Day 3 – The real This and That Tour started today – or should I say the work. Good things as usual though. Went to check in to our average hotel and Dianne, the great innkeeper of Mangawhai, offered us her guest house which had 7 bedrooms, and tons of amenities. Super great and the musicians or muso’s as the Kiwis call us, love it.
Went into Auckland and picked up the gear and the guys. Met up with Nate at Atwater Music and he outfitted us in great style for percussion and drums and even an amp for Jon. We’ll be doing a number of Ibanez sponsored clinics next time we’re out. Went to the Rock Factory for the rest of the backline gear – or sorry bassist – we can’t fit the rig in the van! Pete Riley, super bassist from Wellington told us, no worries. But Mark and Michelle of the Rock Factory let us remove not one but two seats from our rented cargo van and of course we took it all apart to fit the gear in.
Pretty late getting Steve and Cedric from the airport but no worries, they hadn’t been waiting long since Steve had been pulled into customs and not let out until seriously interrogated for an hour or at least questioned about his just issued passport. We’re all together now, geared up, PA’d out and ready to start the music. More tomorrow . . .
Day 4 – Sent CD’s out to the newspapers and radios to prepare for Jon’s interviews. Jon has his first This and That promotional interview. He will be featured in the Nelson Mail newspaper. Have to get pictures out too. Great job for Jon!!
Rehearsing now with the band. Getting ready for the first gig tonight. Will let everyone know how it went !