Welcome to the journal for the 2014 “Second Time Around” tour of China. The focus will be on relaying the adventure, drama and gigs we encounter and hopefully some stories about our growing Chinese fan base.
This tour is jam packed and due to my lack of annual leave, I’m working on Monday 22nd, flying on 23rd, having 2 days of prac from 24th. We’re then doing 15 gigs and 10 cities over the next 22 days before I fly back, arriving on the 19th Oct and back at work on the 20th. (If you’re talking to me on the 20th October and I’m a bit slow with my responses, it’s entirely possible I’m actually asleep).
Following the tour to Thailand over new years 2013/2014, we had a bit of a rest and since about May we’ve been practising reasonably regularly. Having most of the band now residing in Adelaide has meant that we’ve been able to work on our presentation more than for previous tours. I’m really excited to see if there’s a difference in the audience reactions.
This tour is also different for me personally as I’m not able to rely on my (now ex-)wife to double check we’ve got everything ready. I must admit I’m getting a little paranoid about what is ready and what needs doing. I’m going in a little less wide-eyed, having done Beijing and Shanghai in 2012, but this isn’t like a holiday at West Beach caravan Park – if I forget something, I can’t just pop back home and grab it.
From the last China tour I know that there’s going to be heaps of OMG moments as we visit new place, so please hop in to the band bus and enjoy the ride 🙂