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THE TOUR WITH NO NAME - NEWCASTLE

Whatever happened to Sweet Revolution?   

I apologize for the dour tone of my last blog; the symptoms of being on tour are identical to those of manic depression; fabulous euphoria one minute, dismal despair the next. Having just slept for 14 hours, my mood has now stabilized.   

Since my last post, I have to tell you, the band has been shaken by a minor political coup. Larry has been displaying worrying Bono-esque tendencies and ambiguous political syntax unacceptable to the party. He's been opening the encore with an a cappella rendition of 'Vietnam' an anti-war song from the soon to be released new album, 'Revolver Soul'. All well and good, brothers and sisters; but since he had a piss up with the sports editor of the sun, he's started ranting about 'bringing our boys back home'.   

'Our Boys': It's the kind of jingoistic phrase so easily appropriated by right wing goons like Nick Griffin. Glenn, our new technician, and promoter of anarchistic free parties was particularly incensed. The band united against this woolly rhetoric, and in an alcohol-sodden rage on the bus at 3 in the morning I told him that I would personally strike Larry forcefully in the face on stage if he used the phrase in front of the audience again. Ed offered me £10 if I kept my promise, and Rock upped the stakes with an offer of £50. So now I loom in the wings at the start of every encore like a Stalinist enforcer, giving him scary looks in case he tries to use the offending phrase again.   

Interesting times, comrades. In March you can expect to see The Pan-European Spirit of Love Political Correction Tour, featuring Larry Love attempting to play the tambourine with broken fingers and a cone on his head. Another glass of Khymer Rouge, Anyone?

 

 


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