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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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