Good To Be Back In The UK!!

I’m just back in from playing a Rat Pack show in Darlington this evening. It’s really been a pleasure to get back and play with one of the British bands. The last two weeks have been an eye-opener in terms of the cultural differences between UK and US musicians; it seems, in short, that as I suspected over here we’re very good at playing things straight off and making them convincing, while in the US they tend to warm up to the music over a longer period. Therefore, despite having some great guys around me, we never really got the show up to the musical level I’m accustomed to in either San Antonio or Des Moines, before we had to move on. Conversely I went back in with a band comprising many friends, but who don’t necessarily play the show that often, and we roared!! Many thanks to Andy Flaxman, Keith Hutton and Bruce Douglas (aka The Trombones) in particular, who have frankly restored my faith in that instrument. Unusually, I’ve found the Trombones to be the weaker section over in The States thus far.

None of this should be taken as any kind of negative by anyone looking in. I’m intrigued to see how the musical experience rounds out across the country as we visit different cities in the coming months. I certainly hope that the musicians we’ve met so far prove to be indicative of the general standard nationwide. If so, the coming US tour dates will continue to go as well as it’s started!

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Happy Birthday to me!!! Thirty-two years old today and celebrating with a longish wait for a flight at Amsterdam Airport!

I’m on a 3 and a half hour layover on the way back from Des Moines. Should get back home at around 5pm after which I’m having dinner with my parents and then trying to recover from my jet-lag in time to get back to the show in Darlington tomorrow.

Maybe it’s beer o’clock….

Rat Pack US Tour

I’m pleased to announce that from October 2006, I’ll be joining The Rat Pack – Live from The Sands US Tour! Along with the West End cast of The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas, I’ll be travelling to 15 US Cities over the next several months.
Unfortunately, this means that I’ll be leaving my friends on the European Tour at the end of September. I’ll still be playing the remaining shows in Preston, Manchester and Bournemouth and popping up on some UK dates at the end of October in Darlington and Sheffield. We’ve had a great time together over the last 2 and a half years and I’ll miss being around the guys. Hopefully I can sub in with them at some time in the future.
Please keep an eye on the Schedule to see where we’re playing and come and say hello if you’re at the show…

Back on the Road (again)

Back to work then… After a great 4 weeks off from the show, it feels good to be heading back out again today. It’ll be great to see the chaps again and hopefully we can rediscover the joy in the music again, at least for a couple of weeks.

Right, off to Southend (boo)…