The summer has kicked into high gear and I hope you are all enjoying it as much as I am. I just finished touring six weeks, saw six countries, performed with two bands, had only two days off and played in front of the largest crowd of my career yet! There are so many highlights to mention (as well as a couple of lows) and the best thing is I get to play music for a living!
I have to start with giving a huge shout out to my partner in Big Sir, Lisa Papineau. She is really unbelievable and after a couple of weeks of touring in a station wagon, I am in awe of her more than ever. She not only got our DIGITAL GARDENS CD’s made, organized what merch we could muster up for the tour, booked and handled all the flight complications, dealt with the booking agent for all the shows, rehearsed with me, all while earning another belt in karate! And this was all pre tour work but she delivered just as much on the road.
Lisa and I flew into Milan, where we afforded ourselves one day to get prepared for a thirteen-shows-in-a-row run in three countries (shout out to Simone for helping us make Italy touring possible!). Italy, Portugal and the UK got to see Big Sir do our thing and I must say, Lisa never complained and she sang beautifully. Mind you, Lisa has multiple sclerosis and endures bouts of pain but we never canceled a show, nor did our performances ever suffer. She set up her gear, broke her gear down and sold merch each night. She is an huge inspiration to me, and should be to anyone who is an artist who is taxed by challenging health issues while trying perform and create.
Some of my fondest memories of the tour came from experiencing Europe at an intimate level. When you tour on a bus, you can’t just pull the bus over when you see a historic site or you want to eat at a roadside cafe. If you are in a station wagon (driven by our amazing friend and future drummer, Fed) you can do what you want and we did just that. Whether it was gelato in Livorno or olives in Lisbon, we toured like kings because we got to live like Europeans for a few days. Having dinner on the coast with the promoter responsible for your show just doesn’t happen at the larger levels of touring but it happened in Swansea!
Every meal energized our shows and every show was met by great fans who we shared drinks and conversation with. I will always want to tour in this type of situation because the experiences are priceless. Bus tours are great too but the advantages of touring in a station wagon are numerous.
After our last show in London, Lisa and I made our way to Deltron 3030’s hotel where Lisa and I would go separate ways. Lisa had to go back to Los Angeles and I headed to the famous Glastonbury Festival in England. Having never performed at, or been to the famous festival, I was very excited to see why Glastonbury is the music festival of all music festivals.
Upon arriving at Glastonbury, it is hard to get over how massive this festival has become. It is a giant town that gets taken over by hundreds of thousands of people all there to share in music and art. It blew me away how organized, clean, invigorating and engaging this festival was (it is also the greenest festival on the planet with just about everything getting recycled). Everyone in Deltron jumped out of the van and spun our heads around to take in this monumental event. Then, a low point sets in…downpour.
The Californian in me took over once water started dumping on us and I started to complain. All the British laughed at me and said it wouldn’t be Glastonbury without a little rain. Easy for them to say, after I ruined my favorite sneakers, but I was quick to remedy the situation as I went out into the crowd area and purchased my very first set of wellies!
Deltron 3030 was lucky enough to be booked on the same stage as Jonny Greenwood‘s performance of a Steve Reich piece so we watched the conclusion of it and set up for Deltron’s orchestra set. I performed the entire set with the wellies on and lucky for me, I don’t have to do a lot of pedal dancing for our set the boots worked out.
More to come but I wanted to share what I could from the road!