Tour Diary: Loyal Trooper (Part 3)

By on Friday, 22nd May 2009 at 6:30 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.

Manchester Roadhouse

I’m in a coffee shop on a particularly drizzly Manchester morning. It’s 9.30am and I’ve had a pretty good day so far. I stayed with some friends in Stockport, which is about eight or nine miles outside of Manchester city center. I’ve had a shower, coffee and been driven into town which, in touring terms, makes me feel like a king! It was great to catch up with my mates, makes me realise that part of my occasional despondency when away is possibly due to not being around familiar faces. That logic doesn’t bode well for this evening in Northampton but lets not worry about that just yet.

The journey from London to Manchester yesterday was pretty long, five hours plus on the coach. I think there’s a break off point where I go from being fine with traveling to uncomfortable and impatient. However, I met a nice guy from Canada traveling around the UK. He’d been up to the Scottish highlands, been sightseeing in London and was now on his quest to…Burnely! Still, lovely guy. I read a lot about economics which I found interesting but poorly written in the main. I don’t enjoy overly elaborate phrasing of writing just because someone can write like that or believes it highlights their intelligence. Seems like a selfish way of teaching to me.

Loyal Trooper tour diary day 3

The gig was good, yet again I was amazingly nervous and awkward. I just don’t seem to be able to stop it. What I don’t understand about my current stage demeanor is that in my daily life I am not that person. Why am I when I’m on stage? Gah?! Still, the sound was excellent, the best this tour by several miles and one of the best on any tour. All the staff were lovely and very kind to me. With the exception of ‘Rule Of Three’, I played well. Manchester audiences are quite reserved I would say on the basis of the couple of times I’ve played here. I like that as you know when you have impressed someone as it takes a lot for them to cheer, whistle, whoop etc. Post gig: drinking, reminiscing, traveling, sleeping. Air beds are great.

I feel pretty neutral today. I can’t really describe it, neither up nor down which is unusual. Because I played well I’m quite content that I didn’t let myself down. The fact that for once the sound was good made me happy. My old friends company has balanced me out too. So here I am, feeling little. On tour there’s normally something that triggers a reaction in me, either good or bad. Not today. Maybe later. With touring being some sort of sensation seeking addiction I’m sure this neutrality will be broken later. Besides, how dull being a touring musician who is content!?

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