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Poland 2017
7th June 2017
 

So, Poland then? To be honest we booked our flights a little late so our routing was not as direct as we would have liked it. Glasgow to Amsterdam and then on to Krakow in Poland, our flight was about 45 minutes delayed so we arrived at our very swish 4 star hotel just as the bar was closing! Just as well we had a pint or two on the way!

     

   

Katowice is a beautiful modern European city modernising itself daily, the venue we played in was the amazingly shaped Katowice arena. Looking just like the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek it was even more impressive when you went inside.

 

And inside, check out the bloody roof! How fantastic is that?

 

Now this festival hasn’t run for 8 years so the promoters were trying very hard to get it right this year to set it up again for next year. What a well run and well organized event. Hats off to Wojciech and his team, from the very impressive sound system to the incredible lighting show, Oh and our very alcoholic rider in the dressing room which we couldn’t take full advantage of as the show was a, ‘Play and go,’ one! As in, go back to the airport because our return flight was 3 hours after show time! One thing though, the Polish photographers know how to take a good shot or two! Here’s a name credit check for 3 of them…
http://muzyka.dlastudenta.pl/koncert/Metalmania_2017,161552.html  Pixey.
https://www.facebook.com/kararokita.fotografia.koncertowa/  Kara.
http://www.rockmetal.pl/
And here are some of the concert shots….Let’s start with the audience first!



 

  


 


 

 




Once again a massive thank you to all our Polish fans and especially the people who flew from Moscow to see us! My goodness we feel honoured indeed. Next up are the tales from Europe…..Stay tuned folks!



Germany and Italy 2017
4th May 2017

 

   

First shows of the year are starting to come and go thick and fast. On Friday the 3rd of March we flew out to Hamburg to play the great, Hell over Hammaburg festival. This time our guitars had their own seats on the plane so we knew they would also make the journey! When we arrived at Hamburg airport, we were met by our driver and taken to our hotel, ‘Superbude,’ in the ‘St. Georg’ region of the city. Now, as we pulled up at the hotel you kind of thought, ok ….interesting, maybe not in such a positive way but as you walked down the alley way to the hotel reception the ‘Wow!’ factor defiantly hit you. On the hotel counter as you signed in were a variety of ‘stickers.’ My favourite one said,

 

The hotel was a ‘theme’ hotel with lots of theme rooms. Mine was like an American skate board park, with actual skateboards as shelves in the room! With very helpful and friendly staff and an excellent, ‘help yourself,’ buffet where Mick decided to make himself some waffles. So you had to whisk the waffle mixture and pour it onto the waffle iron to cook. A novel idea and fairly straight forward you would think? Whisk and pour, whisk and pour, got it? Unfortunately not for Mick, with half the mixture on the floor and a quarter on the work top and the waffle cooking time all wrong, Mick ended up with what I can only describe as a small, twisted, alien looking slug! Never mind, he ate it!

Let’s move on…..After a couple of hours of relaxing in the hotel it was time for us all to gather in the hotel reception for the short journey to the show. As you tend to find at these German festivals they are extremely well organised and run and the staff are super friendly and very professional. A big shout out to the promoter, Wolf and all his team who helped to made this one special for us. Here are a few shots from Thomas Huntke one of the excellent pro photographers there…..

 


 


 

Back to the UK for a couple of weeks and then back on a plane to play some Italian shows, starting in Rome at the famous Traffic club. As we were walking down the aisle to get off the plane, the cockpit door opened and the Captain stepped out, smiled at us and started shaking our hands! Accompanied with, ‘I’m a bit of a fan boy of metal music and I love the Tygers!’ It blew us away somehow you just don’t kind of expect this from an airline Captain? But it was very nice! Luckily I had a guitar pick in my pocket which I gave him. He was delighted saying he collects them! Anyway, after a short ride in the beautiful Roman sunshine we arrived at the gig. Great venue with wild fans already there waiting for us at sound check time around 16.00 in the afternoon. Rome was ‘Roccioso,’ Prato was ‘Perfetto,’ and Brescia was ‘Belissimo.’ Italians like there hard rock that’s for sure, amazing turnouts for all the show’s, thank you so much to each and everyone one of you for coming out to ROAR with the Tyger boys…


 

 


 


 


 


   

All that’s left to say really is a big thank you to Marco EPI for the photo’s and YOU for coming out to the shows.

‘Ci vediamo alla prossima! Ciao! ‘



The 'Glad Rags' Video Shoot
2nd April 2017
 


This was our second time working with Flashlight films, why? Because they are great! We all met at the Newcastle O2 Academy around 11am. When I arrived the girls were already ensconced in their dressing room getting ready for their first part of the shoot in there ‘Office wear!’
 


Ian and Matthew, from Flashlight were busy setting up cameras and deciding on angles of shots. Craig wrote and created the story board for the video and was essentially the director. So the video starts with the office clock showing ‘home time,’ and the girls leaving work for the day. The girls then ‘discard’ their work clothes for their ‘Glad Rags,’ and the fun begins….
 

       


We morph into the girls…
 

       


And the girls become ‘US!’


So what are ‘Glad Rags?’ well, very simply they are your favourite clothes in your wardrobe that, when you put them on they make you feel ‘King of the castle,’ ‘Top of the world,’ or just downright fantastic! This video was just so much fun to make and please watch it to the end where we ‘visit’ our very own Tyger Blood pub and down a few tins while rocking out!
Enjoy the footage and don’t forget to share the video as well. Here are a few more shots from the shoot, all were taken by our very good friend and exceptional photographer,
John Philip Bowen, (JP).
 



       



   

       



 




And the end of the show, show picture! ‘Cheers!’
Here’s the link to the video on You Tube….Go on, have a look.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sf57dt2HzM 
 




Till the next time my little ‘Tygeretts’……



Portugal
25th January 2017
 



 

And there’re off! First show of the year, which saw us headlining this great festival in Portugal. But what a trip! Better put the kettle on, Once upon a time starts here….Our first flight was from Manchester airport at 06.15 am to Brussels. We set off from Craig’s and drove across the M62 to Manchester. The 62 crosses the Pennine hills, (the backbone of England) and consequently the road is well above sea level. What’s my point? Fog! Thick bloody fog. As we neared the airport it wasn’t getting any better. We checked in the guitars and bags and made for the bar for some breakfast. See you thought I was going to say a pint!

 



 

Well we had one of those as well! We boarded our flight 10minutes late and then sat on the plane for a further 40 minutes because of fog. Then came an announcement from the Captain saying although we were clear to take off we would have to wait a further 20 minutes to see if the weather was going to get any better in Brussels as it was snowbound at that airport! 70 minutes late and we were off up into the blue skies of Grand Britannia, ebbing our way to the continent. When we landed at Brussels, as we entered the arrivals gate they were doing the final call for our next flight to Lisbon! We ran, that’s all I can say, we ran….as we made the departure gate the young lad from Brussels Airlines was closing it! Everyone was already on the plane and we did the walk of shame down the centre aisle, even though it wasn’t our fault we were late. So let’s go, come on let’s go...Bing bong, “Ladies and Gentleman we are currently waiting in a queue of planes to be de-iced before takeoff. We expect this will take an hour!” FFS! Finally we were de-iced and off to sunny Portugal.

 



 

On arrival we passed through passport control and went to pick up our guitars. After an hour’s wait we approached the staff and asked them to check where our guitars were. ‘Still in Brussels,’ was the reply, oh hell! Brussels Airlines cocked up well and truly and the next flight to Portugal from Brussels would be too late for us to receive them before our show. So we did the paperwork and set off on our 3 hour drive to Mangualde, the city where the festival was. We managed to borrow two guitars and a bass for the show from two bands that were on earlier in the day. A big thank you to Jose Rocha, the festival owner and Pedro our driver for looking after us like kings!

 

 



   

   

   

   

 




 


 

A big shout out for our fantastic Portuguese photographers please, Francisco Figueiredo and Pedro Sales.
 

We arrived back at the hotel around 02.30 and hit the sack! At 05.00am my phone rang and woke me up, it was Brussels Airlines, asking if we wanted our guitars sending to Lisbon! “No, no, no, I have already had this conversation with you! We agreed you would send them to Manchester today!” So I asked what time flight they would be on and was told 10.00am. I then asked where we should pick them up from and was told the baggage re-claim window in Manchester airport. We set off to the airport after breakfast at 07.00am. Everything was going swimmingly until we left the departure gate at Lisbon airport and boarded the bus to take us to the aircraft on the runway…On arrival at the stairs of the plane we waited on the bus for the go-ahead to disembark and board the aircraft. We waited and waited and waited, some 45 minutes passed by with two busloads of people standing, waiting, getting hacked off! We finally were told the Captain’s seat had a bolt missing and he would not fly the plane unless it was fixed! So both busses drove back to the terminal and we climbed the stairs back to the departure lounge. ONE MINUTE later they announced the departure of the bloody flight again! Everybody got back on the bus and we were driven back to the waiting plane. On arrival in Manchester we went to the baggage claim desk we were told too and presented our retrieval baggage documents…”Sir, your guitars are not here! Well they ARE in the UK, but not here! No one told us to keep them so they have been sent to our holding centre several miles away to be delivered to your home address later this week!” Annoyed? The boys managed to scrape me off the ceiling…You couldn’t make it up, you really couldn’t. Thank god the show in Portugal was off the scale which made up for our calamitous weekend. Portugal is an amazing place and we can’t wait to go back and do some more shows…with our own guitars!


 



 

Well it’s been a while since I wrote a blog, but there’s no better time than the present to put that right! Speaking of presents, I hope you all got what you deserved! Well you know what I mean. So where do we start? I think the last instalment was about the shooting of, ‘Only the Brave’ video and our new beer being brewed for us called, ‘Tyger Blood’ by Box Social Brewery up here in Newcastle upon Tyne. (More on this later.) So the British tour happened, with the opening night at the Cluny venue, here in our home town. It was sold out as you would expect in our home town, and at this point we would like to thank all the crazy Geordie Tygertastic people that came to the show. Our road trip took us to wild Wigan, loud London, barmy Bilston, hot ‘n’ heavy Hull, monstrous Merthyr Tydfil, balls to the wall Barnsley and finishing up in electric Edinburgh! Every show was fantastic and rest assured we will be back to pick up where we left off…So to the pictures









 

As you can see we love the ‘Live.’ And we get to meet so many brilliant people along the way! The last night of the tour was in Edinburgh at Bannermans. Please give it up for Steve and Carole who, at the last minute stepped in and manned our merch stall and did us proud! Also I would like to personally thank our wonderful photographers who always seem to capture the terrific side of the Tygers.

Scott Clarke
Darren Thompson
Ian Lovell
Doug Stafford

If you ever need an amazing photographer look up one of these guys on face book and you won’t go far wrong!
 






 


 

And so the dust settles on the end of the tour and we earn ourselves a couple of weeks off. The next and final show of the year was a new festival called Winterstorm in Troon, Ayrshire, West Scotland.

Jack as usual flew in to Stanstead from Florence on the morning of the show, we picked him up at Darlington train station and set off across the A66 to the other side of the country and then head up north on the M6 to Scotland. Half an hour into our journey we ground to a halt in a huge traffic jam. We waited for what seemed like an eternity in our tour bus tuning into the radio to find out what had happened. The DJ on Radio 2 said there had been a very bad RTA (road traffic accident) and the A66 would be closed for several hours while the air ambulance attended. So we turned around and headed back to where we started from trying to find a different route, all the time our travelling time and appearance spot were running out! We called the promoter at Winterstorm and asked if we could swop spots with the next band due on after us, to which we were told that was going to be the plan. We were originally due on stage at 17.55, we then were swopped to 19.00. At 18.20 as we were arriving we received a call saying there would be no swop with the next band and as soon as we arrived we were on stage! That gave us a show time of 23 minutes! After our live performance everyone we spoke to said why weren’t we swopped with the next band so as the fans could enjoy both bands full set’s? After all it was the paying public, the fans, who were suffering at the hands of somebody who made this piss poor decision! The promoter was very gracious and immediately after our performance offered us a return slot at next year’s Winterstorm festival. We declined the offer of staying overnight at the 5 star hotel they provided for us as I knew I would not be able to keep my mouth shut with regard to the earlier ridiculous time slot decision. So Winterstorm people, we will see you later this year!

 



 

Well, what else is new? Lots….Our Tyger Blood beer has sold out 3 times! Each brew is around 1440 pints and it’s all gone! Somebody’s got the taste for it! Ross, the main man from Box Social Brewery is on the case producing the next batch, it’s also on its way to Copenhagen and Germany with talks going on at the moment with the USA.

 



 

Box Social Brewery have also just opened up their very own ‘Micro Pub’ in Newcastle City centre. It’s essentially a micro beer rock bar and since it opened on December the 6th it’s been packed out every night. On Friday the 27th of January Box Social are having a Tyger Blood promotion night at their new establishment and are brewing us a ‘Special’ strength beer called, ‘Imperial Tyger Blood,’ and it’s going to be 9% proof! If you live in the Newcastle area and want to come along and meet the band and have a pint stick the date in your diary!

 



 

Here are a few dates announced so far, bear in mind there are still to be announced dates for Asia, and the UK plus more!

7th January 2017 - Hard Metal Fest -  Mangualde, Portugal
3rd March 2017 - Hell Over Hamburg -  Hamburg, Germany
30th March 2017  - Traffic - Rome, Italy
31st March 2017 - Exenzia - Prato, Italy
1st April 2017  - Circolo - Brescia, Italy
22nd April 2017 - MetalMania Festival - Katowice, Poland
28th April 2017 - Brunners Rock Night - Baden, Switzerland
29th April 2017 - Der Cult - Nürnberg, Germany
30th April 2017 - Garage Deluxe - München, Germany
2nd May 2017 - Colos Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
3rd May 2017 - Turock - Essen, Germany
4th May 2017 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, Germany
5th May 2017 - Musicon Den  - Haag, Netherlands
6th May 2017  - Rockfest Halle - Hamme, Belgium
13th May 2017 - Nordic Noise Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
15th September 2017  - Storm Crusher Festival - Wurz, Germany


Here are a few more killer shots….

 

 
 

 





 

On the 17th of January we are going to be shooting our new video for the next single, ‘Glad Rags.’ Flashlight Films are making it for us again, there last one they did for us had over 100,000 views on You Tube! I can’t give too much away but, dancing girls, smoke and mirrors that’s just the start!

So all that’s left for me to say is…..

I hope you have had a fabulous festive break and the Tygers hope to see you at one of our shows this year, wherever we are!

Love and respect to you all…
Robb.
 

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