25th September 2019 – New York NY

The Iconic Holy Temple of Rock and Roll, as Billy Joel once described Madison square Garden, was to be our final destination of this very special tour. The last time we came here was as Dire Straits in February 1992 and before that, October 1985 when Billy Joel guested. My recollections of that night are [...]

By |2022-04-25T07:20:00+00:00September 27th, 2019|2019 North America Tour Diary|0 Comments

22nd September 2019 – Los Angeles CA

The history of the Los Angeles Greek Theatre dates back to 1882, when Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, came to America from South Wales to seek fortune in gold mining. Colonel Griffith settled in Los Angeles and purchased the Los Feliz Rancho, which he later donated to the City of Los Angeles in 1896. This three [...]

By |2022-04-25T07:20:00+00:00September 23rd, 2019|2019 North America Tour Diary|0 Comments

21st September 2019 – Phoenix AZ

During our stay in Santa Monica, I’ve struggled to tick the Huevos Rancheros box satisfactorily. Our favourite old breakfast spot, ‘M Street Kitchen’ has sadly disappeared, gone the way of many restaurants on Main Street as rate increases force everyone but the most successful business out. We ate at ‘Cora’s’, another ancient Mexican cafe on [...]

By |2022-04-25T07:20:00+00:00September 22nd, 2019|2019 North America Tour Diary|0 Comments

20th September 2019 – Santa Barbara CA

Bowl Vista The day off we enjoyed in Santa Monica at the Casa del Mar was mostly spent lying by the hotel pool in glorious late Summer Californian sun but in the evening, Laurie and I had a wonderful meal with Eric, her brother and his wife Leslie at the terribly trendy ‘Elephante’ restaurant nearby. [...]

By |2022-04-25T07:20:00+00:00September 21st, 2019|2019 North America Tour Diary|0 Comments

18th September 2019 – Berkeley CA

Kev Rowe and John McCuskerJimmy with daughter Grace Hearst is a name which reverberates through the publishing world as William Randolph Hearst Sr. made his name developing newspapers and media. His flamboyant methods emphasised sensationalism and human interest stories, the journalism we all know today. His life story became the core inspiration for Charles Foster [...]

By |2022-04-25T07:20:00+00:00September 19th, 2019|2019 North America Tour Diary|0 Comments

16th September 2019 – Vancouver BC

Gastown was in fact the original Vancouver. Named after a Yorkshire seaman known as ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton, a steamboat captain and barkeeper who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon. One can only guess as to the origin of his nickname. Our journey to Vancouver today involved us crossing the US/Canadian border twice [...]

By |2022-04-25T07:20:00+00:00September 17th, 2019|2019 North America Tour Diary|0 Comments

14th 15th September 2019 – Woodinville WA

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chateau Ste, Michelle winery is probably Washington’s largest and most successful but what sets this place apart are the outdoor concerts which take place throughout each Summer. Producing over 2 million cases of wine each year, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, and Riesling, the winery has been in existence since 1954. Over the years, [...]

By |2022-04-25T07:20:00+00:00September 16th, 2019|2019 North America Tour Diary|0 Comments

13th September 2019 – Portland OR

Portland, Oregon is one of my favourite places to come in the US. Partly a fascination with the Hood River (a tributary of the Columbia River) and its nuclear wind potential and partly everything else. ie. Beer, Wine and Roses. (Portland is often known as Rose City) It’s difficult to fly into Portland from the [...]

By |2022-04-25T07:20:00+00:00September 14th, 2019|2019 North America Tour Diary|0 Comments

11th September 2019 – Salt Lake City UT

The calm before the cold production heroes Dave Hall and Kevin Hopgood Unbeknownst to us, tonight’s show was going to turn out to be one of the toughest of the tour. The weather in Denver was gorgeous and after the Oxygen-starved, euphoria of a Red Rocks show, it was time for me to visit Target [...]

By |2022-04-25T07:20:00+00:00September 13th, 2019|2019 North America Tour Diary|0 Comments

10th September 2019 – Denver CO

Mile High, or 6,450 feet (1,970 m) above sea level to be precise. This venue literally ‘rocks’. It’s certainly one of the most iconic places to perform on any tour and tonight’s show was a stunner.  It always takes a day or so to get used to the altitude in Denver, in the gym it really [...]

By |2022-04-25T07:20:00+00:00September 11th, 2019|2019 North America Tour Diary|0 Comments


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