Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rebound King: Complete UK 2013 Tour Recap

I am back home in the heat of North Hollywood after a beautiful week in the UK on tour. The shows totaled six in a seven day trip. But what a trip it was. London, Manchester, Liverpool. The audiences were appreciative and even with two acoustic guitars, this disco troubadour enjoyed getting the crowd moving. The sets were a mix of songs from my latest, ON THE REBOUND; along with a couple of choice covers. One golden oldie; one hot off the top of the charts.

Back to the audiences, I was thrilled to entertain all of you and meet so many of you. I love making people dance; it brings me joy. I hope that you will continue to follow my musical adventures. I will return to the UK and I anticipate making some new music this summer with an old collaborator. So more to come!

While in London, I visited the David Bowie Is exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Musuem. Fascinating and inspiring. Always is, to see handwritten lyrics, original stage costumes and concepts for album art all put into a historical, but vibrant context. Highly recommended. It does require tickets, but they can be purchased day-of, if you don't mind queuing early. I just purchased THE NEXT DAY (after listening to it several times on the plane, there and back); and Bowie's put some gems out for us on this record.

On tea. There were also plenty of opportunities to have tea, cream tea, traditional tea, high tea. Tea stops included Harrod's and Sketch in London; Leaf on Bold St. in Liverpool; Coffee Mill in Chester; and Pettigrew's at Cardiff Castle. All brilliant. Great scones and flavors. I'm a fan of the butter truffle at Leaf and Blend 49 at Harrod's. However, my favorite tea is the Polo Club... and I can only get it in London. American's need to get back to the idea of taking time for tea every afternoon. Perfect way to decompress and energize. Perhaps, I should become a tea sommelier?

I also got to pay a brief visit to Monmouth and Monnow Valley Studios where "A Talent For Loving" was recorded in the Summer of '06. Hard to believe seven years have gone by. It was great to see Jo and the manor; and spend a few sublime hours soaking in the Welsh countryside. I expect heaven to look a lot like Wales, if not Scotland.

So many people to thank behind the scenes for their support and love during this tour: David Bash, Patty Kelsey, Jason Bonham, Nigel Thomas, Terry Gray, Jo & Phil Riou, Adam Marsland, Jackie Casas, Andrew & Anne Smith, Cavern Tours, Rina Bardfield, and you!

Okay, here's a run down of each set list. As you can see, I tried to switch it up for each audience. The new material went over very well. I'm hoping to get some live video performances posted soon. The single performance of "Airport Kisses" was a tour highlight; as was the cover of Daft Punk's current "Get Lucky."

Death2Disco at Notting Hill Arts Club, London, 15 May:

On The Rebound
Huckleberry Finn
She's My Go-To
Our Love Is Known By Name
Majestic Rejection
So Sophisticated
Supermodels with Gatling Guns
Love Train (O'Jays)



International Pop Overthrow at The Cavern Pub, Liverpool 16 May:
On The Rebound
Huckleberry Finn
She's My Go-To
Our Love Is Known By Name
Majestic Rejection
So Sophisticated
Supermodels With Gatling Guns

Read a review of this show: Minty and the Beeb, 16 May

Thirsty Scholar, Manchester, 16 May:
She's My Go-To
Huckleberry Finn
Majestic Rejection
So Sophisticated

International Pop Overthrow at The Cavern Pub, Liverpool, 17 May:
She's My Go-To
Huckleberry Finn
On The Rebound
Majestic Rejection
Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
So Sophisticated
Airport Kisses

Read a review of this show: Minty and the Beeb, 17 May

International Pop Overthrow at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, 17 May:
She's My Go-To
Huckleberry Finn
Majestic Rejection
So Sophisticated
Done Lost my Mind
Supermodels with Gatling Guns
Love Train (O'Jays)


Read a review of this show: Liverpool Sound & Vision, 17 May


Festival Express at Vinyl Bar, Liverpool, 17 May:
She's My Go-To
Huckleberry Finn
On the Rebound
Majestic Rejection
Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
So Sophisticated
Supermodels with Gatling Guns









Thursday, May 09, 2013

Rehearsing for the UK and the Stones

Last night's rehearsal for the upcoming tour was a gas. Adam Marsland and I ran through duo versions of songs from ON THE REBOUND, along with hits from Smokey, the O'Jays and the Robots. Stay tuned if you're curious... or better yet, come down to a show. We did this version of things for my IPO set last August at Fais Do Do, before the album dropped. Sort of a cabaret setting. But now that you fans know the songs, there will be more points-of-reference to these acoustic performances. Plus the covers are a lot of fun.

Had a great time seeing the Rolling Stones at Staples Center last Friday. They pulled out a few gems including a rare version of "Factory Girl," the rollicking "Midnight Rambler" with guest Mick Taylor and a live debut of the disco-riffic "Emotional Rescue." I'm thrilled that I was part of the first audience to hear "Emotional Rescue" performed by the band. My guess is that "Start Me Up" was already charting by the time they would have been touring the material from EMOTIONAL RESCUE and that the disco curve was flattening. But I love that track and LP.

Our seats for the concert gave us a glimpse of the backstage action and it was very cool to see Mick prepare while the UCLA marching band banged out "Satisfaction." Plus, Mick gave me an idea of the proper kicks "mature" rockstars should wear.

Check the show schedule; the UK tour begins in less than a week! Can't wait to see you, Britain!

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