I'm getting ready to head to our studio, the Racket Club for the first day of rehearsals for our UK tour next month. Today will mainly be spent setting up all our monitor mixes and trying to remember what goes where.
It will be nearly two years since our last live performance together and it will probably be like a bit of old rusty machinery starting up for the first time in a while with a lot of head scratching and discordant sounds until we get everything dialled in.
I've spent the last week trying to memorise all the melodies and riffs in the new song, 'Be Hard on Yourself' which has been quite a challenge! The tour next month is going to be the strangest we've ever done with the band strictly bubbling to minimise any risks to us all but I can only imagine the emotions both the band and the audience are going to feel when we walk onto that stage in Hull for the first show.
We've chosen a brilliant set to play and it really will be a celebration of us all getting through the last eighteen months.
We really couldn't have done it without you!
In solo news, my Steve Rothery Band - Live in London Blue-ray is going to be released on the 4th November.
Details are available here - marillion.com/shop/dvd/srb007.htm
Limited quantities will also be available from The Band Wagon USA