It would be difficult to describe in words how awesome last night’s show at Shepherds Bush Empire was (or how difficult it was transporting all of our baggage and merchandise through the London Tube) So we will merely list a string of random consonants:
We think that says it all, don’t you?
In all seriousness, the show last night was tremendous–this takes nothing away from the Manchester show the previous evening, which was its own special brand of crazy/awesome–but Shepherds Bush Empire is an outstanding music venue: great acoustics, great staff, and what can be called the most delightfully sarcastic light show we’ve ever been a part of. (And trust us, it is indeed possible to light a show sarcastically) The punters in the hall were rowdy in just the right way; and they bought a metric crapload of merchandise.
Also, we learned that the going rate for Paul to bust out his best "Liza Minnelli in Cabaret" impression is £20. (We’re sure YouTube evidence will be forthcoming soon enough) Storm, unfortunately, did not get the chance to go the full monty, but says £2000 ought to do it. (Take note, anyone coming to our remaining two UK shows, though in truth we don’t recommend it)
Additional food tally: curry, Bishop’s Finger and Old Speckled Hen Fine Strong Ale, macaron (French pastry), more English breakfast (this time with baked beans; still no black pudding 🙁