A simply smashing first leg of the UK Tour with Coulton last night in Manchester. Staff was friendly; crowd was excitable and ready to have a great time; our myriad pop culture references seemed for the most part to translate properly; and Paul began his UK whoring in earnest, rocking his new Man U jersey during Jonathan’s set.
Of special note: author/raconteur/famous person/friend of the band Neil Gaiman, by sheer coincidence, was giving a reading last night approximately 400 yards down the road. Never ones to turn down a gift from the gods of chance, we implemented a literary/music exchange program: Neil kindly asked the three of us to perform a couple songs at the beginning of his reading; and then he showed up during Jonathan’s encore and brought the house down with a thoroughly spooky recitation of the second verse of "Creepy Doll". (We’re sure footage of it will show up on the YouTubes soon enough, for those who are interested)
Food tally: bangers and mash, fish and chips with mushy peas, various meat pies and cask conditioned ales, full cooked breakfast (on-train), spotted dick. Tonight we’re back in London (Indian cuisine), and then off to Nottingham. Wheeeeeee!