2013.

Hey all,

Hope you all had a wicked holiday period, and the boredom of ‘real life’ hasn’t got you all too down.

My 2013 has, up until today, consisted of nothing more than detoxing and hitting the gym. It’s very easy in this line of ‘work’ to fall into a junk food and booze lifestyle. I’m starting the year by kicking both of them to the kerb. No booze for 8 days, and no unhealthy food either.

I’d like to say I feel better for it, but insomnia, and toothache have put pay to any feelings of healthiness I may have expected.

Anyway, today was the first music related thing I did. I had to travel to Manchester to meet a music journalist and lay myself bare. I always worry about interviews, as often, the piece has already been written prior to meeting. They then fit the words around their preconception. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

This chap seemed like a very nice bloke, so my weariness seemed unfounded. But, when you’ve been burned and all that! The amount of times I’ve picked up papers, or looked at online fanzines and thought, I never fucking said that!!!

Like I said though, nice bloke this time. Phew!

I have a really busy year, with plenty of tours and live appearances. We’re just waiting for a lot of confirmations, and the gig page will fill up accordingly.

Bizarrely, I’m also playing a large supporting role in a film, due to be shot this year. In fact, the America based part of the film may even be being filmed already. I’m not sure. I’m an ‘orrible English bastard in it anyway. Looking forward to breaking my acting teeth.

Hope you’re all well. x

Studio Sunday…

Hello.

I’m off to Manchester on Sunday to record a couple of live, acoustic B sides for the ‘What’s love without meaning?‘ single.

I know I’m going to record a chilled out version of ‘Remember who you are‘, but I’m unsure what other track to record.

I have a few new tunes that would suit acoustic really nicely. I may just have to flip a coin.

The single is available on the 17th December.

The music video for the track will be up in the next few days. I hope you’ll like.

I’ve been working on new tracks for my third album recently. Obviously I’m not even thinking about recording it, as the second album has just come out, and next year is earmarked to tour the album Worldwide.

My label have had contact from across Europe, Australia and Canada about tours next year, so that’s very exciting. It only seems like yesterday that I was on the phone, begging for support slots. I must admit, I don’t miss doing that!

The new tracks I’ve been working on are very mellow. In fact, they’d probably give Nick Drake a run for his money, on the depressing scale! But fear not, I tend to write a bunch of tunes that reflect my mood, so when I’m happy, I’ll write another load, and make a nicely balanced album.

What is funny for me, is ‘A Brand New Battle‘ was recorded, in my mind, as my final album. I was then going to go away and do something else. I even thought about politics. Christ knows Westminster needs someone with some morality among it’s ranks. Mind you, I’m not sure my temper could cope with the other bastards!

Since I recorded the record, I’ve signed a deal with Eromenos, performed at Wembley Arena, and am now off on a World tour next year. I guess this musician stuff ain’t all that bad after all.

Have a lovely weekend. I’m off to an opening party of Revolution de Cuba tonight. Don’t worry, it’s a bar. Me, Che, and Fidel aren’t planning anything.

x

 

National Libraries request ‘How NOT to be a Rockstar’…

Hey all,

I was strolling through Prague Airport, minding my own business, when I received a message from my big sister. The National Library of Great Britain has requested copies of my book, How NOT to be a Rockstar.

That’s a massive achievement for one, and one that was celebrated with a beer, and a soggy airport sandwich.

You can buy a copy of the book by clicking onto www.garethicke.com/book.

I’ll be selling copies at gigs aswell.

Talking of gigs, I’ll be playing an acoustic show at the Engineers Arms in Henlow, Bedfordshire on Friday. Free entry and awesome beer. Kicks off at 9pm.

Laters. xxx

Thank You Wembley!!!

Hey everyone!

What an amazing experience Saturday was. 6000 people at Wembley Arena, with a further 2000 watching live across the World.

To show how amazing it was, here is the view I walked out to…

There are plenty of Youtube videos of the performance circling around. I was amazed by the amount of people that recorded the gig, sang along, cheered, clapped, everything.

I can’t thank people enough for making my day.

I have a taste for it now. Let’s hope next years European tours help quench it somewhat!

There will be an official video and photos coming soon.

Until then, thanks again!!!

x

Photos from Album launch…

Hey folks,

Last night was my Isle of Wight album launch. Thanks so much for everyone that came out and made it a great night.

It felt awesome to be back on stage with the band again. It’s been far too long.

Here are a few images from Roger Regular.

  

  

Now on to Wembley! x

Album Launch Tomorrow (Wednesday) & Wembley Sells Out…

Hello folks,

My Isle of Wight album launch Tomorrow (Wednesday 24th) is my first full band performance for almost three and a half years. How crazy is that?

Since my last full band show, I’ve been touring solo across the UK and Europe, but there’s nothing quite like getting back in the studio with the lads, and making some noise.

Tomorrow we’re playing at the Wight Rock Bar in Ryde, Isle of Wight. Ryde was my home town for most of my life, so it’s only right that my first show, should be back in my old stomping ground.

The doors open at 8pm with support coming from This Way Up & Bradley Barney. Three bands for 3 quid. BARGAIN!

On Saturday, we’re off up to play Wembley Arena. The show is now sold out. 5500 people, with a further few thousand watching the live stream across the World. Epic.

Hopefully see you all on Wednesday, Saturday, or some show soon.

Peace. x

Album Launch…Then WEMBLEY!!!

Oi folks,

Hope you’re all well and stuff.

Been mega busy this last couple of weeks. The music video for my next single, ‘What’s love without meaning’ has been filmed and is now being pieced together. Filming was a wee bit of a nightmare. Heavy rain in Manchester, who’d have thought it? Good old English weather.

Next week I’m back on the Isle of Wight for my album launch. It will be the first show I’ve played with a full band, in two years. Insane.

I’m at the Wight Rock Bar in Ryde, on Wednesday 24th October. This Way Up & Bradley Barnley are also playing. Not bad for £3. A bargain.

Then a couple of days later, I’m off up to London for the biggest show of my ‘career’. (I use the term career loosely. ) On the 27th I’m supporting my Dad at Wembley Arena.

FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE.

Fuck.

A spare pair of undies may well be required.

x

Music Videos…

Hello all,

Next week I’m travelling up to Manchester for the week, to film two music videos for the album.

We’re putting one together for the next single, What’s love without meaning, and Paint the town red.

The ideas for them are pretty cool, and quirky. I’m hoping you’ll like what you see! Hopefully they’ll be put together and available to view, in November.

Don’t forget the album is now available for download from all the major outlets. Itunes, Amazon, etc…

If you want a physical copy of the album, click here.

x

BBC Radio Nottingham Interview…

Hello,

I’m appearing on Ed Stagg’s Regional Music Show, on BBC Radio Nottingham, this evening.

I’ll be talking about the album, the book, and performing a song or two acoustically.

If you live in the area, you can tune in at around 9pm on DAB, 103.8FM & 95.5FM.

Worldwide, you can listen online here.

Be safe. x