Tour Diary: Loyal Trooper (Part 1)

By on Tuesday, 19th May 2009 at 8:00 pm

Last week I told you about a TGTF favourite’s new tour this week. Loyal Trooper is doing the rounds of the UK, and we’ve been lucky enough to secure his personal tour diary – so settle back and enjoy a “warts and all” account of his week on the road.

Day 1: Bristol Mr Wolfs

It’s pissing it down. I have a great fear I may have waterlogged my laptop. Hmmm…not good. I’m currently sat in the cafe of the large Debenhams department store in the center of Bristol drinking coffee. I feel marginally out of place here as I am genuinely the only person in the room under the age of seventy.

Last night was good. Mr Wolfs is a lovely little place with pleasant staff and a decent enough PA. I thought I played well, although I’ve not rehearsed as much as I’d like recently due to being ill. I blistered my fingers to fudge however I’m optimistic they’ll be okay for tonight. Maybe I can borrow someone else’s fingers if not? Maybe not, huh?!

Loyal Trooper Day 1 Tour Diary Pic

I was in an odd mood yesterday. I’ve got to the point where I am questioning how and why I am doing this now. I think certainly with touring (bearing in mind that touring for me isn’t being in a tour bus with your mates, staying in hotels and getting paid guaranteed amounts per night, it is organising all the gigs, promoting them as much as I can, organising all the travel, kipping on strangers floors etc) that I have lost some of the passion for it at present. Each tour is a lot of work for me, most of which people just think is merely playing gigs. I think a small spark in that respect is currently absent. Maybe I’m just not cut out for this lifestyle. Maybe I was but I’m growing out of it. Maybe I’m just tired of all the loss for little gain. I don’t know. I’m trying to pull myself through this period of discontentment but it’s difficult. In a path whereby little to nothing is certain I guess occasional disillusion is inevitable.

You keep going though, don’t you. As human beings that’s all we ever do. I stayed with an amazing man who has lived much more of life than I have and has lost much more than I have, in many ways. Yet he was a genuine inspiration and certainly an example of true fighting spirit destined not to be broken. My problems, in comparison, are nothing. They are simple problems all told. No great conundrums, merely coach tickets and tired eyes. I am traveling the same ground that many others have and the course of this route is never smooth. However, sometimes reminders are helpful that life can be substantially more cruel than playing songs to ten disinterested strangers.

The following parts of Andy’s tour diary will be serialised here this week on TGTF. Read part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here

Haven’t come across Loyal Trooper before? Read our introduction to Andy’s music, and our interview. Also, download some free music from him below:

MP3: Loyal Trooper – Crystal Missile (demo)
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Holloway to Beeston Express
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Nottingham wasn’t built for me
MP3: Loyal Trooper – Division Street Blues

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