TRY THIS AT HOME;
#71-August 22, 2002-Aberdeen, Scotland-The LEMON TREE-
to Aberdeen from Los Angeles (via London) the day before. When I
left LA, the weather was 88F (hot, ok?)but when we got to Scotland,
chilly and rainy. Luckily, our hotel was across the street from
Unluckily, there was a mistake made with the reservation (this was
the theme for this tour, by the way) and, like a page RIGHT OUT
OF "THIS IS
SPINAL", instead of 5 rooms for (tour manager)Mick, Rusty,
myself, we were given 1 ROOM WITH FIVE BEDS!!!!! Although the SINGER
spared this inconvenience, we had no choice but to wing it for that
hotel Mgr. was very apologetic but there was not much he could do,
were no more rooms for that night and nothing across town as well.
So to make
up for it, the hotel bartender gave us free drinks all that night
the hotel restauraunt gave us each a free English breakfast the
(not good) and gave us the rooms free that night and discounted
the next night.
all that monkey business, I stroll over with Mick on the next
afternoon to see the club and meet some of the sound people. We
around 1pm and grabbed some soup and met MARGE, the manager of the
was a hard-ass Scots woman who took no shit from anybody. Although
she was kinda charming, she was WAY too serious in her job and too
book" for my taste. She actually made us pay for beers at sound
mean, our contract calls for a case of beer and all kinda goodies
it's usually there before the show. But not that day. So, sound
really good and the SINGER strolled over from the hotel and then
we all had
dinner, which was some dried out chicken creation that the chef
for us (GEE, THANKS!)
was packed and it was truly a great time. I thought the sound people
and everyone of else at the LEMON TREE were total proffessionals
and the Scots
that came and cheered us on were just wonderful. Afterwards, a few
autographs and photos with us, including a few female requests for
"spanking", which I felt obligated to administer. (Kieth
Stodart made me pay
him to keep these photos off the internet...) Afterwards, had some
the guys up in Daddyo's room adn then hit the hay in my room. I
was dead tired
and slept thru my wake-up call the next morning. Dammit.
#72-August 23, 2002-Edinburgh, Scotland-The LIQUID ROOM
We had just
played this very venue June 3, and due to some sort of arts
festival, we had to take a hotel 45 min away. But this was no ordinary
but a castle-type manor built in the 16th Century, if I'm not mistaken.
nice having a victorian bedroom and to look out my window and see
running about (which made me re-think the "Rabbit Stew"
choice for lunch!)
to town and while the sound people got everything together, Chapple
and I went to a nearby Internet Cafe but fans kept recognising us
couldn't write my diary that day! But it was cool to see people
Adams, who bought me a drink 30 min later at a pub next to the club.
it was time for the show so i had to split. And we played a really
show. Afterwards, I saw Paul Barr and a few other nice people. "Madchester"
Natasha showed up and handed me a book that I completely cherish
which would make my down town on the road that much better.
show, we did our 45 min. drive back to the "Manor" where
had a little party for us with an open bar where most everyone was
whiskey and beer. The next, the SINGER said he'd had a dream where
playing bag pipes. I had to tell him, there was a wedding outside
with Kilts and Bag pipes and everything...it was great. We said
Scotland (for now) and started our 6 hour drive to Northampton,
our day off. The next day would be a 2 hour drive to Kent, where
Fayre was being held on the 25th of August. It was still raining
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