The Yardbirds tour diary, part 2 – NYC

5th Sept, Mohegan Sun:

Yardbirds Mohegan Sun

Yardbirds at Mohegan Sun

Always a weird setting, with the artificial world which we must inhabit for a couple of days, sans natural sunlight… sans anything natural, in fact! Except, that is to say, the unguarded euphoria of the fans, who queue up for hours beside the casino slot machines to bag the best seats… at least they can gamble whilst they wait. Great audience: we gradually won ’em over, stealth-style. Great to see die-hard fans grinning from ear to ear.

7th sept NYC

Brad Tolinski, editor in chief of Guitar World Magazine wrote a glowing review of our NYC gig… Read it here: http://www.guitarworld.com/yardbirds-one-best-gigs-ive-seen-year

NYC

Its rainin'

Woot! Nu Yawk! You know you’re getting close when the rhythm of the road becomes a jarring nuisance, each pot hole clamouring to grab your attention.

We enter the land of More:  More roads, more cars, more railways, more  pylons, more concrete… and yet more rain. The levée gon’ break for sho, blud!

Buddhism speaks of  Esho Funi, the oneness of self and environment, and now it is markedly different to the fertile tranquility of rural New England: New Haven speaks to me of industrial hardness; addressing barelymore than straight-forward practical issues in its brutal architecture.

Approaching NYC

We pass the wealthy suburbs of Fairfield, where Henry used to creep through the woods to Bernstein’s back yard and listen to him composing on his piano.

Traffic bunches up. Driving style morphs to lane-hopping  madness, and I am already tuning up my internal engine for the pre-requisite quickness of hand-eye-foot co-ordination to negotiate the hustle and bustle of my favourite city… THE City, dude!

flight cases

Neil Peart summed it up beatifully in “The Camera Eye” – The focus is sharp in The City.  Finally got to join the “bridge n tunnel crowd” – Tragically, we’re staying across the water in Jersey, commuting “to work” in Manhattan

BB Kings - laura Zotian

at BB Kings - pic Laura Zotian

…and then the show. Eh… a little bit tough. We really struggled this time…whereas the audience loved it. For the performer, that stuff is always amplified at gigs. But the heartfelt gratitude of the fans highlighted a different reality: It was as if they had watched a different show to ours!

NYC - Arnie Goodman

pic by Arnie Goodman

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The Yardbirds 2011 US Tour diary part 1

New England – This is old country, typified by lush green deciduous forests, neat white weatherboard-clad buildings, and a quirky accent,  definitely my favourite American accent!

Springfield, CT – Biker festival fun way to start the tour. Great rowdy crowd!

Dave Ben

Dave and Ben

Springfield, CT Bikers

First gig of the tour - to these guys

Norfolk Connecticut. Infinity Hall, wonderful old music hall where Mark Twain performed.

Infinity music hall

Infinity and beyond

Connecticut means “long river” in  the languages of the indigenous Algonquin tribes. and quite auspiciously a mighty bald eagle greeted us on our arrival, circling overhead and calling out –  a symbol of protection and power according to Indian folklore. This land carries a weighty spirituality. Sit in silence, listen, understand.

Vermont White River Junction

Saturday, not a single soul on the streets. Met a lively character, ones of Henry’s old buddies, from the Aerosmith days, who used to be in The Streets but “not the English one”.

Londonderry NH

Southbound to New Hampshire, a place called Londonderry, short detour to Henry’s first house, a lovely 3 storey log cabin which he built just down the road from Stephen Tyler’s family home. It was History in the making – Aerosmith lived there for a while, whilst Henry was away on tour with Led Zeppelin.

The Londonderry crowd was abolutely amazing, vociferous and energised, from our first salvo of “I’m not talking” to the encore, and we really dug in to produce  an absolutely incendiary set, with the energy exchange spiralling upwards to a great climactic ending. Thank You Londonderry!

Henry

The House that Henry built

Stay tuned for part 2!

My new album “Rooms” is out now, available from all digital stores, including Amazon and iTunes.

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