First off I'd like to say thanks to all those of you who came and lent your support to the Childline concert at the Hard Rock Cafe the other Thursday. It was great to see you all there and raise so much money for such a good cause. Yes, I had a few technical problems, but apart from that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Saturday the 24th saw us up in Litchfield and again many of you came out in the cold (well I thought it was cold) to see our show, so thanks for that.
On the recording front, Mike and Steve H have been busy in the studio, so I have been working at home on various overdub ideas which I then send to Mike to see if they might add to the melee. I mainly work on backing vocal ideas but sometimes come up with the odd keyboard or orchestral line which might add to a section. The other thing I am doing is trawling through all the jam ideas that I have previously marked as good or interesting, to see if any of them could be added between the songs as incidental music to enhance the whole album. One or two things of these are sounding promising to me.
"We have flown here from Chile to see you.. the plane circled Heathrow for ages and made us very late.. we only saw a few minutes of your set.. It was still worth it..." How can a statement like that not lift anyone's spirits? We really do have the best fans in the world.
I decided to break the routine and wear a white shirt for the Hard Rock Cafe gig... fatal. Five minutes before I was due to join the boys on stage, my glass holding a pint of Pepsi exploded for no apparent reason. Did make me laugh. Back to black in future. Although I was only playing a total of four numbers the gig was thoroughly enjoyable, and raising a few thousand pounds for Childline was the icing on the cake. A big thank you to everyone involved, especially Ian Duncan and all of his staff at the Hard Rock. What a great bunch of people.
Instructions from Rich (our tour manager) for the Acoustic Festival: get to the gig at 5pm, on stage at 8.30. You can soak up the festival atmosphere and chill out for a few hours before the gig. Well, the atmosphere was really good, as were the Mexican burritos and chocolate/marshmallow pancakes that I sampled. As for chilling out, I was bloody freezing. I even toyed with the idea of buying a tie-dyed poncho just to keep hypothermia away. The gig itself - although marred by a few technical problems - seemed to go down very well. Thanks for the warm reception that you gave us. Hope to see you at a hot, sweaty, loud gig in the near future.
Meanwhile in the Studio, Mike and H are very busy recording vocals this week. All sounding Fab. Mark's working on some great keyboard parts. Steve R has put down some fantastic guitar (I especially like what he has done on a track called Asylum Satellite). Pete, as usual, rock solid bass playing. He really is a twenty-four-hour musician. His enthusiasm is an inspiration. This is one of my most favourite times of the whole recording process; all the drums are finished and the boys are beavering away adding their magic. Very exciting...
Win Marillion Weekend 2009 VIP Passes!
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Racket Records Spring Cleaning Sale - Last Chance!
Spring is quickly turning into Summer (well, at least according to the calendar!) which means the Racket Records Spring Cleaning sale is ALSO coming to an end.
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