Tales From the Middle of Nowhere (Vol.2) - Carling Cup Draw , Amsterdam and Yawning in Brussels

02/12/2011 11:08 GMT | Updated 01/02/2012 10:12 GMT

So...Amsterdam? (Or as it's known to many, "The 'Dam".)

It was pretty fuckin' grim, to be honest. Cold, wet and windy.

We was playing a gaff called the Melkweg, or as it's known to us users of the Queen's,

"The Milky Way". Which is ironic because the first time I ever visited The 'Dam was in the '80s when I was working for that band the Inspiral Carpets? Google them.

Anyway, we played the very same venue.

I have one vivid memory of being out of my fuckin' mind on some crazy weed trying (in vain) to set up the drummer's drum kit. Think it took me about three hours, which these things tend to do when you're stoned. And when the drummer arrived he duly informed me the fuckin' thing was, in fact, upside down and back to front!

Good gig though. It was a very relaxed affair. Had a good laugh with some people in the crowd. Top night all round.

The big news at the moment though is that Man City and Liverpool have been drawn together in the semi-final of the Carling Cup. I'm hoping the betting gets a bit more interesting this time, y'know, a doughnut and a glass of milk? An ice cream, maybe? Maybe some actual money will change hands this time!!!

You currently find me in the European hotspot for all things beige...BRUSSELS. (Yaaaawn).

In a bit.


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