Tour Diary: Hot Toddies #4

By on Friday, 17th April 2009 at 4:00 pm

Catch the first part of the The Hot Toddies’ Tour Diary here, the second part here and the third part here.

At this point in the tour, our sleep deprived, whiskey addled brains must be forgiven for forgetting any important details. Preston was a blast – we played at a venue called the Mad Ferret. Yet another great show! The singer of the Fifty 50’s graciously hosted all nine of us in his house and it was probably the first night of the whole trip that we all had a bed, couch or air mattress to sleep on. Hurray! In the morning we headed down to Oxford. It was the longest drive of the trip. We saw a lot of cows, sheep, roundabouts and experienced the nice clean rest stops provided in the UK. In the US we usually have the pleasure of stopping at dirty gas stations with nasty bathrooms and buying Cheetos and Coke for lunch but the UK has it done up right with super clean bathrooms, hot soup and fresh sandwiches. Wimpy’s burgers and fries did leave a bit to be desired however…

Oxford was another rockin’ good time. Lots of smiling faces, dancing, and drinking. We headed back to Max’s house after the show and stayed up playing games. The next day we drove to Peterborough and played our last show of the tour at an awesome venue called the Met Lounge. Unfortunately the sound went a bit wonky on stage during out set but everyone in the audience said it was fine so that was good. We did an interview for Radio Nowhere which will be up next Monday so you can check that out too. Another highlight was getting to see our old friend Gurps who came down from Nottingham for the show. Gurps used to be the tour manager for some of our friends Link 80 and RxBandits when they toured the UK. He knows everything about being on the road and managed to score us an impressive 90 beers for 25 pounds from the venue as we were leaving. Obviously, we had another party that night.

Hot Toddies (Oxford)

The Hot Toddies and Foxes! were pretty severely bonded at this point so instead of heading to London for our night off as planned, we went back to Brighton and spent one last evening kicking it with our new buddies. We’re already plotting to get them out to the US this September for our “California Dreamin’ Tour”! Stay tuned for details on that. Overall, we really have to say this tour was amazing. People kept asking if there were any bad shows, and the answer was honestly no! Just can’t wait to do it again… sigh. Over and out, Toddies.

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