(London – November 26th, 2013)
Well, the UK and Ireland tour is finished, and it was a blast! We have had some fantastic experiences on the road – from Limerick until Worthing, it’s all been great. We’ve met old fans and new fans, who’ve probably spread the word and will bring us many new ones. We’ve had sold out, successful, and exciting shows that have engendered cheers, ‘Leo’ chants and standing ovations. We’ve had a truly fantastic chemistry going on onstage with my excellent band – Ronnie Johnson on guitar, Rob Taggart on keyboards, Elliott Henshaw on drums, and Dave Troke on bass – all playing their hearts out and making my songs come alive. In fact don’t think I’ve had so much onstage fun for a long time. I’m proud to say I felt fit and energised all tour long, so that’s obviously helped. I needed to make a new ‘mark’ in the UK after such a long time away, and that seems to have happened this November, which can only be great for the future. I must thank Geoff Curtis for providing such an amazing sound for us, truly he’s out ‘fifth’ band member, and Paul Clifton James for driving us to and from the venues and setting up the stage every night. He worked so hard for us and never got anything wrong, which is quite an achievement. He also built our rehearsal room – okay, that’s ’sixth’ member of the band then! Many thanks also to Mike Hearn who drove our gear and was always on hand as an extra man at the gigs. And to Frank Killeen who drove us on the Irish leg, and who we captured to stay on for another four shows in England. Top man! Last but by no means least, thanks goes to the wonderful Jan Riley, tour manager, tour planner, route planner, hotel co-ordinator, promoter co-ordinator, and band mum. Without her I could never have done this. Thanks Jan!
So, we now have a great UK production team, a superb band and crew, and a wellspring of goodwill to build on. Look out for some exciting developments for me live in Britain and Europe next year, oh yes!
I’m now headed home to Sydney (tonight) for a well earned rest, and then I’ll get started on recording and finishing up the new album – ready for release next year.
It’s been a great end to a fantastic year, with my box set “Just A Box” selling like hot cakes on the road, in the shops, and on Amazon. I’m thrilled that it’s been so well received, and rave reviewed in the press, radio and TV. Thanks to Demon/Edsel for making such a great product available.
Right then, I must go back to my packing…. See you all soon, and I’ll conjure up some Christmas goodies for you when I next write.
I hope your life is good, you are well and happy and somewhere the sun is shining for you…
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