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David has really been looking forward to touring with Gary Numan! He flew over to Los Angeles last week for rehearsals and is now in New York for the first show. This is what he had to say:
“I’ve just finished 5 days rehearsal s in LA and am now siting on a plane to New York for first of the dates that start tomorrow.
The rules for processing visas for working in America have recently changed and have caught everybody off-guard. Whole tours are being cancelled because the bands aren’t getting their visas in time – it’s chaos! We were supposed to fly out nearly a week earlier (with our visas), have a couple of days to deal with the 8 hours of jet lag and then have 7 days rehearsal. It got right down to the latest few hours before they were going to have to cancel the tour when they finally got the paperwork.
We arrived in the evening and were straight into rehearsals the next morning (UK evening) so by the end of every rehearsal everybody was falling asleep because it was early morning back home. The plan was to “have the evenings free” but everybody just went straight to bed! I was waking up every morning at 4:30am so after a couple of days I decided to borrow a car and go out and explore. One morning I went to the Griffith Park Observatory where you can get great views of the HOLLYWOOD sign and of LA and then down into town for a drive along Hollywood Boulevard. Another morning I had a drive around Beverly Hills and then on to Venice Beach – all before 8:30 in the morning.
Tonight is a night off in New York and then tomorrow we start the first of three nights at the Gramercy Theatre in New York where we will be performing the three Gary Numan “Classic Albums” (Replicas, The Pleasure Principle & Telekon). Then we fly to Chicago and do it all again at The Metro. On the 19th we start the first of three nights at three different venues in Durham, North Carolina at an event called Moogfest (A Moog is a very famous.influential synthesiser – a bit like a Stratocaster guitar or a Steinway piano). Then it’s on to Toronto where it’s back to the three nights in one venue format at The Opera House. The final gig is on the 25th May, we fly back on the 26th and arrive back at Heathrow at 6:30am! on the 27th.”
What an amazing few weeks David is having!