Thursday, June 22, 2006

IT BEGINS...

So it begin's, just like a dream or fantasy, my very first tour, and it's a world tour with In The Attic and the Who. It has finally dawned on me, exactly how lucky I am, it's behond luck, it's heaven. The test at Bray went really well, but the first gig was at Leeds. At the same historic location of the 'Live at Leeds' Who album.
Rene gave me a lift to the airport, where I met up with the band(the who) and got on the private plane that took us up to Leed's, I've never flown on a private jet before, and rest assured, it's pretty darn cool. I sat and chatted to Rabbit, he has got some amazing stories and is a really lovely bloke, I'd worked with him a few year's ago, and can only hope to work with him again one day. We landed at Leed's and got in a plush van thing, and went staight to the gig.
The airstream(Magic bus) looked amazing with the cartoon's of us all on the side, everything set in place for a great show. I played 'A Better me', and was pleased to see Gary put it up on Attic Radio, cheer's Gaz. Rachel played and sung beautifully, Pete and Si were there usual brilliant selves and it was an absolute honer to meet Sir Peter Blake.
I was also really pleased to meet the radio one DJ Andy Kershaw, he came on the show, and later I gave him a copy of my new EP, let's hope he like's it and play's it. I watched the Who perform from the side of the stage by the door's, it was really hot in there, but sounded amazing. After the gig, we flew back, a driver took me home from the airport, and I was back home. It felt very stange, like it had been a dream.
Next morning, straight up and headed off to Brighton for the next gig, Rene drove down there, but we hit the most terrible traffic going in to Brighton centre, I left Rene in the car to find a parking place, and went on foot to find the venue. The reason for the traffic was that there was a charity bicycle race that day, and it had frozen up all the traffic. Anyway, it was a horrible journey, but all ended well, when I got to the venue in good time, Rene arrived safe and sound a while later but got to watch the show outside the bus with load's of other people.
The show went really well, I performed Torture with Rachel on the piano, it really add's another layer. It was nice to see that Gary had put that on Attic Radio, but there seem's to be a glitch, it's a real shame, because it sound's slightly out of time now, but you still get the idea, unless that is, if Gaz has changed it already, please do Gary, if it's possible.
I was very happy to play the guitar for Rachel, as she sang Pretty Heart, which was one of the first song's that we used to play originally in the attic many year's ago. Chris Difford, Mel and Dori came on the show and were outstanding, I love that music, they are great, and I gave Chris a CD. The very funny and famous Tracy Almond was on the show, being very funny, and signing the board, she had a number one in the UK penned by the beautiful Kirsty Mcall, I think I've spelt her name wrong, I'm sorry. Pete played a great song on the Yuke, which was amazing. Si came in and gave us a song, then went on and played with the Casbah Club, and then again with the Who, he is awsome.
Me and Rene watched what we could of the Who perform from round the side, with Mark and Bruce and Bruce from the Casbah Club, it would be great to see them IN THE ATTIC someday.
It was also really great to see Mark and Jill and Delbut, I hope they all had a brilliant time. Me and Rene headed back home slightly before the Who finished, hoping to beat the rush, we seemed to do it, and got back home safe and sound. It has been super cool, now I'm looking forward to Leeds, the next one's not at the university, but is at a festival. Hope you like the shot's, take care all and give me a shout.
mikey

38 Comments:

Blogger Ahva Rahn said...

Very nice pics indeed. I was interested to know a little bit more about the Magic Bus so its cool to see the Control Centre. Hope you can post more of these candid behind-the-scenes shots. Indeed Tracey 'Almond' Ullman was a hoot and I was physically in tears. Enjoying the show, and hope to see you in Boston when you manage to haul the Magic Bus across the Atlantic. All the best mate. - PT

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Wonderful post Mikey. Your really good at this; documenting your experiences.
I love the picture of you and Rachel. I am a sucker for candid shots!!
So, glad Rene made it to the show. What a trip!!
It would be so cool for Casbah Club to make an appearance on ITA!! Come on guys, we would love to see you all!
Can't wait for more of your "insiders" view. And, as always, looking forward to your cd release, seeing and hearing you perform live, and well, that is quite a lot to look forward to, isn't it?

Stay well, and hears your SHOUT!

-Sue

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger SeekingSanctuary said...

GREAT pics Mikey!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time! You ARE good at this, keeping up with blogging and making us feel like we were there. I can't wait until you guys get to the States, and roll through Denver in that big Silver Bullet. (keeping my fingers crossed that Denver IS on the list of stops!!)
Have a fabulous time at Leeds, and enjoy the rest of the tour!!!

Kris x

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger oh-so-Fabuloso said...

Thanks for all the detailed info, Mikey! This is what the fans love to hear (other than your brilliant tunes, of course). Unfortunately, I've missed broadcasts of the first two shows here in America (that pesky thing called 'work' got in the way!) :( Wish you all will loop Attic from these someday. Tracey's one of my all-time favorite comediennes. Used to be obsessed with re-runs of her show here.

Keep blogging/rocking/'streaming in the free world. Congratulations on living the dream!

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Hey Mikey!!
Great post! I thought I was late (as usual) but I see you just wrote it today.
I'm sooooooo excited for you, Rachel, the Who and Casbah Club.
I love how you are so grateful and (not to embarass you or anything) but you are "seem" innocent - um maybe not jaded is a better way to put it! Of course this whole scene is new to you - and we will all enjoy hearing about your adventures in rock 'n roll from a "green" perspective.
So cool!
I can't wait for the next ITA.
Keep up the wonderful posts (I know it's hard - I am SOOOO behind it's very sad and now I don't know where to begin).
Better run. Going to see the movie "Cars" today. Should be cute.
Take care and be well,
Lots and lots of good wishes and love,
Sue D.

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger bookworm said...

Good morning Mikey,
I have only time to see your pictures in this moment. GREAT!
My shout to you first this evening.
Wish you and Rene a good day
Stefan

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger Bri said...

Dear Mikey,

I do believe you'll still remember us bloggers when you become more famous...congrats on your first tour, and it's great to read and see your impressions.

I'm ever so proud of you. You seem to be hitting your stride on many levels. I adore seeing you and Rachel together. "Pretty Heart" just made me so happy.

Having some soul-searching time here while I'm home recuperating from surgery. My place is very quiet at times, and I have to fill it up with music! My teenager is going to France next week, his first trip abroad. Very exciting, at 16.

Love and hugs to you and Rene. Brina

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger Cheryl Ann said...

Thank you for sharing - it does seem like a dream, even for me too! Can't wait to see ya on the next ITA. Be well, Be happy.
Cherylann

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger patinmke said...

Mikey,

Thinkgs sound great so far. Good luck for the rest of the tour.

pat

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger blue said...

Hi Mikey!

Congrats on your first tour.
SO FAR SO BRILLIANT!!
I'll keep catch up you..Good luck.

Tomoko xx

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger Mind Octopus said...

Hi Mikey - I saw you and Rene at the side of the stage and you waving your lighter with Rachel in See Me Feel Me. It really was a fantastic gig and yes, you are the luckiest guy in the world right now!

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger Steve H said...

Hi Mikey
Shame you left early. I met Rachel after the show in her motorhome (she is cool isn't she!)- would have been great to see you too! Maybe at the next one!
Take care
SteveH

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger Titters. Whoop whoop! said...

So it Was you I saw by the door! I thought I recognised you, in fact I was convinced. It was very distracting. But you didn't notice me. I kept looking at you during Cry if You Want but I couldn't get any closer to the fence to wave at you.

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger Storm said...

Hi Mikey!

I am so happy for you. You are truly living the dream! Hope you have a blast!!!

Cara

Thursday, June 22, 2006  
Blogger Lynsey said...

Shout for yeh, Mikey!
Those pictures are great... I love the expressions on yours and Rachel's faces! (And nice shot of Roger's elbow, as well.) XD

Hope you're having fun, it sounds like you are! Cheers!

Love,
-L-

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger Gary said...

Hi Mikey,
great write up, gosh, I wish I could have been there, but Stephani and I had a wonderful time watching the shows. I was actually supposed to be in our bathroom taking up the old tile with a hammer and chisel, but because Attic is a higher priority around here, I was able to delay that pain till the afternoon.

That's a pretty spankin looking bus you all have, wow, and thanks for the other shots so we can see where the control room was. I had wondered what it looked like in there. Our goal is to climb aboard and say hello.

You know me with my hearing, I listened to Torture again and you're right mate there is a slight timing problem so I took it down for now. "Better Me" is awesome, I love it. Let me know if you are going to put it onto your official IAC page, that way you can start racking up chart position and I will just link to your posted version, it is a great song.

I'm usually listening to the weekday shows on headphones at work, then capturing the songs as we watch the loop on a reliable feed later in the evening, so, I'm usually able to capture the songs. It was a bit tricky this time because Rachel sings several songs one after the other and my capture program thingy is usually writing the MP3 when she starts the next song. We'll get better at it. Attic Radio is always in the top stations.

Well mate, I'm so extremely envious of you, I hope you are keeping a journal of this one mate, it would make a fine screenplay for a movie.

:-)

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Hey Mikey!!!

Long time no hear.. I can't wait for you guys to hit the States. I hope you swign by my area and then we can go for some excellent Buffalo Style Chicken Wings (right at where they were invented, The Anchor Bar). Or would you prefer Beef-On-Wick (Roast beef on a Kimmelwick bun which is a large bun with salt crystals ans carroway seeds on top of the bun)?

Anyway, glad to just GMAS to ya!

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger stradasphere said...

Mikey, you are awesome! Your songs are great too...I had a song I did with an old band in the 80's called Plasticine!! Yours is better though...one post said you seemed innocent well I see what they mean...you are in it for the music not the hype and it shows! I love you in ITA!! You and Rachel make a great duo!
If you get to Arizona in the states I will be in the front row! Congrats on all your music and a wonderful road ahead!!

Long Live Rock!!

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger ginab said...

Hi'ya Mikey C.,

Break a leg, as they say in theatre. An exciting time ahead for certain, for you and for us all. Keep a diary, as in draw as you go, as you see fit. You're an incredible artist, musically and artistically (I hope that makes sense!).

We're with you in sound and in spirit.

-g+bb

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger Mark T said...

Hı Mıkey, what a lovely post. It was great to see Rene and yourself albeıt brıefly. Good to meet up wıth Delbut also. We saw you and Rene watchıng the show as we were your sıde of the venue. It's goıng to be a very long nıce dream for you and you deserve ıt. Must go as we are ın an ınternet cafe ın Turkey and ıt's boılıng. Mark & Jıll

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger Pete Reeve said...

Hi Mike

Great post.
I caught a glimpse of you at Leeds from inside the oven!
I just saw a good pic of you backstage that Tony sent me, standing on the fire escape chatting to Andy kershaw. Lucky Tony...lucky you!
Look forward to the next show...see you in Liverpool?

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger Elaine said...

Great post and awesome pictures. Thank you for sharing, Mikey. I hope you continue to have a fantastic time touring. I'll be catching as many of the shows online as I can.

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

it's off to a good start.
so great to get to know you and Rene.

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger Metalchick said...

Hi Mikey,
Good luck with the tour, I know that you will have a great time!

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger atomicelroy said...

mikey,
you are the luckiest guy in the universe.
and you deserve every bit of that luck!
keep up the good work and music!
enjoy...

best wishes for a spectacular tour...
tmac.

p.s. it's uke. no Y.

Friday, June 23, 2006  
Blogger haribomort said...

Hi Mikey

Been listening to your cd in the car all week - I now know all the word to Plasticine!!!

Give us a shout if your gonna busk at Leeds on Sunday as discussed at Leeds so I can come & shout encouragement!

Cheers Matey

Tony

Saturday, June 24, 2006  
Blogger elena said...

Hola Mikey!!!

Thanks for this post, I've had a great time reading it...Wow, it sounds really exciting, I'm very glad you are having fun. Flying on a private jet sounds cool, haha.
You are doing a really good job with the ITA shows, I'm looking forward to the next one.

Lovely pictures..:)

Elena
XXXXXX

Saturday, June 24, 2006  
Blogger Bblayla said...

Mikey

I am so excited for you-- When will we be able to buy your CD?
This whole ITA tour has exploded into something so wonderful...I hope you feel the Love. Thank you for the behind the scenes look...makes me feel like I was there. I can hardly wait until you come to the US.I'm sure that Rabbit told you about the wonderful state of Texas!

Keep up with the wonderful diary of your tour and most of all have a great time.

Tke care and all the best

Belinda

Saturday, June 24, 2006  
Blogger Marietta said...

Hey Mikey,

I am so happy for you. Flying on a lear jet with...the jet set of music, meeting Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Ullman, singing those wonderful songs of yours, watching the Who on every gig. What more can someone dream of? I am really happy for you, BRAVO!
I hope Andy Kershaw plays your songs on radio, so that more people can hear how talented you are!

I didn't get a chance to see you in Leeds Uni. I hope I see you and Rene in Hyde Park next Sunday. I haven't got the tickets yet, I hope I get them this week.

Lots of kisses to Rene, enjoy the Harewood show, I'll be watching ITA tomorrow with excitement!!!

xoxoxo
M

Saturday, June 24, 2006  
Blogger bookworm said...

Hello Mikey,
now I had some time to read your writing. I think it must be a real good time for you on the road. Are you selling some EP's in Leeds and Brighton? I hope it. We want buy three, one for my daughter, one for my son and of course one for me. What a song you play sunday?
Now I must go and do some work in my garden.
All the best to you.
Stefan

Saturday, June 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! You deserve it. Have a great tour.

Saturday, June 24, 2006  
Blogger MaryMoo said...

Wow! It sounds like you had a fantastic time! Thanks for sharing! Have fun tomorrow, I'll be watching as always! :)

xxmaryxx

Saturday, June 24, 2006  
Blogger blue said...

Hi Mikey!

Just saw today's ITA On The Road.The song "YOU"WITH Rachel is sooo TOUCHING.I difinitely love it! Thanks.

Tomoko xx

Sunday, June 25, 2006  
Blogger Janey said...

I'm horrible - haven't left a comment here in ages. Just wanted to say that I finally caught another ITA today (June 25th) and it was fab - of course, I never expect any less from you guys!

Sunday, June 25, 2006  
Blogger patinmke said...

Mikey,

Any information about where you will be in Dublin on July 7th? My honeymoon is closing in on me and my wife and I would love to meet up with you and the gang or at least see the Airstream. We can always talk fishing......

later
pat

Monday, June 26, 2006  
Blogger patinmke said...

sorry Mikey, make that July 8th.

pat

Monday, June 26, 2006  
Blogger brightonrock said...

Mikey,

I was there at Brighton - but I couldn't get anywhere near you guys until after the show. You know i talked about doing a song on ITA. I blogged in and emailed to Rachel but got nothing back. I fear it's not an amateur blog/music show anymore. The grass roots have been squeezed out?

Peter

Monday, June 26, 2006  
Blogger Metalchick said...

Hi9 Mikey,
Just dropping by to see how you're doing. I saw the pictures on Rene's blog, you guys look like you're having a great time!

Monday, June 26, 2006  

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