Day 36: Austin, TX

30. June 2010 Playing, Touring 0
The truth, originally uploaded by Rich in Orderly Manor. Hottest show i ever played. Even Irving Plaza now falls. Great one though; i really can’t say enough about the exuberant southern hospitality of the Texan audience. Emo’s is one of those places that feels like it might fall down when you first walk in but ...

Day 35: San Antonio, TX

29. June 2010 Playing, Touring 1
San Antonio, TX, originally uploaded by Rich in Orderly Manor. When i first saw the venue I thought i knew what we were in for. White Rabbit sits in the middle of a kind of run-down area and feels, well, kind of run down. Its happened before. It happened again; tonight was seriously amazing… awesome, ...

Day 34: San Antonio, TX (off)

Bit of a restless bus sleep; burning smells causing stops, rain, waking up with the laptop on top of me, more stops etc… Its good to get to a hotel by 11am. Back in San Antonio after 13 years. I left this place in a bit of a mess last time. Its a great little ...

Day 33: England vs Germany (across NV, AZ, NM and into TX).

27. June 2010 Escaping, Touring 0
Oh god. Too early for all this… but i’m here. We’re losing. But we’re looking good and I’m sure that was a goal we scored. Mars and Richard are here. The coffee machine is flooding and there’s bright Arizona desert outside… Update: no surprises there then. England continues its career of uselessness at any kind ...

Day 32: Las Vegas, NV

26. June 2010 Playing, Touring 0
This picture may look like the Furs went semi-wild in Vegas. Not exactly the case but Mick from the SWR crew did get us a few minutes at the top of THE Hotel for some Emmys party with his two actress friends. Free tequila, oxygen, and show biz people. Some of whom were very pleasant. ...

Day 31: Anaheim, CA

25. June 2010 Playing, Touring 0
LA traffic. I can’t really handle it. Our car is here and so I drove Andi, Mars and Paul to The Grove in Anaheim. Took hours! Then the bus went back to hotel to get R, T and A at rush hour! More hours. So soundcheck was quick and cheerful – we ran through So ...

Day 30: Los Angeles, CA

24. June 2010 Playing, Touring 1
After a rather naff morning at the Sportsman’s Lodge that involved spending way too long trying to do laundry,  waiting for coffee, and unavoidably ‘enjoying’ the obnoxious conversations of plastic pool girls and their Vicodin we head out through the traffic. The Wiltern Theatre. Beautiful green historic building on Wilshire. Last time i was here ...

Day 29: San Deigo, CA

23. June 2010 Playing, Touring 0
There’s a glimpse of southern California flying past the back lounge window. I’m getting a few minutes to myself to reflect on the tour, the Fillmore and to fix my computer (thanks James, Dana). There’s something so oddly comforting about the air here. The smog. The pale blue sky and golden scrubby hills. Don’t ask ...

Day 28: San Francisco, CA

22. June 2010 Playing, Touring 0
Note: Brenda’s for breakfast. Do it! The Fillmore. This place does not disappoint. I think its probably the best venue i’ve played. Nice dressing rooms, great stage, unbelievable sound, perfect size room, no barrier, chandeliers!, a zillion posters of Hendrix, Cream, Sabbath, Love, Stereolab, Spiritualized, you name it. Except no Furs poster tonight. Drat. Spent ...

Day 27: San Francisco, CA (off)

21. June 2010 Touring 0
Got in to SF earlier than expected and got some time to get things in order, check the mail, the youtube, the dread networking sites, watch the football, doze off… Note to YouTube people: why only Pretty in Pink, Ghost in You and Heaven? I know those be the hits but come on! how about ...