16/01/2012 08:58 GMT | Updated 17/03/2012 05:12 GMT

Tales From the Middle of Nowhere (Vol.2) - Interviews, Rehearsing and Walking, Talking Robots



Let me start by wishing all of y'all a happy, happy new year.

I'm in the great city of Tokyo, in the great nation of Japan.

Got a couple of gigs here before I move on to Australia and New Zealand. Somewhat predictably it's freeeeeeeezing.

Did manage a little bit of kip last night which is always a nice bonus out here.

Looking forwards to this 2012 business. If this year is half as good as last year then I might actually retire. What would be the point in carrying on?

And in any case, ain't the world supposed to end this year Fuck the Mayans, I say!!!

You currently find me watching the NFL play-offs. Mega game. 49ers versus Saints. Japanese commentary...very mad!!!





Well, the promo stuff wasn't too painful. Quite enjoyable actually. Apart from one guy, who sounded like a coffee percolator when he spoke, it wasn't too taxing.

I was asked many questions on many diverse subjects, such as...

- The environment.

- Politics.

- New music, or the lack of it.

- The 'Music Bizness' (it's a bit shit at the minute apparently...can't say I'd noticed!)

- Time travel (for real!!)

- The earthquake.

- Lady Gaga?

- The Stone Roses.

- Cream cakes.

- Manchester City (obviously)

- Mario Balotelli (naturally)

- And somewhat predictably...the Japanese people (they're obsessed with what people think of them)

As you can see all very interesting stuff.

One guy showed me the magazine I'm doing an interview for and I have to say, if I didn't know any better, I'd have thought it was a porn mag judging by the cover!

Did a bit of rehearsing last night. Haven't played for nearly five weeks now. Just blowing off the cobwebs, so to speak. I tend to forget the guitar solos if I have any significant time off. Good job we did mind as a shit-load of cobwebs had grown!

Bit of a grey day today. I'm under orders from The Mighty I to go find him some toys.

Specifically, and I quote, "Robots that walk and talk without batteries or remote control". Does he mean actual real blimmin' robots? Good luck with that, eh...