Band News: Australia, Week One

Adelaide to Perth. All electronic devices should now be switched off. Keep your tray tables in their upright and locked position. Push the metal ends together until they click. There's a light and a whistle for attracting attention. On the surface, being a flight attendant may seem like a glamorous job: you get paid to fly all over the world. If you dig a little deeper, it seems a lot more boring: you fly around the world and stand up in front of a few hundred people and say exactly th...

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Band News: Osheaga

Hold on. Before we move on to Montréal, let’s backtrack a few destinations. We’ve had some, er, confusing feedback from Toronto:



Hi Rene, thanks for writing in. To answer your question, I guess the best place to start is here:
We didn’t have a bus in Toronto.
We really didn’t. I could come up with more excuses, but I think that one is conclusive enough. With that out of the way, let’s get back to the story.


This is the first time we’ve ever se...

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CALL ME HOME VIDEO made by YOU!

We are asking all of our fans around the world to create a video clip for CALL ME HOME, from the album CINEMA.
We want you to either:

1. shoot the band live playing CALL ME HOME if you see them in concert before mid Sept (in Aust or Europe), and send us the footage.

2. shoot a 30 sec sequence which says something about you and what it is that calls you Home, or that you call Home, or that you simply love about Home.

The most compelling footage will be edited by us, ...

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Band News: New York x2

As soon as the plane touched down, Kieran turned around and said what we all were thinking:
“So, what movie were you guys watching?”
“She’s Out of My League.”
“Well, it must have been:
The.
Funniest.
Movie.
Ever.
Made.”
“Oh yeah, totally, you have to see it!”
We could all see how hostile Kieran was being, but unfortunately the strangers sitting amongst us on the plane didn’t pick up on it, so it soon turned into a nice conversation.
“Oh, ...

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Band News: Toronto

Toronto. The Phoenix. Oh, er, right. That's not really going to cut it. Let's try again. That's better, at least we can see some of the crowd. Clearly the lights were moving around a hell of a lot at the start of The Chariot. That's Stéphane on the lights. He's a Québecinite, and he'll be in Australia for the tour there too. Anyway, let's try again: Almost there...that flash is throwing it off a bit. One more: That's the Phoenix! Thanks for coming down, everyone....

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Band News: Calgary Folk Festival

Oh. I've done it again. It's the end of the tour but there's still ten days of stuff I haven't told you about yet. Damn. Let's start with the coyotes. Calgary Folk Festival was located on Prince's Island, in the middle of Bow River. I checked, and it's not the Bow River that's mentioned in the Cold Chisel song of the same name. The island is right next to the city (or amongst it, really) but it still feels pretty remote when you get out there, and I sure wasn't glad to see this sign on the br...

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Band News: Edmonton via Calgary

Asleep on the bus. Ricky walks past the bunk and says it's 6.30am. Time to get up. We have to be on TV soon. Fish around for yesterday's t-shirt. Sniff. Meh, good enough for TV. Open the curtain. Ricky is walking up and down the bus trying to wake everybody up. Put jeans on while still in the bunk. Degree of difficulty: high. Hours slept: five. Songs to play: one. Estimated time until you can go back to sleep: two hours. Swing legs out of bunk, realise you're sleeping on the third level, and ...

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Band News: Saskatoon

(apologies: no photos tonight, forgot to take the camera to the gig) If I was to sum up the gig in one word, it would be GLOWSTICKFIGHT! If you let me have two words, I'd go for the more acceptable "glowstick fight", and I'm sure you'd appreciate that those two words were not shouted unnecessarily in capitals. If, however, it just so happened that you were so reckless with your word budget that I was allowed three (3) words to describe tonight's gig, I'd probably settle o...

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Band News: Vancouver

Vancouver. Show one of two:

There were multiple stage invasions. We thought we'd seen our last poutine when we left Québec, but that stuff travels fast. We were glad to see Guitar Hero II backstage again, but not so glad that the guitar is still slightly damaged: only up-strums work. Free Bird on Hard just got stupid impossible with monodirectional strums. Next: Mt Washington.

What a spectacular place to hold a festival. I'm not sure whether we were more confused by seeing sn...

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Band News: Quebec

Try to guess which two guys have actually fallen asleep in identical positions, and which four are taking the piss.
We left the hotel in Ottawa at 7.00am to fly to Montreal, and then fly to Québec. When you look at it on a map, you may wonder why we didn’t take a direct flight from Ottowa to Québec. After all, Ottowa is the capital of Canada. But that’s not how it works. I think the phrase “Canberra is the capital of Australia” should explain the situation enough. Accordi...

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