I just love playing live, I love being on the road, I've missed it . . . . . so glad to be back touring let me tell you!
Anyways let's have a quick catch-up. The annual Smokie charity dinner for Leukemia was as always a roaring success, I am happy to give my time to such a wonderful cause, I am also proud that Smokie continue to give " A little bit back" Shame that a particular hotel manager couldn't get into the spirit of the occasion that is all about Charity!
It was nice to go back to Bulgaria, although the shenanigans of a tour promoter left some fans seeking refunds on tickets for a show that had been cancelled weeks earlier. One despairs!
Anois . . . . . . `that's Irish for "Now" . . . . . I've really enjoyed that last three shows in Ireland with Smokie, The Irish really know how to enjoy music and I am quite overwhelmed at the support that we receive in Ireland, I love Vicar Street, what a gig!!!!
My TC G-System has been playing up a bit, I've gone through two in ten years, but felt that it was time to move on and have a change. I got myself a Line6 Helix system which is rather cool. I dig the reverbs and chorus sounds, but I've yet to nail the delays, but I'll get there eventually.
The Helix is a modelling multi-effects unit but as most gear-heads who know me, are well aware that I go nowhere near all that shit! . . . . . let me have my valves to make those drive sounds (but shh . . . never say never) It's taken me a couple of weeks to get my head round it and I think that I'll be very happy in the long run. Just a matter of persevering and tweaking over a few gigs that's all. I'm also tempted to put a line buffer in the chain, I must consult other gear-heads to gather a bit of info I'm thinking?
I'll share the story soon, but I pick up a new guitar soon down at British guitar builders - Gordon Smith. A GS1 specially made for yours truly, is being made as we speak. Always nice to get a new toy, maybe it'll give me a little inspiration . . . . . that is sometimes needed of course, maybe a killer riff will be born . . . . yes!!
On a lighter note Toblerone has created a new Ice Cream I notice . . . . FFS make no wonder I've gotta do eighty K's each morning on the bike . . . . Oh that reminds me, getting a new bike too!!!