Diary

Jul 14th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Twickenham Pt 3

 

ROD'S DIARY - TWICKENHAM PART 3 -- THE DAY Up at about 9 as had to chase down 2 cats and our dog to take them to the kennels as we go all go away on Monday and I don't fancy having to get up at this time tomorrow to take them!! They are used to it, as soon as they see the cat baskets they start whinging and trying to get away and hide! The dog fortunately is an easier proposition as it's ten times the size and can't hide so easily. Takes about an hour to take them to the kennels and...

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Jul 10th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Twickenham Pt 2

 

ROD'S DIARY TWICKENHAM STADIUM PART 2 -- THE PREP Back from the beach, lets get a bit more done before we go out. Lets look at the prep that goes into a show if you want it to be as perfect as you can. Its home, its London, and its Twickenham Stadium. We do our best for all our shows under whatever circumstances allow but at home, as our team is based there, it is generally feasible to do that little bit more, although we do try to continue any additions through to any large shows to follow. ...

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Jul 10th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Twickenham Pt 1

 

TWICKENHAM STADIUM JULY 5 - part 1Sorry no diary for a few days but as you can imagine it was insane last week leading up to Twickenham and as I am still buzzing from the incredible atmosphere of this show I am going to skip and cover this first while still fresh then very soon backtrack to Italy, Spain and Paris.I have sneaked off for a few days with my family for a short break (its my only chance!!) missing the festivals in Portugal and Spain but heading back for Stockholm and what promises...

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Jun 30th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Montreal

 

After working on diary and other stuff I headed for the show at about 4.30 popping into Starbucks with Bruce and Nicko to grab a coffee for on the way. This weekend is HEAVY MTL, Montreal's first major Metal Festival. Appearing with us today was a good bill -  Unexpect, Lauren, Overkill, Three Inches of Blood, Symphony X, Hatebreed, Hammerfall, Mastodon, Type O Negative and Dethlok with Maiden closing at 9.I wasn't in time for the first few bands and was sorry to miss 3 Inches as...

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Jun 23rd, 2008

Rod - Boston (and lots of pictures)

 

ROD'S DIARY - BOSTON - JUNE 19 -- 20 Starting this in the hotel room in Montreal on Saturday, it's about 3.30 local time and will be off to the show at the Parc Jean - Drapeau soon but want to get a start on this so I finish it tomorrow before we catch the plane back to London. Just sent off the Winnipeg/Regina diary so have finally caught up. It can be a hassle so I do hope there is someone out there reading this! I also sorted out the pics for Boston already and sent them...

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Jun 23rd, 2008

Rod - Regina & Winnipeg

 

ROD'S DIARY - REGINA -- WINNIPEG - JUNE 8 -9 It's a long way from Edmonton to Winnipeg so we thought we would stop off at Regina, Saskatchewan, even though the biggest venue there, Regina Brandt Centre, only has a capacity of around 5000, which sold out almost immediately.  The Brandt Centre, formerly the Regina Agridome, is an indoor arena in Regina. Built in 1977, it's the home arena for the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats, and also hosts concerts, rodeos, and the...

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Jun 20th, 2008

Rod - Edmonton v Calgary

 

ROD'S DIARY - EDMONTON V CALGARY - JUN 5 -- 8 Yes I do mean Edmonton v Calgary, not Edmonton / Calgary. If you were from Alberta you would know why. I am not sure who booed loudest, Calgary fans when Bruce mentioned Edmonton from on stage, or vice versa. Not quite as loud as anywhere in Scandanavia against anywhere else in Scandanavia, or Brazil and Argentina, but a bit more than London and anywhere in England or LA and NY or Melbourne and Sydney. Bruce as you know likes a...

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Jun 19th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Chicago & Cleveland

 

ROD'S DIARY - CHICAGO/CLEVLAND - JUNE 10-12 Chicago Sun Times -- June 12 -- "Stella's Column" -- and I quote " CHICAGO SCENES -- Iron Maiden, the Heavy Metal band, stopped by the jazzy Back Room on Wednesday and gave an impromptu performance for the crowd that included....." !!Yes there is a story to this, just bear with me. We flew into Chicago in the early hours after the show in Winnipeg for a well earned day off. While I was peering at...

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Jun 19th, 2008

Rod's Diary - New York

 

ROD'S DIARY -  NEW YORK - JUNE 13 TO 18 Sat in my hotel room in Manhattan wondering how i am going to catch up on this diary. Last one was Vancouver nearly 2 weeks ago. It's been a bit of a mad rush and tough to find the energy and the time to do these right now. However i didn't go to the Philadelphia show last night and am not going to Washington/Baltimore tonight as i just need to catch up with a ton of stuff that has been hanging whilst we have...

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Jun 16th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Vancouver

 

ROD'S DIARY - VANCOUVER JUNE 3VANCOUVER is definitely one of my favourite cities anywhere. I have been here quite a lot on past tours but also passing through to see my parents who live on the adjacent Vancouver Island just 30 min away by seaplane. We also stayed here when I took the family on an Alaskan Cruise a couple of years ago, out of Vancouver up to Ketchikan, Juneau, Sagway and the Hubble Glacier (hope I spelt/remembered these correctly). I highly recommend this...

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Jun 10th, 2008

Rod's diary - Seattle

 

Rod's diary - JUN 2 - SEATTLE Usual email catch up in the morning then early pm off to airport to fly up to Seattle for the show at the White River Amphitheatre, which is about 30 miles out of Seattle and is another "shed" type venue. As soon as we are in the air Nicko gets the cards out and he, Gaddsy, Ian and myself get going again at 10 card brag. Rest of band read or listen to music, though Bruce is soon in the jump seat behind the cockpit.Gaddsy's shocked he...

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Jun 10th, 2008

Rod's Diary - LA

 

ROD'S DIARY - LA - MAY 30-31 Sorry guys but a bit behind as have been spending some time with family in Canada and will try to catch up next couple of days. Back to LA last week delving into the mists of time (it seems) long gone!Got to the show early and met up with some old friends who used to be at Capitol Records, our US label in the 80s. They were a terrific team and we have always kept in contact. Various other assorted mates were hanging out round my beer cooler, Rick Sales, Slayers...

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