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Bournemouth, Folkestone Exeter & Out.

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2013 | (00:00)

Well, it's done. The tour's finished. I'm writing this from a recording studio in Brussels, where I'm helping to make the new Baxter Dury album. I've had a few days to readjust to life off the road, but I'm not home yet so its still kind of la-la land. Patrick...

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Molly Naylor and the Cambridgeshire Crime Wave

(1) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (00:00)

We've definitely shifted into the early stages of a good old-fashioned British winter. The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and more often than not it's raining. As such this leg of the tour has predominantly seen Bertie the blue Brompton and his fellow fold-ups safely stowed in...

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Loveless and the Leicester Lurch

(2) Comments | Posted 25 October 2013 | (01:00)

Leicester.

This town instantly makes me think of two things. The first is a patented dance manoeuvre, known only within limited circles as The Leicester Lurch©. Invented onstage during a Babyshambles gig in Leicester circa 2006, it involves leaning forward with one's feet together until the point of falling over,...

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Barbarians of Birmingham

(1) Comments | Posted 24 October 2013 | (01:00)

We roll into dear old Brum around midday, peering out of our tourbus as the rain falls in sheets of biblical proportions. It's no weather for cycling, so we forgo any exploring in exchange for a relaxing trip to the cinema. At least that was the idea... we go to...

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Meet Jai, the Merchandise Guy

(1) Comments | Posted 22 October 2013 | (01:00)

Leamington Spa

Today is Jai's birthday. Who is Jai, you ask? Well, if you've been to one of the shows this tour, you may remember the handsome devil behind the merch stall. What you didn't realise as you perused the fine selection of quality products on offer, is that Jai...

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The Hatfield Bop

(5) Comments | Posted 19 October 2013 | (01:00)

This was the one everybody was curious about. Reading down the list of dates on the tour, every show was in a well-trodden town except this one. No one I spoke to had played here either, indeed few had even heard of it. Turns out it's a newish venue, built...

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Sheffield

(0) Comments | Posted 17 October 2013 | (01:00)

I've been having an affair of sorts with this town for a long time. I spent a few years making music with some heads here, and used to visit the place regularly. The city has a rich history of socialist ideology, which makes me warm to it. I once walked...

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Promo: "Can You Go On a Cookery Show?"

(0) Comments | Posted 12 October 2013 | (01:00)

Paris

It's been a while since the last blog, and a few things have happened in the interim. Our road trip around Blighty took a brief detour across the... hmm, if the States are "across the pond", where's France? "Across the stream"? "Athwart the creek"? Sorry, it doesn't do to...

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Plumbing Conundrums and Rhododendrons

(1) Comments | Posted 11 October 2013 | (01:00)

Norwich

Stumbling out of the bus and onto the Norwich UEA campus, I realise its very familiar territory. Here's a venue I've played many times, in various guises. I remember playing bass with Mariachi El Bronx here a few years back, touring with Gogol Bordello. Eugene, Gogol's indomitable singer, was...

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Cardiff, 'Little Dublin'

(2) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (01:00)

Cardiff

I awoke before dawn, still over excited from our Brixton Academy show. Last night was a late one, predictably. Strolling into Cardiff centre as the first signs of daylight appear, I realise I've only slept three hours. The lack of sleep adds a slightly surreal glaze to my early...

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Sons Of Brixton

(2) Comments | Posted 17 September 2013 | (01:00)

London.

Man, I couldn't be happier right now. Tonight's hometown show is a sold out humdinger. Walking onstage to the opening bars of Guns Of Brixton, I know its going to be a blinder right from the off. I've mentioned already the positive reaction to tunes both old and new...

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The Oxford Anti-Gig

(3) Comments | Posted 16 September 2013 | (01:00)

Evening all. Well we just played Oxford Academy. A very odd show... I came offstage not quite knowing how it went. Yep, one of those. Peter typed out an order of songs that looked great on paper, but soon as we got a few tunes in he continued to completely...

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Lincoln With an L and Bristol With a Bang

(4) Comments | Posted 14 September 2013 | (01:00)

Lincoln

Here's what I learnt about Lincoln- it's really pretty. I've been there many times, but I haven't had a chance to explore too extensively before. That's the sleeper bus vs splitter van trade off: with the latter you get a good night's sleep and easy access to a shower...

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New Dawns and Dodgy Prawns

(3) Comments | Posted 11 September 2013 | (01:00)

Liverpool

Well, what a relief. I'm happy to report that tonight we played a blinder. After a day off in a funny little countryside hotel, everyone got a lot of sleep and we hit the stage in Liverpool Academy with renewed focus and energy.

Saying that, Adam got walloped with...

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Dancing to Leeds Architecture

(3) Comments | Posted 10 September 2013 | (01:00)

I'm writing this from the dressing room in Manchester Academy, as I didn't get a chance to sit down at my laptop on the bus last night before I collapsed on my bunk in exhaustion. Longish day yesterday. Not complaining though, I'm at my happiest when busy.

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Stagediving and Town Planning

(7) Comments | Posted 7 September 2013 | (01:00)

Evening Pop Pickers.

Newcastle Academy... Well, it kicked off again. Peter stagedived during Babyshambles the song and the whole place went haywire. Normally when he does that it takes a minute or two, tops, before he crawls out. Tonight he was basically the rugby ball in a scrum of Northern...

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Huflington Blag #2

(3) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (11:26)

Glasgow!

Well, turns out I was bang on about tonight being a belter. Jesus but Scottish fans go mental. We played a 20 song set, with a similar mix of old and new as the warm up last night. Picture Me In A Hospital was a particular highlight, with Stephen's...

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Babyshambles Back on the Road

(14) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (01:00)

It's about time.

Babyshambles have lurched back into action. This summer we've played a splattering of shows - Australia, France, Germany... and with them we've definitely acclimatised our new drummer Adam Falkner to our singular modus operandi. Now with a clattering round the walls of Brixton Jamm, like an excitable...

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