Today we headed to the gig at Newcastle Think Tank. Big mike and Ozzy picked up the van then we loaded up at Bannermans who were very kind to keep the gig overnight. The drive was around 2.5 hours from Edinburgh to Newcastle.
The ride down was cool, i decided i would sit in the front and navigate as i purposely didn't want to be asking Jizzy lots of questions and come across like some weird fan. So i felt that would help. It was good to hear his stories from the front even though it was difficult to hear him speak but from what i caught it was great hearing about the other side of bands that you don't hear all the time.
Upon arrival we checked into an amazing hotel which was rumoured to be the one that Motley Crue stayed at. However the staff wouldn't admit it for some reason, they must have been under strict rules not to say anything.
We sound checked at the venue which was really cool, great on sound stage plenty of space but the monitors where not the best. i asked the engineer for a little more but the overall volume was loud and it didn't seem like i got much on top of what was there. Kizzy uses in ears which i have. He actually has the same type as me. I really have to start using these.
The King Lot set was a good one, usually mistakes but the parser seems to be more focused on the LOVE/HATE set naturally. Im not bothered about my performance to the audience its more to Jizzy himself, if I'm being honest I'm a little star struck. The set was well received by the audience and so i was quickly able to move on to focusing on the next set.
The crowd in Newcastle love The big fella. These songs have stood the test of time. Once again there were silly mistake made by all, but nothing crazy. Just before we went on I got a few minutes alone with Jizzy so i was able to ask him about his routines on his vocal warm ups and care he has. I found out he does a lot of cardio exercise such as running most days. A lot what he told me was pure common sense and stuff that i knew already but its great to hear people tell you again as its all about experience.
One thing i have taken from tonight is you need to be prepared to get a shit monitor sound. I struggled in the King Lot set but as I'm not doing much vocals in the Love Hate set it didn't seem to matter. This made me think about the question. Do people in band that don't sing understand the importance of letting a signer hear themselves? I bet they would say yes but i sometimes wonder. In ears from now on for me. You have to protect yourself.
The end of the night was rounded off nicely with a few drinks back at the bar with Chris Mike and Ozzy our driver. Ozzy has been brilliant its his second day on the job and I'm impressed with him for his work ethics and his bully personality.