Tour Diary USA 1997

Tuesday Oct 14th

MEET THE DRIVER. Coventry….up at 4am. Flightlink to Heathrow. BA flight 10.30am…arrive in Chicago 1.30pm…Will stopped at immigration for having no money!!!! we lied for him…we get through…to lodgings…SPACE TIME TANKS!!!…to Projekt…eat Thai…out to Scary Lady Sarah’s club Noir…drink…Joanne collapses and is thrown out….we leave…Will spins around in his tank…we sleep.

Wednesday Oct 15th

SPACE TIME. we float in the tanks before breakfast!…we like it…buy cables/sort out the borrowed gear at Projekt. final tour plans. Buy effects. Mexican meal with Sam and Lisa. A drink at Club 950…meet Sunshine Blind…

Thursday Oct 16th

PANIC IN DETROIT! …no VAN!!…they won’t accept my credit card…it has to be the drivers!!!! we wire money to his card in England…look for another van for the day…leave late for Detroit…drive in at night through boarded up houses and rising steam from sewers….the people are NICE….ASCENSION UK….set up, test all our borrowed gear and soundcheck in a matter of minutes…a good crowd…..interviews…a good start…thanks Mariana!..off for a well deserved 3 hours sleep….

Friday Oct 17th

“NONE OF MY OLD BUDDIES ARE ALIVE NOW” …up at 6.30am…260 miles back to chicago and change vans….take cab to car hire with Vietnam vet….with stories!…get an Isuzu Rodeo…our new home…off to Madison, WI….Ned and Monica`s house…chill out…sleep

Saturday Oct 18th

BLUBERRY PANCAKES …and shopping malls. …buy more cables…head into downtown Madison..INFERNO…good show (bad monitors)…recorded to DAT…meet some long time fans…off to Cybil’s party…back to Ned’s…

Sunday Oct 19th

YOU ROCK MARTIN…(thanks Lisa)……nice breakfast!!!!…off to Chicago…Ned with us to do sound…a double show…all ages and 21 and over…Eric and Sarah and CLUB 950…great night …recorded to DAT….but please only one show at a time!….Ned leaves us…we sleep in space tanks…again.

Monday Oct 20th

ONE HALF OF McDONALDS ….Call into Projekt/stock up on merch…we sell lots…early drive to St Louis, MO…check out the Gateway to the west……we try the McDonalds river boat experience…same crap…but on a boat…meet Rev Lord Ben…stay at his house…the first Projekt band to play in St Louis…an honour….GALAXY club…(fetish night)…DJ nice/manager miserable…but a good show…loud….meet lots of nice folk…

Tuesday Oct 21st

STOMP OUT THE DEVIL! ….hangover it’s my own fault…crucified muppets..eat Vietnamese…hit the road…drive…drive…drive…drive…stop late at Savanna, OK…a Budget Host…12 pack of Bud, chips and cable TV….”Oklahoma is the frontier state…with Lakes!!!!”…wow…

Wednesday Oct 22nd

BEHIND THE GRASSY KNOLL …arrive in Dallas…meet Chris Greene (thanks Chris) at first USA Bank…take a train downtown…eat Mexican…buy souveniers…wander over to the grassy knoll…sight-seeing, american-style!…over to Fort Worth…IMPALA…meet Brian and Mike and Tara (Lycia to you)…bad sound!!! great crowd…didn’t go to crack party…(we’re sorry)…

Thursday Oct 23rd

LOST LIZARD AND BLUE HAIR. F*ck! left our (actually Sam’s!) keyboard stand and Lizard backdrop!!! frantic search…phone calls lead nowhere…set off to Houston in a tropical thunderstorm!…arrive Ok…buy new stand!!…meet Lycia again…get directions for a lot of our upcoming shows off them…meet Dana and Blue hair again…(Vampire house of horror remember?)…lovely…good sound…poor turnout (last minute show…)…i look like a `30`s superhero…(apparently)…almost stayed with the promoter…ended up at the Butthole Surfer’s managers house…(thanks…) he was away…

Friday Oct 24th

F*CKING SKUNK! …off to Florida…gave all my postcards to a waitress in a roadside diner…(thanks…they all arrived!)…alligators heads and back scratchers…drive, drive…700 miles…find a motel 6 in Tallahassee, FL,…find a 12 pack of Bud…find a bed…

Saturday Oct 25th

SHANNON IS A GIRL’S NAME ….arrive in Orlando…hot…find club…meet Kamilsky..Czech sound guy…Ramada Hotel…back to CLUB Z and the worst sound ever!!!….the crowd are wonderful…they apologise!!!…”you could play in a toilet and you’d still be excellent…” (thanks Shantelle…we have…)

Sunday Oct 26th

THIRD MOST VIOLENT COUNTY IN THE UNITED STATES. West Palm Beach. mmmm nice Palm trees!. promoter doesn`t show…we do the gig anyway. RESPECTABLE St CAFE…good sound…We do like smoke!…enthusiastic…down on fee…Days Inn and goodnight…

Monday Oct 27th

REDNECKS ….20% discount on our omelettes for total utter IHOP fkup…mmmmm….drive up into the scary south…Georgia…680 miles…Ambassador Inn and a late night trip to a shopping mall for chewing tobacco and liquor…(“No liquor in stores in this state”…)…oh, and a barbie doll…bad wine is good…party party….

Tuesday Oct 28th

A GIRL CALLED HARMONY. Atlanta…rundown bits…OUTTA CONTROL…(Old club 688 punk venue)…it’s Dave’s birthday party…we like Dave….fire eating costume drama queens Apocalypse Theatre open…good one…good sound…meet a girl called Harmony…wierd…drive through the night…3 hours sleep in roadside rest station…

Wednesday Oct 29th

WELCOME TO HEAVEN. arrive at Best Western motel…sleep some more…off to Washington DC…past Capitol building…yuppy areas…Colombian restaurant…Halloween night at club HEAVEN…good crowd…show videoed..nice folk…back to Best western…

Thursday Oct 30th

SISTER TERESA. sleep in…Shoney buffet!…off to Richmond, VA…”the Village”…hang out in shops and bars…TWISTERS…a good turnout, good show…get bonus!…meet Teresa!!!…off into the night….2 more hours sleep in rest stsation…

Friday Oct 31st

MEET THE AMISH.(OH DEAR) …. 700 miles wipeout…Will and Joanne asleep in back of car…me and Rich meet the Amish in a roadside Burger King…(oh, such style…)…arrive at Lycia’s…our home for the night…Mike changes my hundreds of $20 bills for $100 dollar bills…a little easier on the pocket…they give us sweets and plastic rings…sleep a little..off to PHANTASY THEATRE, Cleveland, OH…Joanne keeps falling over. Halloween special. …..great show…good sound, good food, good crowd. LYCIA AND ATTRITION KILLED BY SUICIDAL DEAR ON DRIVE HOME!!!!!! (oh, very, very nearly…)

Saturday Nov 1st

FLOODLAND. 450 miles to NYC in the rain. Pennsylvania. New Jersey. Lincoln tunnel. Manhattan. BATCAVE at DOWNTIME. good club…soundman a little, er distant…meet Neville…meet Carl ( merch boy!!!)…Thai food…playing with Ben Neill…nice…bad sound (man)…too many cooks and not enough diners…off to Nevilles…his car breaks down in flood!!! wades over to us and we get him home…finally get paid…where is our booking agent?

Sunday Nov 2nd

SOMEWHERE NEAR COVENTRY. slow drive through scary Bronx. To Providence, RI. THE MET CAFE. good venue, great crowd, good show…a good ending…drink as much as we can….stay with Brad in his new (old) house…

Monday Nov 3rd

THE PASSENGERS. …..early start…long road…long drive..bust through tollgate on red…900 miles to Michigan city, Indiana…(enjoying your day off Will?)..we COULD have done a 1000, no problem…stop at Knights Inn…goodnight.

Tuesday Nov 4th

BIRTHDAY BOY. 60 miles to Chicago. drop Will and Joanne at Projekt with the gear (no-one is in yet!!)…drop ISUZU at Alamo…sort out merch bill ($1139 tp pay Projekt…$3000 taken)…my accounting head is on…we have a (little) profit to share….Will and Joanne run away…(Chicago O`hare on standby!…they make it!)..Rich and me unofficially celebrate Sam’s birthday at IGGY’s and a final trip to CLUB NOIR. Bye Eric, Mera, Drew, Tom…

Wednesday Nov 5th

BOUNCING BABY BOYD. stay with Pat and new family. Mexican lunch then BA home…easy flight.Flightlink. taxi. home…

a very nice one. thanks to everyone who came and involved – especially Pat@Projekt and Ben@Bayridge Talent agency for setting it up.

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