2012 North American MK/Dylan Tour Diary

21st Nov 2012 - Brooklyn NY

21st November 2012

Thanks Giving. This amazing, resilient city has of course recently suffered once more, this time at the hands of god. Life came grinding to a halt on October 29th as the 'super-storm' Hurricane Sandy ....

21st Nov 2012 - Brooklyn NY

20th Nov 2012 - Washington DC

20th November 2012

Hats Off. Today's diary entry starts live from the tour bus. Our only daytime journey of the tour from one city to another meant climbing out of bed at an ungodly hour. Actually, 10:15am is hardly ung....

20th Nov 2012 - Washington DC

19th Nov 2012 - Philadelphia PA

19th November 2012

Singing Sign. 'There are three things you don't want on the road...Head ache, Stomach ache and Greg Lake' goes the ancient rock'n'roll joke but today, one of them got me. Most likely it was an over-in....

19th Nov 2012 - Philadelphia PA

18th Nov 2012 - Boston MA

18th November 2012

Lobster Lure. The final day off of the tour landed us in Boston and for me, an irresistible urge to re-visit the Legal Seafood restaurant conveniently located next door to our hotel. I'd managed to ge....

18th Nov 2012 - Boston MA

16th Nov 2012 - Montreal QC

16th November 2012

FolkStream Fiasco. We wake to another beautifully crisp morning in Ontario and with the temperature slowly rising to a balmy, no a sultry ten degrees. We check out of our newly crowned king of hotels,....

16th Nov 2012 - Montreal QC

14th Nov 2012 - Toronto ON

15th November 2012

Old and New. It's not often we get the opportunity to stay in a brand new hotel. The Four Seasons in Toronto is exactly that and has only been open for five weeks. As the new flagship hotel for the To....

14th Nov 2012 - Toronto ON

13th Nov 2012 - Detroit MI

13th November 2012

Fabulous Fox. Sunglasses were the order of the morning today, not because of any self-induced morning-after situation but simply because it was SO damn bright. The repercussions of that Popeye grease ....

13th Nov 2012 - Detroit MI

12th Nov 2012 - Grand Rapids MI

12th November 2012

Bus Plane Bus. After two, yes two whole days off in Chicago, we are experiencing a typical early Winter weather phenomenon. Whilst Saturday was touching upon a balmy and humid 70 degrees with scattere....

12th Nov 2012 - Grand Rapids MI

9th Nov 2012 - Chicago IL

9th November 2012

Sweet Tooth. To say that we've been fortunate with the weather on this trip is an understatement. The chaos and terrible devastation on the East Coast caused by 'Sandy' and the cold weather systems cl....

9th Nov 2012 - Chicago IL

8th Nov 2012 - Milwaukee WI

8th November 2012

Leinen-Kugel. Groggily, we woke this morning after a late check-in to the Milwaukee Pfister hotel. As I opened the laptop I thought about our intrepid crew boys who more often than not, don't have the....

8th Nov 2012 - Milwaukee WI

7th Nov 2012 - Saint Paul MN

7th November 2012

Banjo Uke. Election day in the US was yet another day off for us. The Walkways, or Skyways as they are called here in Minneapolis are world renowned. With 8 miles of glass climate controlled, overgrou....

7th Nov 2012 - Saint Paul MN

5th Nov 2012 - Madison WI

4th November 2012

Barack Bowl Guy Fawkes night means little to folks in Wisconsin but this evening back at home in the UK, families will be out braving the Wintery elements, warming themselves beside a bonfire and watc....

5th Nov 2012 - Madison WI

3rd Nov 2012 - Omaha NE

3rd November 2012

Poultry Potlatch. Based on the hotel breakfast options in Tulsa yesterday it was with trepidation I picked up the phone to make this morning's breakfast order. A very polite girl who announced herself....

3rd Nov 2012 - Omaha NE

2nd Nov 2012 - Tulsa OK

2nd November 2012

24 Hours In Tulsa A building boom in the early 20th century gave Tulsa one of the largest concentrations of art deco architecture in the United States. The Mayo is a typical example and an 'interestin....

2nd Nov 2012 - Tulsa OK

1st Nov 2012 - Grand Prairie TX

1st November 2012

Diamond Snap. I find myself writing more about days off than days on at the moment. I think we're starting to get used to this Dylan schedule. Certainly the last few non-show days have been most enjoy....

1st Nov 2012 - Grand Prairie TX

29th and 30th Oct 2012 - Denver CO

31st October 2012

Mile High. Waking up on our first morning in Denver I soon felt the effect of the high altitude. Hydration is everything up here for touring muso's and crew. I couldn't get enough water down me last n....

29th and 30th Oct 2012 - Denver CO

27th Oct 2012 - Las Vegas NV

28th October 2012

Gold Gig. Today was our first 'three in one' day for a while, cities I mean. Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Denver. Departure time was a leisurely 2pm so there was time for a stroll, a quick coffee, a bri....

27th Oct 2012 - Las Vegas NV

26th Oct 2012 - Hollywood CA

26th October 2012

The Bowl. Without wishing to rub salt into the weather wounds of those back home enduring what is by all accounts a pretty dreadful October, the weather this morning in Santa Monica was forecast to hi....

26th Oct 2012 - Hollywood CA

24th Oct 2012 - San Diego CA

24th October 2012

The 405. You don't hear many complaints coming from the band as yet another day off looms large on the sunny, hot West Coast of California. It appears that L.A. is under the influence of a mini heat w....

24th Oct 2012 - San Diego CA

22nd Oct 2012 - Santa Barbara CA

23rd October 2012

Good Life. The first of three luxurious days off in Sunny Santa Monica involved much catching up with family and friends. The weather has been continually gorgeous during our trip down the west coast ....

22nd Oct 2012 - Santa Barbara CA

20th Oct 2012 - Sacramento CA

20th October 2012

Claw Hammer As we check out of the San Francisco Mandarin Oriental hotel I leave behind all thoughts of the 'E' word.. Not so much fear as an unnerving curiosity as to what it might be like to experie....

20th Oct 2012 - Sacramento CA

19th Oct 2012 - Berkeley CA

19th October 2012

Magic Mist. Every time I walk into the hotel gym, I find another band member in there and this morning it was Jim rounding off his uphill marathon of torture on a Life Fitness treadmill. Each and ever....

19th Oct 2012 - Berkeley CA

17th and 18th Oct 2012 - San Francisco CA

18th October 2012

Flip Flop Fail. The view from my hotel room, from the Transamerica pyramid building on the left, the Bay bridge and Treasure island, all the way to Candlestick Park and the South San Francisco hills o....

17th and 18th Oct 2012 - San Francisco CA

15th Oct 2012 - Portland OR

15th October 2012

Ubiquitous Omnipresence. This morning breakfast is a healthy affair, I thought to myself as I tumbled homemade granola into the greek yoghurt and dressed it with a liberal helping of fresh blueberries....

15th Oct 2012 - Portland OR

13th Oct 2012 - Seattle WA

14th October 2012

Rain Love. The Pike Place Market on the Elliott Bay Seattle waterfront houses the oldest continually operated public farmers' markets in the United States. 10 million visitors inch their way through t....

13th Oct 2012 - Seattle WA

12th Oct 2012 - Vancouver BC

12th October 2012

Furry Finish. A day off in one of our favourite cities in the world has to be a day to relish, so I did my utmost to arrange some golf knowing full well that there are some beautiful courses in Britis....

12th Oct 2012 - Vancouver BC

10th Oct 2012 - Calgary AB

11th October 2012

Bass Bin The sound of church bell ringing woke me this morning. Bell ringing in downtown Calgary?...on a Wednesday afternoon? On the hour there was a minute or so of ringing, fine, but at midday, they....

10th Oct 2012 - Calgary AB

9th Oct 2012 - Edmonton AB

9th October 2012

Ice Bath Bus life can take a bit of getting used to and the vast distances covered across North America are greatly different to the drives we've been used to recently in Europe. Our hardened crew boy....

9th Oct 2012 - Edmonton AB

8th Oct 2012 - Saskatoon SK

8th October 2012

Give Generously Day off - Saskatoon. Today's diary kicks off on a more somber note. Donny Silva, one of our beloved bus drivers in the US has suddenly found himself in a battle for his life. On his wa....

8th Oct 2012 - Saskatoon SK

6th Oct 2012 - Regina SK

6th October 2012

Love and Care. You don't travel far in Canada without thinking about how cold it can get here and whilst it is only mid-October, this early cold snap seems to have heralded the onset of winter. Indeed....

6th Oct 2012 - Regina SK

5th Oct 2012 - Winnipeg MN

5th October 2012

The Balmy South. As temperature differentials seem to be the hot topic of the week, Winnipeg has an extreme hemiboreal or humid continental climate with temperatures ranging from 42.2 °C (108 ....

5th Oct 2012 - Winnipeg MN

4th Oct 2012 - Production Rehearsal - Grand Forks

4th October 2012

Handshakes and Hugs. After being airborne for just under eight hours, our captain comes on the intercom and announces a fresh North-Easterly breeze in amongst his routine destination weather report. M....

4th Oct 2012 - Production Rehearsal - Grand Forks

Secret shows! Sept 25th and 26th 2012

26th September 2012

The Shard and Gherkin. "Just off for a pint down the old Shard and Gherkin" ....it sounds like yer typical London pub doesn't it. We view the London skyline looking West from Tower Bridge as we make o....

Secret shows! Sept 25th and 26th 2012

London Rehearsals September 2012

26th July 2012

Olympic Blues. Here is one of life's little mysteries - So much has happened in the last ten months, in London, let alone the world. With the Queen's rain-soaked diamond Jubilee celebrations, the head....

London Rehearsals September 2012
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