Tour Diaries

The Stranglers in Iceland and at The Shepherds Bush Empire, London December 2004

ICELAND 04/12/04
WELL HAVING BEEN AROUND THE WORLD WE SEEM TO HAVE FORGOTTEN ICELAND -SO WHY NOT GO AND DO A GIG THERE, AFTER ALL IT WAS NEARLY 30 YEARS AGO THAT THE BAND OPENED UP THE PLACE TO TOURING BANDS ;I WAS TOLD THERE ARE A HUGE AMOUNT OF BASS PLAYERS THERE-LIKE 10,000 OR MORE (I REALLY CANNOT REMEMBER TOO WELL) AND OUT OF A POPULATION OF APPROXIMATELY 300,000 THAT MEANS THERE IS A JJ FOR EVERY 30 PEOPLE....TURN THAT BASS DOWN...HAHA.....THIS STARTED VERY BLEAKLY - AS WE ALL KNOW THEY DON'T GET THE AMOUNT OF SUN WE FOLK DO. WHAT A GREAT GIG WHAT, A GREAT AUDIENCE AND HOW KIND THOSE WONDERFUL VIKINGS ARE !!! JJ REMINDED THEM THEY NEED A FEW EXTRA ADDITIONS TO THE GENE BANK AND THEY ACTUALLY AGREED - SO ALL YOU HEALTHY HETRO'S GET YOUR TICKETS NOW....ERM AFTER THE SHOW IT WAS DOWN TO THE ICEBAR..A ROOM AT -20 DEGREES(TOURIST TRAP REALLY)WE PAID OOO ERM 86 POUNDS FOR A BOTTLE OF VODKA........LEFT AND WENT UP THE ROAD TO ANOTHER BAR WHERE I SPOTTED THE SPARE BACK-LINE EQUIPMENT FOR OUR SHOW - EH? WELL WE WERE GIVEN A FEW TASTES OF LOCAL BREWS AND POTIONS WHICH LED TO MY GETTING ONSTAGE WITH THE BAND WHO WERE A/EXCELLENT MUSICIANS AND B/ A COVERS BAND....NOT MY THING NORMALLY AT ALL BUT WE DID A VERSION OF NICE AND SLEAZY CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY WHITE CHRISTMAS IN FIRSTLY A BING CROSBY STYLEY AND THEN A PUNK VERSION ...NEEDLESS TO SAY I WAS VERY DRUNK AT THE TIME MMM WELL THEN I WAS BUNDLED INTO A CAB AND APPARENTLY CRAWLED TO MY HOTEL ROOM ONLY TO WAKE UP THREE HOURS LATER AT 9.30 AM FOR OUR TRIP TO THE LOCAL SULPHUR POOL ....WOW AWESOME THE BLUE LAGOON I THINK IT WAS CALLED.....ME AND THE CREW MANAGED TO GET BAZ TO COME WITH US ....A FANTASTIC TRIP BUT A CERTAIN SINGER WAS SO DRUNK HE LEFT ALL HIS STUFF ...CLOTHES AND TECHNOLOGY .IN HIS ROOM AND HAD TO HAVE THEM SHIPPED TO HIM IN NEW YEAR....


LONDON 10/12/04
WELL WHAT CAN I SAY - A BRILLIANT END TO A BRILLIANT YEAR THANK-YOU ALL FOR YOUR FANTASTIC SUPPORT AND LETS HAVE ANOTHER - EVEN BETTER - ONE IN 2005.....RECORD BEING PUT TOGETHER AS WE SPEAK..............

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