The boy from Blyth is keeping RUSHONROCK readers bang up to date with his band’s 30th anniversary trek across North America – and today’s diary entry is his best yet!
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Well that was the best two hours sleep I’ve ever had!
Myself, Griff, Spike and our trusty tour manager Dom jumped back on the tour bus and headed to downtown Chicago. It was a stunning sight seeing the skyline at dawn.
Chip Z’Nuff from Enuff Z’Nuff met us and took us into the Mancow TV studios. Mancow’s Morning Madness is a hugely popular breakfast rock show (audience of 15 million) – in fact Keith and I appeared on it 15 years ago with the King (the Elvis project we were involved in).
Apart from ourselves the other guests on the show were Marta Kristen (Judy Robinson) and Mark Goddard (Major Don West) from Lost In Space, Bai Ling who starred in The Crow (and is very keen on getting her knockers oot in the lads’ mags) Miss Lithuania who was the tallest woman in the world and Joe Lando who was the super hunk in Dr Quinn medical woman. He doesn’t look quite so hunky these days but he was a very nice chap.
Mancow was a lot of fun and we got to perform two songs acoustically with a man dressed as a shark dancing around us 🙂
Back to the hotel for another hour’s snooze, shave, shampoo and shoe shine and we were back on the bus heading to the Double Door for soundcheck.
I was really looking forward to playing this venue. A few years ago the Rolling Stones did four nights there and Cheap Trick played a New Year’s Eve show there. As I expected it was a great club, really big and the gear was top notch.
I got a message from Joe Elliott saying that Def Leppard were in town too but unfortunately we didn’t manage to meet up which was a bummer. Our friends who we met on the Monsters Of Rock cruise had flown in to see the show and it was great to see them.
Enuff Z’Nuff were on fine form with their new singer…..the local heroes got the party into full swing banging out great tune after great tune.
Chip came back on to introduce us with the opening gambit ‘these boys sold six million albums and three million of it went up their noses’ (not true but very funny!).
I knew Chicago was gonna be rocking and I wasn’t wrong. The capacity crowd went nuts and didn’t stop going nuts until the last note. Garry Ivan is playing bass with us on this tour, he was in Glimmer with Griff many years ago and is an all round top chap, great musician, fellow Geordie and a great laugh. We’re very pleased to have him on board.
A few glasses of vino were quaffed and then it was back to the hotel. I’ve never been so pleased to see my bed than I was that night and I slept like a baby ( cried all night and peed the bed ha ha). Next stop Pekin Illinois…
* The Quireboys’ new album Black Eyed Sons is out now!
* Click here for a full list of tour dates in 2014.