hit pic, november 18, twenty twelve

I’m am never NOT amazed when someone comes to the show and then goes back home and gets something like this done
It’s like, umm…what’s the word I’m looking for here?
Oh yeah….FUCKING PERMANENT!
So at first I’m like, ouch.
Then, what?

Then, wow.
Lastly, I’m a bit excited that F.O.C.U.S. is becoming other people’s favourite word too!
Which means I’m no longer the only nutter running around telling fucktards to “Fuck Of CozYou’re Stupid!”

 

 

doin’ it, dublin style

The first Ireland show is dunzo
Which means there’s only two shows left on the whole-god-damn-holy-shit-that-went-fast-fucking-tour!

(My Uncle Paul [Dad’s older brother] was a surprise guest backstage last night)

Last night’s Dublin show is EXACTLY why I love coming here.

Dublin crowds, while I love ’em, an be tougher than tough
There’s no given that they’ll like you, let alone laugh at your stuff. And they’re quick to let you know if they think you suck. I gotta tell you, I think that’s pretty awesome. “You suck….feck off!!” Just tellin’ it like it is.
I’m please to report, that last night, they DID like me, and totally laughed at my stuff
And to prove it, I sold out of CDs and tshirts….huzzah!
(Don’t panic Belfast & Cork…..there’s more on the way!)

(My Aunty Marion, how cute is she? Mum is ducking down in this shot – Aunty Marion is like 4 foot six….TEENY!) 

Normally, when we play here, we do the show – and fly out the next morning, as Dublin is usually the last stop on the tour
So, as with the rest of this tour – you don’t see any tourist-y photos etc here
Never much time for sightseeing etc

(Ummm…yeah, I don’t know who this lady is, but she forgot her camera, and asked if we could take a pic with mine, and if I posted it up, she could get it from the website. Done, and you’re welcome)

But, yay!
Because for the first time ever, once the last show is done Monday night in Cork – we’ll be coming BACK to Dublin to film the final episode for the RHYTHMS & ROOTS TV show
That means, a few extra days in one of my favourite cities in the world

And yes, we’ll be working
But part of that will be getting out and seeing the sights, and meeting some fab local peeps

If they’re anything like the mad bastards at last night’s show, it’s going to be a funny, funny few days

Thanks Dublin x

bugger me basingstoke!

And when I say ‘bugger me’, I mean like, ‘fuck me dead’
I guess what I’m really trying to say is holy fucking shit you guys made that the most amazing show. Good GOD it was awesome.
For those of you that don’t know, this tour, is Dad’s final one of the UK & Ireland.
And to answer the bazillion dollar question; NO, he is not retiring. But he IS scaling back on big tours. While he *may* come back over here and do  a couple of shows (he may not either…sorry) he won’t ever tour the country again. It’s a pretty intense schedule we keep, and aside from being committed to other projects for the next 3 years (which will make him 68) he just wants to slow down. As he should
He’s been touring on average, 120 shows a year, since his first album came out back in 1984.
But he’s been traveling around the world as a musician since he was 16. So yeah, I reckon he’s earn some ‘take it easy time’. It’s important to him, and Mum, to enjoy the life they have, while they’re still young enough to get out there and enjoy it.
But retiring? That’ll never be him.
Whether he plays live or nor, he will ALWAYS write and record new songs.
So you’ll always have that!

After touring England for almost 30 years, last night was the last England show of the tour (before we headed of to the Ireland shows)|

Now, I have been touring with Dad, on and off for many, many years. And this tour….jesus….THIS tour has been like no other
The way the fans have come out in DROVES to salute Dad, tell him they love him, what he means to them, how much his music has been a part of their life – well, I’ve got to tell you, that, has been fucking incredible
I guess I take it all for granted. He’s my Dad.
But this tour has shown me something amazing. You guys have had us in tears on more than a few occasions, with your kindness and appreciation
It just doesn’t get any better than this.

And don’t think we don’t know it
In a career that has seen Dad work with SO many different people. Hundreds. Some fantastic, and some absolute cunts not so much, along the way.

Touring can be hard slog on a good day. I’m not saying it’s not the best job on the planet, because I know, for me it is.

But a long tour like this can take it out of you. But it’s the people that make it worth it.  The people that buy tickets every night, and the people backstage, that make it all happen.

It has been better than super special to have a team on this tour, that just couldn’t be ANY better.  When you get the right people around you, this whole touring business is a fucking dream.

But you guys…YOU…just added about as much awesome-sauce as we can handle

And Basingstoke, what a way to say goodbye
I truly can’t thank you enough

Last night, and the 37 shows before it, have created so many brillliant memories for all of us on this tour.

If I could give you all a big kiss, I totally would.
And yes, there’d probably be tongue involved.

See you all again next year!!