This is my first blog update from my new home. Not that that’s a particularly big achievement. They do have electricity, wifi and laptops up here, so it’s really just as simple as before.
I am up in Derby now, so hopefully, once my leg is healed, it will be a lot easier to tour. I have the whole Country pretty much on the doorstep, with no need for boats and crap.
The leg is healing ok and I’ve managed to spend a fair bit of time in the gym. I’m basically just swimming as I can’t do much else at all. But still, it gets me out the house and keeps me sane(ish).
Tonight is the first G and Tippers Show since I have moved. It’ll be a bit of a bodge job at first until we get to grips with the new set up. Mind you, it’s the bodge job part that listeners seem to like!
This weeks themes are as follows…
Ultimate dinner party? You’re allowed 6 guests. 3 alive, and 3 dead. Who would they be? And why?
Best/worst image you ever had? We all had a dodgy image when we were younger. Let us know what your worst one was, or indeed, what was the one that made you look ‘swell’?
Sorry I’ve been a bit of an absentee in the last couple of weeks. I’m still recovering from my injury at home at the moment. I’m getting better at getting around though. I still can’t walk so I’m either in a wheel chair, or on crutches.
Here is a couple of reminders why.
I’ll have triceps like Geoff Capes by the time I’mm off the crutches. You don’t know who Geoff Capes is? You should. It’s what google is there for. 😉
I’m off the heavy painkillers now so I’m beginning to function a lot better. That stuff masks the pain but sends you into orbit. I’m happy to be a little bit closer to Earth now.
Alongside the music, I am actually training to be a Personal Trainer. I know it’s not particularly rock and roll, but we all have to pay the bills. These days, 98% of music is stolen. That only leaves a few little crumbs for us poor musicians to scrap for. I need a regular wage like everyone else.
I am doing quite well in my training and have flown through the first few exams. I was marked at 485 out of 500. Round of applause? Problem is because I can’t walk, I can’t do my practical exams. Hopefully it won’t be too long.
I’ve also been setting up a few things for when I am up and about. Obviously I can’t tour yet, and I am also waiting on my album to be mastered. But once I’m walking, and it’s done, I’m on the road again. I can’t wait.
I don’t have secure dates yet but there will be plenty of shows across the UK, Europe and hopefully, further afield. There should be a few Festivals in there too.
As soon as I have contracts signed, I’ll let you know the dates.
The album, A Brand New Battle, is being mixed and mastered at the moment. I was sent a mix of Beat Up today. It sounds awesome. I’m very excited.
The first single off the album is available now. You can download Remember Who You Are by clicking here.
The video for the track is creeping towards the 50,000 mark on youtube. Thanks a lot for your support. It really is appreciated.
Today the talented fellow that is Guy Page sent me another two mixed tracks from the album.
‘Paint the town red’ and ‘Jenny’ both sound awesome. There has been the odd tweak here and there but they pretty much sounded perfect first time. I really would recommend Guy and Claydon at Studio 5a to anyone. Check out their website at www.isleofwightrecording.co.uk.
So far, Remember who you are (click to buy), A brand new battle, Satellites & wires, Jenny & Paint the town red, have all been sorted. That leaves another 7 to go and the album is done. Yay!
If you’d like to witness an apparent homosexual performing live, come down to the Wight Rock Bar, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England about 8:30 on Saturday night. Since I can’t actually do much while I’m laid up like a lame horse, little opening support slots are a great excuse to get out the house.
The leg is mending by the way. Only another NINE weeks of plaster to go. It’s been 6 weeks since that fateful day, when my leg was blowing around like an American flag in a soft breeze. It actually feels like a lifetime ago.
That person that stepped out onto that football pitch at the end of February, was certainly not me. In life, challenges change people. That challenge has certainly altered who I am. Maybe that’s why it happened. To put me on the path I was meant to be on?
Would have been nicer if they’d found a less painful challenge huh?
The single, Remember who you are, it currently being played on Kerrang radio. You can listen in the Midlands on 105.2 fm or across the UK on DAB and Freeview TV channel 722. If you want to listen Worldwide, just click on to radioplayer.kerrangradio.co.uk.
I’m writing from my hospital bed. It’s been a weird couple of days in the life of moi.
First of all, a massive thank you to everyone that has checked out the video for ‘Remember who you are’. The track has now received over 21,000 views in it’s first three days online. That’s not bad going!
If you haven’t already checked out the video…here it is.
The track will be available for download from itunes, amazon, play.com etc in the next few weeks. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s up.
The rest or the album is currently being mixed and mastered and will also be available within the next month or so. The record, ‘A brand new battle’ features ‘Remember who you are’, as well as eleven more brand new tunes.
Again, I’ll keep you up to date with progress.
As I said earlier, I am writing from my hospital bed. So if there are any spelling mistakes, blame the copious amounts of morphine I have flowing through my system.
This is why I am here.
I’ve been pieced back together with 7 screws, a plate and a bone graph. That will teach me for playing football won’t it!?
I get out of hospital and it’s a long recovery of 6 weeks in a wheelchair, then 6 weeks using crutches. But what this extra time does mean, is plenty of booking gigs.
I’ll be booking up UK and European tours for July and August.
It’s all about being positive, and that’s not just the medication talking!
Hope you’re all well. This is the 4th day on the trot that I haven’t left the house. The reason for this?
Yep, that’ll keep you off your feet for a while!
I’m spending my days filling out ISRC codes for the new album (very boring) and watching reruns of Only fools and horses.
On Friday morning I go back into hospital where they make the final decision whether or not to operate. I’m hoping not for two reasons.
1. It’ll bloody hurt having my bone marrow drilled out and an titanium rod put down the middle of my Tibia.
2. I have a gig on Friday night.
Now normally I wouldn’t be so eager to be sat playing a guitar in a wheel chair while my heavily plastered leg is elevated, and exposed in a room full of drunk people. But this is for charity.
In May my big sister is climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, for alzheimers charities. I figure, if she can climb the highest mountain in Britain, I can play some songs while off my tits on a cocktail of Tramadol, and German lager.
The show is at The Wight Rock Bar in Ryde, Isle of Wight. Doors open at 8pm and entry is only £2. All the cash goes towards my sisters charity fund. So please be a good sport and come along!
I’ll (touch wood) be playing about 8:30 with Tim Pritchard. Then This Way Up and Bear Attack Club will be finishing off the evening.
3 bands for £2? Fucking bargain!
The music video for ‘Remember Who You Are’ is nearly completed. I have seen a sneak peak and it looks awesome. It should be ready by the end of next week.
I can’t wait to get it out there and let you all have a watch. I hope you’ll enjoy it!!!
Sorry I’ve been a bit slack on the updates front. I do have a valid excuse this time though. Since Saturday I have been in hospital on enough Morphine to take down an Indian Elephant.
I broke my leg playing football and needed to be rushed to hospital for treatment. I broke both my Tibia and Fibia just above the ankle.
As soon as the tackle was made, I heard the crack and knew something wasn’t right. Unfortunately, human nature meant I tried to get up. I looked down to see my leg sticking out the wrong way and basically flapping like a flag in the wind.
Google image Aaron Ramsay leg break and you’ll get the picture.
I’m back in with the specialist on Friday to decide whether or not surgery is required or not. Touch wood it isn’t.
Then I am in a wheel chair for a month, another two months of plaster and crutches and then the rehab starts. I don’t think I’ll be able to walk without help for around six months. Then 8 months until I can run.
If I want to play football again, it will be at least a year. Although I am not holding my breath that I’ll play again. The break was pretty horrific.
So there, that’s my excuse. Now bring me grapes! 😉 x