My equipment arrived home today. Darin and Justin set up my keyboard rig and stacked the cases and video equipment in my storage unit. Then their yellow Penske truck rolled off into the sunset. Somehow this officially wraps up the Sole Inhabitant Tour 2006!
My head is still numb. I walked across the wetlands to the bluffs this morning to get some fresh air and clarity, but none came to me. I stared out over the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, and pondered for one last time the intricacies of hardware i/o buffer settings, and cutoff filter resonances. And it made me realize just how insignificant the Pacific Ocean really is….
What’s next? A couple of weeks to recover and regroup. Once I come up for air I might start sifting though the video footage from the tour, and planning out the live concert DVD I’m hoping to release later this year. Or I might start working on a couple of new songs that have been buzzing round my head during this the last few weeks. I have a few doodles on my laptop, and I’ll admit i was tempted to debut them at one of the shows: but I’m too much of perfectionist, and it’ll have to wait until they’re more evolved.
Then in mid-June I have a gig in New York followed by a couple in London. These three gigs couldn’t be more different from each other. One’s a flesh-fest called the Exotic Erotic Ball, in a warehouse on the Hudson River, at which I hope to jam with my old friend George Clinton while dominatrixes and latex fetishists dance their tails off. The Scala gig will be as close as I can get it to a UK version of my US club/theater shows. Then the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park will be an opportunity to renew my association with Depeche Mode, and meet some of the new kids on the block like the excellent Goldfrapp. I will be playing a shortened set in broad daylight to tens of thousands of picnickers.
After that, I’m off on a much-needed few weeks’ vacation with my family. The kids love going to England, and feel a strong connection there. They get a big kick out of their many cousins, most of whom are in their twenties, and they like when I take them on a trek around the nether reaches of Britain, stopping in silly tea shops and climbing castle ramparts. We’ve rented a converted slate mining cottage on a small remote island in the inner Hebrides, and I’m hoping Eddi Reader and her two sons will come to stay with us for a couple of days. On the way up there we may stop in Co. Durham and see Paddy McAloon so I can listen to some of his new songs.
I feel really good about this year so far. The 26-date tour was a rare and fantastic event for me and my audience. I am very optimistic there will be another one this Fall, featuring new material. It felt great to be back onstage, and I was blown away with how well my crew performed, and the overwhelmingly positive response from the audiences. Thanks to all of you who came out to see me and helped sell out the gigs! Bring your friends next time and help me take it to the next level.