The Eyes Have It, originally uploaded by Dave Gorman.
... of the tour were exhausting... but hugely enjoyable.
The first batch of dates were - I think - always going to be the most exhausting. In that there were ten of them on the bounce... and it was a ten day period that included two Sundays which meant two early mornings for the Absolute Radio show.
When I set off for Preston ten days ago only a couple of them were sold out but as each gig rolled around they all seemed to get there. I wasn't expecting that - these are big rooms - and I won't expect the rest of the tour to do so either. But it means that I've never performed to as many people in such a short space of time. I think it must be pretty close to 20,000 people in ten days. If you were one of them; thanks.
Covering these long distances by car and train turns out to be more exhausting than it was doing the more sensible 50-60 mile trips by bike. I'm not sure how or why. It doesn't really make sense.
I now get a couple of days off... and starting on Wednesday, the tour becomes 5 days on, 2 days off to the end. The next batch, starts on Wednesday and goes as follows.
Feb 24: Folkestone. Leas Cliff Halls
Feb 25: Southend. Cliffs Pavilion
Feb 26: Bournemouth. Pavilion (SOLD OUT)
Feb 27: Cambridge. Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)
Feb 28: Tunbridge Wells (SOLD OUT)
Actually, those journeys look relatively sensible as tours go. None of them comes close to approaching the Reading to Edinburgh style nonsense we encountered in the last lot. Nice.