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Newsletter Spring 2007

Newlsetter No 23
Posted on: May 24th, 2007

... and now breath out

For those of you who have managed to hold their breath since our last communiqué, my salutations, that's an impressive pair of lungs you're sporting, alternatively, my condolences to the bereaved nearest and dearest of those who tried and failed, be assured , in line with EU regulations, we will in future issue health guidance warnings advising against relying on these newsletters to regulate one's vital bodily functions.

The truth is the Band have had pretty lazy time of it of late and, unlike the 24hr news media culture in which it is our misfortune to live, when there is no news to tell you, we do not feel the need to bombard you endlessly with old and recycled material.... we save that for the shows.

Nor will we stoop to boosting our circulation with sensational silly season gossip features on "How my dad got up my nose" By Keith, or Mick's bizarre practice of encouraging 'King Bees to Buzz around' his flies, presumably in the hope of swelling the proportions of the 'Little Red Rooster', no, we'll leave that for our memoirs.

Although relatively few shows have been performed since last I wrote... (d'you notice that, "Since last I wrote..", bit of class that... your not dealing with one of your 'barely articulate ghetto jargon spouting, celeb for a nanosecond freak show winners who can command a half a million advance from Random House at the drop of a thong here you know)..... the band have been gratified by the response of recent audiences new to the band, particularly, we'd like to thank those enthusiastic folk of the North East's whose appetite for the our oeuvres continues to impress us. The Studio in Darlington was a case in point, a terrific sell-out audience, thanks I'm sure in part to the thought and effort that has gone in to creating an excellent small 'art house' venue with a fabulous ambience. We had a great night up there and I'm sure we'll be going back for more. We'd also like to thank those at the Lancastrian Suite for putting us on, another trip worth all the carbon emissions.

We do have one regret, not to mention an apology to those fans in Ireland who had been promised a short tour. The Reason, for what it is worth, that, of the four Irish dates promised in mid March, only one materialised, was due to circumstances entirely beyond our control, . Also, to those who may have made the trip to Derry's Millennium Forum to witness the 'After Life of Brian' and who got not so much as an after taste, we can only say to sorry, the poor lad was ill, and could not make the flight, (those wings don't fly themselves you know.)

I won't begin to bore with the tedious details of how this sorry fiasco developed, suffice it to say the promoter's ambitions somewhat exceeded his abilities. Promoters come in all shapes and sizes, and god bless them, this is not meant as an intemperate rant against the breed, they are our life blood. In many ways they can never win, when a show is a success, it's all down to us and what did they do for their cut? and if it's a flop, well the promoter was useless and did not do enough. Let's face it, these guys do put themselves on the line for us, however, that said, it's what they put on their washing lines that is my point here, my advice for all aspiring band's is check out the laundry to see if their pants carry any flammable material cautions on them.

So what's next?. Well with the Festival season upon us, the band are in pre Season training, you know practising their mud slide run techniques, spotting unidentified naked breast disported in mass crowd situations, sheltering under bin bag bivouacs, being on the alert for for bad acid announcements... come to think of it, why don't they ever tell us about the good acid?, festival MCs keeping it for themselves I suppose.

A busy couple of months then, and a chance to hopefully see you all. Below are the immediate dates coming up and also, for your convenience, please find attached pdf which is the latest date listing for the rest of the year.

Best wishes
The Rollin'Stoned