Tour Diary: Loyal Trooper (Part 2)

By on Wednesday, 20th May 2009 at 4:00 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.

Birmingham Yardbird

I’ve had a really great night. Family added some solidity to the base of my life which is more like quicksand than dry land when I’m on tour. I didn’t play that well in my opinion however I regained some of the ‘spark’ if you like. I felt like a man having fun. If I ever manage to achieve the seemingly impossible of playing songs note perfect but entertaining people at the same time, I’ll be unstoppable. Perhaps not unstoppable but a close approximation.

Today characterizes the basis of life on tour and a life spent attempting to be a musician. When it goes right then the sensations of adrenaline running through me are untouchable. Inspiring a positive impression on strangers and gaining their belief in you is a pretty unique feeling. Getting more gigs, sales and radio play out of one show is always pleasing too.

Loyal Trooper Day 2 Tour Diary Pic

However, tonight doesn’t mask my current perception of what I’m doing; one gig doesn’t make a tour. Last night I watched a guy play that, for a second, I saw myself becoming in 25 years time. It wasn’t an enjoyable thought. I will always want to play music for myself, I doubt I’ll ever stop doing that. But there’s a difference between playing for enjoyment and playing to earn a crust. I’ll not want to be the latter forever and I hope that I stop when I’ve clearly had my time in this current incarnation of my life. As I said to someone earlier, that may already have happened. The peaks may already have occurred. Probably not but it’s possible.

But certain things I’d never replace and would potentially never eclipse. Just silly things like the way your heart beats after an excellent gig running to the station not knowing if you’ll make the train. One day, that won’t happen and my life will probably be poorer for not having it. The genuine excitement from turning a total stranger in thirty minutes from someone who didn’t know your songs to someone who wants to embrace your music and buy your record. Most other jobs don’t have that factor to them. Tonight was positive and I did need a gig in that vein after the Stoke debacle hanging over me for a month. So yeah, thanks to 0.05% of Birmingham’s population!

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