Yazawa 2004 Tour Diary (8)

14 January 2005 Full Tour Report

We have been to Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Yokosuka, Hachinohe, Sendai, Akita, Yamanashi, Utsunomiya, Chiba, Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Hakadate, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Niigata, Toyama and Shimoda since my last posting!  Our first night at Sendai was amazing... so much energy and the crowd was fantastic really pushing us on. 
We managed to miss all the big quakes so far !!!!! I guess you heard about them back home. The shows have been really fantastic and we are all having a great time. We did a surprise club show in Tokyo at The Zepp club the other, night which was electrifying to say the least! True rock 'n' roll delivered in the time honoured tradition! Yeah, thatís what it's all about... getting it on in front of 2000 good people, all going with you, bouncing up and down!  Just seeing them all moving with the groove has got to be the ultimate turn on for a drummer. Yazawa was just awesome, and loving being back in his roots.  What is it about doing these kind of shows that really makes the meaning of communicating through music so great ? (answers on a postcard please.)
We stayed at a hot springs hotel a few days ago and after a midnight dip in the top floor hot pools (watching the boats come into the harbour), we all got into the true Japanese spirit and got our Yukata's on and according to tradition stepped out into the street to find a bar for a drink.  What a bizarre feeling walking around like that, but in these towns with Spa hotels everyone does so we were not alone. Quite an experience and one I won't forget in a hurry. (When in Rome !!!). We said our goodbyes to our new friends that have been playing at the Hotel in Tokyo Nick, Craig and Carrie from Oz. They are great people and fantastic musicians.  It will be strange going back to the hotel to find them not playing in the bar anymore. I had a great bit of news that Rob's Greatest Hits album had gone to Number 1, so I had a small celebration, as that was my 21st no 1
We are now in Osaka playing at the Jo Hall Arena for 2 nights. We have a 5.1 surround sound PA system and I gotta tell you it's unbelievable!  We have the sound of 20 Harley Davidsons charging round the room at one point of the show... it's so loud the band just seems to disappear but it's a great effect. 
I gotta tell you I'm sorry that the diaries have been a bit short this time around, but there has been a lot of work to do and not much time for anything via e-mail, so apologies but hope this makes up in some way. We were in Hiroshima and I went, of course, to the Peace Park just to remind myself. What a tragedy, and I think everyone should be made to go there and see what a total waste of life war brings. (Enough of my preaching now!) It really gets me everytime. 
For some reason it's still hot out here and very sunny (global warming, another subject I am particularly anxious about!)  The guys are all playing great and we are rocking out to the max every night!  Toshi Yanagi, our guitar player is amazing.  He's Japanese but has been living in LA for sixteen years, so he's developed that sound. We went to catch Michael Landau play the other night, and Tos Panos was playing with him.  What a fantastic drummer he is, and a really decent guy (don't some people just make you sick). We hung out a bit after the show and it was great to meet Michael again. What a player.  His sound is immense... he seems to be able to really make soundscapes through his guitar. 
The Yazawa fans have been great as always. They are so devoted, and so passionate about his music. What a legacy to leave the world! I have to say thank you to all the fans that have brought me gifts... it's really touching. I had a tin of Spam, a bottle of Guinness and a Toblerone the other night !!! Ed has kept us in stitches, as he always does.  He has to be the funniest man on this continent right now. Earlier on the tour one of our riggers fell from the truss and broke both his legs, his arms, and hip bones.  Luckily I didn't see it happen, and we werenít told till after the show... but it just reminds you of what a dangerous job they do on our behalf. He's going to be in hospital for 3 months, and then another 3 months recovering! 
Tschuie, my tech and I have come across the most beautiful drum finish.  It is called 'Blue Satin.'  They used to do it on 50's Gretsch kits!  I have fallen in love with it! He has sourced some of the finish for me out here! I'm going to get a new kit made up with the finish and have matt silver hoops and nut boxes etc on the kit.  I think it will look amazing! (Any thoughts anyone ? ). 
Well the 5 Budokan shows have just ended and after 6 months out here it's time to go home. Thanks to everyone who has made me so welcome here and see you all next time!


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