and now, with liner notes, 'thank yous', lyrics, etc.
Tedious, but necessary.
OK then.
I'm gone.
If anything of interest happens while I'm 'off' I'll be sure and let you know. ~


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March 25th      Doncaster Civic, Doncaster
 
I get tons of email from folks in the US, Canada and elsewhere asking when I'm going to tour in those areas of the planet.
I try to reply to them all even tho I end up saying the same thing in every email.

I'd love to play where you live but because my solo work has not been released there I'm seen by promoters and venues as a nostalgia act and that is how they want to bill and book me.
Mostly in nightclubs and casinos where I'd be expected to sing the most popular of the old songs while folks eat steak and order cocktails.
I try to explain that it's never going to happen.
That I can't see spending the rest of my life looking back.
Anyone who truly knows me knows that I am almost always friendly, respectful and communicative...unless you piss me off.
In those tons of email I recv are a few that do just that.

They insinuate and sometimes just flatout say that I must have no regard for my past or my old fans because I won't stay mired in the past for fear, heaven forbid, someone might forget me.
My idea of respect for my past is showing my current audience that I still care about what I do enough to carry on attempting to grow.
I had a gentleman email me last night and say he and his wife were big Hook fans and asked when I am going to play in NY.
I replied (see above example) to which he replied, suggesting a club in NYC.
I replied, redundantly but nevertheless, saying that I didn't enjoy working in places where folks drink, talk and hangout.
He came back with how shocked he was by my bitterness and condescending tone.
How he and his friends like to have a few drinks and hangout and watch their favorite 'nostalgia acts'.
How it sounds like I found a comfort zone here in the UK.
As if that's bad thing.
The UK was the first place to see merit in my solo work.
Since I've been here I've released 3 albums, soon to be three concert DVDs, a 'live' CD set and a book, as well as taken part in some of the coolest events and concerts I've ever done.

In other territories of the world they passed.
Not interested.
'Shine Son' was supposed to be a single in the US, but, after much consideration and whole lot of 'so tell me who he is again', they decided to let it go.
I'm not interested in spending the rest of my life trying to convince anyone that I'm still alive so I can remind them who I used to be.
That, no, it wasn't the guy with the eyepatch who sang that song.
You cannot begin to imagine the number of email I get each and every week from people saying they've been watching the old clips on You Tube and they never realized I was the singer of so many of those songs.
O---K.
Glad you eventually found out, but, uh, NEXT!
I absolutely hate the thought of being an 'oldies act'.
It's not an option.
Total anonymnity comes way up on the list above it.
But, I deeply cherish the idea of being an 'artist with a history'.
That's exactly how the UK audiences treat me.
The Doncaster audience was a prime example of that tonight.
Wonderful spirit throughout the evening from the minute I walked out onto the stage.
It doesn't matter to me if I sing a new song or an old one.
It's not about that.
It's about being here right now.
Why am I so obsessed with that concept?
Welllllllll, I don't want to get too dark here, but I'm gonna be 62 in June.
Even if I live to be 90 I'm on the back third.
Someday I won't exist at all.

I don't want to have willingly given up my present and future tenses prematurely just so I could keeping cashing in on something I did when I was a kid.
Even if that something was universally well loved.
I was a part of it.
Why can't I just be proud that it ever happened at all and get on with it rather than desperately clutching onto remnants of it for dear life?
Incorporating the strengths of my past with any I might have today can only create an even stronger presentation.

There's that 'artist with a history' thing.
So, yes, I have found my comfort zone here in the UK.
You've made me comfortable just being myself.
But it hasn't made me lazy.
I've worked my ass off in the past decade, trying to be here now.
As a matter of fact, doing the 'oldies' circuit is the complacent, 'I really couldn't give a shit' way to go.

Hell, I wouldn't even have to worry about my setlist.
I could just coast and do what was expected of me and blame my laziness and/or lack of creativity on the public.
'I do the same songs over and over because the fans would hate me if I didn't'.
So, by all means, as the old joke goes (or did I make it up?) - hang a porkchop around your neck so the dog will play with you.
Lovely crowd tonight, Doncaster.
Thank you, folks.
You made me feel delicious.
 
Home again in the morning.
The Liverpool Philharmonic, next stop.

Doing Billy Butler's show on the afternoon of the concert.
Around 2-2:30, I think.
If anything will prove to me that I'm in Liverpool that will. ~


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March 27th      Thinking in English
 
It occurred to me the other day, and probably should have sooner, that whoever came up with the wise old chestnut 'Life is a journey, not a destination' was most likely on the M25 on a Friday afternoon. ~

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March 31st      Backstage at The Phil...before soundcheck 
 
Here verrrrry early today because we came in to do Billy B's extravanganza.
As always, Mr's Butler's Eldest was a gracious and generous host.
I had decided to sing You, Yourself and I in the studio.
(I screwed up a few words, but, hey! that's the highwire for you.)

Billy told me he'd been playing it on the show and getting a good response.
Nice coincidence.
I suddenly felt very in step with the people here again.

Hope it carries on thru tonight.
Time to make sure everything works, including me. 

 
P.S. Just had a word with Emily and Chris about staying with the tour for the fall dates and I'm happy to report that they're happy to do it.
Cool. ~ 


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March 31st    The Philharmonic, Liverpool
 
Yesterday was the longest I'd spent in Liverpool in quite a while.
The last few visits have been hotel/venue/hotel/leave.
Got to town in time to do Billy Butler's show.
Billy had a huge bloody shaving cut on his chin with about a half roll of toilet paper stuck to it for our whole chat.
I asked if he'd shaved with a jagged, broken bottle to which he replied, in his typical snappy fashion, 'At least I'm not afraid to shave like some men!'
I believe you can hear us make reference to that previous off mic exchange just as we were saying our goodbyes.
From the BBC we went back to the Philharmonic - we were staying outside of the city, part of the way to where we are today, and not worth going all the way back for a few hours - but I had over 5 hours to the show and even a couple of hours until my soundcheck, so I walked back down to the town centre and stumbled around there for a bit.
I ate these things called 'King Prawnies' that I thought were going to be sauteed prawns.
The extra 'ies'  these steamed fish and whatever thingies with red prawn lines painted on them.
They were OK, but very little of their contents had come from the sea.
They were big tho, hence the 'King' in the name.
Theirt size should have turned on the lights for me too.
Duh!
Anyway, that was what I ate yesterday.
Looked around in Waterstones.
I have sooo many books already that I want to read that buying another seemed silly.
I'm sure something will engage my imagination sooner or later tho and go into the 'to be read' stacks (and stacks).
Walked back to the Phil and spent sometime on my laptop (see my last post), read The Independent and a bit of a book about the life and career of actor, producer, writer, director Warren Beatty titled Star.
He's lead a pretty interesting life and the book is good, but I actually bought it because of the author, Peter Biskind, who has written several other books about the movie business that I have enjoyed.
His Easy Riders and Raging Bulls is one of my favorite books ever.
Very insightful and entertaining.
Eye-opening.
I thought the music business was cut throat - and it most certainly is! - but the film industry might be even more money hungry and ruthless.
Probably because the salaries, production costs and promotional budgets are astronomical for projects that completely tank.
I mean when was the last time anyone recorded an album where the production costs exceeded $100,000,000, compounded by the millions paid to the star players and another $30,000,000 going to promotion?
Just as I was looking at the clock, thinking 'Shit! There's still two hours to go', a knock came on my dressing room door and, when I opened it, there stood Amy Smith!
She said she was going to try and make it but I know how things caan change.
However, there she was.
Very nice to see her face again.
We sat and chatted for awhile until Emily Maguire was about to go on.
Amy went out to watch and listen and I got on with my pre-show stuff.
Finally, it was showtime.
I'm not going to go on and on about how much I like being and playing in this city.

The audience was great, as always.
Enthusiastic and responsive, but respectful to the stories being told.
I've noticed things have calmed down a little over the past few years.
I mean that in a good way.
A really good way.
When I first started touring again audiences everywhere felt like they had to immediately make known every song they wanted to hear me sing.
Maybe they thought they'd better get 'em in before I disappeared again.
These days I get the feeling that we all know I'm here for the duration and it doesn't feel as temporary or desperate.
That goes for me too.
The evening was not without it's natural mishaps.
Broke a string early on.
Nothing to fret about (see what I did there?).
I stopped the song and, as it was only the first chorus, decided to change guitars and start again.
I told the people we'd 'known each other a long time' and could 'probably get thru this, huh?'.
Later I started to pick up the guitar with the broken string and said 'Oh, not this one. This is the one that I broke'.
Someone in the sudience shouted 'It's OK, the string's been replaced!' and, indeed, it had been.
I never saw Adrian slip on and off with the guitar and then and back on and off, leaving me a usable instrument and might not have but for the gentleman's assuring and informative shout out.
I think it's incredibly sweet that folks feel comfortable enough to communicate with me on such a personal level in the middle of a show.
One of my proudest achievements, if I'm truthful.
Lovely show from where I was standing.
Lonnnnnnnnng queue afterwards and friendly exchanges all around.
I've said it before, but I cannot even imagine how many photos there are out there of me and  the good people that want to take 'em with me.

I have about 5 minutes after the show to dry off and make myself presentable enough to pose for dozens and dozens of photos.
The scrutiny actually increases post-show.
Yoiks!
Usually worth the effort.
Thanks again, Liverpool.
You know I'll be back!
 
Drove a few hours today to the outskirts of Northampton, leaving a couple hour journey to Edmonton tomorrow.
We have no hotel to check in to because I go home after the show.
Not in a hurry to sit in another dressing room for hours, so no mad dash to Edmonton was necessary.

OK then.
More when there is more. ~

 

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April 2nd     Backstage at The Millfield
 
The main act always does their soundcheck first, so the opener can stay set up after they do theirs.
Makes perfect sense.
Just gets me to the venues 3, sometimes 4 hours before I play.
So, here I am.
 
I've been told the Post Cool Live! DVD/CD set will be available beginning at the first show after the break after Cromer.
Don't make me have to look at where that is.
It's also available for pre-order on Amazon and HMV.com.
It was worth taking the time to get the artwork right.
Looks really nice.
And I hear the show looks and sounds terrific.
Thanks to John Taylor and Pete Brown, respectively.
By the way, Pete's working on a cool new website and we'll have a link to it from our site as soon as he lets us know it's ready.
 
Home tonight after the show.
I'll do the show 'report' either when I get there or in the A.M., depending on what time it is. 
Later. ~
 
P.S. Don't forget to turn the clocks back again tonight.
 
AAAAAPRIL FOOOOOOOOOL!!!

So I'm a day late.
Sue me. ~

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April 2nd      The Millfield, Edmonton
 
Hmmmmmmmm...
Kinda of a strange one.
Just before I walked onto the stage Adrian told me there were three women right down in the front row, to my left, that had talked all thru Emily's opening set, but that they'd been warned by the theatre staff to be quiet...a couple of times.
I wondered if it was just a case of good old fashioned disregard for and disrespect to the support act, which, in itself, did not please me at all.
But I'm here to tell you that it didn't seem to matter a bit even once I was out there.
They just chatted away thru just about every song.
I eventually asked them to please tell me they were not going to continue this behavior throughout the rest of the evening and they stared at me, blankly.
I could feel the audience's hostility towards them - they had been putting up with them for awhile already - and did my best to lighten the mood, but these women were not helping matters.
Whenever they weren't talking they were stumbling past the first row to the ladies room.
At least I assumed that was the destination.
Might have been the bar for all I really knew - they were holding drinks for most of the show.
I absolutely hate to have to call anyone on their conduct but once I feel the rest of the people who paid good, hard earned money to come see me getting restless I have no choice.
I must tell you tho it made me feel bad to be in that position and it never quite went away.
Even now I wish it hadn't have happened.
Just before my first encore number the three of them got up and attempted to leave, once again pushing past everyone else in the front row.
The crowd, who had obviously had enough, started cheering their departure.
As they made their way up the stairs one of them slurringly shouted back 'We traveled 3 hours to get here and all of you have been very rude!!!'
Uuuuuhhhh...whaaaaat?!?
Best line of the night.
Talk about irony.
To make things even worse, I later heard that two of the women had bought tickets to my show for their ill grandmother as a special treat but decided to get totally pissed and behave the way they did.  
To be fair John Taylor, who was out dealing with the merchandise, etc, said that one of the ladies was not drunk at all and was mortified at the way the other one had acted.
I feel bad for their grandmother who is probably a very nice person and just wanted to see the show.
Unfortunate, but that's the story.
As it turned out the show was nowhere near 'ruined' and a good time (believe it or not) was had by the rest of the good folks, including me.
Nice bunch.
Ready to have a good time.
I sincerely hope no one walked away disappointed at the situation.
As I said to them before I left 'I can't say tonight hasn't been different!'.
 
Siiiiiigggggghhhhhh...
Next stop, Dorking. ~
 
 


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April 3rd      Dorking Halls, Dorking
 
This show became a bit of a hassle a week or so before it happened.
The complex has several rooms where they can hold events.
They'd originally put me in the big nearly 800 seater and nowhere near that many tickets were sold.
As a matter of fact, I didn't dream we would sell that many seats at that place in this economic climate.
In the end, it was moved into one of their smaller rooms and everybody, me and the ticketholders, were happy.
Nice audience in an intimate setting.
Always a good combination.
Glad it worked out for the best.
 
Gonna have to cut this short because it just occurred to me that I'm doing interviews all day beginning in 30 minutes.
 
See you in Cromer? ~

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April 4th       Off the road
 
Damn!
I'm glad I was just sitting here, sipping my tea, doing the tour blog when I suddenly realized that today is an interview day.
I knew it was scheduled for the 4th, but, until I started last night's show comments and typed the date, I thought today was the 3rd.
No...actually...I had no idea.
Anyway, I just recorded something with Leighton Morris at High Peak Radio for tomorrow morning's breakfast show.
They were talking about the upcoming Buxton Opera House show, so that's the part of the country they're in.
I have just enough time to get ready and get out of here.
Thru my window I've see rays of sun...and then, not...and then, sun again.
That's good enough.
I can do the rest on my mobile phone.
Haven't gotten to walk and stretch my little old muscles in the last several hotel-motorway-dressing room-hotel days.
OK, sun's gone.
I'm still going out.
It could come back, you know.
Really.
It could.
Sigh. ~
 
 

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April 8th    The Pavillion, Cromer
 
I don't know how it was where you were today but the weather was really gorgeous where we were.
Yesterday too.
Got to a hotel about 20 miles from Cromer last night at about 7.
Lots of sitting and reading and sitting and laptopping and sitting and sleeping and sitting to negotiate between then and the show.
I'm sure I've never played this venue before.

There were lots of things I would have remembered.
The winding streets of the town.
The long walk down the pier to get to the venue.
The dressing rooms.
The interior  of the building itself.
They were a very upbeat audience tonight.
It makes my night that much better when the crowd is ready to enjoy themselves from the jump.
I get the best people at my shows as a rule anyway, but they were very into it this evening.
Seemed to be quite a few folks who hadn't seen me since the Hook days.
Nice that they were pleased with the show, including the setlist.
As a matter of fact, I've been getting great comments about my song choices every night.
That gives me great heart.
Makes the pre-tour agonizing worth it.
It's the overall presentation that they're enjoying.
It's not down to any one song.
I know there will always be something someone wished they would have heard.
Same for me when I go to a show.
I leave thinking 'Oh, you know what I wish he would have done?'.
I come around often enough these days that you stand a good chance of hearing the song next time.
As long as you're entertained, inspired, moved and surprised I'm happy.
I know I say that like it's easy.
It's not.
But, it's what I attempt to accomplish at every single show, each and every tour.
Shoot for the head and, worst case scenario, you might hit the heart.

Leave for home early tomorrow.
I have the better part of two weeks off now.
I may be using some of that time to get involved in another cool Shel Silverstein project.
More when I have details.
Interviews are coming in all the time.

I will be talking to a feller on Tuesday from the Express for a feature in their Saturday Magazine section.
Not sure when it will be used but I believe it will be soon.
I hear it was my book that got them interested.
Ah, somebody listened closely enough to find a heartbeat.
 
OK.
That's me for awhile.
You know I'll be around here before the Cheltenham show.
Been writing a few bits and bobs lately.
Some have already found their way on to the blog.
I'm learning to think about them not only as individual pieces.
Since the book was published, I've seen how they can work collectively.
They're all individually nspired and written seperately, like the songs for an album, but make a complete picture when they come together.
A revelation to me, really.
Oh, and tonight was the first time there has been applause after the poem.
It sort of thru me for a second as I was about to go straight into the song it introduces, but was very nice to hear.


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A quick post to wish everyone a happy holiday.
Nice to see that Spring may have set in before tour starts gaining momentum next week, with 5 consecutive nights beginning on the 28th in Minehead and tons more to come after that thru July.
Cheltenham Town Hall tomorrow night.
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April 23rd    Cheltenham Town Hall
 
I was off the road for the better part of two weeks until today.
Tonight's show was another look at what has been and a deep breath for what is to come.
But, back to the day at hand.
Got to town about 4pm.
Had a little while before soundcheck so I walked around a bit.
Nice to see the sun.
Always feels so bleak when I arrive at the venue in late afternoon and it's already dark.
Nice audience tonight.
Cool that they chose to spend some of their holiday weekend with me.
I felt pretty comfortable with the show, especially for having had so many days off since the last one.
The people were very intent on listening, to the point where even the more well known songs in the set didn't recv applause at the start of them.
I like that.
It brings everything down to the same reality.
Don't get me wrong...it's nice to get recognition applause.
But that's all it is.
You could still go on and f*ck the song up so badly that the crowd wishes they could take their applause back.
At that stage, trust me, there are people thinking 'Oh good, I like this song. I hope he doesn't f*ck it up.'
Much organized stomping and clapping at the end, which carried on until I came back.
Lovely day and evening altogether.
 
Two days off and we're gone again.
This time for 6 nights and 5 consecutive shows.
It's tough doing so many in a row, but you have to take the venues when they're available and sometimes there are several open in as many nights.
There will be a few appreciated days off after Dartford now that I'm not doing the Dusty tribute on the 5th, with a rehearsal on the 4th.
Strange one that gig.
Maybe someday I'll explain why I pulled out.

Certainly wasn't because I wanted the days off.
In the mean time, the concert is for a great cause and I truly wish them all the success in the world.
They'll be fine without me now that they have Boy George.
Here's a seasonal re-post from 2008.
Yeak, OK, I'm lazy.

It doesn't matter what you believe
Logically skeptical, blissfully naive
Easter just may not be your thing
So, let's just call it HAPPY SPRING!!!

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April 27th      The Regal, Minehead
 
Arrived at the hotel last night about 8pm, checking in for 3 nights.
Easier to do the first few shows of this run from a base.
Lovely little town with a proper castle at the end of it.
Of course, it being the quaint area that it is the phone signal is a joke, the internet is simply an unreasonable request and the TV picture keeps freezing and stuttering.
So much for loveliness.
After resigning myself to the inconvenience of having no computer for a few days, I noticed a faint little wi-fi signal coming from somewhere and clicked on CONNECT.
Lo and behold! my homepage came up and I've been rockin' with a strong signal ever since.
As it happens, I'm getting online from the hotel across the street's wi-fi signal.
All I can say is YIPPEE! and sssshhhhhhhhh!
Tonight's venue in Minehead was one I'd never played before.
I thought it sounded really good on the stage.
Alot of that is down to Simon out at the soundboard every night.
He's my consistency in a sea of inconsistency with every the acoustics in every building being so different.
Very appreciative audience tonight.
I guess I always say something like that, but, you can trust that if I find a crowd that isn't such a peach I will be sure to tell you that too.
The old 'you could hear a pin drop' kind of audience.
Makes me really happy to have so many songs with lyrics worth singing and hearing.
Four more shows in the next four nights.
In some weird, masochistic way I'm looking forward to the grind.
 
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April 28th    Backstage at The Octagon, Yeovil
 
 
John Christian Wolters, drummer for Dr Hook and my dear, sorely missed friend would have been 66 today.
I remember we left for Australia on the 27th, twice, and arrived on the 29th, leaving JW to spend both birthdays in middair.
I think he was hoping they didn't count.
Damn! He was a brilliantly funny guy!
 
Hey! I think this venue is where I am expected to be...no...that's expected not to be an Adonis.
I've done the best I could.
I certainly hope some poundage was shed by the other party.
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April 28th   The Octagon, Yeovil 
 

So, there I was, sitting in my dressing room, not 30 minutes after my last post, thinking about going outside while the sun was still in the sky and I heard a knock, well, I say knock, but it was more like a thud, on my door and it started to open.

This was followed by the door quickly being pulled closed again from the outside and Adrian saying 'Excuse me. Can I help you?'

My curiousity won out and I went to the door to see what the hell was going on.

I opened it and Adrian looks at me, sort of rolls his eyes and says 'There's a woman here who wants to have a word...?'

I peered around the doorframe and saw a uniformed usher from the venue and a woman standing there.

I'll cut to the chase -

The 'Dennis is no Adonis' lady had turned up early and wanted to take pre-show exception to what I'd posted on my blog about her MyFace comments.

Wait, let me back up.

Until Adrian stopped them at the gate, as it were, the usher and this woman were about to just walk in to my dressing room, unannounced.

I wouldn’t have cared for that at all.

Anyway, I explained that I found her comments funny and wanted to mention them on my blog.

I asked why it was fair that she could say whatever she wanted to say on her network page, but I shouldn't feel free to report on it, especially as I hadn't named her or even gotten anywhere near shitty about it.

I simply found it funny and interesting on a human level.

She didn't seem to agree.

She was particularly unhappy that I hadn't mentioned that she'd also said I had a good voice in her comments.

Yeah, she's right.

She did and I didn't.

So, OK, she did pay me that compliment.

It was included as a ‘but’.

Sort of like the old 'she's kind of overweight, but she's got a lovely personality' type flattery if you ask me.

Anyway, I told her she'd made way too much of it, that everything was fine and set about to do what I was going to do before the unnecessary confrontation cropped up.

Speaking of weight, I have no idea if she had gotten down to her desired one because I don’t know what she looked like before her diet.

 

Short and sweet - the show was fun.

The Octagon is a good sounding venue and the people were really friendly.

Sound familiar?

Good.

I’m not looking for that to change any time soon.

 

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April 29th   At the hotel, an hour before checkout
 
I can be such a whinging idiot!
I mean, seriously.
I fretted because the internet was dodgy and the TV reception sucked and blahblahblah.

I just took a walk out back of the hotel and found some of the loveliest rolling hills and valleys with a 'secret garden' where I could have spent most of every day reading outdoors in the sun.
I hardly even even turn the TV on in hotels and, really, screw the internet!
What is my problem???
I can tell you what it is...
I'm so sick of living in hotels that I get tunnelvision.
They all seem the same.
And, for the most part, they are.
But this one wasn't and I didn't allow myself to see that.
I could kick myself for being such a baby.
Oh well...maybe I'll stay here again someday.
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggggggggh.

 
A lady in the autograph queue last night told me she never wants to see me with a band again.
I assume she meant because she prefers my solo shows, which is cool.

Now, I've also been told in the past that certain folks prefer seeing me with full instrumentation.

That's why I work in both formats and I'm lucky I can.
It's kind of a skewed way of saying it tho.
Reminds me of something John W used to do to me all the time.
I would walk into the dressing room before a show and he would say 'See, now that shirt looks good!', leaving me to wonder if I had ever worn anything that looked 'good' in the past.
 
You know what?
I have 45 minutes before we leave and, even tho the day is a bit greyer than it's been for the last few, I'm gonna go back out side where I was about 30 minutes ago.
See you tonight if you're going.
 
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April 29th   The Playhouse, Weston-super-mare
 
Got the hotel late last night.
Thought I'd better get as much rest as I can with three down and two more to go.
Hence, the late entry.
 
I like The Playhouse.
Nice sounding venue.
Great, helpful, friendly staff that are always glad to see us back there.
And that 'good vibe - child of the 60s? uh huh - must permeate the audience because they're also always a very happy and demonstrative bunch.
A loose, fun show with a few exchanges between us the kind that make that night different from every other one.
I love those moments.
It's why I tour alone so much.
I just can't get that intimacy out of a crowd with a band.
It's a whole other set of circumstances.
The people don't feel as free to communicate back to me when there are others up there with me.
Stands to reason, I guess.
Afterwards at the m&g, one gentleman said that he was leaving there with whole new view of me after seeing the show.
By the way he was grinning and shaking my hand I took it to be a good thing.
To tell you the truth, if I didn't honestly believe that I still had things about me an audience can discover I would really feel like I was just treading water til the sharks arrive.
I have to think that if you only knew me from the Hook days and came to see me now you'd easily be able to recognize who I was and maybe even be surprised by who I am.
Otherwise, what's the point?
'To make money, asshole!!!' I can hear some of you -and you know who you arecrying out loud.
At the height of Hook's world fame I/we didn't take home all that much money and certainly didn't wind up with what most folks must imagine we did at the end.
While it's true that it was very, very expensive to tour internationally all year with 7 band members and 5 guys in the crew, you'd really have to ask the powers that were exactly what happened...and believe me, I'm not proud to have to say that.
I wish to hell I would have paid more attention to the less 'fun things' back then - like my future security, for instance.
I have no one to blame but myself. 

I'm backstage at The Riverfront in Newport.

Did  my soundcheck.
Another nice sounding room.

With lots of shows in a row it's nice not to have to fight the acoustics.
Again, much of that is down to Simon.
We played somewhere the other night and everyone was telling me how great it sounded out there, but a singer who had worked the same room many times told me she always found the sound there to be difficult.
Tells you something, no?
You need the right people.
No matter what you do.
It took me 40 years, but I found them.
(Long, relieved siiiiiiigggghhh).

Ok, time to iron tonight's chicken suit!
 
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April 30th      The Riverfront, Newport
 
 
Fourth consecutive show out of five tonight.
It went very well, but I may struggle to say something I haven't already said about the other shows.
The audience was a bit more reserved than some but I never mind that.
It usually only means they're listening.
How could I bitch about that?
Lots of folks at the m&g made it a point to tell me that they thought the setlist was 'perfect'
A taste of everything I've done and do.
That makes me feel pretty f8cking good.
Lots of people I've seen before and everyone dragged someone along with them.
Gotta love the dragees!!!
We leave midday tomorrow and head to the venue in Dartford.
No hotel because we're going home after the show.
It will be nice to recharge for a few days.
I will be doing a handful of interviews tho I don't what they are yet.
I'm glad some of you take it upon yourselves to find and post them or links to 'em when you do.
It's really difficult to find out when things will be aired or go to print.
Still waiting to hear about the Saturday Express.
OK, I ordered some food - first thing I've eaten today - and it just arrived.
Later, friends. ~

Post dinner -
 
I wanted to mention the Royal Wedding, just briefly.
I didn't watch it when it was happening, but I couldn't miss catching bits and highlights on every channel last night.
At the core all the pomp and ceremony that you know must come with an event like that there seemed to me to be, simply put, a happy,normal, young couple getting married.
For an event viewed by two billion people around the globe what I saw looked very comfortable and homey.
I'm a card carrying cynic.
I'm not very tolerant of much that is pretentious and overblown and not given to 'make believe', but, right now, with all the uncertainty in the world, all the scary shit that goes on daily, who would I be to begrudge the UK and the world a bit of fairytale for a little while? ~

 


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May 1st   The Orchard, Dartford
 
Nice venue, this place.
Probably why we recorded the Hits and History DVD here several years back.
The audience were very cool.
Really open to anything.
And, let's face, it, I try to give them a bit of everything and anything.
It all depends what crops up.
I'm pleased that my energy level stayed up for 5 consecutive nights.
There is nowhere to hide and nothing to lean on in the solo shows.
I told Adrian after the show that a performance feels I've played football.
Very physical.
It doesn't seem to shatter me, but it's a workout and a half.
Adrian said he didn't recall any footballers doing a meet and greet after the games.
'OK, Wayne! Dry off. You have five minutes and we're out to meet the people!!!'
I think there would be much profanity and trashing of the locker room at that point, don't you?
So, I'm typing this from home and here I'll be until Friday when we head to Epsom.
Hope everyone has yet another lovely bank holiday.
Jeez, I worked straight thru everyone's days off.
Thanks to those folks who spent theirs with me.
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OK, so they conveniently got Bin Laden over the bank holiday and never even disrupted the world's romance with The Royal Wedding.
What fortuitous timing, huh?
Makes you think even big news events are planned and announced according to a programming schedule, doesn't it?
So, they tell us the world is ultimately a safer place without our favorite arch enemy out there plotting our destruction and then they tell us that the security alert all over Great Britain is on SEVERE, which means a terror attack is highly likely, because of some sort of retaliation for Bin Liner's assassination.
But, then they also tell us that the security has been on SEVERE for the past year.
They just get to scare us with it again, in case we'd gone on with our lives and, momentarily and unpatriotically, forgotten the constant danger we're in.
Meanwhile, some other cave dweller has hopped up into the camel seat and is continuing Al Quaeda's cause.
As I saw posted somewhere, now, if we can only find Bush, Blair and Cheney! 
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May 6th    Backstage, Epsom
 
It's come to my attention lately that there are a whole lot of absolutely shitty quality Hook tracks being posted on YouTube (and MyFace).
The ones I'm talking about are mostly embarrassingly homemade and pointless videos of unreleased cuts from a proposed CBS album that never saw the light of day and seem to originate from Norway.
No doubt someone obtained this material surreptitiously (Google translate, anyone?) - let's just say, I didn't give it to them - and have taken it upon themselves to expose it to the public, saying they think it's about time that people get to hear it.
A few things -
One, when did they become the keepers of the Hook legacy and the ones to make decisions like that?
And, two, and most importantly, the sound of the tracks SUCKS!
Full of hiss and tape noise.
Some of them don't even start at the beginning and a few have sound dropouts in the middle of them.
They've been taken from old studio cassettes.
Probably copies of copies of copies.
I know.
I have original copies and even they don't sound very good.
These so-called 'fans' don't give a shit about our professional pride or quality control.
It's what they think is right that matters to them.
Bullshit!
You know what it really all comes down to, don't you?
"Look what we have that you don't!!! Nyah nyah nyah nyah!"
They can't be 'helping' a band that ended almost 30 years ago or 'sharing' anything that anyone else can get.
These tracks can't be purchased.
I know there is nothing I can do about any of it being posted - whoever gave them the stuff in the first place should be ashamed of themselves - but I certainly can say how arrogant I think they are and how much I think it SUCKS THE BIG ONE!
And, believe me, they'll see this.
They see everything I or you post on this site.
And, I'll hear all about how they puff up and defend themselves, tho there is no acceptible excuse in this case.
So, OK,  'ex-spurts', go have another wank on YouTube, even if it isn't your dick.
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May 6th    The Playhouse, Epsom
 
Long day.
Lots of sitting around.
Left early enough to miss any Friday traffic and there wasn't any.
So we checked into the hotel for about an hour and went on to the gig.
8 o'clock show start tonight which meant I went on at 9.
Like I said, long day.
Nice venue.
Friendly audience.
Seemed the men were the most vocal and demonstrative tho.
Whatever works, huh?
 
So, I hear that Macca got engaged.
He waited until The Royal Thingy was over and I'm sure he has a direct line to the White House and was told to hold off his announcement until after the mission in Pakistan.
The man likes to be married or so it seems.
I wish him all the luck in the world and hope his kids like his choice of partner this time.
It was a drag to see their closeknit family fray at the edges over the last Mrs Mac, especially seeing as they were all pretty much on the money about her.
Personally, I thought it was incredibly sweet that a man of his experience, influence and affluence could have such terrible judgement when it came to matters of the heart.
The heart is alot like the 8ball.
In the game of 8ball, the same shot either wins or loses the game, depending on when you make it.
With the heart, the same organ that keeps us alive can make us wish we were dead.
 
Ooooh, Kerry Katona: The Next Chapter is about to start on ITV2.
Bet you even money it's alot like the last chapter and probably a good bit similar to the one after this.
She's a walking accident...and we love to slow down to gape.
And, as long as we do, she'll be sure to keep self destructing for a paycheck.
 
And, to close, Al-Quaeda says it was definitely Bin Laden that the Navy Seals got and we're all gonna pay now.
You know, it seems like we've been paying everyday since that sunny day in September of 2001.

Leaving at midday tomorrow, so I'm gonna attempt to wind it down.

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May 7th   The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
 
There have been quite a few places on this tour that I've not played before.
This was one of them.
Nice place.
Sounded good.
Great, helpful, friendly staff.
The audience seemed comfortable too.
You can always tell.
As soon as I walked out onto the stage and started talking I could feel a certain level of attentiveness.
Right away.
A gentleman at the m&g afterwards said he was 'worried about the audience' at the beginning of the evening but he thought they were great once it got going.
I thought they were great from the jump.
Guess you had to be where I was.
Best view in the house.
 
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Leaving early.
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May 12th    Back on the road
 
Adrian and I left today to avoid the Friday afternoon traffic,
It's a pain to get to the hotel and just sit for a night when I could have been home, but it's an even bigger drag to be stuck, bumper to bumper, with a show looming in a few hours.
The next several days are all forward motion.
Two shows, home Sunday, into London early on Monday for BBC stuff, including a 'live' shot with Robert Elms at 2:30, off Tuesday and back into London on Wednesday for The Bloomsbury show.
There's a lengthy break after that, but it looks like it may get filled in with a few things.
June is jammed full.
If I'm smart (am I?) I will just keep moving until after the blues festival on July 31st.

We're in the same hotel for the next three nights which means I don't have to drag everything everywhere.
I have a flight worthy wardrobe case (given the affectionate monicker of 'Miss Garland') that goes with the gear so my gig clothes (and various necessities and sundries) are always there when I arrive.
It saves me a lot of trouble.
Well, time to sit quietly until about 4pm tomorrow afternoon.
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggggggggggggghhhhhh...
 
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May 13th     The Grand, Swansea
 
We're almost halfway thru the tour schedule.
It starts getting harder and harder to find new things about the individual shows as time goes by.
That's only because they've all been pretty damned good so far.
The Grand is a lovely theatre.
Looks good and sounds good.
Saw an old friend, Pete Jones, that I hadn't seen in awhile.
Pete did the stage monitor mix on the Love Songs and Out Of The Dark tours many years ago.
To be honest, Pete is the only person from those days I'm in touch with.
And with very good reason.
Ahem!
Anyway...
Tonight's audience were a pretty lively bunch.
They seemed happy to see me and were very responsive.
What else could I want, huh?
Lots of friendly folks at the m&g after the show.
On to Pontypridd tomorrow.
Won't leave the hotel until late afternoon so tick, tick, tick.
Guess I'll read...sleep...and read some more.
Spent most of today trying to get my email server to connect and, then, for a little while, it wouldn't let me send an email.
Seems to have sorted itself out.
Thank goodness!
When it all goes wrong all I can do is sit, scratch my head and cry.
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May 14th    Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd
 
What a nice audience I had tonight!
Lots of old friends and a good many 'dragees' (those who have been dragged to my show by folks who have seen me before).
I like the new people.

Gives me alot to prove.
I mean, when you have people who might have known about you for a long time but time but have never had the occasion to actually see what you do, you certainly don't want them leaving the venue thinking, 'Oh, I guess we should have seen him years ago, when he was good.'
I must say I'm pleased how welll the setlist is being recv'd.
My choice of songs takes a few chances and offers some surprises but I think there are a few solid payoffs along the way as well.
I swear I wouldn't have it any other way.
If I can't gauge how I'm doing today...right now! , then I'm left trying to recreate a time in the past when I think I was doing OK.
And, since I had the audacity to keep breathing in and out and continue to think aesthetically about what I do I may as well humor myself and see how far I can take it.
I can only thank the folks who have come on this one way journey with me.
I try my hardest to make it all mean more than just treading water until the sharks arrive.
Tho, in my heart I know it probably doesn't.
Let's face it, whether you have it all or very little of it, once you're gone, you're gone.
You're not gonna be around to be proud or regretful.
Today is it, ladies and gentlemen.
I can't blame people for wanting there to be more.
An afterlife.
They tell you life is a gift and promise you eternal happiness if you live that life a certain way.
When I was about 4 years old I had my tonsils taken out.
They used to just yank 'em out without any real reason back then
I remember the nurse trying to put the 'gas mask' over my nose and mouth so they could knock me out (primitive, no?) but she was getting alot of resistance from me.
The doctor said to me, 'If you put the mask on and count backwards from 10, by the time you get to 6 you'll see cartoons'.
Hey! I was 4.
We were talking about cartoons here!
I tried it.

About the time I got to eight I was starting to slide under the anesthetic and I can clearly recall thinking, 'You lying bastard!' or the 4 year old equivalent of that.
In any case, it shaped the way I think.
Don't promise me cartoons if there are no cartoons.
That kind of conduct only serves to breed skeptics.
Imagine my surprise when I started going to church and they promised me heaven...albeit conditionally.
Ehhhhhhh...I'll take my chances right here on this earthly plain, thank you.
I don't plan to do anything so bad that it will warrant me burning forever in the fires of hell anyway.
A slap on the wrist, perhaps.
But eternal anguish???
Nah.
I'll never come close to that level of bad.
 
Home in the morning.
Actually, only 7 hours from now.
Into London early on Monday for a few down the line BBC interviews at Broadcast House and the Robert Elms show on BBC London in the afternoon.
I could have used the day off and done without having to drag my guitar on the train, but promotion is all part of it.

It's for my benefit.
 
Next gig is The Bloomsbury in London on Wednesday.
Always a nice evening there.
I anticipate another one.
Without taking it for granted.
 
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Early start this morning.
Certainly earlier than I desired, seeing as I only got home late yesterday.
But, I was up and on a train by 9, dragging an acoustic guitar which was to be used on the Robert Elms show later in the day.
Because of a screwup...ok...I left home without my phone or money and had to go back for it....I got on a later train than I intended to.
I arrived at the BBC at about 11:28, said hello to Andy who, I believe, helps traffic all the down the line interviews that through there (forgive me, Andy if you actually own the joint and I just sold you short), walked into one of the studios, sat down, picked up the headphones and heard someone say, 'Is that Dennis?'.
I plopped the phones on my head as I was saying 'Yes, it is' and didn't stop talking until the line disconnected.
The 11:30 was with Liz Rhodes at BBC Cambridge and the next, at noon, was with Adam Pope at BBC Leeds.
If I correctly remember what I was told, the former  will go out tomorrow and the latter, later this week or early next.
It great to be able to do these chats with broadcast quality and have it sound like I'm there with the presenter and not on the phone.
There was one more scheduled for 1:45, with BBC West Midlands but someone was taken ill - not me - and it was postponed until next week.
This let me with almost two hours on my hands.
Too much to have to kill, but not really enough time to engage myself too deeply in anything
I walked, had a quick bite, walked some more.
Finally collected my guitar from the studio and Andy walked me around the corner to BBC London.
There has been so much construction taking place around that area in the past few years that every time I go to do tour interviews I have no idea where anything is.
No, let me restate that.
It's mostly all where it was.
You just have to go a different direction every time to get there.
So, it was helpful watch Andy disregard the wooden walls that had been put up around the entrance to the building I needed to be in.
It looked like a NO ENTRANCE deal to me.
I probably would have assumed I was in the wrong place and wandered off, ending up even further from the right place.
Thanks, Andy.
Anyway, I waited for the show's producer, Graham, to come down to the foyer and take me up to the studio.
A slot on Robert's show is always short and sweet.
Maybe 15 minutes?
But we always seem to get so much said and done in that amonut of time.
We talked about the book, from which I was asked to read a few selections.
That caught me off guard and, knowing time was tight, I was left wondering if I'd blurted out the right ones.
But, NEXT!
We touched on Post Cool, Robert played the track Standing As tall As I Can and I attempted a 'live' She Don't Care, sans clarinet solo.
Or any solo, for that matter.
Where's Pete Brown when I need him?
We closed by mentioning the Bloomsbury gig.
See? Like I said.
Lots of content, wrapped up in a concise package.
Thanks to Robert (and Graham) for the valuable and coveted air time.
John Taylor met me at the studio on his way somewhere else and took my guitar off my hands/back.
Good damned thing too!
The train home was crowded and hot, with nowhere I could have stashed that cadaver in a hardcase.
I would felt like an immigrant with a goat.
So, that was my day.
A bit of a travel slog, but it's always gonna be communication at all costs.

Hey! This kind of stuff benefits me.
It's nice that so many people still want to talk to me after all these years.
I mean, after all, they could have had a health and nutrition expert on with her bestselling cookbook, 'I'm Getting Fat On You Being Skinny!' or a doctor of something or other telling us ways we can all stay alive long enough to die.
But, yet, they chose me.
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Alot later than usual, but here I am.
As this month winds down and we get into June I'm going to have less and less time at home, so there are things I'm having to take care of now, while I can.
A Bloomsbury gig is always a nice night for me and, it seems, for the people who attend.
Very vocal and familiar, they were.
Like we're picking up where we left off the last time.
I swear I don't know how 'famous' artists cope.
I mean, even on the small scale of celebrity I have to contend with it can be unnerving.
Most people I meet are already in the middle of a relationship with me.
Whether it's because Hook's and, now, my CDs were and are always taken on family trips or because someone identified or agreed with something I said on the radio or on my blog, I can find myself smack in the middle of a personal conversation immediately after and sometimes instead of 'hello'.
And not only at the m&gs following the shows.
I was sitting, having tea and reading The Independent one afternoon awhile back and I recv'd a quick phonecall and hung up.
I suddenly heard this male voice say 'Well, you certainly seem to be in a better mood today.'
There was a fella sitting across from me, smiling at me, to whom I said 'Excuse me?'
He said 'Well, the other day I saw you walking down the street and you were on your phone, effing and blinding, and I thought 'oh, I'd hate to be on the other end of that call. He's in a bad mood!''
Oh, really?
OK.
So I said, 'I'm from New Jersey, my friend. Effing and blinding is no gauge of what kind of mood I'm in. That's how I speak.'
He just looked at me, I suppose searching for a comeback, but I went back to my newspaper and that was that.
I've seen the guy several times since and he's tried to engage me, but, honestly, as communicative and open as I usually am to everyone, he pissed me off with his assumptions and I have chosen to blank him.
So, if you're reading this, my tall intruder, looking for bits to talk to me about in the coffee shop, forget it.
You lost me without even as much as an 'hello'.***
Running with the East Coast US theme, there was a couple from New Jersey, or should I say a f8cking couple from f8cking New Jersey, at the f8cking London show.
The wife, Sharon, had emailed me and told me she was going to bring her husband, Tommy, over to the UK to see my show, as a birthday surprise for him.
I suppose the trip itself was not a surprise, unless there was a powerful anesthetic employed and, TA-DA! Heathrow!
I didn't know them, but their accent rang a clear bell.
Nice folks!
Safe f8cking trip home, S&T.
I had an irate email when I got home from the gig, from some guy who must fancy himself a professional photographer - I say that because he insisted on dropping lens types and other technical crap into his patter...like I care - and was indignant because he was asked not to take any photos even tho there were a couple of actual professional photographers snapping them during the show.
He said he was told that I didn't want any pics taken while I was onstage.
Everyone who has been to a show knows that this is not a concern nor a policy of mine.
As long as no one is annoying or inconveniencing anyone else, I don't mind.
He closed by saying he would not be sending me any photos if that's the way I choose to treat my fans.
I replied (oh, yes, I did!) and told him, basically, that I have other things to think about during a show and that, while I was sorry he was misled I didn't appreciate coming home at 2AM to nasty email like his.
No further communication came thru.
Click!
 
I have a few days off, with the exception of a couple of interviews on Monday.
BBC Newcastle is the one I can recall right now.
Almost halfway thru the tour, but I'm not letting my breath out just yet.
As I said, June gets a little nuts, with weeks and weeks of hotel rooms and back to back shows.
There's an interesting 'Shel' project in the works, but I don't have all the details yet.
More when I have more.
Looks like I'll be doing another set of liner notes for the next 'remastered' Hook reissue - Making Love and Music/Live in The UK.
Separate and part from all of that that, there are a few personal and legal 'I's to cross and 'T's to dot.
Always an extreme pain in the ass, but it comes with the territory.
What territory is that, you ask?
Why, maintenance on the integrity of the legacy, of course.
In other words, clean up on that which gets pissed upon.
 
See you at the post-rapture show in Buxton.
That's, of course, if you're not sucked up into the heavens.
I'm sure that, even if I accidentally get caught in the updraught, I'll be quickly spat back out and down to terra firma.
If and when you get beyond those pearly gates, do me a favor...send a postcard.
That's all it would take.
Hey! I wanna believe.
Just can't do the blind faith thing.
 
OK.
Later??? ~ 


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1) The rapture is a reality and 2% of the world's population is swept up to heaven while the other 98% of us goes straight to a somewhat warmer climate.
 
2) A national UK newspaper (The Saturday Express) finally does a magazine feature on me.
 
As far as I've been told, one of them is definitely going to happen today.
The unsettling thing is I'm not sure which it will be.
I'm putting my money on #1. ~

Well, I've had the Saturday Express piece described to me and, from what I can gather, it drags me back 40 years! 
We originally did a really cool, comprehensive interview about my life today and the state of the world and the music business and philosophy and, and, and...they apparently used very little of it.
Now I'm praying for the rapture to happen. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... ~


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May 21st     Whatever Happened To Integrity???
 
The Saturday Express has asked if I would do their bog standard Whatever Happened To...? feature a few times in the past and we've always turned them down.
So, they went ahead and tricked me into doing it this time by saying it was going to be a piece about me.
They actually said it was my new book that really got them interested.
How wonderful to hear then that it isn't even mentioned.
OK, excuse me while I extrapolate something positive out of this and get on with my life...
Worse case - They bullsh*tted me into participating in an interview I would NOT have done otherwise.
Best case - Whatever happened to Dr Hook? Well, according to this write-up, nothing happened to them.
They're completely over, but I'm still around.
Better than nothing and, ironically, closer to the truth than some pieces I've seen and they didn't even try.
Of course, it makes me wonder whatever happened to the great, in depth interview we actually did?
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May 25th       Buxton
 

Came up a day early.
Always safer when you have a pretty long way to go.
I'm glad to have the night to just lay around.

The last few days have required early mornings and I always have a late night, even when it's leading to an early start.
I'm not very far from the Opera House -'mi,mi,mi,mi,mi' - so I'll just walk over for the soundcheck.
This will be one of those rare times I'll be perfectly happy to have alot of time to just sit.
Or lie down, which just might be the case.
Three shows in the next three nights.
Then home for a few, but the Shel Silverstein project I mentioned several days ago is scheduled for Tuesday in London.
Not trying to be coy.
I'll fill you in when I have all the details.
OK.
I'm here.
I'm tired.
I have nowhere to be for a lonnnnnnng time.
Later, folks. ~

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The church bells sure do ring alot in Buxton.
Sometimes for a while, sometimes only a few chimes.

I haven't been able to work out a pattern.
It doesn't seem to be as simple as on the hour.
They rang at 4:15 today and again at 4:30.
Walked around is the pissing rain today, trying to find something to eat that wasn't a friggin' sandwich.
Finally found a little place to get scrambled eggs and beans...no toast!

The audience was very cool tonight.

Made me feel welcome long before I said or sang a word.
Lovely theatre.
A real example of 'they don't make 'em like that anymore'.
I had a nice time and I think the people did too.
Long queue at the m&g.

I was a little hungry when I got back to the hotel, the eggs and beans having long been worked off.

Had a look at the in-room menu to see what my '24 hour choices' were.
Not much, as it turned out.
I decided on the soup (chef's choice) and a, uhhhhm, chicken and bacon sandwich.
I don't eat much bacon but it sounded good to me tonight.
I rang room service and attempted to order.
Me: Can I get the soup, please. Whatever kind is fine
RS: Oh, I'm sorry. We don't do soup at night.
Me: But it says '24 hours'.
RS: Sorry, sir. It's not on the menu anymore.
As if it would suddenly have disappeared when I looked again.
It was still there.
Me: Ok, then. Can I get the chicken and bacon sandwich on brown bread, please.

RS: Oh, we don't do anything with bacon on it at night, sir.
Me: Uh, but it says...
RS (interrupting): No, sir.
Me; Can I get a chicken sandwich without bacon then?
RS: Yes, sir.
Me: OK then, I'll have that and a diet Coke with some ice and lemon.
RS: Very good, sir. That should be up shortly.
The soup would have been a nice touch but it wasn't too bad a result as I was wondering if I really needed the bacon anyway.
I went about my business, packing.
About 15 minutes passed and the phone rang.
ME (full of trepidation): Hello?
RS (a different voice): Yes sir. This is room service. We're putting your order together (?) but I'm afraid we don't have any chicken. Is there anything else you'd like?
I took a quick look at the menu and ordered a smoked salmon sandwich before it got any later.

Hotels.

Siiiiiiiiiiiggggggggggh.
Can't even jump out a window because they only open a crack.

Just in case.
You never know when someone just might suddenly wanna throw themselves out of one of them.
Leaving a scrawled note - 'Noooooo  f8cking soooouuup!'
You know?
 
Leaving at noon tomorrow.
More from Solihull. ~




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Sometimes when an act goes from playing clubs to bigger venues and, in their decline, back to smaller venues and clubs, you can hear them start to say things like 'Yeah, we wanted to get back to the people. Those big venues were real impersonal and they were bringing us down.'
The old 'I'm living in the street because being a homeowner just isn't my thing' routine.
The reason I'm saying this is because it sort of relates to where I am right now.
How can I put this?
I'm not waiting for big success with number one singles and chart albums.

I've not tailored my life to that.
I wouldn't want to do most of the things I'd have to do to even get a small shot at all that.
I'm not looking for world domination or unimaginable wealth.
Maybe at one time, with Hook, it all seemed within my grasp so I went for it.
Whatever it took.
Long tours, all over the world, and then, to the studio to record while I had the time 'off'.
Personal life be damned.
Don't get me wrong.
Nobody was holding a gun to my head.
I enjoyed the success I had with Hook.
Didn't wind up with much in the way of security when it was all over.
It wasn't set up that way.
We were like a shark.
As long as we were moving we stayed alive.
But, on a purely human level, I was young guy, getting to travel the world, doing what he loved to do.
Just immature enough to be able to rationalize how my young family back home would simply have to understand that these opportunities don't come rolling thru Union City, New Jersey every day.
And, to tell you the truth, I don't know any other way we could have achieved the level of international success we did without all our traveling.
The Hook experience had it's plusses.
The minuses came after the fact.
When it ended and we all realized that might have been it.
THE BIGGEST THING WE'LL EVER DO!!!
The last 26 years - 1986 to 2011 - post-Hook to POST COOL have taught me alot about myself.

I found out I wasn't motivated by money.
There have been many times when I could have used the cash but passed on the project because it didn't feel right.
And a lot of things I took part in for nothing or next to because they did feel right.
Right for me.
I've been there.
Where you do whatever it takes just for the spotlight or the bankdraft.
I'm not there anymore.

Haven't been for along time.
Stopped feeling that about 1984.
Hence, Dr Hook's ONE AND ONLY Farewell Tour the next year.
I've recorded albums because I'd written some songs I liked and felt I should do something with them.

I don't see any real money on any of the various bits of commercial product I release.
If a CD or a DVD winds up paying for itself and nothing more, I've always run on the premise that's it's worth releasing.
An actor doesn't do the same film over and over.

Well, OK. Some of them do.
A painter doesn't cover each canvas the same way.
If your brain keeps working, yippee for you!
To deny it is crippling and insane.
If your life goal is and has always been to make alot of money and keep making it and you've lucked onto something that does just that then, by all means, grab it in your jaws like a pitbull and shake it until it is or you are well and truly dead.
But, on the other hand, if you've had success at something, then cool, but, is that it?
Are you done now?
Is it little unnerving to venture away from the winning formula?
I mean, what if the next thing you do isn't as big and important as the last one?
You know...the BIG one.
Isn't that gonna suck?
All depends what you're looking for.
I have an audience who wants to know what I'm thinking and feeling right now.

The venues and crowds were bigger at first, when I was a novelty -'Hey! That guy from Dr Hook is back!' - when alot of folks thought I was here again to bask in the light of a star that is no longer actually there.
Over the last several years my following has become more select and specific and is now growing again from that core.
Not the ones who come because they wanna hear one particular song or to attempt to recapture some long ago feeling that I simply do not have the desire or will to be the keeper of.
The past, for better or worse, has made me whatever I am now.
And that's what I want people to see.
However many people that is.
Let's see...3,000 see me struggle to pretend to be who I 'used to be' or 300 come to appreciate whoever I am today?
Call me a damned fool (I heeeeaaaaar you!), but I like today.
The venues I'm playing these days suit what I do these days.
If they and the crowds get bigger it will be for the right reasons.

I've learned more about myself post-Hook than I ever did before or during.
All you learned in that whirlwind environment was a handful of pretty useful tricks and how to do them over and over.
Until times changed and they didn't work anymore.
Or until it became 'nostalgia'.

 
Nice bunch of folks out there tonight.
They weren't sure, couldn't have been sure, what I was gonna give them, but they seemed very pleased by what they got.
And that's the word I want to be spread.
 
Redhill tomorrow.
Home tomorrow night.
Oh, they had the soup tonight.
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Saw an old friend tonight.
A guy I've known since our schooldays.
Paul Woods and his lovely wife.
They live in California, but Maureen is an English girl, so they have occasion to come over every so often to visit her family.
This is the second time they've been to one of my shows.
The first was on the Hits and History tour.
So they've witnessed two verrrrrry different presentations.
Nice fella is Paul.
A sincere, gentle man.
And, being from New Jersey, he says 'f8ck' as much as I do.
Always as an adjective or an noun tho.
Hardly ever as a verb.
So, profane, perhaps.
But prurient or salacious?
Nah.
Great to see them.

Made the show a little more 'special' to be doing it for a 'homeboy'.

The stage was level with the audience tonight.
All our feet were on the same floor.
I kind of liked it.
It eliminates the KING KONG affect - THE SPECTACLE UP THERE ON THE STAGE.
I mean, yeah, I get it.
It's supposed to be a spectacle.
But it's nice to know you can soar from ground level as well.
And, it also prevents me from later hearing, 'Oh, I thought you'd be taller!'
I'm easier to measure from the floor.
The people I'm singing and playing for on this tour are really like no other audiences I've had before.
I think I've found a base that might grow and stay with me just to see what I do next.
Symbiotic and selfperpetuating.
How f8cking cool is that?!?


We're off the road for about 10 days, but I am not without things to do.
On Tuesday, I'll be going into AIR studios in London, where we recorded the basic tracks for POST COOL, to read a dozen or so poems from a brand new Shel Silverstein book that's scheduled for release later this year.
These particular readings will used in animations on Shel's website, as with Shel's previous book, Runny Babbit.
Always wonderful to be thought of when it comes to Shel's work.
Our union always made perfect sense and, happily, still does.

More radio and newspaper interviews coming up, just not sure yet which or what.

Once we hit the road again on June 7th, it gets pretty hot and heavy for awhile.
Lots of back to back shows.
A few where I come home after, but then BAM!, hotels for a few weeks.
I'd liked to say I'm getting used to it, but how exactly does one get used to something so temporary by it's very nature?
Loving the shiows tho, folks.

Thanks very much for your support, encouragement and enthusiasm.
It's all I really have to go on.
 
OK, friends.
If anything interesting happens I'll be sure and let you know.
 
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Yesterday's recording session went well.
Actually went quickly too.
We had two 3 hr sessions of studio time booked but only used about half of the first one and I was headed back to the tube station.
I'm guessing they will determine which poems will have animations done based on which of the pieces read the best to them.
They probably have lots and lots of poems and drawings to choose from so we'll see what makes the finished book and where we go with an audio version.
Brings to mind the only 'review' I saw of my Runny Babbit recordings.
It was on Amazon and it was talking about the abridged CD they released with the book.
It said something like the narrator sounds like he had a sore throat and should have called in sick that day.
Made me laugh because, while my croaky rasp is a given, if ever there was a voice that made you wanna clear your own throat it was Shel's.

Nice day today.
Sat out, sipped some tea, read some of a book about Liz and Dick...Taylor and Burton, that is.
Ah, the old Hollywood stars.
Decadence and excess you could hang a career on.
 
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Went to see Jerry Seinfeld last night at the O2 Arena in London.
He was very, very funny.
He hadn't played in the UK since he did The Palladium in London, 13 years ago, so I was worried that he might try too hard to be contemporary and relevant but he seemed confident and relaxed and was every bit as good as he's always been.
He said some really great stuff, ending the night with a few words of heartfelt thanks to the UK audience for making him feel so welcome, so far from home.
I can relate.
Nice evening.

 
Heard yesterday that director Martin Scorcese has optioned the book I'm reading on Taylor and Burton for a biopic.
The book is titled Furious Love, by the way.
 
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Adrian and I left today to avoid any gig day panics.
Tomorrow night's show is the first of 4 in a row.
Back home Saturday night.
Have a few days off  - with a birthday stuck in there - and then, on the 18th, we're back out until July 4th.
This month is the KILLER!
Lots of shows, with many consecutive nights.
Every year I wonder how much harder it will be this time.
Like I said onstage last year, at a certain age, even if you feel perfectly fine, you can't help but wonder when that will start to change. 
If you want to really knows how old you are, be doing in your 60s what you were doing in your 20.
You'll know exxxxxactly where you've had to make adjustments.
I'm not made many concessions to my age so far.
Tick, tick, tick. 

I've seen a few 4 and 5 star reviews of Jerry Seinfeld at the O2.
I agree.
He really was excellent.

OK, folks.
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June 8th   The Library Theatre, Darwen
 
Whenever I sign in to this blog page the first post of the tour comes up.
February 22nd.
I was still home, but not for much longer.
Seems like a long time ago now.
The dates were a bit sporadic in those initial couple of months but they came more frequently as we moved along.
Now June into July doesn't stop.
I think almost half the shows on the entire tour are coming up in the next few weeks.
Let's hope it starts to feel like rolling down a hill.
 
I always have a nice time here at The Library.
I think the audience does too.
They were very attentive and appreciative tonight.
After last year's POST COOL full band assault I really wanted to make this solo outing the most intimate show I'd ever done.
Even more sat in your lap than any other solo tour I'd done.
It's nice to have and run with nothing more than a gut feeling - a hunch, if you will - and see it take shape and become something solid.
Of course, the tour officially ends at an outdoor festival - an environment where intimacy is not usually the order of the day - and the month of July ends with an appearance at a blues festival.
Don't ask.
I don't know.
I will show up and be as forlorned and miserable as I can be.
So I will be changing gears big time, right there at the end.

No coasting in to home for me.
No, indeed not.
Leaving the hotel about midday tomorrow.
Going to another hotel.
I'll hang out for a little while and we'll go to the venue.
I need to find a Boots in Halifax.
Nothing medical.
More cosmetic.
Ahem!
Too much and not enough information all at the same time, no?
Oh, by the way, sincere thanks to the folks who brought me the pre-birfday gifties tonight (the Green and Black's was exactly what I needed when I got back to the room and made myself a cup of tea).
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June 9th        New hotel

But this room looks exxxxxxxactly like the last room, only facing the opposite way.
Not complaining, mind you.
A little consistency in this inconsistent lifestyle is always a plus.
Otherwise, the variables are endless!
Hopefully, we haven't been put directly over the convention room like were in the last place.
We asked for a late checkout - 1PM - so we could get some rest.
Woke up about 8AM by lots of male voices, talking and laughing loudly.

Those same guys will be sleeping or at the bar while we're working tonight.
Grrrrrrr.
We leave for the venue in a couple of hours.
See you there if you're going. ~


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June 9th   The Victoria, Halifax
 
Tonight's audience was quite small.
Without pointing any fingers, I don't believe this particular show was very well advanced.
Example: The newspaper printed their article about me today (disappointingly headlined The Voice of Dr Hook Returns To Halifax).
Not what you could call alot of time to make plans to go out.
Anyway, the people who were there were brilliant.
That's all I can hope for these days.
With no current hits, no gimmick, no presence on radio or TV.
Reputation and word of mouth are all I have going.
But I can swear to one thing.
Just about everyone who comes to see me knows exactly who or what they are coming to see.
Those who are new to it all soon figure it out.
I haven't had any complaints so far.
We're leaving kind of early tomorrow so I'll make this a brief entry.
BIG thanks to the folks who made it their business to know I was in town tonight and got themselves to the gig.
I had a lovely time.
Later. ~



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June 10th   The Embassy Theatre, Skegness
 
I swear that an extraterrestrial visiting Skegness and looking to consume something that came from the large expanse of water Earthlings call 'the sea' would go away thinking that Pukka Pies, chips and sausages were all denizens of the deep.
I figured I could get a a nice seafood salad somewhere in this seaside town, but I was wrong.
If it's not fried, it's not sold.
NEXT!
 
The Embassy is always a nice place to play.
Good sound, great staff and stage crew.
Even the dressing room is a reasonable size and has a few comfortable chairs in it.
The crowd was very up for it tonight.
Lots of folks who have seen me before and a healthy handful of those who came along tonight at the recommendation of others.
Yes, 'dragees'.
Long queue at the m&g afterwards.
Even a few more people back at the hotel.
Young Holly, age 8, was in the lobby with her family and, according to her mum, refused to go up to their room until I got back there.
Not sure how they knew where I was staying, but they did.
A few more autographs and pics, a bit of a chat and it was off to the lift and my room.
 
Leaving about noon tomorrow and driving 4-5 hours to Tunbridge Wells.
I could not have a better traveling companion than Adrian.
The man seriously makes my day go as smoothly as is possible in every way and I, in turn, try not to make his any harder than it is.
There's no hotel because it's home after the show, so whenever we get to the venue, that's where we are until we're not.
These next few days off will be the last ones for awhile, so I must use them wisely.
Whatever that means.
 
Gonna go put out my Pukka Pie nets and try and wind it down now, so 'night all.
See you at our next stop, perhaps. ~
 

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June 11th    Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
 
What a long day it was.
Beginning with an abrupt 8:30 wakeup by housekeepers shouting - not talking loudly - shouting down the hall to each other .
One of them was right outside my door.
Three inches from my PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB! sign, which the hotel so kindly provides and the cleaning staff promptly and succesfully ignores.
I guess they think those little plastic hangy things actually soundproof the rooms once their on the door handle.
Like a force fiied of some kind.
Grrrrrrr.
 
It was a 4-5 hour drive to Tunbridge Wells...without traffic.
But, traffic there was.
Miles and miles of it.
On the dreaded M25, as usual.
It was a pretty nice day today so alot of folks were out for a walk in their cars, as an old acquaintance of mine used to say.
That, a couple of tunnels with blocked lanes and a jammed up tollbooth made it sloooooow going.
There was no hotel at the other end and no real rush to get to the venue hours early, but, sitting in the bumper to bumper melee of vehicles gets tiring, especially for Adrian.
Tonight's show was fun, but there were a couple of men in the first row - I never actually got a look at them - that laughed at the most inappropriate times.
During quiet moments in songs, after a particularly emotional lyric.
Once when I was talking fairly seriously about something.
Very strange. 
It sort of took me back a few times in the first half of the show and I found myself anxiously anticipating it for a while but they stopped that behavior and I soon worked past it.
For the most part tho, a lovely bunch and an enjoyable show from where I was standing.

I'm home now and will be until Thursday, but back here again after the Haverhill and Worthing shows.
Then, we're gone for almost 3 weeks.
That's nothing compared to the 'old days', but that's why they're called that.
They eventually got old.
Pushing 3AM.
I have mail to open and will probably bimble (I love that word!) around for a while before going in to read a book.
Did I say it was a long day?
So why do I act like this???
Later. ~
 

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June 16th     1:45AM
 
Nice chat with Sue Marchant on BBC Cambridge tonight.
It seemed to have a different feel to it, maybe because it was evening and I was home and relaxed (well, comparatively speaking anyway).
I was afforded more time than I was expecting.

Probably a result of me not giving Sue a chance to say much of anything, including 'Good-bye, Dennis!'.
Good to hear a POST COOL track as the closer.
Damn right!
 
It's back on my head tomorrow and I will stay in that position into the first week of July, with a British bouncy castle and an American motorfest along the way.
See you where I see you. ~

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June 16th     The stars concur...
 
 
My horror-scope for today -
 
Right now you could be thinking about your career, DL.
You might be wondering if you should change jobs.
It's good to consider the options.
Think about what you really want to be doing with your work.
Are you using your creative talents at your current position?
Are you mentally stimulated, or are you getting bored
?
You like to learn and to grow all of the time, and you need to have a career that allows you to do this.

 
 
So, as Paul Simon once asked, Who am I to blow against the wind? ~
 
 


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June 16th   Haverhill Art Centre
 
I'm so tired tonight!
That happens when I've been off for a few days because I never get rest when I'm home.
I stay up late and get up early.
In hotel rooms, I usually faint out of sheer mind numbing boredom by about 2AM.
Too many attractions and distractions at home.
 
Nice show this evening.
The audience seemed to like to laugh but were very quiet when the mood shifted.
I had some lovely comments about my guitar playing tonight.
Always surprises me because I don't rate myself as much of a virtuoso on the instrument - it's just there to accompany the singer - and my best nights are the ones I don't particularly think about my playing.
 
Adrian said we'd played this venue before - and I tend to believe him - but it didn't seem familiar to me from the outside and they all look a little similar backstage.
Of course, it could have been the dead of winter and pitch dark by 4PM the last time.
I may have put my head down against the wind and ran for the stage door for all I know. 
There wasn't much traffic on the road after the show but the road signs kept herding and diverting us for seemingly no reason.
One sign was flashing WORKFORCE IN THE ROAD, but after about 20-25 minutes of sitting in a long single lane of traffic on the M25 - yes, even at a quarter past midnight on a weeknight - it turned out to be nothing more than miles of those silly cones in the road for and that's all!
Not a single member of the 'workforce' in sight.
I'm sure we probably just missed the truck full of cones and the guys who put them out.
I'm also sure they were back collecting them after a little while.
That must have been the exercise.
It seemed to make no sense whatsoever but it managed to add an hour or so to what should have been a relatively short trip.
So I'm home tonight and tomorrow night and then it's bye bye for a while.
Lots of packing to do tomorrow.

We'll be all the way down south and just as far up north in the next few weeks.
No telling what kind of weather we'll encounter.
So I'll simply do the English thing and bring clothes to cover evvvvvvverything and anything Mama Nature can throw at us.
3AM.
I'd better be sensible and get horizontal.
Well, soon anyway.
 
'Night all. ~
 

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