Mar 13th, 2009

Rod's Diary - Caracas, Bogota and 'Riots'


As dictated on March 9th. And so to show day in Venezuela -- Caracas.  The airport is at sea level near the harbour, Venezuela's a big oil exporter as you probably all know, so it seemed pretty busy around there. We drove up into the mountains for about 45 minutes or an hour and when we got to the hotel we were at quite some altitude, and when we went on to the show that involved climbing even further. So although you'd think of Caracas as being at sea level when you look on...

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Mar 5th, 2009

Rod's Diary - NZ to LA to Mexico to Costa Rica!


As dictated on March 4th So I'm sat in the wonderful hotel in Caracas, Venezuela having arrived a couple of hours ago still waiting for the IT man to come as I can't connect -- the Blackberry email doesn't work, the phone works now and the SMS but not the email. In Costa Rica nothing worked, it's the thing on the road -- the technology is there to wear you out and it's getting a bit wearing right now! I've been waiting for the IT guy because I've got the cable in and got a browser...

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Feb 24th, 2009

Rod's Diary - New Zealand


Dictated on Saturday 21st February... We set off very early from Bali with a wake up call at 6am and left the hotel at 7am for the long flight down to Auckland. I got some good natural sleeping pills from my doctor for occasional use on this trip (I do try not to use these things too much but sometimes with the sort of travelling we do it helps to get some assistance to get a bit of rest). So I took one as soon as we took off from Bali and it worked wonderfully, I woke up just as...

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Feb 23rd, 2009

Rod's Diary - Brits, Bali and Birthdays


As dictated on 21st Feb...In my diaries from Dubai and Bangalore, I had to miss out one of the activities we were up to at that time. About ten days before the broadcast of the Brit Awards on Feb 18, they advise the winners of the different categories (if they're not going to be at the show and playing which we of course wouldn't be) that they've won and ask you to keep it very secret and also to record an acceptance speech for Best Live Band. These speeches are often done in boring hotel...

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Feb 17th, 2009

Rod in Bangalore


As dictated on February 17th...I always enjoy our visits to India, it's a land of cricket lovers who are always extremely hospitable, extremely friendly and with a wonderful sense of humour. It's always a pleasure, I just wish we had a bit more time off while we're here. Really so far, though we've had days off on our previous visits (Bangalore two years ago and Mumbai last year) I've had too many other things to take care of and no time to see the Gateway of India or any of the sights that...

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Feb 17th, 2009

Rod in Dubai


As dictated on Feb 16thDubai is quite a remarkable city, as most of you probably know the intention of the sheiks is that it's to become the major tourist centre on the planet, sort of the 'Las Vegas of the desert', the income from which is to replace the lessening oil revenues as the huge supplies under the desert gradually run out. It's obviously very much in competition with Abu Dhabi, the state next door, who are now starting get more involved in promoting themselves worldwide (for exampl...

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Feb 13th, 2009

Rod's first diary of the '09 tour


Rod's Diaries 2009 - Thursday 12th February, Dubai.I set off for Stanstead airport late Sunday evening on a pretty horrible day, it was absolutely pouring down all the way there and not much fun - the blue skies of India and Dubai were definitely looming in my mind as we drove up there. Had a couple of drinks with the guys, the band weren't there yet as they were coming up the following day but I wanted to make sure I could actually get there from Brighton with all the weather we've been...

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Jan 6th, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR and a belated '08 diary!


So, a new year and hopefully an exciting one despite all the economic problems the World is facing, especially in the UK thanks to years of over optimism, stealth taxes, lack of regulation and ineffective overspending by our wonderful PM and ex-chancellor!! We all hope that you fans out there are affected as little as possible. A time for concern though, especially for those with kids and mortgages. But best to keep as positive an outlook as possible,  and , let's face it, the show...

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Oct 15th, 2008

Rod & Nicko at the Ryder Cup


Warning -- perhaps not much interest to non-golf fans, ie. probably many of you!! But we did promise........When we were on tour in the States this summer Nicko called a golf pro mate who happened to have Nick Faldo standing next to him, so of course, Faldo (I will impolitely call him that to avoid confusion with our Nick!) being six times major winner and a hero of Nicko's, they had a chat. Faldo said he was starting to learn drums so of course, as the two live fairly close together in...

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Sep 15th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Budapest & Basel


ROD'S DIARY - BUDAPEST AND BASEL - AUG 12-14 We flew into Budapest the day of the show. This is another magnificent Eastern European city on the banks of the Danube, which separates the two halves of the city, Buda and Pest. It's the capital of Hungary and has a population of about 1.7 million. We have toured here regularly going right back I think to 1979 when we flew in for a one off show at a small festival, so was one of the first shows we did outside the UK. We played...

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Sep 12th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Croatia


ROD'S DIARY - SPLIT, CROATIA - AUG 10 2008 Apologies for the delay but when I came to download pics onto my laptop I found that the connecting lead to do this had been inadvertently left in some hotel room on the last few days of the tour. The camera, Olympus Stylus 600, although digital, does not use a card so no option but to order new leads on the internet and await delivery.After a fine evening in the nearby a bar after the show in Prague, we set off for Split the follow...

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Sep 4th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Prague


ROD'S DIARY - PRAGUE AUG 8 Flying in straight after the show in Warsaw we arrived at the hotel at about 1am after a few beers on the short flight only to find the hotel bar closed. Fortunately just around the corner was an open bar so we dropped off the bags and Tom and I and most of the band, along with of course Ian and Gaddsy, headed there. After a big show it's tough to just go to sleep as the adrenalin is still so very high! That's our excuse anyway. But I didn't stay...

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