saw John Hackett and I leave the warmth and comfort
of our recording studios to perform three live shows
supporting one of Italy's finest prog bands, The Watch.
We had a great time playing in Norwich, London
and Leicester, rediscovering the joys of life on the
road. What can match the glamour of arriving at
a sumptuous Travelodge at 1.30 in the morning without
any change for the vending machine?
and Nick at The Luminaire, London
by Giorgio Gabriel
For the final track
in our set, a medley of Steve Hackett classics
'Jacuzzi' and 'Overnight Sleeper', we were joined by
The Watch's very own Giorgio Gabriel. If you've never
seen The Watch, you should! They are an excellent
band of highly accomplished musicians who play not only
their own material, but also specialise in exquisitely
rendered recreations of early Genesis. On
top of that they're a great bunch of people - terrific
company and so easy to get on with.
At the Luminaire
gig, we had the additional treat. How many bands do
you know with their own artist in residence? Meet
you tell what it is yet?
Charlotte is more accustomed to drawing and painting
the Bolshoi Ballet at the Royal Opera House. This was
her first time roughing it at a rock gig. Fortunately
for us, tights and tutus were not required! Despite
the decibels and drawing in the dark, she seemed to
enjoy herself, turning out some marvellous sketches.
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