Thursday, August 24, 2006

Vienne, Metz, Paleo and St.Polten.








I travelled with the band from Monte Carlo to Antique, which is near Lyon in France. The traffic was terrible and I arrived at the gig late, it was incredibly hot, I had no signal on my phone, and the show had been moved forward by half and hour so that we didn't have to hear the death metal band playing on stage. On a more positive note, the place was gorgeous, apparently built by the Roman's, it was spectacular. IN THE ATTIC only lasted twenty minutes, the heat was to intense, but we all lived to play another day.
I travelled in the motorhome at the end of the night, heading to Metz Amneville arena in France. We were not doing an IN THE ATTIC show there, but The Who were still playing. Justin and I done some filming in a small wood beside the arena, where I played a yet unheard song. The Who's show went well, we packed up and left for the next venue, which was a day's drive away in Switzerland.
We arrived at the Paleo festival, Nyon in Switzerland quite early in the morning, we had travelled through the night, driving through a huge storm where lightning fork's rained down almost constantly, it was quite an experience. I didn't get much sleep and felt terrible, but I managed to get a couple of hour's sleep during the day, showered and had a great massage in the hospitality area, after which I felt re-vitalised and ready for an excellent show. IN THE ATTIC was brilliant, Rachel performed beautifully, so did Pete, all in all a great show again. I didn't watch the Who perform, but I'm sure they were great. We packed up the equipment and set off again toward's Austria.
It was another long drive, but in good time, we arrived at Lovely Days festival, St Polten in Austria. This was a great venue, and where I took the picture of the field of sunflower's. The site was very hot again, but I found a VIP area, with a small stream running through, looked a little harder, and found a very private location, where I had a skinny dip, it was lovely. Apparently, this place was under four inches of snow only a month previous, that seemed even more incredible because it was so hot. IN THE ATTIC went really well, everyone performing excellently. I also got to meet Tom, a photographer and old college friend of Pete. I watched The Who perform a brilliant show beside the Attic bus, where we had a screen showing the live feed going out over the internet. It took some time before everything was packed up, and we hit the road again, still travelling in the motorhome, it was another long drive to Munsterplatz, Ulm, in Germany...
To be continued...


We all had a great time camping, and the weather was kind, Jed loved the horses, and Shaun and I went fishing, but caught nothing, but still had a great time. I love the New Forest, thank's to everyone that shouted, take care all, and I hope your enjoying the journey, by the way, I do check my MYSPACE and I was very relaxed, I'm doing good and looking forward to coming to the US, cheer's all, GMaS.

mikey

34 Comments:

Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

Hey mikey! What a journey, I never knew touring could be so busy. I love the pics. And that is the thing about fishing- you can not cantch anything and still have a good time.

Glad you are keeping up with your blog, at the moment I am not.
gmas!

-Kevin

Thursday, August 24, 2006  
Blogger Mark T said...

Hi Mikey, glad to hear you all had a good time in the New Forest. Summers nearly over and you have the U.S. to look forward to. I hope Rene is going to manage to see you a few times during the tour. All the best, Mark

Thursday, August 24, 2006  
Blogger bookworm said...

Good evening Mikey,
I'm comming home some minutes ago, and check my blog, if I got some new comments. Nice to hear about Rene and your weekend and the tour story. I remember the show in Ulm and our talking. Great!!!
Charly is in the horse holidays and Konsti still with his mother. Saturday both came back to me and monday the school start again. I will cook this weekend a Lasagne. Both kids love this.
Wish all the best to you.
Peace Stefan

Thursday, August 24, 2006  
Blogger Steve H said...

Nice one Mikey - thanks for the diary!

Just got my DVD's of the shows I went to this summer - it was a blast wasn't it!!! Are you going to be around at the Roundhouse in October as I've got my tix for that and it would be great to see you there!

Anyhow, more importantly, it's the Tukish GP this weekend - what say you a Jenson double? Failing that, Ferrari to win he he!!!

Take care buddy
SteveH

Thursday, August 24, 2006  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

HI Mikey,
Another well written blog entry. You are the best at documenting your travels. You have a gift for it!!

Thanks for keeping us in the fray. And, as always, there are so many of us, who look forward to your completed cd. This isn't meant to apply pressure. NO! I say it, so that you know, how well received your music is!! Take your time, get it right and make sure you are happy! :)

Take care and be well...enjoy your "down" time.

-Sue

Friday, August 25, 2006  
Blogger Ahva Rahn said...

Nice stuff, dude - loving the installments; bringing it all back. Looking forward to seeing you and the usual suspects at Joe's and the Boston gig. I think my seat is behind the stage, but hell, I might get to see Pete getting his cuppa, eh? At least I am in the house.

Be lucky, mate - Paul.

Friday, August 25, 2006  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

Finally updated my blog. I hope all is well.

-Kevin

Friday, August 25, 2006  
Blogger Gary said...

Great blog Mikey. Very descriptive, I can imagine the moterhome going over the alps...

You're going to be amazed by America. It won't be like you imagine from t.v and movies. least, this was my experience in 1977 for the first time.

Am getting ready for pilates excercise, and then plan on trying to do some writing later. I have a couple of funny videos posted on my blog if you get bored.

Saturday, August 26, 2006  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

Regarding your comment: I normally catch a few moderately sized trout, but I only caught one small rainbow trout on that trip. I threw him back, he was too small to be a keeper. The lake is stocked with rainbow and alper's trout, although there are a few native brown trout. Alper's can become huge, up to 12 pounds. Thanks for the shout. KOKO.

-Kevin

Sunday, August 27, 2006  
Blogger CrazyCharly said...

Hey Mikey!!!
I'm happy that you want write your next post about Ulm!!! Please post some pictures, too!!!
Thanks that you wrote a comment at my blog. As I saw the comment, I ran to my mum and shouted: "Mum Mikey wrote at my blog!!!" I was so HAPPY!!! THANKS!!!!!
Love Charly

Sunday, August 27, 2006  
Blogger windswept&interested said...

Hi Mikey,
I enjoyed your latest installment. It sounds like touring is grueling but worth it to you. It sounds very much like what some Who fans go through to travel from show to show :-). You have a good time wherever you go, don't you? Gotta love that about you.

Sunday, August 27, 2006  
Blogger MaryMoo said...

I bet your adventures so far could fill a book! But the blog is good enough for now :P

It's great way to remember all the events over the last months while waiting for it all to start up again, thank you! :0)

Take care

xxmaryxx

Sunday, August 27, 2006  
Blogger Tom Matchett said...

Ace snaps mikey. The 2nd one down is the one for me. Nice colour score.

Tom.

Monday, August 28, 2006  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Hi Mikey!!!
I'm so happy to have caught up today!
My hard drive was wiped out, and I had nothing backed up so I lost everything! :(
I haven't been able to really blog until now!
The tour sounds like it's been f*cking amazing. I'm so happy for you. It's like a dream come true, surely.:)

In totally bizarre news, guess where I'm going in a few days?
Bali!Indonesia! Isn't that crazy? Also Cambodia ( Angkor Wat-Siem Riep?), etc.
I also have a ticket for the Hollywood Bowl! Woohoo! Hope to see you here!xoxoI've missed you guys.Lisa

Monday, August 28, 2006  
Blogger Laura said...

Hey mikey!sounds like you working really hard..but having a great time too. Im loving the photos so keep them coming!
Are you planning on playing and gigs back in southend soon? Its would be great to see you play again!
Take care
x L x

Monday, August 28, 2006  
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Monday, August 28, 2006  
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Monday, August 28, 2006  
Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Hi Mikey,
Nice to read your travelogue. I don't know if you saw mine, but I posted your picture with me and Rachel from Berlin- it's back in my July pages. You are very photogenic, may I say.

Gary is right that you will be boggled by America. Remember the old saying- Americans think 100 years is a long time, and the English think 100 miles is a long way? You won't believe how big this land is, and stunningly beautiful. It's going to be quite the adventure for you.

All the best,
Anne-Marie

Monday, August 28, 2006  
Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Sorry about all the deleted posts above, Mikey- they're all mine... Blogger ID problems.

Cheers,
AM

Monday, August 28, 2006  
Blogger ginab said...

Whew! I had trouble logging in but out it all up to a journey through beta.blogspot or beta blogger.

I'm thinking you're keeping a journal. big smile on my face!

Bring a winter coat, to the US. Warm scarves. Gloves. Wooly cap. I hope you see trees changing. Georgeous the fall season.

-ginab

Saturday, September 02, 2006  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Mikey,
BTW, if it is ok, can I request that you PLAY TOURIST at Joe's???

Thanks.....xoSue

Oh, and Plasticine and Matches and We Will Fix It....OK, done with my requests.....for now!

Monday, September 04, 2006  
Blogger elena said...

Hola Mikey!!!

How are you doing??? Wow, driving through a huge storm during the night...uffff...."Drivers on the storm, Drivers on the storm..."

When are you travelling to the USA??? Have a nice trip and Good Luck in America!!!

I love to listen to your songs, thanks a lot!!

Love,
Elena
XXXXXX

Tuesday, September 05, 2006  
Blogger Wukk said...

Mikey,

Are you in the States yet? Can't wait to see you at Joe's Pub, I hope you will have some CDs for sale.

Wukk

Friday, September 08, 2006  
Blogger Bblayla said...

Hey Mikey

I am so excited--I just got tickets to the HOB show in Chicago----And they are the meet and greet! Can't wait to meet you finally--hope you will have your CD available for sale!!!

Hope all is well with you--
See you soon

Belinda

Sunday, September 10, 2006  
Blogger Mark T said...

Hi Mikey, don't know if yoou are out in the U.S. yet. We are on our way tomorrow (Tuesday) looking forward to seeing you again. Mark

Monday, September 11, 2006  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Arggghhhh, Mikeyyyyyyyy! (Whine!) Why aren't you going to be here in the states for the shows? For Joe's Pub of all things...I was so looking forward to seeing you play! We all were! Argh. :o(

Tuesday, September 12, 2006  
Blogger brojo said...

Mikey
Welcome to the states, hopefully I will meet you when your here over on the left coast.
Hope things are cool with you and you are getting a chnace to take in some local color.
Remember if you need anything by the time you get to portland give me a shout and I can have you a nice care package of goodies, ie.. reading material, chocolate, honey, chili rellenos, you name it.

Hope you have a great day

John

Tuesday, September 12, 2006  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

I am beyond sad, that YOU ARE NOT going to be at Joe's?
Please, say it isn't true!!!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006  
Blogger ginab said...

Very nice of you to share your pictures from the European trek of the ITA tour and the really big tour! For some reason, and perhaps I'm being spied on, but I'm not able to view your blog from my workplace. I get kicked out! ;-(

Hoping all is well with you and yours Mikey. I can only afford one show and with the ticket I hope to shake your hand.

best,

-ginab

Wednesday, September 13, 2006  
Blogger Delbut said...

Hey Mikey. bout time you updated here.

What's happening? you in the states yet?

Good luck

Wednesday, September 13, 2006  
Blogger elena said...

Mikeyyyyyyyyyy, we miss you!!!! Hope you are well.

Love,
Elena
XXXXXX

Wednesday, September 13, 2006  
Blogger Bri said...

Dear Mikey,

Sure hope you will be here in Minneapolis in December. I am dying to meet you and give you an in-person thanks and hug for all your fun, your "shout-outs" and wonderful friendship to me and the other bloggers, and your gorgeous music. I just adore you.

Rachel is doing a Barnes and Noble appearance here in Minneapolis on Dec. 8th, and it would be awesome if you were there too!

Love to Rene, too!

Hugs,
Brina

Thursday, September 14, 2006  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Hi Mikey,

Hope you made the trip to the U.S. with Rachel and the gang. Lots of us miss your blogging!

All good wishes,
Chris

Thursday, September 14, 2006  

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