This should really be called 'Finding something to say for the 2nd time' because I just wrote a blog and due to my own stupidity I lost it. Yes, I know, I am a computer geek and I should know better....
Luckily I am in a dressing room the size of a prison cell with Jason that has very slow internet and I'm on my 6th cup of tea of the day so in a fit of reverse logic I have decided this is the best day to write a blog (again).
Considering the section on the website is called Daily Blogs I feel the need to add something to it, we haven't been particularly verbose this tour, and I haven't written a blog on this site for some time. They are far from daily.
The truth is that I haven't had a lot to say, yes I've been out for kebabs on days off and I have played some gigs but realistically I doubt you find that interesting.
This year we have been performing the whole of the Wish You Were Here album in the first half, with a greatest hits set in the second part. I'm not giving away any secrets by telling you this, a quick Google will reveal our set.
What has been nice is opening with Astronomy Domine, it's one of my favourites. We go on, rock out for around 6 minutes and then Colin, Bonney and myself leave the stage while Jason and Steve play the intro to Shine On. It's rare to have a break in the show, and getting one so early on is a treat. Often I use the time to chat with Colin, or I go and make a cup of tea which usually ends up on stage with me during set one.
We are currently in Germany and this is the first time this year that I really feel like I'm on tour. France was short, then we had 2 weeks off, and during the UK I went home on a lot of the days off which broke up the flow. During this section I know I won't see my own bed until early May so it feels like proper touring.
One of my oldest friends, Andres, has joined the tour as my guitar tech and Jason's keyboard tech. He has played in many bands with me over the years and has also had the dubious pleasure of living with me so he knows my guitar collection intimately. This is a bonus when dealing with the many quirks that come with my instruments.
During the process of writing this blog I have turned on the spellcheck, and I have noticed that in the English section of the language options, British English is 3rd on the list. I have no problems with the various variations of the English language, it was set up to be open source and has been adopted by many nations as a first language, but I do think that British English should just be called English with other dialects being specified with a prefix.
Talking of open source, I am really impressed by Jason using Ubuntu on his laptop. He needed a reinstall and rather than searching for a Windows DVD (or an ISO that could be loaded on a data stick) he opted to go for what a lot of people consider to be the best open source desktop OS. If you don't know what it is then please check out http://www.ubuntu.com. It's a great example of what can be done without profit being the main driving force.
I've also set myself a challenge that I will almost certainly fail at. I am aiming to write one phone app every week for the rest of this year. I'm really getting into coding phone and tablet apps, and at the moment it's just a learning thing so however crap the idea I'm seeing it through to the end. The best ones I'll whack up on the Apple and Google stores and you can follow my progress on my own website.
So until next time I shall say goodbye!