Tour Diaries

The Stranglers in Canada 2004

ok........
It is 36 hours since we landed in England from Aus and we are about to take off again....just the 7 hours to Canada this time.....tired,emotional,half-cut,vague and yet excitable.we are to hit our third continent in three days......and some choice weather brrrr (Aussie beach weather please!!!)....we arrive at 14.30 local time which is 5 hours behind the uk but 15 hours behind Aus..well western Aus that is.... - i think!..oh you can work it out for yourselves -  I don't really know any more but we now have the sticky task of remaining awake until a reasonable hour in preparation for the three shows out here....good night then.....

tues 19th oct....OTTAWA BARRYMORES THEATRE

...Not bad,a good 8 hours sleep ready for our journey up to Ottawa,a short (36 min)trip turns into a two hour trip as we cannot take off due to a technical failure-and it is not Daves keyboard rig for a change-.Eventually we are airbourne and in Ottawa....tonights show has also been moved due to slow ticket sales but the venue is really nice,a bit like a kind of multi tiered bordello...and a great acoustic.However when switching on the heating system it freaks out and goes up in flames....erm the Stranglers are in town then!Needless to say myself and Jet Black leave immediately as the gig fills with smoke-nice-....the crew are now running late and people are getting very agitated as you can imagine,also our fans have to be informed of the venue change which pushes our stage time back to 22.30 as opposed to 21.15...myself and JJ go over to little Italy for a big radio show to do an interview with a lovely lady called Kath who,on air is actually known as 'THE BEAR'.........on arrival back at the gig we are cheered by the sound of a very respectable and enthusiastic audience...we smack into Norfolk coast and..........they love it ....no technical hitches no aggravation so all is good....except for the woman who tells me to ..."tell Tony Blair to stop now'....mmmm very interesting that one as a/I don't have his phone number and he doesn't visit anymore...and b/I really don't think he fancies a Stranglers gig..still that's entertainment....we meet up with 'Attila' our 6ft7 Hungarian/Mexican !! record company rep and some press people after the show and everybody seems genuinely into us - in fact Kath is ecstatic and is now on a mission to deliver us to as many people who care to listen.... which is always a bonus haha....all back to mine for ovaltine and bedtime stories then.............

weds 20th...MONTREAL CLUB SODA

....Today we drive up to Montreal which is basically French....where most folk consider themselves that and all the road-signs etc are written in French...however there is the accent....very hard to grasp if your French is not great.....Montreal is a very lovely place and you do feel like you are at least near home.The way of life here is very different to the rest of Canada and it is considered the party capital..plenty of jay walking here!!.....as we entered we crossed the beautiful 'Lac de deux montagnes'....look it up...which is surrounded by maple forest -as is most of Canada!!- in various stages of autumnal change...this is one of the highlights of the whole of this side of Canada at this time of year..a huge tourist pull,in fact my uncle used to drive tourists to New York from Toronto to see just this....The show is in a purpose built theatre and is very well sold tonight...we are tired but we survive soundcheck until our 22.30 stage-time...the crew are working their socks off and we are set for a great night.....the audience here is fantastic and we have a very comical night in-between songs...lots of young people too who seem to know all of the lyrics - both to old and new material which is brilliant....I do my French thang as best as....but when asking a young guy..."quelle jour et il?' I get the reply "..no more heroes..."...erm did I miss something....anyway JJ gives me a bit of vocal..'Help-Francais'... and we enjoy a rapturous finale.....back to our beautiful but window-less hotel...that really sucks....

thurs 21....TORONTO THE MOD CLUB

...Up at 9 for the flight back to Toronto and a sell-out show....lobby call at 18.15 for soundcheck and we spend most of it re-laying the floor beneath Jet's drum stool.............today JJ and I will do a 'live to air' interview apres the show with local station 'The Edge' who will also broadcast the last song of the night....this station is very big and very cool...they are supporting us very strongly over here too.......we also get to meet the record company and promotions and agency people who are doing a fantastic job for us  in Canada....and again yes they really do like us!!!scary eh??!!?hahahaha...........the venue itself is...ok...through China town...past uni-or college town and out into little Italy(yes another one...keep up!) turn left and into the backdoor....we bump into a guy we met on my first tour here who saved our lives in St Catherines....he owned an Italian restaurant!!!!which we ended up in until daylight...but that's a whole other story...Tonight we hit stage at 21.45....mmmm nice and early....so after our drum-riser re-build we just have enough time to go back to our hotel for a wash and cup of tea ??....This really is a great venue,built for gigging and it is rammed full and people are milling about all over the street ...excellent ...that is a brilliant feeling...the crowd love every minute and tonight one of my old flames turns up....a 6ft 6 tranny...'I would take you home love but I couldn't afford the hair products..this one is for you..' I apparently utter as we launch into 'Something better change' she then spends the next 20 minutes trying to pull me off stage..(no not pull me off...stage)..until someone pulls her wig off - very unkind - until she topples,pissed off her heels to disappear under the front few rows....ah love is lost then....we reach the end of the set safely!! and....'thank-you one and all and we hope to see you all again soon' ....were the last words they heard before we were ushered away to meet our allies!!........................looks like we'll be back then......

fri 22nd...

....Today the crew return to blighty and the band and tour manager remain for our appearance on 'The Edge'... I went up the CN tower in Toronto with Louie, Sil and Al (our soundman manager and co manager)...it is or was the tallest tower in the world...350 odd metres wow and we stood on the glass floor - awesome .... me JJ and Baz will do an acoustic version of 'Big thing coming'...which we have never done before so that should be interesting! After that we are free to do hair,shopping,tea...erm tennis,dentistry,rafting,fly fishing(whats the point of catching flies?or do you get the flies to do the fishing for you?answers on a p/card pls)....erm eating ,drinking,waking-up a bit more,sleeping a lot more and TYPING UP OUR TOUR DIARY!................on saturday we are to do a full band signing in a record store-which went from a half hour acoustic set to three songs to one song to a signing-erm good planning that one!....I shall be under the needle again-no not that one the scribbly one..and then on sunday we head home for a well earned 8 day rest to charge up the batteries for our French trip....we all look forward very much to returning as things look very cool for us here...we have had great press and everyone really seems to love us!??...scary....thanks for reading and see you somewhere in some time-zone or another soon.watch this space.........PR x 

On Saturday (23rd) Paul, Baz & JJ did an acoustic gig at The Bovine Sex Club in Toronto.

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