Sorry for the delay in announcing details of my October UK dates. There are a few variables that need to get sorted out, eg visa issues, equipment carnets, and so on. I am putting together a UK retail version of ‘The Sole Inhabitant’ CD and DVD with a label there (more news to come) and they want to get involved with the gigs. But it’s possible the venues may still be changed around, and more dates added in addition to the six that I see TicketWeb have prematurely announced! This is compounded by the fact that the promoters Live Nation are up to their eyes in summer festival work and we need to co-ordinate with them on the venues, video projection, and so on. Plus, some of my regular crew/band are otherwise engaged and I have to find replacements. So if you can hold on a few more days, I’ll publish the exact details as soon as I can.
I’m getting very excited about returning to England. I’m thinking hard about how to balance showing off half-completed new songs, versus adding old ones that people seem to want to hear so badly. Either way, I sense the UK audiences will be all ears, and perfectly willing to go along with whatever I play, with the same kind of warmth I felt at the Scala last year.
I’ve written about this before, but I’ll say it again. It was a huge surprise to me when I walked onstage at the Scala and the place was packed to the rafters with cheering fans. When I left the UK in the late 80′s I felt so much hostility, from the Industry, from my peers in the musician community, and from the press. Perhaps it was just the ugly twilight of the Thatcher era. But I realize now that underneath it there was always a strong following, a hardcore audience that really connected with my music and got what I was trying to do. So strong in fact, that they were still there for me 18 years later when I finally came back. I hope I can reconnect with them this time around, as well as making new friends who were too young to remember. This will be quite an adventure!