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It's a day off from the Lizzy tour but not a day off at all for us. We're leaving for Tunstall and Summer Bank Studios to continue work on the deluxe album. It's another bit of a trek, (when isn't it on this tour?), so we leave Darlington at 10am. It's overcast and cold but hopefully not icy. The journey is fine, a bit of snow right at the highest point of the M62 but nothing bad. It's raining on the M6 but again nothing to trouble this battle-hardened unit.
We arrive in Tunstall, park up outside the studio and load in what we need from the bus. As most of our backline is still on the Lizzy truck we've had to cobble together a bit of a mish-mash of amps, cabs and guitars but we'll be fine, we're professionals! I know, I've said that a few times before but I'm working on the theory if I say it enough I may fool you into actually believing it. Paul the engineer is all ready for us and I'm up first loading the new files I have into the computer. They load in trouble-free. It's guitars mainly today and Jim and Steve put in a fine shift. The tracks are beginning to really take shape. Let me tell you right now this deluxe album is turning into a right little cracker.
In all the times we've been here at Summer Bank we've never had the usual obligatory
curry while recording, well tonight we're going to change that.
Adrian, Woody and I head off in the pouring rain, there's a small Indian restaurant about 150 yards up the road. Paul the engineer has never had any food from there so we'll be the guinea pigs. Hopefully our food won't contain any of the said small furry little animals but on entering the restaurant I'm beginning to have my doubts. Well in terms of value for money it can't be faulted, a main dish of your choice, rice of your choice and naan of your choice is a bargain £7.95. Our order goes in and we cross our fingers. The food arrives so it's back to the studio for the tasting. On first glance we could be on to a winner - good portions and it looks and smells ok. Things start to go awry however as soon as the sense of taste comes into play. I can't be too harsh as it was under eight quid but let's just say you get what you pay for. I'm now just trying to debate if we were ripped off or not.
Recording over we load up the bus and hit the road back to what appears to be fast
becoming our second home, Altrincham, where we're staying again tonight. I meet Woody
in the bar for a couple of night caps and then go up to bed and thus ended a good