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one and all!
Yes, I know it's been ages but I've lots to tell you and I'm out of breath
just trying to decide where to start.....
Firstly a warning: Some very sad people with evidently too much time
on their hands have been sending out emails apparently from me, Doane
and Ian. The names are ours but unless you know us and talk to us regularly
they're almost certainly not from any of us. They usually have a silly
and irrelevant subject line, and if you were to check the header code
you can tell who really sent it and I know, but who wants to spend time
doing that? Exactly.
So, it's unlikely I'll be emailing you out of the blue or sending attachments,
and you would be wise to ignore them. If you are on AOL you should follow
the 'Notify AOL' procedure. If the emails continue to do the rounds I
may publish the senders' details and we all know what to do then, don't
Ok, The Website:
Unless you have been visiting relatives on another planet over the last
couple of months you'll have noticed that the Tull website is new and
very shiny. The short version of a long story is that the host server
let us down for the third time in a row, and at a time when I was busy
preparing for the US tours. It was a bad time indeed, particularly because
as the creator of the original Official Jethro Tull website, I took it
very personally that the result of a very steep learning curve relating
to things web had seemingly been banished to somewhere far, far away in
the depths of the ether. "What about backups?" I hear you cry. Well yes
I had backups, but nowhere to upload them to before I left home for the
first leg of the US tour.
Consequently you are reading these words courtesy of our pal and web wizard
David Coursey and his team of rocket scientists at WebHeads.
Thank you to the many of you who wrote requesting the return of my original
format, but let's face it folks, while I tried to keep up with the breath-taking
pace of web technology, David and his associates are really delivering
the goods in a way I could not at this time. In the future, who knows.................?
So let's hear it for DC at WebHeads! (Applause)
Ok, now stop.
The Vyktoria Project Finished!
Hopefully, you will remember our superb opening guest of a couple of years
ago, Vyktoria Pratt Keating? Well, after much staring into computer screens
and tweaking of drum and electric guitar samples, we have a finished CD.
It took some time between her and my touring, but I think you're gonna
like it. It's not generally available yet as we're shopping for a distribution
deal, but I'm about to launch a website featuring my work with Vyktoria
and others including Willy
Porter , Chrisie
Santoni and Michelle
Young. Watch out for thewychwoodrecorder.com coming soon! If you really
nag me I'll put up some mp3s.
So to the first two of a three-legged US tour:
What a splendid time I've had!
It started well in Philadelphia with a warm and receptive crowd, and as
we crossed country into warmer climbs I could feel the love radiating
from the front rows at each concert!
Unfortunately, the travel between cities by air proved to be the biggest
bummer of all. We poor Limeys were singled out on EVERY trip to undergo
extra security checks whereby I got my laundry inspected thoroughly each
time but had my bag full of electronics largely ignored.
Hmmmmm, I couldn't work that one out..........
A couple of times I opted to ride the crew bus overnight, thus avoiding
laundry assault and catching up on some beauty sleep into the bargain.
The first leg finished in Florida where, during the few hours of R&R between
shows, the man Barre and I did some serious research into the affects
of sun and alcohol on the adult (Martin only) brain.
Of course I worked out most days - I worked out how many cigarettes I
could smoke between the last song of the set and the encore.
After a few days in the Arizona desert re-charging my lighter and finding
my inner female it was time to head over to California where we began
leg two. There's never enough time in sunny CA and before we knew it we
were heading North and East again. Although, I have to mention Jacksonville
Oregon. What a sweet place and what great people! I'd love to make it
back there one year. We finished part two in fabulous Texas, where the
venues were great, the folks welcoming and the sunshine awesome. Thanks
to everyone who made our visit terrific!
In stark contrast at least weather-wise, Ian and I spent last weekend
in Germany hanging out with real musicians! Yes, 40 or so members of the
Bochum Symphonia were our stage mates for two concerts of Tull music in
an Orchestral styley. Strangely and rather disconcertingly I was more
nervous than I can remember being before any Tull show - maybe because
it wasn't the usual environment. Once we settled into it tho' it was a
real blast! Part-way through I remember thinking, 'Wow! I'm playing with
a real Orchestra!'
The highlight for me was hearing tunes from the Divinities album (on which
I made all the Orchestral noises on the keyboard) played by the real instruments.
Quite a treat! I'm looking forward to the two Italian concerts in September
So, now to a week's vacation on the beautiful island of Menorca and time
to contemplate part three of the US tour. Can someone please arrange intense
and relentless sunshine across the USA by, say, August 10?
Bye for now,