Didn’t meet Ian Anderson, after all. But the setting was fabulous, baroque gardens, a Georgian Schloss and a big crowd in the sun. But did meet Bryan Ferry at Glastonbury Abbey. We shared a touch of small talk and that was that. He might actually be quite shy, and like myself really come to life once the light hits him. For the first time, I asked Michael Eavis for a photo together, though we’ve met on several occasions. He is a fascinating man; strolling around like a lost punter, shorts and wellies, and the ubiquitous Dutch beard – unmistakable! Back indoors, the following weekend the Holmfirth show brought a big smile to many faces, both out front and backstage. I’ll try to arrange something special, maybe festive, but different, if I can for the December 28th show there. Maybe I’ll shave – no, I won’t go that far!
Rewind was odd in that we played only a 30-minute set. But we brought the singing voice out in around 20,000 people, at a guess, and got off early for dinner and quiet night somewhere off the M4. The band and crew and I don’t often get together after a show, but that night we all met, every one of the squad, in a hotel bar and shared a glass or three and some idle, and witty, banter. We did something similar at Schwetzinger, outside on the hotel’s pavement bar, where James made a spectacle of himself. Picture here to prove it. I sent him the photo. “Par for the course,” was his self-deprecating response. Beautiful Days Festival in south Devon was a very family-orientated affair and all the more special for it. Again, the sun shone for us and 10,000. If you like a bit of folk-cum-jolly-dance bands and maybe like to take the young ‘uns, that’s one to consider. And I am a big fan of The Levellers, although again we moved off an hour after our set and didn’t hear them that day.
My Audience With…hour with Johnnie Walker flashed by. He didn’t get time to involve the audience with their own questions. His researchers came up with some interesting bits of Harley History, and they showed some good Live clips. Johnnie is one great Broadcaster and I would have gone there for him even if we hadn’t planned a visit to Mrs Harley’s elderly relatives in the Glasgow area. To Loch Lomond: went up over the Western Isles in a sea-plane. I have a sever fear of heights which manifests itself in a crazy wish to jump and fly. Acrophobia. And it will never go away. I live with it and manage well enough. In jet airliners, I’m fine. But that eight-seater with a single-prop engine caused a few tightenings of the buttocks, especially each and any time he banked. I seemed to be the only wus on board, and had to keep myself in check. I never know who might recognise me (the pilot sure did), and who might get straight onto their Twitter friends or Facebook buddies and grass me up. Wanted to scream at times, but hey…..I manned up! But was very glad to get back on terra firma.
And coming soon…..
written by John Offord , September 04, 2013
The beard suits you - a step up from the designer stubble !
I have a relative on the Isle of Harris and the plane journey from Glasgow to Stornaway is somewhat scary. They even offer you a wee dram when you board, presumably to calm the nerves.
Looking forward to purchasing the double DVD from Birmingham to add to the collection.
Will you be over in Leicester on November 30th for the Millwall game ? Our big season for promotion !
Keep smiling. Best wishes.
written by Stella Day , September 05, 2013
With the gap in tour dates I'm assuming you'll all be off on your hols to sunnier climes this September so I wish you and the band happy days and a well-deserved rest.
written by jo humphries , September 05, 2013
Thank you for the diary news ...
Good job the JW questions were left as my questions were a bit daft! (via email)
I think the gap in tour dates may be ... .to shave? Enjoy family time where ever you all may be.
Re The "jumping and flying" ... crazy though this may sound but, had you thought of a tandem skydive.. its nearly as buzzy as a SHCR gig!
However, if you do, do remember to scream as you "take that step out "so as to have enough air to breathe in on that 40 sec free fall ..unlike me.
Best wishes x
written by Geoff Frewin , November 25, 2013
Hi Guys and Steve, wasn't sure where to post this but thought some of you may like..this is an interview with Norwegian Writer JO Nesbo being interviewed in LA and Steve and Cockney Rebel get a mention or two !
Here's the link and Steve gets a mention about half way through