- I have been known to give Colchester a fair bit of stick in the past
as you have noticed.
Whilst I stand by the fact that 99% of the inhabitants of this town
are backward, relative marrying half wits and their love of live
music only extends as far as The Wurzels and the Barron
Knights...there is a good thing I can say about Colchester, and feel
it only fair that I do so to even up the arguament against this town.
Colchester has 2 shops that cannot be found in any other part of the
country as far as I am aware (although I have heard rumours that the
second shop is opening up a branch in Harlow)
I know most of you will be getting this twice now, but just in case any of
you are not in my e-mail address book - I thought I'd post it here as well.
I've put a copy up on my web site
If someone could add a note to that effect on the Otnews site I'd be
Here's the dates for the Autumn and a copy of my next newsletter that's
going out next week.
As you can see things are moving pretty swiftly - I'm in the studio next
week recording the tracks for a new album.
Fri 3rd Hertford Marquee (Duo) 01992 414242
Sat 4th Putney Half Moon (Band) 0208 780 9383
Sun 5th Aylesbury Park Life Festival(Band)
Thurs 9th Middlesborough Liberties Longlands Road (Duo) 01287 205370
Fri 10th Skegness The Farm 01754 871445
Sat 11th Leicester The Musician (Duo) 0116 283 5533
Fri 17th Coventry Jailhouse (Solo) + Murray
Sat 18th Hastings Word About Town Festival (Solo)
Sun 19th & Mon 20th Henley Crooked Billet Stoke Row 01491 681048
(Caberet acoustic show with Wild Willy Barrett)
Weds 22nd Cambridge The Junction (Duo) + Hamsters 01223 511511
Thurs 23rd Burton on Trent Belvedere Park (Duo) + Hamsters 01283 531111
Fri 24th Doncaster Lonsdale Hotel (Duo) 01302 768 504
Fri 1st Brentford F.C Stripes (Solo) 0870 900 9229
Sat 2nd MEAN FIDLER (downstairs at the Astoria) (Band)
WORLD TOUR LAUNCH AND BIRTHDAY BASH with special guests
Fri 8th & Sat 9th Aylesbury Limelight Theatre 01296 424332
Sat 23rd Market Harborough Leisure Centre with the Hamsters 01858 44 66 62
Thurs 28th Stockton on Tees The Arc (with Attila doing Cheryl)<tr>
Fri 29th Redhill Harlequin Theatre (Duo) + Hamsters 01737 765547
Sat 30th Sheffield Boardwalk 0114 279 9090
Sat 13th Frome Cheese And Grain (Duo) + Hamsters 01373 455420
Sun 14th Kingston Grey Horse
Sat 20th / Sun 21s Dunkerque Weekend
e-mail with your postal address for info pack
Fri 26th Falmouth Princess Pavillion (Band) + Hotrods 01326 211222
Sat 27th Bristol Fleece
Fri 3rd Gillingham Beacon Court Hotel (Band) 01634 853186
Sat 4th Putney Half Moon (Band) 0208 780 9383
Wed 8th Bilston Robin2 (Duo) 01902 401211
Thurs 9th Crewe Limelight (Duo) 01270 251929
Sat 11th Blackheath. Concert Hall (Duo) + Hamsters 0208 463 0100
Sat 18th Coventry Jailhouse (Band)
For a long time after my big Top Ten Hit record, I really did not know what
I should do next,
I did not know if there was anything which would come anywhere near the
euphoria of being in the charts. But lying in bed one morning, I thought
that now could possibly be the time to achieve a long standing ambition of
mine to do a World Tour.
Years ago I had a plan to buy a round the world ticket and do a gig at every
plane stop. The more I thought about it, lying in bed, basking in my recent
glory, the more I realised that these were the dreams of a one hit wonder, I
was now in a position to do things properly and not scrimp and cut corners.
I was now an established artist and should act like one. So, I started by
coming at the world tour from the opposite direction. Instead of trying to
work out what I could afford, I just asked myself what is the biggest
aircraft in the world and what are the most prestigious venues.
The answer to the first was the Boeing 747, and the answer to the second The
Carnegie Hall, New York; Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Sydney Opera House, and
the Royal Albert Hall.
It was time to get out of bed and use Google.
It turns out that you can get a 747 for a couple of weeks to circumnavigate
the globe for under a million quid, and both the Carnegie hall and Sydney
Opera House have within their complexes halls that hold around 600 people.
It started to look feasible.
The clincher for me was when I explained my idea to a friend at a party, he
said "Oh, why don't you catch the 2006 total eclipse of the sun in Turkey on
your way around. If you're taking your own plane you can always take off
again and get a good view of the event if it turns out to be a bit cloudy".
Two other ideas came up, one was that you could put your name, or anything
else you like on your jumbo. So instead of something boring, like ´Virgin´,
I'm going to have OTAIR on the tail plane, and have OTAIR check-in desks at
the major airports of the world. The other idea that has been suggested is
as well as the big venues and the eclipse, is that because of the song, we
should not only play ´Geneve´ in Geneva, but we should have a ´Geneva
Convention´ for all those who can't do the whole world tour but would like
to join in.
I put the idea up on my website and the response has been magnificent. I
feel certain there will be the necessary 300 to fill the jet for the tour,
and I think the Geneva Convention trip could be very popular too.
One thing that occurred to me, though was that I needed to book up the
venues and organise quite a few aspects of the tour before tickets actually
go on sale.
Most people think that successful pop stars like myself are incredibly rich.
However such perceptions are not entirely accurate. I have had to be
creative in order to generate the cash to make all the arrangements. So, I
am at this moment writing songs and getting material together for the ´Album
To Fund The World Tour´, which we aim to have ready for the World Tour
launch, at the Astoria October 2nd.
If you want to order your copy early, you can on the form with this letter -
I hope you are excited as I am to hear the first new album of new songs I
have done since Premature Adulation, over 10 years ago. Your early ordering
will help us to get the tour going too...!
There's a really good Icelandic artist is called Eberg who has a promising
single called ´Dreamchild´. When I advised Eberg about how you make Hit
records I explained to him how having people singing on the B-side did the
trick. I sang on a cover version he's recorded of one of my songs - Murder
Man - to get him started. He said "Great that'll do" and put my name on the
cover. He somehow didn't appreciate that to do it properly you needed
another 999 people. If you fancy hearing it and giving him a hand though,
the single is out in the shops on October 11th on Rotator.
A couple of months ago, I teamed up again with Wild Willy Barrett for a
one-off show at the Crooked Billet near Henley on Thames. We had such a good
time we decided to scrap the one-off idea and do it again. The venue is
lovely and worth a visit so in case you fancy going along, but don't want to
see me, I have enclosed details of the other shows coming up as well.
A lot of you will know by now that Richard Holgarth has been playing guitar
with Eddie and the Hot Rods. He's just produced their new album and a great
job he's done with it too, so I thought I'd give it a plug visit their web
site http://www.eddieandthehotrods.com if you want to know more
Love and or best wishes,
If you want To help out and order the New Album early