28/11/2011 07:16 GMT | Updated 28/01/2012 05:12 GMT

Tales From the Middle of Nowhere (Vol.2) - Jools Holland, Madrid and Milan

MADRID (26/11/11)

Yes comrades...

So, where were we?

That last gig in San Francisco was mega. It might even have been the best one so far! Almighty atmosphere. Thanks to everyone for coming out.

Been back in London the last few days. Great to see I The Mighty, Bunny Dread, Irie Nancy and that blimmin' cat.

Jet lag's a killer though. Was up at 4am every night since I got back. Been catching up on the football though, so every cloud, eh?

Did that Jools Holland programme for the 1st time in 16 years last Tuesday...SIXTEEN YEARS!!!

That's outrageous, I cannot believe it's been that long. We was on with them Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bjork and a load of other people I'd never heard of. It was good though. I enjoyed being back.

You find me in Madrid. Dunno what this hotel is called but it's very modern and very hi-tech.

Had to get a guy to come up to my room last night to show me how to work the fuckin' remote control for the bastard telly! Don't laugh, you would've struggled with it too.

Some fans outside the hotel before were not much older than my 11 year old daughter! Proper kids...

A bit disconcerting to say the least.

In a bit.


MILAN (27/11/11)

So...the gig in Madrid?

Bar some fuckin' annoying technical difficulties it was great. Really great. Couldn't have been anyone in the crowd over 25! Sang their blimmin' hearts out, they did.

So we're on the way to Milan today. Got a mega day off lined up.

Man City play Liverpool this evening. My people in Milan have sorted out somewhere to watch it live. Should be a laugh. Got a few Liverpool supporters on the firm so it's given it a bit more spice than usual.

Been a bit of bravado from the Scousers. So much so that my bass player (a Scouser) has bet my security guard (a righteous super blue) that Liverpool win. And the bet? A coffee and a biscuit! Coffee and a biscuit? Fuck me...

Now, the gig then? Well as luck would have it none other than Paul McCartney is playing in Milan tonight! What a result.

This has the makings of a great, great day. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow...

In a bit.


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