Hi everyone, sorry for the
delay in publishing this next
blog, it’s all gone a bit mad
here at Tygers HQ! We now have
our own IPA (India Pale Ale!)
made for us by the fantastic
people at Box Social Brewery
here in Newcastle. It’s 5%,
clear dark red in colour and has
a slight fruity after taste.
What’s not to like about that?
With sales already in the USA,
Denmark and Germany, let’s hope
it makes its way to the other
corners of the world! Hopefully
it will be available in most of
the venues we play, on our
October UK tour which starts on
the 21st at the Cluny in
Let’s backtrack to last month…August the 6th we flew out to Rome where we then travelled on to Cercemaggiore, in the south of Italy to play the Baloma Bikers Festival. As always the Italians have marvellous hosting skills and look after you like kings! From the 5star hotel to the pre show banquet meal my goodness it was “Stupefacente!” We travelled with Stefano the Italian agent who set up the show and he kept us amused with his very funny jokes and stories from life on the road as a tour manager and a booking agent. Also on the same bill as us at the festival were our very good friends, ‘ODS,’ (Oliver Dawson Saxon.) It’s always nice to catch up with Graham and Steve, they are without doubt two of the nicest boys in rock ‘n’ roll today.
And a few snaps from the show…..
So that was Italy, big shout
out to Stefano Panaro for the
fantastic photos and the great
review by Metal Force magazine.
We were only back in the UK for
5 days and we were off again,
this time to Alicante, in Spain
to play the huge Leyendas Del
Rock festival in Villena. Once
again the hospitality was
superb, staying in a 4 star
Holiday Inn near the airport,
the staff fell over themselves
to look after us, ‘Thank you so
much boys and girls!’
Once again a big thank you to the photographers at, ‘Metal Journal,’ for the wonderful pictures. Here are a couple of shots taken by Tiny from the drum riser at the end of the show…not a bad turn out for a Friday neet! (That’s Geordie for night by the way!)
What’s next? Well we fly out to Holland on the 8th of October to headline Rotterdam Rocks with our great friends Tokyo Blade, also playing are Rebelstar and several other hot hard rock acts.
Then on to Belgium to play a great hard rock club called, ‘De Verlichte Geest,’ in Roeselare on the 9th of October. Back to the UK for a final rehearsal before the Album launch party in Newcastle upon Tyne on the 20th of October and the first show on the 21st of October at the Cluny music venue in our home town of Newcastle. Our opening band is absolutely a must to see. Twister are new and full of youthful high energy, they have a new single out and an album, miss them at your peril, I’ll be in the front row!
So are we going to be graced with your esteemed company at any of the shows? I bloody hope so…..x you think!) ‘Rock hard, ‘cause a soft rock is no use to anyone!’
July 2016 Blog
14th July 2016
So, how the hell are you?
The last few blogs have all been
about touring so it’s time to
change the record so to speak!
As you know our year started off
in Blast Recording Studio’s,
here in the North East of
England where we laid down the
foundations for the next Tygers
45 minutes on the
train/metro and we were in the
hub of the city. Huge, big,
grand, all these words spring to
mind, this is what I was
expecting vibrant, and somehow
enchanting, full of high rise
and interesting architecture.
Many, many blockbuster films and
TV series have been filmed here
and you can see why given the
fantastic backdrop of the city
buildings. We made our way down
to the water front of Lake
Michigan to get a real feel of
And from the waterfront we made our way to the festival venue to meet Jerry who was going to be our tech for the performance. Jerry also supplied our guitars and effects, thanks man, great job!
Now at the rear of the venue there were three vintage buses. These are used to transport people from this venue (as a meeting point) to other major rock events. They are all from the sixties, in perfect working order, hand painted and just amazing.
And now the live stuff...A big shout out to Mike Podrybau for his very talented photography.
The end of the show shot, every one of you in this photo are crazy Tyger mutherfuxkers! Thank you all so much for your faith and support, we WILL be back.....
The Tyger boys with the flag of the city of Chicago....
Thank you to Odin and Bob and all crew who made this happen. We had a ball! Until the next time America, (which won’t be as long as you think!) ‘Rock hard, ‘cause a soft rock is no use to anyone!’
So.....72 hours later, (after arriving home in our beloved Newcastle-upon-Tyne from South America) it was back to Manchester international airport to fly to Eindhoven in Holland for two European shows.
Our ‘Man with a van’ was Wilbert, who was also our driver and tech for the two days. Will was right on the ball, a great tech and a really nice person, see you soon Will!
The first show was in Stadskanaal, in the north east of Holland at the Fox nightlife rock club. What a fantastic venue, right in the middle of the city with a huge canal running right alongside. Our friend Hugo Koch and his band, ‘Burning’ opened up for us and at the same time, launching their new album, ‘Nightmares.’ My great friend and even greater photographer, Markus Hagner came to the show to take some shots....some of the best I’ve seen in a long while. Thank you, thank you, and thank you Markus!
The venue was just a real
pleasure to play, great stage
set up, great lights, PA,
monitors and a nice big dressing
room where we had our own space
to, ‘Let it all hang out,’ Very
important at my age! After a few
bottles of one of my favourites,
‘Jupiler’ beer and a little bit
of ‘Nosing’ around we found a
cupboard full of ‘Props,’ and
what do you with props?
Yet another great night for
the Tygers, made special for us
by our amazing fans. Thank you
all so much...
Until the next time tygerlings........x
So the adventure starts for 2016. First, was the ‘Blast Recording’ Studio sessions to record the new album then, ‘The Great British Rock and Blues Festival’ in January at Skegness, and on March the 9th we flew out to Rio de Janerio to start the Brazilian leg of the South American tour.
With a smooth landing, we proceeded through passport control and on to claim our bags. And there was the second problem, some of our bags didn’t make it! WHAT? We were told two of the bags weren’t loaded on the plane in Paris and they would be with us the next morning. What else could go wrong? Well lots actually...We cleared customs and proceeded to the airport exit to be picked up and taken to the hotel. Our day at this point was running at 21 hours with no sleep! To our horror no one was there to pick us up! We rang the promoter to find his phone went straight to answer machine. Then our co-headline band, Picture, from Holland arrives on the scene! The promoter finally shows nearly 45 minutes late! Ok let’s go...The tour bus arrives out the front of the Airport and to our horror we find out it’s too small to accommodate both bands and our guitars and bags. Oh and just to pour a little more fuel on the fire the 5 star hotel we were supposed to be staying at had been changed to a 2 star apartment!
But we’re British (well most of us in the Tygers!) so we march on unfazed... The next day some of the boys were up and out to see the sights of Rio and then it was on to the first show.
Rio has the reputation of being one of the most vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolises in the world and boy is there a lot going on! That morning Jack and I walked along a stretch of Copacabana beach and watched an international handball tournament, ok we might have stopped to have a beer or two on the way...It was the end of Brazil’s summer yet it was still 30 odd degrees, with the locals saying it was feeling quite cold! To a crusty old Geordie like me you could cook eggs on the pavement!
Show time came around, the tour
bus picked us up and it was off
to work! (Well you can’t be
sunning yourself on the beach
all day when there’s ‘A’ and ‘E’
chords to be played and people
to entertain can you?) It’s true
what they say, the Brazilian
rock fans ARE crazy for their
music. What a fantastic opening
night for us, a full house of
mad hard rock, denim clad
I think just about everyone in
the audience wanted to meet us
after the show, so it was a late
one getting back to the
apartment. Next day we were off
at 09.00 to the airport to fly
to Curitiba via Sao Paulo, for
the next show. So we arrived at
the venue to find out it was
still under construction! We
took residence in the bar over
the road and watched.....Oh and
had a steak and some Brazilian
Brahmas beer on draft! The show
was fantastic and as always the
fans made it so special for us.
You guys and girls know who you
are! Indeed at every show there
was always a fantastic
collection of fans waiting for
both bands to arrive.
Back to the hotel couple of post
gig drinks then a well deserved
rest....sleep! The next day saw
us travelling in the tour bus to
Limeira, an 8 hour drive at
best. We learned very quickly
that Brazil is a huge country
and no city is close to each
other! We actually were late in
arriving and the venue, ‘Bar da
Montanha,’ was already full to
capacity. So it was action
stations to get the show ready
and ‘Roar’ for our Limeira fans!
Not that we tend to stay in ‘Shoe box in t middle of road’ establishments, but this one was a bit special. So was the show to be honest, nearly sold out with over a thousand extra crazy Brazilians’ shouting, ‘Tygers, Tygers, Tygers’ after every song, as well as singing more words to the songs than I know!
It was also Michael’s birthday and the audience at Jacks request, sang a very loud ‘Happy Birthday,’ to Michael, a night he won’t forget too quickly!
Back to the ‘Golden Towers,’
where Jack, Craig and I sank a
few glasses of wine, as a
sleeping aid you understand! The
next day it was another 7 hour
drive to Londrina where we were
to have our 3 days off! We found
an amazing ‘Barbers,’ shop
there, it was like going back in
time, with real leather barber
chairs and cut throat razors!
Gav also had a tattoo done in
Londrina by a famous Brazilian
tattoo artist. The tattoo is
symbolic of Brazilian folklore.
Thursday morning we set off to
drive to Paraguay at 8am in the
morning, yes you read that right
DRIVE to Paraguay! Well it’s
only 13 hours by road after all,
I mean who wants to fly and be
there in 3? Well I say 13 hours
more like 16! From Londrina to
the border, (Brazil / Paraguay)
we did it in six hours. At the
border we were met by our
Paraguayan hosts and we
transferred to a rather slow
tour bus which took a further 10
hours to get us to our hotel in
the capital of Paraguay,
Asuncion, just after midnight!
The Paraguayan boys were very
gracious and apologised for the
long trek. We were taken out for
some food, which was very nice
but it was 01.30 in the morning
and we had to wait for seats in
the restaurant as it was packed,
at that time in the morning!
It was just after 02.00am when
we left the stage absolutely
exhausted. I still managed a
couple of glasses of wine and we
were taken out to eat around
04.00am, (miss a free meal,
never!) Bed at 05.00am, up at
08.00am and off to the intercity
bus station in Asuncion,
Paraguay for our trek back to
Foz do Iguacu, just inside the
Brazilian border in readiness
for our early morning flight to
Sao Paulo and then on to Bogotá
in Colombia for our final show
of the tour.
When we were leaving the flight
from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo
the Captain of the T.A.M.
airways plane was waiting to
meet us as we were alighting.
Why? It only turns out he is a
big fan of the Tygers! What a
really nice guy, he wanted to
have a ‘Selfie’ with us in his
After all the various border checks entering Colombia we were off to the show in our V8 Chevy tour bus! Another hot night with crazy locals’ headbanging till their necks nearly snap! After the show we headed back to the ‘Bogotá Palace,’ our residence for the night. Very clever use of the word ‘Palace’ I think the hotel should have been called the ‘Bogotá... ,’ but we’ll leave that one there! Silvio our promoter offered to buy those were hungry some late night / early morning food. Some of the boys went out with him to the local takeaway at around 03.00am. While their food was being cooked a local walks in armed with a sub machine gun, has a look around and walks back out again, nice to know you’re safe!! The next morning it was off to the airport and our return flight home from Bogotá, Columbia to Paris, France and then Paris to Manchester and drive home to Newcastle. So all in all from start to finish we travelled a total of 17,623 miles in 13 days! Below is our ‘Goodbye’ photo with our friends, ‘Picture’ from Holland and Silvio the tour promoter, taken outside Bogota airport.
Of course we would like to say
HUGE thanks to Silvio Rocha and
Open the Road Agency for the
opportunity to tour Brazil,
Paraguay and Columbia and our
fantastic co-hosts Picture from
Holland for being our brothers
for 13 days, and all the crazy
metal head fans for supporting
us and coming to the live shows
in there hundreds and hundreds
and hundreds. We salute you
South America....But more
importantly, we love you!
A BIG thank you to all our
fantastic photographers who made
it into my blog....
As a recording artist and a
touring musician, you get
offered all sorts of products to
promote and use at your own
discretion as an endorsee. Some
are good some are great and once
in a while you happen across
something that truly rocks your
boat! In January of this year
2016, Tom our manager calls me
up to tell me he has been in
touch with a local guitar
manufacturer in the North East
of England who makes middle to
top end guitars and the owner,
Simon Cassidy, was interested in
working with us. Loving a bit of
guitar porn I jumped at the
chance and went straight on
their web site to check them
These guitars are the real
deal, at this point your going
to be saying to yourselves,
‘What’s he getting out of it,
he’s bound to say that.’ Well
let me assure you that’s just
not the case, these guitars are
incredible. They are not cheap
end copies, they are expensive,
purpose made for the job guitars
and all the high end components
to make these guitars have been
very carefully sourced.
Because I like my Les Paul’s to have three pickup’s I asked Simon if he could add the extra pup for me. Here is the original body, stripped of all hardware before the surgery!
And with the three Seymour Duncan pickups fitted...
The headstock had to be carefully reemed out to accommodate the Gotoh machine heads.
Once everything’s been checked and double checked then it’s time for the all important assembly stage.
Here are the very impressive
I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Simon and all the team at Cassidy guitars for all their input and hard work.
“So Christmas is upon us,
To finish off our year, we decided to play four Xmas shows in the northern part of the UK. We started off in Doncaster at the ‘Leopard,’ an established venue on today’s rock circuit. What a cracking ‘smaller’ venue to play, with a great sound guy and fantastic staff. “It’s a big ten from Len!” well us actually! Here is one of Mick’s famous selfie’s taken in the dressing room 30 seconds before show time!
And an onstage shot.....
Thank you Doncaster, we’ll
be back! And after a very
pleasant stay nearby in the
Wakefield Citilodge Hotel, it
was up, breakfast at Greggs the
bakers and a quick look around
the music shops before heading
up the road, (in gale force
winds) to sunny Hartlepool. The
Studio in Hartlepool is run by
mainly volunteers, and what a
marvellous job they do. The
staff are young, keen and eager
to please. A big ‘Thank you,’ to
our support band ‘Saints of
War,’ who have a great future
ahead of them.
Also at the show were Barry
and Linda McMinn from the
Mayfair Mall Zine and ‘The Rock
Vows radio show’, who reviewed
the gig. Here are a few words
from the review...
Christian, Bannerman’s main
man couldn’t do enough for us,
‘We salute you sir!’ and as for
the fantastic and very noisy
audience, you guys rawk! After a
late drink and pepperoni, garlic
and chilli pizza up in the band
apartment Bannermans provided
for us it was time to hit the
sack ready for our six hour
drive to the Black Country, in
the west midlands.
We had a fantastic turn out, so a big shout out to all who came. I met up with some old friends, Perry and Linda, Gav had a special guest, Mick met our good friend, Simon from Laney amplification which left Jack and our Craig, ‘Billy no mates!’ Only kidding! Here is Mick, Simon Frazer-Clark and myself....
And the live shots, courtesy of MV Photographic Imaging.....
And some signing and the end of the show....
To everyone who came, wanted
to come and is going to come
next time, THANK YOU for your
undying support for the band.