After a month’s break eating turkey, opening presents, seeing friends and drinking Baileys we’re more than ready to be back on the road with Frank Turner, The Sleeping Souls and Will Varley. W-hoooooOOO!
We pick up The General (Jenilea) from the airport on Saturday so that our merch table is tip top and then we meet up with the rest at Folkestone to get the tunnel over to the mainland. Will Varley is travelling in the Skinnymobile so things are gonna get up close and personal this tour! As usual we play tetris with the stuff in the back and eventually we’re good to go.
First stop is Utrecht, Netherlands. It’s dark and gloomy weather but not too cold still. The venue is one year old and everything is smooth. The show is back on the road! So good to see familiar faces in the crowd again. Next up is Münster, Hannover and Liepzig. All fun shows. It’s great to be back in Europe, the beer, the people, the food all some of our favourites! We can’t get enough brotchen. Here’s a pic of Thom with his breaky…
By day we spend most of the time working on new songs in rehearsal studios, sleeping or driving while watching horrendously gory films. And occasionally we get to look around. Here’s that one time I got let out of the van after a four hour jouney. As you can see the weather has taken a turn..
Kiel is the most northerly point of Germany that we have ever played. We’ve driven through snow storms to be here and we’re hell bent on partying! Great show. We’ll definitely try to get there again.
Bremen is cold. Oh so cold but inside the Pier 2 the temperatures a lot warmer. Then we take Berlin. Meet up with old friends Peter Fast, Maika and their little one before we take to the stage. Post gig drinks in a smokey pub with a tree inside see us bleary eyed and up late in the morning.
It seems like an age before we get an hour out of Berlin and Dan realizes he’s left his computer bag in the hotel. Reset the clock. This 7 hour journey just turned into a 9 hour one. Nice one Dan!
In Nashville we stay with two lovely girls. We head downtown to Broadway to see music before the gig which is in a massive warehouse. It was fun. We had video games in the changing rooms. The boys shoot stuff whilst I drink rum.
Next up is New Orleans. Yep! New Orleans! Too excited. We pull into what looks like the coolest town ever…people playing music all over the streets and GOOD music too. Wow! Bourbon street is crazy but wow must not forget we have a gig! The town is ready to party and that’s what we intend to do!
Then the last two days take us to Texas. Now these really do have to be HUGE party nights. Mosh pits, crowd surfing and drinking are essential.
Not too sure what happened in Dallas. Surprisingly, Dan has a memory of drinking an Irish Car Bomb. The wonderful Dave Hause gave me, dan and my hand luggage a lift to the hotel…against his will apparently.
Houston. Last night. All feel a little ropey, but hell – if we don’t take it tonight we’ll regret it! The gig is great as predicted. As I start crowd surfing Rosco dives off the stage and over the barriers. Amazing. I want to do that! Later in Floggings set I ask Dave to sort out a diving board and get my swimming costume and hat on…off I go…woooooaaaahhhh!
Later there’s more drinks had in the bar and on the bus. Let’s make sure we do all this again folks!
A Massive Thank you to Flogging Molly! For having us on the bus, on the stage and on the tour! It has been incredible sharing your crowds with you, opening up for you and drinking with you! Cheers!
We wake up feeling like rotten eggs, eggs that have been rotten for some time. Michael feels so rotten that he is actually at the hospital with acute bronchitis. Most miss breakfast and we have a 5 hour drive to Myrtle Beach.
Our new friend Dave Hause is picked up and off we go…one light relief is that the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has an Alligator park right next door so I get to check out the jurassic creatures before the gig.
The gig goes off though and we all have fun over pints of rum again…merch tables are turned over and I wrestle Dave into a sink and pour water all over him…oops! Time to be taken home..not such a bad hangover the next day surprisingly!
I have a good feeling about Atlanta…and it was confirmed as almost the whole places is moving and surfing. It almost feels like they’re here to see just us…don’t worry – we know they’re there to see the almighty Flogging Molly but its nice to think it when you’re jumping around in front of them! Oh and I swear someone tried to take off my pants when I went surfing! Naughty! That reminds me – the guy in the kilt who flashed me – I admire your bravery but why not try it in New York sometime soon huh?!
Florida tomorrow…along way but there’s a BBQ lined up…I only hope I am awake enough to enjoy!!
After the craziness of New York we hit the road again. It’s a big day today as we’re driving to Richmond straight after the gig….and what a great gig it was! My favourite part of the evening has to be when Dan presented me with an engraved hip flask! A thank you present as he’d seen us in Boston with his sister and had a great time. Thank YOU Dan! I love it! Thanks to those who drove 9 hours to see us too!
After the gig we all pile into the van and head off to our hotel in Richmond. After arriving at 4am we’re up again to say ‘Good Morning Virginia’. More sexual innuendos behind the camera. We have a great breakfast then straight to the hotel via a music shop. Sleep for a few more hours then off to the gig we go!
The Skinny Shop is on a balcony on this night which is a worry but thanks to all you kind people who came to see us up there! Thank you for your support!
Next we’re on our way to Charlotte. Our good friend Mike has booked us hotel rooms. Thank you Mike! He also brought his 3D guitar which he’d had printed! Mule says it’s the future.
We grab a bite to eat before gig at Matties Diner which is a proper old style American Diner. Amazing place! A juke box at every table and milkshakes thick enough to block even the widest of arteries in a single sip!
The gig goes off. We sell out of CDs, I sell my dress, we drink Nathan from Flogging Molly’s pickle drink, mosh in the pit and other ridiculous drunken antics. Fun fun fun!
Arriving into New York is one of the most exciting feelings I’ve had yet. Am I going to love it or hate it! As we drive through town I see all the yellow cabs, tall buildings and steam pouring out of the roads. Love it!
Our first port of call is a Balcony TV recording session. Even leaving the car into the reception has me in freezing agony do you can imagine how we felt on the roof top waiting for everything to be in place. That’s right freezing cold! The view is amazing though and it’s such a pleasure to meet the Golightly Press crew and Jamie from SideOneDummy that we brush off the coldness and knock out Rollin Over. Very quickly!
Next we head over to the venue after picking up keys to our apartment. We’re very excited to play the Roseland Ballroom. An amazing venue. I have to say though, I am at least a little nervous. So many pals and supporters back stage. I only hope tonight is as much fun as the rest. The Flagon soothes the nerves, the sound is great and before I know it, the bass drum and bass are crowd surfing. All is great fun! Here’s to party George for letting us perform Forty Pound Wedding!
Pic by Forest Woodward – https://www.facebook.com/ForestWoodwardPhotography
After the show I am excited to see an old school friend Liam. We and the rest of the gang proceed to get pretty drunk back stage before selling more merch. A good party for sure.
Camino and Rosco go AWOL for the next 24 hours. We see them again on Monday morning for press red and bleary eyed. There’s many a story to tell but too long for here! In the meantime you can check out what our new and dear friend Rosco does when he’s not crowd surfing to Seventeen Summers!
We drive 9 long hours through heavy wind and rain. Madness! But as we pull into Philadelphia the rain stops and we have a warm welcome at the lovely Maura’s house. We treat ourselves to a Philly Cheese Steak…wow…and then watch a documentary about Sonic Youth and Nivana before sleep.
In the morning we have an AMAZING brunch at Sabrina’s, I get my haircut then off to the venue. Another amazing gig pursues – there’s bass crowd surfing…AMAZING again! After the gig we hang out with Maura and her friends while they sing beautiful harmonies, The fabulous Eva our booking agent buys us beer and then we have a few tunes with the Flogging Molly crew before sourcing a whiskey bar. Busy fun day.
Next day is Boston. We drive past New York. Exciting but first it’s Boston! Well actually first it’s Somerville (whoops sorry for the scenic route fellas) where we do a quick filming of Rollin and Colours before rising to sound check. We then have an interview the Raynham Channel just before we get on stage…we’re pretty exhausted but as soon as we step in front of the amazing crowd all is forgotten and we play out hearts out…drums and bass players crowd surf. I wait until the Flogging Molly set…fun…that is until I get handed over the bars case at the front and a bouncer threatens to chuck me out in the snow!!! Don’t you know who I am?! Ha!
For the first time in the last month or so we get to sleep in the same bed twice. Result! Better make it a good’un then. We book ourselves into the hotel opposite the House of Blues. Two plush rooms with 4 comfy beds. No hot tub unfortunately but I can’t complain.
Michael and Rosco decide to join Nathan from Flogging Molly for dinner at the Green House Tavern whilst the rest of us get a bite quickly and jump into the nice big white comfy beds! They eat everything on the menu and report that it was one of the best dinners they ever had.
I have pigs tongue and wings for breakfast and you know what, I think I quite like tongue!
Next day we had two TV things to do so we’re up early and go do our stuff then head straight to the venue for sound check. I do my usual workout at this time and have a beer.
Theres fun as Rosco stands on the barricades to play drums, Michael waltzes in the crowd and I pass the Flagon around. The crowd goes absolutely crazy for Flogging then we all go to an Irish pub to play some tunes and drink more. I didn’t expect to be drinking straight tequilas, be offered a foursome, dance on tables or chip a tooth but all happened!
Surprisingly I didn’t feel too bad waking up. Fortunately it’s a day ‘off’ or rather a whole day travelling to philadelphia to see our old friend Maura Anne.
Still in the car after 8hours with another 2 hours to go. It has rained the whole way. We have been bored, hence, listening to self help audio books on how to kiss goodbye to your comfort zone.
First thing we need after waking up late from our nice comfy hotel bed is breakfast. We don’t have lots of time so it’s a drive thru MacDonalds. Yum. Though Dan turns what should be an easy job into a right shambles. First off he misses the box you make your order into so then proceeds to try and shout to it. Doesn’t work. After a very dodgy attempt to reverse truck and trail or we decide to drive around again. Again he nearly misses the ordering box but is closer this time so is able to speak to the attendant. He has no idea how to do this. He says ‘hash browns for all of us please’ to which the attendant can only ask ‘how many are there?’ anyway, here’s a short video of the event. We said at the time it would be a miracle if we got what we wanted and low and behold that miracle didn’t happen. I pretty much went without. Never mind!
The gig was preceded by dinner at an all American style diner and a very rushed sound check. Another fun gig though and a fun night on the Skinny Shop. Thanks for the shots everyone. We attempted an after party only to be quite disappointed when we didn’t find one. Once we arrived at Aaron and Alex’s pad (the latter being the trumpet player of The band Foxy Shazam) we are grateful and fall asleep pretty much straight away. Thank you for your hospitality folks! Dizzy the dog you stole our hearts – esp Rosco’s!
Now we have a well deserved day off. It’s another busy one tomorrow so time to REST!
So, we arrive at Aragon Ballroom. A MASSIVE venue. Sound check is scary as the music swirls around. Fingers crossed it changes when there’s a few thousand bodies in there! Dinner is a treat today…In house catering and I get some delicious fish.
There’s beers and rum in the green room so we’re ready to crack on. Dave Hause is up first and you can hear the crowd getting excited…before I knew it it was our turn. The venue is packed. The sound is great…our good friend Rosco joins us with his marching drum for Seventeen Summers and both him and Michael take their instruments into the crowd. There’s a circle pit to my left, then one to the right. As I sing Forty Pound Wedding (after another amazing toast to the artist Party George) I think I’d rather be in the crowd…surfing over the people’s heads…Loadsa fun! Sorry to the girl I think I caught with my heel!
An amazing gig! Chicago…we liked you the first time we played with you but now, well we love you!
After the gig us Skinnies went on drinking with our wonderful host Lauren Millar. They’re feeling it now! Thanks for the drinks and bed Lauren!