04 October 2010 A New Chapter!
Work has stated on the building of a new studio room that I'm hoping to move into at the end of October, very exciting!
I can feel a change in the air as wheels are beginning to turn and work looks increasing more busy. I'm in the studio at the moment with a brilliant new band called Brother who I think are going to be massive next year! watch this space.
13 October 2009 Vive la France!
Last week saw the end of the 'band' dates on Peter Doherty's solo tour with 3 wonderful shows reunited with Graham Coxon in France!
First up was Toulouse on Friday 2nd October. Adam, Drew, Stephen 'Lord' Large, Graham and myself arrived in the balmy warm temperature of Toulouse after flying from Gatwick and got stuck in horrendous traffic on the way to the venue. Nevermind, our hosts made us extremely welcome and after a good sound-check we looked forward to the evening show. It was great to have Graham back in the fold for these final dates and true to form, we played a wonderful set that stretched for nearly two hours! The bus set off after the show but Adam, Drew, Graham and I elected to stay in Toulouse and travel by train the following day with Philipe (the promoter) to Perpignan.
I must say, the trains in France are great and after a couple of hours we arrived in the picturesque town of Perpignan. Lunch was taken under the warm Southern French sky and then it was on to sound-check. The venue was slightly smaller than the previous night but it had a good vibe with doors open one side of the hall onto a courtyard (good job too because the temperature was hot)!. We played a blinder that night Peter was on great form and the band was completely in the groove after playing only the night before. Afterwards we sat in the courtyard sipping wine and eating local cheese, bathing in that warm afterglow of a job well done.
Next day it was trains again as we travelled North to Paris. I love Paris, such a beautiful city but hell, it's expensive these days! The show itself took place at the Zenith on the Monday and although it was good it didn't quite make the giddy heights we hit in Perpignan. The backstage area was invaded by fashion types (the Paris fashion week was in full flow) and I felt as if there were too many distractions. To be fair, the show got better as we progressed through the set and I remember Graham and I grinning from ear to ear as we tried to keep up with Adam, Drew and Peter through 'Fuck Forever'!
Next day it was back to blighty on the Eurostar and dull London drizzle. Graham texted me to say he had so much fun he wanted to do more gigs and I must say I feel the same. I would like to say a big 'thank you' to all involved in the PD dates this year. You know who you are and it's been a pleasure to be involved!