JA Tour Diary – Volume 2

The Cherry Reds with Sean at center with his arm around, Cherry Bar owner, James Young. We stopped off in Mildura for the night on our way to Adelaide. Mildura is about 12 hours drive from Sydney and another 5 hrs to Adelaide. There’s nothing really note worthy about this stop over other than the fact that Geoff Trio (aussie manager) claims to have saved my life. We were rooming 3 to a room and Geoff, being the last to fall asleep, spotted a mischievious looking spider crawling toward my head as I slept. He swatted it with the tv remote but the little bugger didn’t die and scurried under the bed at which point Geoff chased after him, moving the bed and eventually finishing the job with the remote. Somehow, perhaps magically, I slept through all of this but the next morning, after recounting the story, Geoff showed me the carnage and indeed it was a dead (and potentially deadly) spider – another catastrophy averted.

It was a windy drive to Adelaide but the sun was shinning as we drove through the rural wine country of Victoria and South Australia. At one point we stopped off for fuel and I picked an orange from a tree on the side of the road that was probably the best orange I’ve ever tasted – my apologize to who evers orange tree this was for the theft . Adelaide was good, we didn’t have much more than a few hours to check things out between check-in, sound check, food, show. The Jive bar is a great venue and we had a good enthusiastic crowd in there, we would definitely stop in there again. The next day we had to split up the group a little. Our radio promo man extrordinaire, Johnny Zucco, booked a live on air interview on Triple M in Melbourne to advertise the weekends triple header at the Cherry Bar, one of us would have to fly in in order to make the 11am interview and I was elected. The rest of the guys were stuck driving 9 hours to Melbourne, not the most ideal of situations for a show day. The interview was fine and I had a nice leisurely, relaxed day in one of Australia’s great cities while the rest of the band and crew slogged it out on the Aussie highway – for some reason I love this! Does that make me a bad person?

The first gig was good, Friday night at the Cherry Bar on AC/DC lane. I’ve gone on record a few times but I’ll say it again – it’s the most rock’n’roll, rock’n’roll bar in the world, or at least that I’ve been to.  The crowd was great, a lot of ex-pat Canadians in the house as well as new local friends and fans we’ve made in Melbourne. One of the best things about playing the Cherry Bar is the after party. We usually wrap up playing around 11:30 at which point the place turns into the best rock’n’roll dance party in the world. They play great music at ear splitting volume that forces you to rock out or else… there’s no small talk because you can’t scream over it… just rocking, awesome…

The next day, after shaking off a shinny new hangover, we headed to St. Kilda down to Pure Pop Records, an indie record store that is reportedly owned by, legendary AC/DC front man, Bon Scotts son Dave Scott, for an acoustic in store appearance. It’s a great shop with all kinds a great rarities and collectors items –the kind of place we all have to keep shopping at because it’s places like this that can really turn you on to some great stuff. It’s these locally owned and operated types of places that really are the soul of a neighborhood. The man behind the counter of this record store/coffee house/bar/intimate music venue does look eerily like Bon Scott but it’s not really the kind of thing one feels comfortable bringing up to someone – “Hey, you Bon Scott’s kid?”. After about an hour of getting caffeinated and shopping for records we take the stage for the small group of friend and whatever people are sauntering in and out of the store. It was a really stripped down and intimate affair with most of the set being audience requests which suits me just fine…one less thing for me to think about.

Saturday night at Cherry Bar was probably even more rocking than Friday night. We changed up the set list just enough to keep ourselves interested and the energy was great. Jack’s birthday was at stroke of midnight and much celebrating ensued. Afterwards, while hanging with Cherry Bar owner James Young and Puppetry of the Penis star Friendy, we hatched a plan to have Sean play in the annual “footie” game between the Cherry Bar Cherry Reds and the Espy Rock Dogs,  a competing local rock venues team. We were stoked for it, all we had to do now was  convince Sean, who had already split the venue for the hotel. Luckily when we woke Sean up the next morning he was into the idea – he just had to learn the game now…

We all pilled into the bus on Sunday and headed down to the field were we watched Sean help the Cherry Reds beat the Espy Rock Dogs 17-13, Sean even set up the game winning goal. The third night was a quiet night at the Cherry Bar, I guess people were too rocked out from Friday and Saturday night and Sundays footie match by this time. After adhering to the set list for the first half we went off script and took all audience requests. This made for an interested set list featuring a few songs we never even played before. I’ve printed to the Set Lists below so you can see how they differ.  If you ever find yourself in downtown Melbourne I highly recommend the Cherry Bar…so cool.

The next day was 8 hours back to Sydney. Got back out on my surfboard this morning. All is good…

JA

Aussie Fans - Join our Street Team and earn FREE Tickets and a Meet & Greet

We'd like your help to get the word out that we'll be in Australia!! Join our Street Team and earn tickets to your local show and a Meet & Greet with the band. Just download this poster, print ten copies and post them in your neighbourhood and send us photos of your handiwork to info@thetrewsmusic.com. We'd also appreciate it if everyone would  tweet and post to your facebook profiles - The Trews are in Australia - Sept 14 - Oct 15 - http://bit.ly/qQanIJ

JA Tour Diary - Australia Week 1

After the grueling 24 hour travel day we made it back down under. It felt good to step off the plane and breath the Aussie air again, it felt good to breathe any air that wasn’t the recycled farts and b.o. that is airplane air – contrary to previous posts , we did not take a small speed boat to Australia:) We wasted no time diving back into a lifestyle we left behind only six months ago, within 24hrs of arriving Sean and I had acquired surf boards and wet suits the water is still a little cold in these Australian spring conditions- 18 degrees ---brrrrr) and were working on getting our sea legs back. It’s a tricky thing, you catch one wave and you get cocky then the next one comes along and pulverizes you, it certainly teaches you humility for the tides.

It was also great to get reacquainted with the wonderful friends we’ve made over our past few trips.

The first show was in Newcastle, which is about 3 hours drive from were we’re staying in a southern suburb of Sydney. I’d be lying if I said we played our best, we were still dusting off our brain cells of the severe lag that a 14 hour time difference can cause…the drowsiness strikes at the weirdest times and almost without fail, right before you’re about to take the stage. Thankfully we have 2 more shows to make it up to Newcastle – we won’t be as tired next time I swear! We had a pretty full on Aussie experience on the way back to Sydney after the show, we came within one hop of careening into a kangaroo on the freeway. I had the privilege of observing this all from “shot gun”. The little fella took two hops off the shoulder into the center of the lane we were driving in. He was directly in our path and we had no time to stop, then at the last moment he took one more hop across the road, narrowly averting the grill of our tour van and a pretty messy scene all round. I’m glad we didn’t hit him, I’d have felt pretty bad.

The next night was an acoustic set at the Brass Monkey. It’s a gig we’ve done many times and really like doing. The Brass Monkey is owned by our Australian manager Geoff Trio and, on top of having great sound and vibes, has some of the best Greek food I’ve ever tasted, you should try it sometime if you’re ever in Cronulla. Former Australian idol winner, and top selling male Aussie artist of the past decade, Shannon Knoll was in the audience for this gig. We hit it off pretty good, had a few pints and swapped a few stories, he’s a good Aussie bloke…

Back to Manly the following night for our 2 set-er throwdown at one of the craziest venues, albeit tiny… sorry, I mean “intimate”, of the tour. It’s packed to the rafters every time we play there and it is party central. Our only role in the whole exchange is to keep peoples bodies moving… never have I felt so much like a human jukebox in my whole life…good times : )

Notes in Newtown came next and this one felt like the first proper electric Trews show of the tour. Great sound and lights and lots of space to move around, plus our head clocks were finally ticking to Sydney time and the crowd was great. All good mates!

Yesterday evening we hit the Beach Hotel in Wollongong for an all ages “matinee” of sorts at 7 o’clock. We weren’t sure what too expect when we rolled in for sound check but it turned out to be a great show. There is a super enthusiastic group of hard core music fans that frequent this place and they made us feel right at home in Wollongong.

Throw in a few morning surfs and 9 holes of par 3 golfing and there you have our first week in Australia…not too shabby. We head off to Adelaide and Melbourne later this week (16 hours drive anyone?) for shows at the Jive Bar and Cheery Bar respectively, I’ll let you know how they go.

Cheers for now,

JA

Help us get the Word Out!

Hey all, The Trews are off on a global adventure and there are a bunch of things you can do to help us get the word out about what's going on right now both here at home in Canada and across the water in Australia and the UK!

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The World I Know is on the radio and here are three stations you can request it on right now!!

97.7 Htz FM (St. Catherines)

http://www.htzfm.com/

1 (877) 977 4977

104.9 The Wolf (Regina)

http://www.thewolfrocks.com/

306-936-WOLF

Rock 102 FM (Saskatoon)

hjames@rawlco.com

306 938-3733

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AUSTRALIA: Sept 14 - Oct. 15

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We've got Street Team opportunities for every show! Grab a poster file, print and post ten copies around your neighbourhood, send us some pictures and you'll get two tickets and a Meet & Greet.

Poster link: http://bit.ly/qAIy2I

send photos to: info@thetrewsmusic.com

You can help by tweeting: @TheTrews will be in AUS Sept 14 - Oct 15 - See if they are playing near you http://bit.ly/qQanIJ

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UK: Oct. 21 - Oct 31

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The Trews will be in the UK after Australia. We need help spreading the word here too.

Tour Dates: http://bit.ly/oku5XH

You can help by tweeting: @TheTrews will be in the UK Oct 21 - Oct 31 - See if they are playing near you http://bit.ly/oku5XH

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Calling fans of The Trews in Los Angeles California

The Trews - The Viper Room, LA
Calling fans of The Trews in Los Angeles California

We have an EXCLUSIVE offer for fans in the West Hollywood Area.

Help us get the word out that The Trews are coming to The Viper Room by putting up some posters. In exchange, we'll give you some tickets for the show and an opportunity to meet the Band before they hit the stage.

Earn a pair of tickets and an EXCLUSIVE Meet & Greet before the show street Team members.

To qualify, download a poster. Print and put up 20 posters around town. Email us some pictures of your handy-work and we’ll hook you up.

Send your email with pictures to: info@thetrewsmusic.com and put Hollywood Street Team in the subject.

Australia Tour Dates

The Trews are very excited to be returning to Australia in September for another glorious month Down Under.

Australia Tour Dates

Wednesday 14th September 2011 The Great Northern Newcastle NSW
Thursday 15th September 2011 The Brass Monkey Cronulla NSW (Acoustic show)
Friday 16th September 2011 Old Manly Boatshed Manly NSW
Saturday 17th September 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival, Notes Live Newtown NSW
Sunday 18th September 2011 Beaches Thirroul NSW
Thursday 22nd September 2011 Jive Adelaide SA
Friday 23rd September 2011 Cherry Bar Melbourne VIC
Saturday 24th September 2011 Cherry Bar Melbourne VIC
Sunday 25th September 2011 Cherry Bar Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 28th September 2011 The Great Northern Newcastle NSW
Thursday 29th September 2011 The Vault Windsor NSW (Acoustic show)
Friday 30th September 2011 Old Manly Boatshed Manly NSW
Saturday 1st October 2011 The Brass Monkey Cronulla NSW (Acoustic show)
Thursday 6th October 2011 Buddha Bar Byron Bay NSW
Friday 7th October 2011 The Zoo Brisbane QLD
Saturday 8th October 2011 Spotted Cow Toowoomba QLD
Wednesday 12th October 2011 The Great Northern Newcastle NSW
Thursday 13th October 2011 The Brass Monkey Cronulla NSW (Acoustic show)
Friday 14th October 2011 Old Manly Boatshed Manly NSW
Saturday 15th October 2011 The Gaelic Club Sydney NSW

Calling fans of The Trews in NY state

Calling fans of The Trews in NY state. We have an EXCLUSIVE offer for fans in Syracuse, Rochester & New York City.Help us get the word out and win. For each show, we have THREE pairs of tickets and an EXCLUSIVE Meet & Greet before the show for the winners.

To qualify, download a poster by clicking on the image below.  Print and put up 20 posters around town. Email us some pictures of your handy-work and we'll pick winners the day of the show.

Send your email with several pictures to: info@thetrewsmusic.com and put NY State Street Team in the subject. Give us your name and the show you are promoting.

June 22 The Wescott Theatre 524 Westcott Street, Syracuse, NY June 23 Water Street Music Hall 204 N. Water Street, Rochester, NY June 28 Mercury Lounge 217 E Houston St., New York, NY

Here's how to request Hope & Ruin on the radio

Hey Folks, here's how to request The Trews on your local radio station. If your station isn't on the list, please send us the information and we'll add it to our list. Canada United States

City Station Request Line
CANADA
Barrie Rock 95 705-721-ROCK
Calgary X92.9 403-238-X929
Calgary CJAY 403-249-CJ92
Charlottetown K-ROCK 105.5FM 902-892-7625
Edmonton Sonic 102.9 780-423-1029
Edmonton Lite 95.7 (780) 435-3023
Edmonton Bear
Fredricton 105.3 FM The Fox 506-452-2377
Halifax Q104 FM 902-407-2100
Halifax Live 105 902 – 496 – 0105
Hamilton Y108 ROCKS 1-800-267-ROCK
Kamloops 98.3 CIFM
Kelowna Power 104 250-763-1047
Kingston K-Rock 105.7 613.549.1057
Kingston 98.9 The Drive 613-544-0989
London FM 96 519-643-9696
Moncton C103 1-506-858-1031
Montreal CHOM 97.7
North Bay The Fox 101.9 FM
North Bay The Moose 106.3 FM
Ottawa 96.5 Capitale Rock 819.770.1040
Ottawa 106.9 Bear 1 (800) 754-1069
Ottawa Live 88.5 613.727.8850
Ottawa CHEZ 106 613-736-2001
Peterborough The Wolf 101.5FM 705-748-6101
Quebec City CHOI 981 X 418.687.9810
Regina 104.9 The Wolf 306-936-WOLF
St. Catherines 97.7 Htz FM 1 (877) 977 4977
Saguenay CKYK-FM 418.543.8912
Saskatoon Rock 102 FM 306 938-3733
Toronto 102.1 The Edge 416-870-3343 (EDGE)
Winnipeg Power 97 204-780-ROCK
Vancouver 93.3 The Fox 604-684-7221
Vancouver 1005. The Peak 604-730-6547
Vancouver Classic Rock 101 604-280-1011
Vancouver Shore 104.3FM 604-280-1043
Vancouver Classic Rock 101 604-280-1011
Victoria 100.3 The Q 1-800-717-1003
Victoria The Zone 93.1
Victoria 100.3 The Q 1-800-717-1003
UNITED STATES
Breckenridge,CO KCMV
Burlington, VT WCLX 102.9fm
Fredricksburg,TX KFAN
Hammond, LA krok@krok.com
Knoxville, TN 105.3 WFIV (865) 777-4105
Knoxville, TN WDVX
Minneapolis, MN KFAI 612-341-0980
Morehead, KY WMKY
Nashville WRFN 615-662-8229 or 615-662-8558 or 888-361-2704
Ocean City , MD WOCM Ocean 98.1 410-723-9626
Redway, CA KMUD 707-923-3911 or 800-568-3723
Rochester, NY WRUR 88.5 (585)-275-9787 or (585)-ASK-WRUR
Taos, NM KTAO 575.758.8882
Virginia Beach,VA 92.7 / 96.9 WRRV (845) 451 WRRV [ 9778 ]
Wala Wala, WA KWCW (509) 527-5283 / (509) 527-5284
Westport, NY WCLX 102.9fm
Wilmington, NC WUIN