Old Ideas Tour — Aug 15, Stockholm

IMG_5093And — we’re back. When Mallorca ended I must admit, I was torn between staying forever and getting the hell out; I think I was becoming acclimated to the great yellow ball and skin-sizzling heat. But with a schedule to keep we flew to Stockholm where the temperature was around half that of Mallorca. At 18ºC, it was cloudy and a bit rainy — magical. Waiting for us was our hotel, a very nice place I’d love to have spent a few days in. Nearby was an Indian restaurant where Dan and I wolfed delights and chucked back mega-sized Kingfishers; following the exercise in deliciousness, we discovered a pub with pinball machines. We did not play pinball.

Fast-forwarding to the following day, today, The Winning Team finds itself in the Globe, a cozy arena that seats approximately, oh I don’t know, a billion… READ MORE…

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Old Ideas Tour — Aug 2, Pula Show

IMG_4946I have yet to master the typographical equivalent of an exasperated sigh, but if I could, I would employ its power to precede the statement, ‘Dear baby Jesus it’s warm.’ It feels hotter and certainly more humid than yesterday; thank the Roman gods we set everything up already…  Read More

 

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Old Ideas Tour — Aug 1, 2013 — Pula Soundcheck

IMG_4912As someone mentioned around lunchtime today, there have been performances at the Pula Amphitheatre for around two millennia; you would think they’d get it right between then and now. Built by the Romans before Jesus played guitar, it is

 “the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved.”

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Old Ideas Tour — Jul 27, Vienna (Show)

According to a local security team member, we should expect the audience to be terribly slow at finding their seats. I believe the words went something like, “They’ll still be coming in during the last song.” This sort of local knowledge of course has the power to justify delaying a show, and suchly, we held the performance back for what may as well be a now-customary 15 minutes.

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27 Jul, Vienna (Day)

2013-07-27 08.37.25 copyGreetings from Vienna, from where we will not be making any Ultravox references. The paths from truck to the Wiener Stadthalle (halle D) stage were various, with different arteries leading to different spots of convenience for our equipment…

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Old Ideas Tour — 25 Jul, Ljubljana

Having set up yesterday and ensured everything was in good health, today’s early work consisted of changing some strings and polishing a few guitars before a healthy lunch of leek soup and vegan pizzas made with care by Chef Harry.

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An Apology and Explanation

Recently I shared something I ought not to have shared: that a couple of shows on the tour were cancelled; this was incorrect.

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