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!!!
Hope you’re all good and stuff. It’s Valentines Day so I hope you got some nice gifts. Chocolates, flowers, condoms, whatever floats your boat. I didn’t get a card this year. But then why would I? According to this gentleman, I don’t even know my own sexuality.
I am off up to the smokey metropolis we call London on the 9th of Feb, to start work on a music video for ‘Remember Who You Are’, The song was written to go alongside the release of my Dads book, of the same name.
The video will be shown on a massive screen behind me and my band when we play at Wembley Arena in October. Yes, you did read that correctly, Wembley Arena.
The idea for the video is wicked. It’s really thought provoking and interesting. I do hope you’ll like it!