(Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – March 3rd 2015)
I hope you are all well – and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to post a first message for this year.
I must say that everything is going great for me at the moment. My new album ‘Restless Years’ has been out here in Australia since late January, and the reception to it from journalists, critics, music business people, musicians and fans has been totally positive. It’s out on the Fanfare Records label and hit the top 40 in the first week of release, marking my first appearance back in the Aussie Album Charts for quite a while.
Next we are planning to release the album in the UK and my record label there, Demon, will schedule the release for sometime this summer. They are planning a special pack for the sleeve, and this release will be co-ordinated with a major UK tour during September and October. Needless to say I’m really looking forward to returning to see all my British fans. Dates and ticket details should be up on the ‘Live News’ page soon, and I guarantee you’ll hear about it first right here.
Back to Australia, and we are right in the middle of the ‘Restless Years’ tour. I’m currently in Victoria, after performing sold out concerts throughout South Australia (Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Adelaide and Mount Gambier), then Western Australia (Albany, Bunbury, and Mundaring Weir in Perth). Just last week we’ve been in Warrugal, Tumbarumba (nr. Wagga Wagga), Sale, Bendigo and Albury. Now we play Warnambool on Wednesday (tomorrow), Ballarat on Thursday, Melbourne on Friday, and Geelong on Saturday. Next week we go to New South Wales, Canberra (Capital Territory), Darwin (in the Northern Territory) and Queensland, and the whole tour ends up on Sunday 12th April in Hobart, Tasmania. It’ll be my biggest Australian tour yet with 30 dates in all.
Phew, now I’m getting exhausted just thinking about it!
But it’s all going stunningly well. My fabulous band here: Bill Risby (keys), Mitch Cairns (bass), Danny Spencer (guitars), and Adrian Violi (drums) are all a joy to work with, and the standard of musicianship going on amongst these guys is as good as I’ve ever experienced, real class. Mitch, Bill, and Danny also played on the ‘Restless Years’ album, of course.
We are playing long (2+ hr) shows, and I make sure every night to come out and spend time signing stuff and being photographed with the fans, so these are long days on road, but we all seem to be coping very well, especially the old bloke in front!
At the start of the year I had a nice little journey with the UK band to Asia to play two concerts in Singapore (Jan 17th) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Jan 20th). This trip turned out to be a fantastic surprise because, though I’d met plenty of people from there before who were Leo fans, I had no idea I was so popular. My shows turned out to be packed to the rafters and everybody sang and danced along like on a home gig. In between times me and the band (Ronnie Johnson, Dave Troke, Elliot Henshaw and Rob Taggart) were honoured visitors to British consulate parties, and went on many VIP trips. It was all a wonderful experience and I must say a big thanks to The British Theatre Playhouse for putting on the shows. Special mentions go to Cecilia Long Faulkner and Nicholas Pinder for everything they did for us, and I can’t wait to go back!
And thank you all for your kind mentions regarding ‘Restless Years’. I really hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I had fun creating it. We will make sure it becomes available all over the world eventually, as I’m really proud of this record.
Come and see us on the Australian tour if you are down here, there are still some tickets available. To see the dates, or book tickets, go to the Live News page now.
So here’s wishing you all a Beautiful Year. It’s one that for me looks like it’s gonna be a very “Restless Year” indeed…
See you soon!
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