It was a mild Tuesday afternoon in the sleepy town of Llandudno in North Wales, when the Smokie roadshow pulled into town, to kick off their 2018 UK Tour.
Ten shows spread over three weeks would see the guys navigating the length and breadth of the UK.
Bad weather threatened to scupper the shows in Scotland and technical issues left the band in darkness for two songs in Glasgow, but these are the ups and downs of touring in general. As usual, the guys took it all in their stride once again without complaint!
Playing the UK has now become a firm fixture on the Smokie calendar and once again, the band reflect on the shows, the travel and the folks that support their efforts to bring what the rest of the world seem to take for granted!
“The Inverness show for me was another belter! I just love the place, it’s a great vibe and it’s just one of those great venues”
On the day of the Southport show, Martin was left stranded on the train between stations when bad weather threatened his efforts to get down to England from his hometown of Inverness. Luckily he made it just in time for sound check, but there were a few members who had started to worry!
Playing York once again was a welcomed change, the guys hadn’t played the Barbican for the best part of ten years, so what is another local gig for Mike, Terry and Mick, and so well attended, it will probably be on the next tour that’s for sure!
“The Barbican is a wonderful sounding venue, I felt we played well that evening too, very enjoyable”
The show in Darlington was a loud affair, helped in the volume stakes by Steve’s family showing their support from somewhere in the balcony.
Travel can often be ...