Kim’s Touchstone Tour Diary – Day Six
Well, it is now Monday and the tour is over. Sad face.
But what a weekend. On Saturday, we played a show in Eric’s Live in Liverpool. One fact that I was unaware of is that this venue is on the same street as the Cavern Club, aka Beatlemania Central, so we were playing near a musical historical landmark. The show was great, and we were made to feel as welcome as ever by our fantastic northern friends! Getting to and from the venue was also half of the experience. Owing to the location of the venue and local parking restrictions, I was left to drive the van alone around central Liverpool and successfully parallel park it on the opposite side of a main street. This was much more than a small victory for me, and I am adamant that I won myself some man points that day. When leaving, the street was utterly rammed with hundreds of partygoers of various forms, and our heroic driver John had to drive the bus out through what essentially felt like a riot, with Moo alongside the van herding the public in various directions with his new love, the megaphone. It was one of the most surreal post gig trips of my experience.
Yesterday then brought us to Bilston. Ah, good old Bilston. You know we love you. A large reason for this is because you show us that you love us, and it is this healthy and positive transaction which repeatedly inspires us to return to the Robin. From what you showed us last night, the experience appeared to be mutual. We also recorded the show, so you’re all going to be a little bit famous very soon, and I shall ask you all for your autographs when the DVDs come through. I want to add an extra thank you to all of you as well for braving it out to see us in what turned out to be rather treacherous weather, and I hope dearly that all of you made it home safely.
The Oceans of Time album launch tour with the Von Hertzen Brothers has been amazing for us. The new album has been so warmly received, and to see so many of you singing along with the new songs already shows us that what we are doing is worthwhile. With the album’s chart position and the excitement that you have also shown us around this album, you will keep us doing it for longer. Thank you. Thank you too to Prog magazine for sponsoring this tour, to the wonderful Von Hertzen Brothers (Mikko hug: DOUBLE check) who have been a pleasure to gig with, and to all of our amazing team who have helped to make this tour happen. We’ll keep you updated about the Live DVD release and future gig dates.
Love you all, over and out.