about to go off on tour again........
Its been a busy Summer, so much for my time off!
I have been in the studio putting the finishing touches to Tribute To Les Paul DVD and CD that will be out in March 2011 and I am told that PBS will be broadcasting part of the show just before Christmas.
Look out for it and let me know what you think!
I start on the next leg of my tour at the end of next week. I am playing in new places which is always fun.
The sensational Trombone Shorty will be supporting me on the 1st half of my UK dates.
The Baseballs, a fabulous Rockabilly band are supporting me for 2nd part of my UK tour. I am looking forward to seeing both of these acts.
Going to enjoy my last week whilst I can.
Hope the weather gets better, so much for a hot Summer
on the road.
We started our tour Boston, what a great place and crowd. Great to be up on stage again with Rhonda, Narada and Jason. Jason has done something in his knee and is hobbling around on and off stage.
I did 2 very special, unique shows in New York as a Tribute to my friend the fantastic Les Paul last week with Imelda May and her fabulous band. The shows meant a lot to me as they were my way of honouring one of the greatest guitarists in the world. I was thrilled to see some of my colleagues and friends come to the shows including David Bowie and Jan Hammer. The atmosphere was great, the band fantastic. Leo Green has to be one of the best and craziest saxophonist’s ever and I am so pleased he was able to join us.
Back on the road now. We finish this leg at Crossroads Festival on 26th June.
end of Australasia tour......
I have just finished the first leg of my world tour.
We started off in Seoul and then Hong Kong, this is the first time I have played in either place. Great experiences playing there and the audiences were great……
We then went on to Australia where we played in 6 different cities. It felt to get some sunshine and warm weather, although not too much time for sunbathing as I had lots of press to do to promote new album. I did get half a day to have some fun in Sydney where we took a boat ride which was great and then we were spoilt and took a private plane to Brisbane courtesy of David Lowy. Shows were a great success and the band is getting tighter every day!
Tokyo was good fun as always. The people are so friendly and helpful and the shows went down really well. I found out when in Tokyo that Emotion & Commotion debuted at #1 in Japan on the Weekly International Album Sales Chart as well as being #1 on the US Amazon Chart and #10 in the UK mid week album chart. Not bad for someone who hasn’t put out an album in 7years!! I am so pleased that people like it……….
Off to start West Coast leg of tour ………..
The Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental for ....A Day In The Life....... and got to perform at the Grammys with the amazing Imelda May!!!! Sometimes the jetlag is worth it.
Folly Wildlife Rescue.
Thanks to all your support, the Council have approved the application to build the Wildlife Hospital.
2010 band news.
Last week I went to LA to rehearse with a new band line up for my 2010 World Tour.
I am thrilled to introduce the mighty Narada Michael Walden on drums.
The astonishing Rhonda Smith on bass and with Jason Rebello on keyboards the sound is electrifying.
2010 looks set to be a good year and I can’t wait to get on the road.
Although the jetlag sucks!
Happy New Year.
After a crazy year I am taking this time to thank you all for your support. It has been insane and I have loved every minute. Bring on next year which will be just as mad I hope.
Happy New Year to you all
I am thrilled to have been nominated for a Grammy for 'A Day in the Life', Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Its good to know my music is appreciated. This Rocks
On a more serious note, I am a patron to the charity Folly Wildlife Rescue. They are half way through the planning process for their application to build a new animal hospital. They need as much support as possible in the hope that it will help them receive the planning permission they need so desperately.
Please email a letter of support to: email@example.com quoting this: Application No:WD/2009/2228
There is a deadline of two and a half weeks to send the e-mail. They can read about the proposed animal hospital on the link below:
Supporters should state why they think Folly Wildlife rescue should be granted full permission to build the animal hospital.
Thanks and see you at the Grammys
Rock and Roll life.
I have just had a complete whirlwind few weeks.
Over 2 weeks ago I was in the studio putting together my album and planning to go to New York to guest with Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebrations……….
Then we got the call a few days before we were due to go to NY that Eric was ill and had to pull out of the show and would I be able to fill his slot in the show. Of course I wanted to be asked, and we had less than 3 days to put the band, crew, travel etc together. As well as set list, guest artists and rehearsal. But we did it.
Playing ‘Superstition’ with Stevie Wonder on the 1st night surprised everyone. It was a great thrill to play this track with him at Madison Square Garden.
On the 2nd night my band and I took the stage for our set. We were joined by Sting who sang ‘People Get Ready’. The crowd went wild and Sting gave a faultless performance. Buddy Guy came out to play ‘Let Me Love You’. What an honour to play with one of my heroes. I was so overwhelmed that I fell to my knees at the end of the number. The last guest to join us on stage was my friend Mr Billy Gibbons who flew in from London for 1 night. We rocked out to ‘Rough Boy’ and ‘Foxy Lady’ and the crowd seemed to love it as much as we did.
Thanks to the crew and Vinnie, Jason and Tal for all their hard work in pulling off an amazing job at the last minute.
Before the jet lag hit I was asked to attend The Classic Rock Awards on Monday night to present the Classis Song Writer award to Paul Rodgers. It was a complete honour and Paul thoroughly deserved to win.
Back in the studio for me.
Playing at IndigO2.
Wow what a night!!! What a thrill for me to play with The Imelda May Band on stage at IndigO2 on Monday and do something completely different for all of you. To top it off my great mates Jimmy Page and Ronnie Wood turned up although they declined my offer to join me on stage.
Back to the studio for me.