Well, its been eventful.
The main news is that due to my good friend Andy Ball's commitments to the Spice Girls tour, I have landed the job of looking after Dave Murray's guitars on the Iron Maiden 2008 tour. To say I'm excited is an understatement. It's going to be 8 long weeks away from home, working for one of my favorite bands from way back, and travelling through the world to far flung places on their own private 757. Before all that I have the Marillion Xmas tour to complete, with a set list to die for.
I hope to have some more dates with Carbon / Silicon early next year, which I hope don't clash (sorry!) with the Maiden dates as I really love working with Mick, Tony, Dom and Leo.
Went down to Putney studios last week to look after Francis Dunnery and band ready for his tour this week. It was an education watching them piece together a set over 3 days, and i also got to meet Peter Vitesse who's work with Ian Anderson I have admired for many years.
Gig wise I played with Soul Beaver last week, which was a very last minute call. Their keyboard player bailed out so Rich asked me to play the keyboard parts...on guitar! Despite only a couple of hours rehearsal the day before it was good fun. Kind of Booker T jamming with Thin Lizzy!
JakDog spent an evening in the Racket Club studios putting down two tracks which you can hear on our myspace site now. Gigs have now been put back due to my touring schedule until March / April, but we will try and fit some in beforehand.
Louise started her new job in Bicester this week, which brings her much closer to home and handy for when I'm away. Kids are off on hols this week, so the dog will have company during the daytime for a change!
I spent the last two nights creating two parts of a improvised track called 'Paris/Dakar' ready to send over to my good friend Will from Spingere. My idea is to lay down parts without hearing the original guide track, so I've completed separate guitar and keyboard tracks and Will can add his ideas to form one long composition. If it works we'll do more...maybe even a Cd's worth.
Right...going for a run...