Well, what a bastad the Christmas single didn't do better. We really thought it was going to happen, but the Woolworth closure didn't help as it was going to be one of only 2 singles they were stocking (stocking eh? I like stockings by the way; it's just difficult to get them in my size). However, looking at the bigger picture, my thoughts are with the poor staff that has lost their jobs at the worst time of year, I really hope you can find something else.
Also... most singles these days chart because of downloads. In the week it was released, if the UK chart was on CD sales alone ICT would have been no 8, so learn to bloody download you lot!!
Onwards... I thought no one read my Tour Log. Really. However, when, on my last if you will "bulletin" or in this case, with probably the worst pun I have ever used, and that takes some doing "Yuletinn" I asked for jokes to win the signed football shirt, it's now up to 20,000,000,000 entries, actually 200, keep 'em coming, they'll be read over the Festive season and judged accordingly.
Onwards again. The UK Arena tour. Firstly, I would like to personally thank Manfred Mann's Earth band for not only being the best special guests we've toured with since I've been in Status Quo, but for being such fuckoff nice people, band and crew. In fact I speak for all of us when I say we're really looking forward to seeing them again.
I was really pissed off however, when someone on the SQ MB (OK) commented that Francis and I looked bored at Brighton. Fuck you. I am NEVER bored onstage, why would you think I would ever be disinterested doing what I love, Francis may be ill, whatever, but he puts 150 percent ( I did it for the boss, it's a game of 2 halves etc) into the show.
Best Wembley ever in my book, I thought we were on fire. Of course best audience reaction Glasgow, but this year Aberdeen ran them close. We actually had the Status Quo dining club, sorry society (Parfitt, Bown, Edwards and Letley) Christmas lunch in Aberdeen, result, me and Parfitt, could have been better on show day, but we rocked, so did the Mcaudience..
Sheffield. Why don't the people that run the venue make it so that the temperature is above freezing in the hall when the band's on, at least? Sorry, if you can't/won't do that you shouldn't put gigs on, it's taking the piss out of the punter in my book, bang out of order.
Nottingham, best we've done, as was Cardiff, totally rocked from start to finish, and Spillers records hasn't gone out of business. Yet. Please, do me a favour, visit their website, and if you want to buy an obscure/in fact any album, get it from them. You know what? I'm about to tell you anyway.
In Bournemouth today there were only 2, yes 2 shops selling new Cds, HMV and Borders. What the heck is that about? Keep record shops live!!!!!!!!!!!!! You remember those car stickers, "Keep music live" Well we all need a new one, "Keep record shops alive".
Birmingham was, shall we say, sonically challenging.
Bournemouth tonight was a hoot. So that is indeed that.
I went out for a coffee today with somebody with the initials AB today, as a result, for one night only, the keyboardist in the Status Quo will be known as Norman.
So, it only remains for me to say, as per usual, we couldn't do what we do if it wasn't for you, you couldn't do what you do without us, it's a two way street I'm still thrilled to be travelling in,
Have a great Christmas, hope to see y'all somewhere out there next year.
As the Right Rev RP would say, LET'S ROCK!
Francis, Rick, Norman, Moi and the Killerxxxxx
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