TURNING JAPANESE . . . NAH

Brrrrr . . . . .  Cold here in Adelaide folks!
When we landed in South Australia yesterday we were greeted by a cold wind and with long delays to flights yesterday, it kind of felt like a long day.

When this Australian Tour was booked, there was negotiations going on to play New Zealand. In the end it never materialised, but we would have been heading over there next week, had that plan come together?  So I just want to say that my thoughts are with New Zealander's at this time of Earthquakes and turmoil in their lives, Smokie wish you the best of luck and hope things get back to normal soon . . . . One day we will pay a visit, I promise!

So; Since my last blog we have seen the Trump claim the White House . . . . . Not a fan, but hey! . . . . This is called democracy and we have to respect it, let's hope he can get the Great US of A back on track . . . . It's a country I love, so fingers crossed!

So what's been happening you ask? . . . . We played in Tasmania, Hobart and Launceston, two great gigs and I personally enjoyed my time walking the streets of Hobart taking in the sights and sounds that I sometimes take for granted whilst on tour.
Lots of sun in Hobart so I was firmly in front of the Lobster Lookalike Competition, feels great to look healthy though!
I ventured into the Maritime Museum in Hobart, which is run by charitable donations and Hobart has a huge boating history especially revolving round the Hobart to Sydney yacht Race . . . . There's a yacht in Hobart harbour built in 1942 that won the race twice, a feat never achieved since, being restored once again by charitable donations.

We played the Derwent Centre in Hobart. What a great venue, and a great crowd, who left their seats a little to quickly for security staff to catch them, in the end Security gave up and let Hobart lot get on with it!

On Saturday the 12th, Myself Mike and Terry drove up to Launceston, basically from the south of Tasmania back up north . . . . uneventful other than, an emergency wee stop for Terry who had to go round the side of the car after yours truly had missed the real toilets (I should have drove off and let all the tourists see an international rock star taking a piss on the main highway) . . . . just the sort of thing I love to do!
Launceston greeted us with grey cloud and rained most of the day . . . . I was seriously tempted to book a sunbed course . . . . Can you imagine going home without a suntan? . . . neither can I. Launceston was a great crowd though, Thank You Tazzy!

Delayed flight from Launceston on Sunday due to a technical issue on the plane and then storms into Melbourne meant the travel day was starting to drag . . . . I was sat next to a young stewardess who worked for Tigerair on the Melbourne to Adelaide leg and the Virgin Cabin manager came up to me and said "I hope your going to behave yourself"  What did she mean? . . . . I must have a mischievous look about me? the meaning of the adjective  mischievous is  "causing or showing a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way" . . . . Ahh well in that case . . . . that's probably me then!

Last night I went out with the crew lads, had my maximum three pints and some Japanese food that I was not exactly overwhelmed with. I'm writing this blog from the 13th floor of the Hilton in Adelaide . . . .  Time to get out of bed, Time to have some food (Not Japanese) and maybe do a repack of my suitcase for the trip out to WA tomorrow.

LOTR . . . . . "Life On The Road" . . . . great if you avoid that Japanese shit!


 

6 comments

  • Sanilav

    Sanilav West Yorkshire

    Thanks for sharing.Sounds like good fun but tiring.See you in Halifax in February next year x

    Thanks for sharing.Sounds like good fun but tiring.See you in Halifax in February next year x

  • Dave Wheelwright

    Dave Wheelwright Christie Downs

    I have a packet of seaweed from Japan my sister-in-law gave us I can bring this along tonight for you taste like fish shit ( i think ) Cheers from Dave and Wendy PS Don't forget to play "No Matter What" one of the all time best songs

    I have a packet of seaweed from Japan my sister-in-law gave us I can bring this along tonight for you taste like fish shit ( i think ) Cheers from Dave and Wendy
    PS Don't forget to play "No Matter What" one of the all time best songs

  • Michael skrypek

    Michael skrypek Adelaide south Australia

    Hi Guys My name is Michael and I am contacting you regarding your show in Adelaide on the 14th of November I am writing this with an extremely heavy heart. My Aunty Kathy Hayes had purchased some tickets to your show as she was a massive fan. Aunty Kath was suffering from cancer and had said that she was holding on as she wanted to finally see you guys live before she died. Unfortunately even though she was unbelievably brace My Aunty passed away 6 weeks ago and didn't get her dying wish. Her Daughter my mother which is her sister and myself will be attending the show in tribute to my Aunty Kathy. This will be an incredibly emotional night for my family and I was wondering if at all possible is there any chance you could possibly give her a shout out and possibly dedicate a song to her. I remember as a kid singing oh carol and living next door to Alice on the top of our lungs. Hopefully you can help pay tribute to a beautiful lady which was my Aunty. Thank you for your time and I look forward rocking out tonight at the show. 🤘🏻 Kind Regards Michael Skrypek

    Hi Guys
    My name is Michael and I am contacting you regarding your show in Adelaide on the 14th of November
    I am writing this with an extremely heavy heart.
    My Aunty Kathy Hayes had purchased some tickets to your show as she was a massive fan.
    Aunty Kath was suffering from cancer and had said that she was holding on as she wanted to finally see you guys live before she died.
    Unfortunately even though she was unbelievably brace My Aunty passed away 6 weeks ago and didn't get her dying wish.
    Her Daughter my mother which is her sister and myself will be attending the show in tribute to my Aunty Kathy.
    This will be an incredibly emotional night for my family and I was wondering if at all possible is there any chance you could possibly give her a shout out and possibly dedicate a song to her.
    I remember as a kid singing oh carol and living next door to Alice on the top of our lungs.
    Hopefully you can help pay tribute to a beautiful lady which was my Aunty.
    Thank you for your time and I look forward rocking out tonight at the show.
    🤘🏻
    Kind Regards
    Michael Skrypek

  • Kim

    Kim

    Thank you guys for including Tasmania in your tour as we are often forgotten by international artists. I travelled from Burnie (NW Coast) alone - 2 hour return trip in torrential rain but so totally worth it. First time front row seat experience for me and you were all fantastic. You have the best jobs in the world.

    Thank you guys for including Tasmania in your tour as we are often forgotten by international artists. I travelled from Burnie (NW Coast) alone - 2 hour return trip in torrential rain but so totally worth it. First time front row seat experience for me and you were all fantastic. You have the best jobs in the world.

  • Bev

    Bev Mandurah

    Hi Mick, following your blog, not right to go home from Oz without a suntan, may have a chance in Perth , heard it is 37 today and then a lovely 28 tomorrow (tues), then nah no good until Friday then back to about 25 degrees, see you in Bunbury.

    Hi Mick, following your blog, not right to go home from Oz without a suntan, may have a chance in Perth , heard it is 37 today and then a lovely 28 tomorrow (tues), then nah no good until Friday then back to about 25 degrees, see you in Bunbury.

  • Heather J White

    Heather J White Mt Gambier Australia

    MICK, I had the best time ever at your concert in Adelaide. Love Smokie band it's Epic.Thankyou so much for all the hard work you do for your fans and continue to do.I hope you really enjoyed Australia.Looking forward to your return.x

    MICK,
    I had the best time ever at your concert in Adelaide. Love Smokie band it's Epic.Thankyou so much for all the hard work you do for your fans and continue to do.I hope you really enjoyed Australia.Looking forward to your return.x

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