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Tull News June 2003
At last the sublime return to the touring way of life with its heady routine of hotels, travel and concert fulfilment.
All this, of course, in the wake of four months of songwriting, recording and mixing two new albums for release this year.
Bang on schedule, I completed the artwork for the Tull album and my solo record two days before departure for the Sweden Rock Festival, having approved the audio production masters earlier in thee week. What a clever and punctual lad.
The Christmas Record
If you liked Bouree and Songs From The Wood, you will love this record. Acoustic-ish Folk/Jazz feel and excellent solo performances from various band members. Apart from the usual guys, there are guest appearances from David Pegg and James Duncan to round things out.
Martin's New Solo Album: "Stage Left"
Three extra shows have been added to the US tour: Costa Mesa on August 1st, Las Vegas on the 2nd and the famous Sturgis Biker-fest in South Dakota on the 4th. We have just seven weeks to learn Born To Be Wild and the Grateful Dead medley on mandolin and kazoo to appease the Harley Hordes as they stare us down, astride their trusty steeds, from the audience area. Think I might leave the tights and codpiece in the ladies locker room for that one…….
The Ian Anderson Rubbing Elbows dates for the fall in the USA are pretty much all confirmed now but the dates won’t appear on this website for just a few weeks yet as we don’t want you dithering over which shows to go to. But the IA dates are mostly in the so-called major markets while Tull shows are mainly in peripheral and typical summer venues so there shouldn’t be a huge overlap. Watch out for the tour dates soon.
Road Crew Eating Habits
And then the veggies of the crew have to pick and scrape at everything to remove the lingering tarnish of anything-that-once-had-a-face-on-it.
Personally, I don’t eat with the band and crew anyway as I can’t do a show on a full stomach but I do go in to the catering room to have a look sometimes. Couldn’t help notice, the other day, that the kitchen hand cutting up yet another dead carcase in the back looked like a dead ringer for Paul McCartney. Must have been mistaken, ‘though.
Running into "Yes"
The "Road Map"
As the Bush “road map” unravels following another day of carnage in Jerusalem, I wonder if I shall ever play there again. A few parts of the world now seem seriously out of bounds for us travelling musos. And for you too when you spend your vacation dollar. The cool and hygienic high-speed bubble that is this German train, seems a million miles from the CNN breaking news that seems to greet me whenever I return from a show to my lonely hotel room.
Sometimes music is a refuge from all of the horrors of the world – sometimes it seems to amplify them.
the Christmas record
Martin's solo album
roadie eating habits
running into Yes
the "road map"
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Martin has a preview of his new solo work, "Stage Left" with music samples.
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