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The Young Idealists
posted: 22/02/2008 by Lloyd
Q - We are massive fans and have seen you live for over 20 years , we have tickets for upcoming dates at ******. Just wondered if you would like to come for a meal with my wife and I at ***** just up the hill, before your concert?
A - The reason I almost never answer this type of question is that there is no way to make this type of plan. Reasoning following -
1 / When on tour, I don't know if I'll be well, or if I'll be under the weather. Truth be told, I often arrive in your town, get lunch, do soundcheck and go to bed for a few hours. I'm just run down (last year was like that the whole of the Autumn). Other times I'm up for a game of darts, or a beer, I just don't know in advance how it's going to be.
2/ I don't eat dinner before singing, only lunch. It makes my stomach feel 'wrong' to eat too close to singing, not to mention the burping... I've only made one exception in the last 15 years and that was for the best Indian restaurant I've ever been to - Stoke, of all places.
3/ I'm not comfortable meeting strangers for dinner and I'm less comfortable when they know a whole lot about me and I know nothing about them. I'm not saying it never happens - met some great folk in Dallas one time, I recall... but again, it's not something I can schedule.
I hope you all understand that I really appreciate the offers, but it's really not something that makes a lot of sense.
Which leads to lunch. Often lunch is the only 'quality time' I have in my day when I'm on tour. Sure, I like to play, but I'm under pressure to deliver. At lunch I can stock up on sustinence and relax. I can't relax if I'm meeting people for the first time.
If you'd like to enrich my touring experience I'd love if you'd recommend restaurants in your town if I'm coming. I like pretty much all types of food.
Thanks again for all the offers.
Title: Sound check
Sound check is a good time for meets. I've met Neil Finn this way, they nearly always contact the fans, lay down ground rules, sound check itself is a priority of course. Set time limits and rules etc which are laid out before hand. The fans appreciate it as they get a few more songs, and a more intimate meeting. The artist seems to like it as they get to hear from fans, and they have something all in common, the music, less pauses in conversation. I agree it would be uncomfortable eating with strangers I see Lloyd's point totally.
Title: Sound Check
Siggy, not with me it's not... sound check is often quite stressful, depending upon the venue. If folk bring records, etc to concerts, I try to get them all signed after the show. Usually I'll come out and meet those who are waiting. If I'm selling merchandise, I'll always come out and sign anything that has sold, and anything else that is put in my hand, within reason...
Title: ...Good one!
I was wondering about signing stuff. I don't think you'd appreciate my 10 Cds/cassettes but I'll bring one cd ...to The Junction..actually that's a good reason not to go on the train, I can't be clock watching.
Title: 10 is the new limit
Jane, 10 is nothing, I had a guy in LA who had at least 75. once!! Not that I think you should bring them all, bring your favourite couple, remembering that ones with a bit of space on the sleeves (like the negatives) are easier to sign.
Title: btw I agree
I couldn't sit down at a table with strangers...I'd be sick probably or dribble down my chest...it would be bad enough holding a glass without dropping it. You need to eat in peace in order not to get indigestion ...and an ulcer!
Title: So I missed you last time
2007 I bought antidep at the gig, should've hung around to get it signed. Went home to bed very happy though anyway. Great show.
Title: What about you Lloyd ?
Although I have been a great fan since 1987, I would be frightened to have dinner with you, even if I have so much things to ask.
I remembered a solo acoustic show in Paris- Cafe de la danse where I was seated on stage. You asked me just after the break how I found the show... terrific answer !
You said you are a big fan, but have you ever met or had dinner with M. Bolan, L. Cohen, L. Reed, D. Bowie ... ? If not, would you like to ?
Title: Being Earnest
Gosh, I wish I was brave enough to have asked this question.
All this weblog stuff is certainly breeding a sense of familiarity... I reckon we should all meet up for dinner sometime and sod this 'virtual' stuff!
So, how about it, my place at 8?
Title: I'm up for it!
I'd love to, I love a chat!
Title: ooh err! Go for it you two!
Alex, but it's great isn't it! I'm having a whail of a time... but dinner? no, no, no, it has to start with music!
I suppose when I was 'Being Earnest' I was actually being 'Frivolous'. I may have had an inauspicious omen as well - I dreamt that Gordon Ramsay was cooking for me last night, so dinner might be out... In all honesty though, maybe people from this site should meet up for a beer and a chat before one of Lloyd's gigs. Whereabouts are you two from?
By the way, I'm a girl.
Title: Alex I think you were asking me?
My name is Tim I'm from Melbourne Australia-dinner may be difficult, but when Lloyd tours here early next year, if anyone wants I'd love to go for dinner before a show. Thats if you can make it here!
Title: Make that beer...
I can't eat much before a Lloyd gig either....
Title: Ciggy or Siggy?
Well, well, we're practically neighbours in this global villlage, I'm currently living in Auckland, NZ. I have some good friends in Melbourne who I was hoping to visit before I embark on my travels back to the UK. Maybe we can arrange that beer after all?...And is that 'siggy' for 'cigarette'?
Title: Sure can-when Lloyd comes to town
Keep in touch, when he opens the forum, I'll try organising some Melbourne activities. I love NZ and have been twice, will be there in three year's time(if not before) the sigggy is bad, people think of smoking, but it is an old car we borrowed called a sigma. It had a bit of personality so I used it on my hotmail account. It has stuck with me. I may just putTim on the posting by name.
Title: You Two!...
Ha ha...You don't need me...well done! I knew there was something there...call me ...psychic! :)
Title: Just friends!
Happy to meet up with anyone male or female-whoops that sounds bad. May even bring my wife! Really Just fun to meet up with some more Lloyd fans before a show, for a chat, no key swapping or anything like that Jane! Just like the Ireland meets you are in on.
Title: Blind date
Hey Jane, I'm no good on blind dates!
Good to share a laugh or two with you guys. I didn't know there was going to be a forum - sounds entertaining...
Title: Where To Eat
While you are in Glasgow, Mulberry's, near Anniesland, is well worth a try. The food is always beautiful, whatever your tastes.
Good luck with the rest of the tour. And the rest of the restaurants on tour...
Title: Where to eat - Sheffield
LLoyd - did you find anywhere good to eat in Sheffield? If you did can you recommend??!!!
I always seem to choose the ones most likely to liqify the contents of my intestines which is never a particularly heartwarming thought!
No, I barely had a moment to eat even if I'd wanted to! I ate lunch in Manchester before driving to Sheffield. Wagamama - always great and cheap(ish).