It’s the time of year where we say our goodbyes at the airport. We wish each other well and say goodbye to our crew. We’re all going on holiday!
Today we we’re greeted by lashing rain at Oslo airport and last night’s show was seriously cold in comparison to the last few weeks. A reminder; that autumn and winter are just around the corner.
The last few weeks have not only been hectic but travel has been quite grueling, lack of sleep been the order of the day!
Looking back on the summer months, it’s clear to ourselves that our popularity is as strong as ever with some of the biggest crowds ever turning out to watch what we do best!
We also had a gig at Leopardstown racecourse near Dublin this last weekend. We’ve never done that before and to look at the TV screens showing, the “Smokie Handicap Chase” was certainly a new one for all of us. The gig after the racing attracted almost 7000 Smokie fans, the majority turning up for the concert as apposed to the racing. We hope that one comes along again! We all enjoyed our time meeting the trainer and winning horse, as well as presenting the glass trophy that wore “our name”
It’s been a tough summer for our crew. They have had to deal with a fair share of missing gear and not very well checked ampliifiers, but as always they have got on with the job quite admirably, and made the show come together in the best way they know how.
We have quite a hectic autumn and winter ahead of us.
Our German Tour kicks off on the 21st September, we have some more Scandinavian gigs to finish before we head out with the 40 piece orchestra that will take us to our Christmas holidays, so recharging the batteries now is an absolute necessity!
We hope you enjoy what is left of the summer. You never know you might just catch a Smokie member on a beach somewhere on your travels!
Mike, Terry, Martin, Steve and Mick...