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Maaarning! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
After the previous early-morning check-in shenanigans I woke about 8am, tried to get back to sleep, failed, so decided at about 9.45am to get up and go find coffee with the Jickster. We meet Jem in reception, there's a Costa close by and that's exactly where we head. The Costa is on the sea front right by the statue of comic genius Eric Morecambe. I get a pic of Jem with him and we return to the hotel. We're staying here again tonight, if they don't re-sell our rooms after we leave of course, so I pack a smaller bag of essentials which saves me lugging my suitcase around. We meet in reception, load the bus and set off for Glasgow. It's about a three-hour drive and we're passing snow topped peaks on the way. It's just rain at the moment so let's hope it doesn't deteriorate.
We cross the border into Bonnie Scotland and there is a lot more snow but the roads are clear so no dramas. We arrive at King Tut's just before 3pm but we can't make any noise until 6pm due to council regulations. At first glance it appears to be a cosy, well laid out venue. The crew are getting the gear in and the stage is a bit bigger, well deeper actually than The Slade Rooms. It will still be tight with three bands but we'll manage.
The witching hour of 6pm arrives and we can finally make some noise. We have more
VIP Pledgers joining us today so I've been having a good natter with them while waiting
to soundcheck. As with last night we know we'll probably struggle with the onstage
sound but we'll soldier on. The dressing room, like the venue, is small but has all
the facilities we need namely a fridge chilling beer. We're on at 10pm tonight. Doors,
due to noise restrictions are at 8.30pm. With our three-band bill it's going to be
tough timing wise, but we'll get there.
I have hot water for the duration of my shower this evening which is far preferable to last night's! I have a shave and manage to cut myself just the once, which is probably a record for me, it's normally more akin to death by a thousand cuts when I have a razor in my hand. 10pm is fast approaching so we get into our stage clothes and head side-stage. The lights go down, the intro tape kicks in, it's that time again. We kick into "Tough Love" and as predicted the on-stage sound leaves a lot to be desired but the Glasgow faithful are with us and they get us through. It's another hot one but Wolverhampton still just shaded it in the heat department. We come off stage have a quick tart up and go downstairs to the merchandise stand to meet some fans and sign some stuff. We hook up again with the VIP Pledgers have another chat and have some photos taken.
We're staying back in Morecambe so once again it's about 4am before we arrive at the hotel. Thankfully they've not sold our rooms so I'm in bed by 4.30am.
Night all see you in the morning…
There has been quite a bit of controversy on forums and social media sites about
the late stage times at our Glasgow show. All I can add is it was completely out
of our control, the venue has to comply with local council regulations or it risks
losing its licence. Tickets, our listings on Facebook etc. and the venue website
all clearly stated doors open at 8.30pm which is normal for this venue. If this spoilt
your enjoyment of the show or prejudiced your decision to attend I'm sorry. PJ