Friday, December 01, 2006

BRIDGEPORT AND NYC, JOE'S PUB...

Leaving Hershey, and I've come down with the same cold as most of the crew, it probably didn't help that I was feeling emotionally low due to missing my Rene, and spending the last month on the road, but anyway, it hit me hard. My throat felt terrible, and all I could think about was how I would perform at the Joe's pub gig.
We arrived at the bridgeport gig, which seemed to be situated next to a power station and a railway line, I felt awful. It was cold and rain fell in a fine mist, I went inside to watch the Who for a short time, and they were outstanding, the venue was huge and completely full, it was an amazing crowd, I wish I had felt better.
From Bridgeport, our bus took on some new members as well as equipment for the gig, and we drove into New York city, we stayed at the same hotel that I had stayed with Rene, back when I joined the tour just after the previous gig at Joe's pub. It was nice to be in a familiar place for once. I jumped in bed, but had trouble sleeping, and felt worse than ever. The next day, was a day off, and much appreciated too, I ventured out of my room and visited a diner that I had been before with Rene, it made me feel better, I also found a pharmacy and bought some medicine, which helped me further. I spent the rest of the day lying in my room, only leaving to get some more food from a deli.
The next day, I got to Joe's pub for the sound check, and met Shaun Lennon, Jimmy Fallon, Martha and Rachel, it was good to see Rachel, but I felt bad that I wasn't very up-beat during my introductions. I sat in the green room concentrating on making myself well, and after Pete arrived, the sound check started, I was the last to check, and was suprised how well it went. It was really good to meet loads of bloggers outside the venue as I smoked, you know who you are, and thankyou for all your kind words.
Pete and Rachel were really kind to me, and made me feel much better, I was nervous and feeling rough, but it was nice to see Roger come backstage and say hello to me. David Bowie came backstage, but stayed the other side of the room chatting to Pete, Rachel and Shaun.
My time came soon enough, and I was up on stage, I started with Misery, and then played Plasticine, it all went well and the time flew by, I sat at a table and watched the other acts, who were all brilliant. Then back on stage for the finale of I'm One, the show was a complete success and I enjoyed every second. I felt much better, and went to the meet and greet and spoke to loads of people, had loads of photo's taken, but had to leave quite quickly, as I was travelling back to the hotel with the crew on the bus. It was a great night, and I feel very lucky and privelidged to play there, in such great company.
All my thanks go to Rachel, Pete and all the crew that made everything work so brilliantly, there is so much work put into these show's, alot of time and effort. Thankyou everyone that attended, it was my pleasure to play.
Then back to the hotel, and an early night, then off on the bus the next ...
Thankyou to everyone giving me a shout on this blog, I really appreciate all the support you all give me. I still am missing my Rene very much, more everyday, but soon I'll be back home for Christmas, and I can't wait.
Please give me a shout, it helps...
mikey

28 Comments:

Blogger THIRD OF NEVER said...

Sorry to hear about the cold, but based on the reviews everything went over well.

Just wanted to thank you again for helping out our maligned band back in September.

I hope your CD outsells the Blount fellows' by a google.

Friday, December 01, 2006  
Blogger Neil from Chicago said...

Feel better Mikey! Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!...

Friday, December 01, 2006  
Blogger LauraBZ said...

Mikey I'm sorry you are ill and have the "tour cold". I really enjoyed your brilliant performance at Joe's. I only got to say hi to you briefly - reminding you that you had spent some time having fun w my DH at the last Chicago ITA. Hope you are feeling better soon-est, and that the time flies in a most happy way until you are home again to Rene. safe journeys. xoxo Laura BZ in NY

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

Mikey!

Sarah Beth introduced us after the last Attic Jam. I'm hoping you were sober enough to remember me.. LOL

I remember you saying you didn't feel too well.. are you any better? Even with the crappy weather here on the east coast? As we die in an apocolyptal snowstorm following the 72 degree heat on December 1st?

Anyways, I'm glad I met you (especially with our impending global-warming-induced death), talk to you soon I hope.
xoJ

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger Ahva Rahn said...

Touching and honest post Mikey, take care Buddy, all will be well. I would have loved to have caught up with you at Joe's (missed you first time) but my funds are non-existent.
be lucky,
-Paul

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger colleen m said...

(((((Mikey))))) Feel better! Despite the cold you were wonderful at Joe's! It was great to see you perform again.

((((Hugs)))) to both you and Rene - you are getting closer to being together.

Colleen xox

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger windswept&interested said...

Gosh Mikey, I didn't even realize you weren't feeling well at Joe's Pub. Your performance was beautiful. You are getting better and better with each show. Maybe it's the emotion of missing Rene so much that's coming through. Hang in there, the days are passing quickly and you've come very far. Your songs have become a part of my life. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to speak with you at the meet & greet. You're a gentleman. I'll be seeing you soon at the Attic Jam in Chicago.
All the best,
Cynthia

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger Bri said...

Dear Mikey,

I'm really feeling for you. Being sick on the road, and without Rene, must've been horribly hard, but you were a trooper (or, as my grampa would say, a "brave buffalo"--I have no idea why a buffalo would need to be brave, but you were!) to do the Joe's Pub gig and apparently do it so well.

In another week you will be here in Minneapolis, and Jessica and I (and Elaine, I bet!) will give you smiles and hugs and welcome you to our chilly city. Then across town to St. Paul and the Who gig there. It's exciting, and I'm in such a busy whirl here that it will be a special treat to have that night off from studying and working.

I feel for you and Rene. Hopefully the weeks will fly by now and you will be home. What a great Christmas you'll have.

Anyway, that's my pep talk for tonight, and big hugs and smiles.

Love,
Brina

P.S. I went to be with my boyfriend at Thanksgiving, had a wonderful week, and I tell you, the time right afterwards, when we were apart and trying to have this long-distance romance again? It was agony. So I really do feel what you are going through. Love at a distance. Aargh!

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger Bri said...

P.S. Mikey, will you be selling copies of your CD at Rachel's Barnes and Noble appearance or the Who gig here in Minnesota? Some of us would love to buy copies then (haven't been able to make it work online, for some reason). Just wondering....

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

Mikey,

Sully here...I had no idea you were under the weather when we met backstage. You were so pleasant to hear and to chat with! If I was feeling lousy, I'd been a grump.

Anyway, I hope to chat with you soon...email me at rockjf@aol.com about some of the things we were talking about. I think 2007 could be an exciting year for you...if you're game!

Sully

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Hey Mikey!

Sorry to hear about the cold. Hope your taking Ny-Quil for night time and Day-Quil for the daytime. Lets hope you get better for Toronto. As I have state before, let me know if your visiting Niagara Falls before you hit the big TO. We can do lunch together at the Hard Rock. E-Mail addy is yvfcfireman@yahoo.com.

Remember 2 more weeks and Rene is back in your arms!

Jim

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Hi Mikey,

From all reports, you were brilliant at Joe's Pub, cold or no. I am so glad ... not surprised, just happy for you. Take care of yourself in our American winter, and it's just a matter of days until you head back home. So try to enjoy every moment. Real life will return soon enough!

Cheers from LA,
Chris Capp

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger bookworm said...

Hi Mikey,
sorry, but I'm a lazy writer in this busy time, but here my great shout to you. Hope you feel well. I know Charly is witing a comment to all your posts. I think if I tell her now (she is reading a book in this moment)she will be stopping and write you too. This evening we drive to "Göttingen" 20 miles away from Kassel and we want to see the German band "Silbermond" (please have a look http://www.silbermond.de/).
Now I must go on with cooking.
Take care.
Love and peace
Stefan

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger CrazyCharly said...

Hey Mikey!
As my dad told me that you wrote a new post, I stopped reading and ran down to read the post!
I'm happy that I could see the band "Silbermond" today!
Now I must stop, because we want eat and the we drive to Göttingen!
I'll write soon again!
Love, Charly

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger JoeBoy said...

Mikey,
I hope when things slow down some that you will be able to blog all this like your Indonesian trip. I really feel the Indonesian blog is really a book. I don't know if you have documented this tour as well as the Indo trip however. Funny how everyone suggest things to you that equal a bunch of work. Take care and take it easy mate.

Joseph

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger MaryMoo said...

Sorry to hear about the cold, but glad to hear Joe's went well.

Well as we're into December now: Merry Christmas! (I like to get it in early!) ;)

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Hi Mikey-
Oh I'm so sorry you are not feeling well...I guess a bunch of Who crew folk aren't well too. That's no fun.
I hope you and the crew feel better soon!
Tons of vitamin C, OJ, water, rest. That's it!
The other Sue told me you were amazing at Joe's.
I'm so happy your gig went well.

I meant to invite you to my Taiwan Festival Mikey! hee hee.
Pete just smiled BIG smiles when I told him about my idea (did I tell you this already??).
Then he asked if I had spoken to Rachel, which I had and he said that well, he follows her wherever she goes!
It's going to happen - I can feel it.
The other Sue is going to help me out (maybe a few other talented bloggers as well). I have a wide array of friends who are keen to help me...so we will see!
I can do it, I know I can.
SO many artists are interested - it's just the old money factor, but again, I have my ways, and some excellent connections so I will put it all together.
Ok I am rambling here.

You're in MY hometown now!
Yup - I was born in Boston!
I don't miss it anymore though...I used to.
I am very California now.
Ok I miss it a little... the people are genuine (they can be a little cranky though!).
Beautiful scenery - the seasons...Legal Seafood...if you like fish go to Legal Seafood!
EXCELLENT used record and book shops to (although it's "not a college town" as they said in Spinal Tap...har har).

Ok I better go clean my house now... I have to clean leaves out of my gutters too.
Oh joy oh rapture.

BYE!
Sending healing vibes your way!
Love,
Suesxx

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

Yeah, Sue D. you are the little engine, that could!!!

I believe in this girl, MIKEY!!!
Hope you are feeling better, dear boy!

It won't be long....till XMAS is here, and you will be there!

xo
Sue

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Hi Mikey,
glad to read that Joe's Pub went well for you. I don't know if you're coming to the Toronto gig, but hopefully you will and you'll get to meet some of the bloggers and have your spirits lifted.

I know you're homesick and you'll be back with your sweetie very soon!

Take care,
AM

Saturday, December 02, 2006  
Blogger SpaceCowboy said...

Heya Mikey. Just wanted to drop a line and say that Lisa, my fiance, and I enjoyed our little chat with you after the Joe's Pub gig. It was truly a great evening all the way around. Hope you feel better soon.

Laters,
Jon

Sunday, December 03, 2006  
Blogger ginab said...

Hello Mikey,

Glad you found a few familiar places, especially when you were feeling unwell. It's been a long haul and I have actually worried for "everyone" a little--at the amount of work, and the less rest, and yikes...colds and blah.

But you were great as ever at Joe's (I wasn't there, not in NY). But how else would you be? Impossible that "Misery" and "Plasticine" (which rhyme!) would not come out on top (no matter what!)!!

And the holidays will be here with you with your Rene. Very soon, a break at home.

-ginab

Sunday, December 03, 2006  
Blogger Dan L. said...

Mikey:

Now THAT was a great blog post you did. So sad you felt ill.

I told you while outside the Hollywood club (Hotel Cafe) that I speak much better in person than on the internet...but don't most folks?

You say you'll be home for Christmas, and Rene...great to hear you can do that, great to hear the anticipation, though painful it is. I know, believe me, though never been a whole ocean away.

Peace,

--Dan L.

Sunday, December 03, 2006  
Blogger Fine In My Sky said...

Shout shout shout!

Hi, Mikey!!!

:-)

I'm sorry to hear you were not well. Just think, you will soon be snuggled up at home, enjoying the peace of it all. It will feel *that* much better because you had to suffer a little beforehand.

What a sweetheart you are to make the effort to meet your blogger fans even when you felt awful. Same goes for performing. Bravo to you. Trust me, none of us whom you're meeting on the road will forget your kindness and energy. You make a real impact. Hope we all do that for you, too.

Big hug to you!
-Natalie

Sunday, December 03, 2006  
Blogger Fine In My Sky said...

And btw, perhaps the time away from Rene and the pain of it all will inspire you to write another amazing song when you're home?

"...until I see my darlin' again..." sounds like a lyric to me.

Much Love,
-Natalie

Sunday, December 03, 2006  
Blogger Elaine said...

So sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well Mikey. Just try and imagine the big welcome home you'll get from Rene. Cos I know she misses you like crazy too.
I like how you always call her "my Rene" and how that could be turned into one word. A combination of both your names. Myrene.
I think up some pretty goofy stuff sometimes. :-)

Monday, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Tausha71979 said...

HI Mikey:)

Here is my shout out to ya! So sorry to hear that you weren't feeling well:( Hopefully all has/is passing. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone in Chicago on Saturday. I finally get to meet everyone..hooray!! Anyway, feel better:)

Tausha

Monday, December 04, 2006  
Blogger Roland&Lisa said...

Hey Mikey! Thanks for all the posts about your travels. I'm sure it's difficult being away from home, but look at us as your second family!! You'll be back to Rene soon, just in time for the holidays.

Glad all the shows are going well. Can't wait for the Chicago Attic Jam this Saturday. A group of us bloggers will be getting together beforehand (around 3 PM) at a place just up the street from Martyr's caLled Brownstone Tavern & Grill. It would be great if you could meet up with us for a drink and chat.

Take care and see you Saturday!! Keep on smiling and shining!!!

Lisa & Roland

Tuesday, December 05, 2006  
Blogger Dave from Pennsylvania said...

Hi Mikey

It was nice seeing you at Joe's. Lost you when you got on the phone with your other fan.

Thanks for signing the picture from LA of us. I enjoyed tlaking with you that night a lot.

I hope you feel better physically and emotionally.

See you at the Chicago Attic jam.

Dave

Tuesday, December 05, 2006  

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