(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…
This is the new look ‘leo sayer.com’ – the official website and home of all things “leo”, so if it’s your first visit, here’s a few guidelines.
I think a website is like a virtual “world”, an entirely new home, an exhibition in the ether, and a different (and maybe fresh) way of looking at a life or career – well anyway, that’s the theory behind ‘leo’s room”.
Run your mouse or curser across the home page and you’ll see you can instantly locate various categories of the site by clicking and selecting highlighted images or icons.
These categories are also listed on top of the room, and here’s more on them:
News. You’ll find up to the moment news of my activities and my latest message to you on the news page.
Messages. The message page works much like before – here I invite you to send me a message, ask me questions, or create a forum or topic for discussion. Please keep your posts limited to one person per posting name. It’s not intended as a conversation page between friends – it’s a discussion group, so please when replying to a post, stick to the discussion topics. The site is monitored by the website facilitators (not only me) and we will remove multi posters who use more than one log in name, and all those who profess or pretend, incorrectly, to be the site moderators. Furthermore, we will not tolerate rudeness, offensive language, insults or bad manners, so if you want your message to be shown, you must adhere to these rules.
I will endeavour to reply to as many of your questions as frequently as I can.
Live news. This now has it’s own section too – with details of upcoming concerts and appearances.
Audio player. Here you can listen to tracks on the media player. This features a personal selection various tracks from the archives or recent live material, which will be updated from time to time.
Biography (The Story So Far). This has been carried over from the last edition of the site, and has the entire story of my life and career, with accompanying pictures.
Discography. It’s all new and details the hits and chart positions of my albums and singles in the U.K., the U.S.A., and Australia, also the territories they were released in.
Lyrics. Some of you may remember these pages from before, so I’ve brought ‘em back and brought them up to date – all the lyrics of every album and single track released are shown here.
Photographs. Here’s a new style gallery in an easily navigable format. It’s split into two categories: My career, and Recent Activities. I’ll be up dating these with new pics galleries from time to time.
Press Articles. I’ve been collecting these for some time, so I thought it’d be cool to share some of these with you. They run all the way from 1972 to the present day, telling my story from various other perspectives.
Store. Coming soon… Here there’ll be a chance to purchase merchandise like T-shirts, caps and other ‘leo’ branded items, and buy CD’s and DVD’s. We’ll supply and ship internationally from this site, so look out for this to be up and running soon.
Links. Here you can find other points of contact, for professional enquiries, bookings and such like. Also here are some of my favourite sites to visit, and the home sites of many of my favourite musicians and work colleagues.
I do hope you all enjoy the new pages and generally have fun with the material here.
“leosayer.com” has a truly international fan base, so I hope that the content here applies to all of you.
I can only apologise that if some of my releases are unknown to you, this is because they have not been made available worldwide. It’s just the way this business is, I’m afraid. Some territories don’t agree in taste with the other ones, but thanks to the web, the world is getting smaller and most of my releases can be found on the internet or by downloading, which I think is great.
Okay, that’s about it for now. Keep watching this page for further developments ‘cos the ‘Show” is definitely still going on.
All the best….
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