Well, we’re heading back from Australia. We just landed in San Francisco and now going on to A-T-L. Our flight from Sydney was cancelled yesterday after sitting on the tarmac for 3 hours – Ouch! A day late and a few thousand extra frequent flyer apology miles and we are happy as can be, but TIRED.
The tour was long overdue and we were given a wonderful welcome after being gone for 9 years. Wow! Next time we won’t wait so long. We had the pleasure of working with the same Australian promoter and tour manager, Adrian Bohm and Rob Miles, so it really felt like no time had passed at all. Thanks to all the Aussies that came out in support and thanks for all the hospitality from the venues we played.
I had to use my phone for pictures cause my camera broke – bummer… but Sullie, our guitar tech goddess is also a photographer extraordinaire, so our trip was well documented after all.
Our crew for the tour included Brian Speiser at Front of House, Dave Belis at the Monitor board, Lisa Sullivan on guitars, Peter Banta as tour manager, and Becky Bodonyi as political guru and manager’s assistant.
We started out with a couple of press days in Sydney. We were a little foggy from jet lag, but it made for some interesting interviews.
My favorite place in Sydney is the huge Botanical Gardens. Here’s why, just look at these Fruit Bats. This is truly one of the most awesome sights ever in life.
We flew a lot on this tour and made a huge carbon footprint I’m sure… hmmm…. next time we’ll have to think about this.
We did a really cool instore at Readings Bookstore in Melbourne – a very indie scene. Melbourne was one of our favorite cities.
Adelaide included a trip to the beach and some Halloween festivities. Becky and Peter carved us pumpkins and decorated the stage cause we love Halloween!! I took the pumpkins back to my hotel room for the night.
Fremantle/Perth was a beautiful beachy and very historical city. We played at an Arts Museum that used to be what they called a “lunatic asylum”. It was a great venue with ghosts in the walls, but the sadness was very present and intense. I visited the old prison in the morning before we left.
We had a big day out in Brisbane and went to Steve Irwin’s Australian Zoo. Was it ever cool! They had a terrific message of conservation and animal welfare. We got to see Dingos, baby Tigers, a Tasmanian Devil, a lot of crocodiles, all kinds of birds, wombats, snakes galore, etc… but the best things for me were holding a Koala Bear and feeding the Red Kangaroos. Those Koalas are so cute and sleepy. The Kangaroos were a hoot.
Our last 2 shows were in Sydney and they were an amazing way to end the tour. Brandi Carlile was just arriving to do a press tour, so she came by and sat in on our 2nd show at The Enmore Theater.
Speaking of Brandi Carlile… Emily and I are working on the final approvals for a live DVD and HDNet show that feature Brandi and her band as well as Three5Human. I don’t know a release on this but I know it’s in the works.
Now we are heading into our respective writing rooms to get ready for an early Spring recording session. We do have one more tour scheduled for late Jan-Feb. We should have some new songs to try out by then. I am muscling my way through a third CD. I have no idea when it will be released but I am mixing in early January.
Time to stock up on firewood and get ready for the Winter.