The Ambulance Tour 2018 Begins - In predictable fashion!
It's Monday morning and I'm back in the office after an eventful Sunday at the Wildman in Norwich. Jokingly dubbed the 'Ambulance Tour 2018' due to recent events, the first gig of the year attempted to live up to its billing!
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, both Fred and Danny had injured themselves in rather innocuous tasks. Danny fell off his push bike and broke his elbow, and Fred caught his fingers in a door, leaving them badly bruised and swollen. In the big picture, it had slowed us down working on new material but hadn't affected any booked work. Yesterday however, things got much more serious for Fred, who actually suffered what looked to be to a fairly nasty back injury an hour before he was due to leave home for the gig. When he contacted Danny and I, he was totally unable to walk, in absolute agony, and beside himself at the thought of not being able to fulfil the date. He was duly carted off to the hospital.
So I picked up the phone to my old friend Ian 'Jaspa' Woodthorpe. "Hello, are you busy this afternoon?".
Jaspa had worked with me in the past, when I was promoting a CD back in 2010. We'd been all over the country and further afield together so although I knew he hadn't played much of the material before, equally I knew that he'd hit the ground running. And he did, and more.
The audience was great, and the atmosphere incredibly friendly. We were allowed us to laugh off our rough edges and generous encouragement was provided throughout. From potentially being a gig that wouldn't happen, it finished being one of those gigs I didn't want to end. Though if I'm honest, I don't think I had much more in the tank by 6'o'clock!
Fred is back home, very sore and not very mobile but assured that there shouldn't be any lasting damage, and he'll hopefully be back for the next gig. He's currently enjoying the Keith Richards chemical chill out courtesy of the NHS.
Before I sign off, I'd like to thank everyone who turned out yesterday on a cold and wet winter afternoon, and especially to the staff who could not have been more helpful and friendly. And of course, huge thanks go to Jaspa for stepping in at incredibly short notice and keeping the show on the road! (By the way, he's looking for gigs, so if you need a drummer contact us and I'll put you in touch).
We're very much looking forward to our return in late April - next time with a fit and fully functioning Fred!
All the best