Day 38: Houston, TX

03. July 2010 Playing, Touring 2
The Psychedelic Furs 2010, originally uploaded by Rich in Orderly Manor. Awoke in the bus at a hotel in Houston where the rain is coming down in sheets. I believe Texas really does rain better than any other state. Grab the keycard from the bus table and find my way into the hotel and up ...

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 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 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 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 26: Portland, OR

20. June 2010 Playing, Touring 0
The pacific northwest continued with its regime of damp but its a welcome break from humidity. We’re in Portland and by 10.30 Allie picks me up and I spend the day playing hotwheels, getting a bike ride and generally playing with my nephews Wyatt and Rhodes (3 and 1). A nice little family break in ...

Day 24: Boise, ID

18. June 2010 Playing, Touring 1
Traveling with ten people in a steel tube for weeks on end means sometimes you need one of those insular days where you to keep yourself to yourself. Admittedly a little overhung from those birthday drinks, in the morning but not bad. Managed breakfast, with the Paul and Mars show, at this amazing place called ...