Ireland Tour – Rescheduled…..again

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TSA, uncomfortable seats, long flights. Come back please!!!!!

It is with great disappointment and frustration that I tell you we have had to move our Ireland trip again. I’m sure very few of you will be surprised but we tried to hold off postponing as long as we could due to a strong dose of hopeful optimism.

We didn’t want to just cancel it. We wanted to have some silver lining.

That meant putting enormous pressure on Joe at Hammond tours to put together the exact same trip for the third time. Somehow, he has pulled it off again. He managed to move our exact planned schedule to late March 2021.
I want to thank him for his hard work on this. It was very important to me that we offer a glimmer of good news instead of just “cancel, cancel, cancel” So, once he had managed to get everything locked in we announced the new plan. We even kept the Castle for two whole days!!

CLICK HERE for all the new details

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Ethan played a streaming show in Hawaii

When we moved the trip the first time, almost all of you that were booked to go just transferred your reservation to the new dates. We are asking that you please do that again so we can finally have this amazing trip with all of you. However, for those of you who just can’t make those dates work, Hammond have a few more options for you, contact Joe to discuss. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we will see you all there.

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We all need to see more of this

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This virus situation has certainly proved it has staying power way beyond our wildest expectations. As I mentioned in our last email, we had decided to take August off from the stress of trying to book shows that inevitably cancel and instead try to enjoy the first major break this band has ever had.

In September we are going “back to school” We have a solid plan to get the band back in one place and to start working on a new release. When that happens, we will also work on a live stream concert to knock your socks off. Stay tuned.

The starting gun will fire once Ethan touches down in Los Angeles from Hawaii and we hit the rehearsal studio. It has been so long that I will personally find it hard to drag myself away from a hectic baking and fishing schedule, but I’ll do my best.

Jokes aside, we are all desperate to get back to work and play again. This has taken an enormous emotional toll on us (as it has on all of you) and the only way to reverse the damage is to get back to work.

I’m sure you have all noticed how live music is seldom mentioned in the government plans. I have spoken to many of my musician friends around the globe and there is a growing concern that we have been forgotten, deemed dispensable. Lots of music venues are on their last breath and may not be coming back at all.

That will affect us all. Without decent places to perform, bands will start to disappear.

In the coming weeks we may send out some petitions and ask you to sign them to help encourage those in charge not to forget us. Our industry has been completely wiped out due to safety measures and we are powerless to act until it is safe for people to attend concerts again. Finding a promoter to book a show and a band to play is not the problem, being sure it’s safe so people will actually attend is the problem.

Let’s keep trying people. Let’s keep doing what we’re being asked to do so we can get past this.

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Keith, Ethan and Jon Mattox many moons ago.

Getting back to work also means I will start posting videos again on YouTube. I know you’ve missed them so much…not 🙂

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How it all started.

Thought you guys might get a kick out of this photo from the 80’s. This was one of the first bands I was ever in. That’s my brother, Carl on drums. Left to right, Billso, Paul, Ali, Carl and Keith. The picture was taken in Pauls front garden in Dublin. His parents would allow us to blow the walls down every weekend, such patience. Sadly Paul’s Dad passed away a few weeks ago. He was a lovely man. Rest in Peace Dermot.

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Stay safe and lots of love,
Keith, Chas, Justin, Dave, Ethan, Woofy and all our crew around the globe.

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