I was fortunate enough to realise one of my lifelong dreams this past week. I walked onto stage with Johnny Clegg to perform for a little over two hours at the Royal Albert Hall to a large and appreciative crowd on Wednesday night. I’m including some pics below which will no doubt say louder than words what the experience was like.
Despite the cold UK weather (0 degrees Centigrade), we had a fantastic trip.
We arrived here in Chicago around 1 pm after a ride from Ann Arbor. The venue is located a short walk from the now somewhat popularised Lincoln Park.
I had decided a while back that I was going to pick up a small Pedaltrain here (basically an aluminium board to put my guitar switchers, tuner, DI and wah on), as my current board is made of… wait for it… WOOD! It constituted 70% of the weight of my checked luggage on the way here.
So I made my way three blocks up to Guitar Center – fresh out. Lesson learned – call ahead. The Chicago Music Exchange informed me they have four in stock and they were theoretically 1.5 miles away according to my iPad, so I tootled over there in a cab (after I’d walked five city blocks in that general direction) to collect a Pedaltrain PT Jr.
I have been to Make’n Music before in Chicago, so I’ve seen what a ridiculously large guitar store looks like, but the Chicago Music Exchange was a new level of largeness. Being as I find it difficult to describe in words, I’ve just included pics below of SOME of the floorspace there. Read more
I’m currently on tour with the Johnny Clegg band in north America. We’re in Ann Arbor, Michigan today for a day off after about two weeks on the road, then we carry on with the tour tomorrow. The whole thing runs with breaks until mid-August when we do the last show in Poitiers, France.
The Bus – Ann Arbor
I have had several questions from people about my live rig and this seems like as good an opportunity as any to write about that. Some of this may get a bit technical, but it wouldn’t be a particularly useful article without that content. Let me just say up front, that I have no commercial relationship with Kemper GmbH (beyond having paid for their products). Maybe that will change if I write enough nice things about their kit (hehe). I do, however, have a relationship with Parker Guitars and with Lehle. Read more