Sunday, February 20, 2011

2006 - Losing my International Virginity to NYC

Hi there.......

The other day I was reading some diary posts of when I first became a part of The Ten Tenors, all the way back in 2006.

I thought I would share the first few, including my first real international trip, and my debut gig in Raleigh, Nth Carolina.

Tour Diary
Saturday 28th January
It Begins
      Well, what a start to the day and the tour, I slept in! Yesterday
turned out to be mad rush getting organized to leave. Just as the packing
commenced my computer decided to crack it. As a result I spent 5 painful
hours recovering my hard drive, loading programs and setting up all my
files. I'm pretty sure that was the direct reason I was so tired the night
earlier! Anyway, I made it to the airport to be greeted by family and
friends. A welcoming site! I think the worse part about this trip has
already passed, the Going away. It was tough to leave the only place I
really know, with a bunch of people I've only just met, to begin my journey
of performing to the world. It was made even tougher when Mum started
bursting into tears as I was leaving. I've already decided I like quick
goodbyes. With a bit of luck, hopefully my first tour and my first real big
shot at singing to the people will be successful!
      The boys were very welcoming; advice about the long journey ahead
was the topic of discussion in Qantas Lounge prior to departing. Yes that's
right, the QANTAS LOUNGE! So kind in fact that all us new kids were signed
in to the bar for some complimentary beverages and a meal before leaving.
Very lucky!
      Currently I'm sitting on the plane, 7hrs into the 12hr flight to LA.
According to my screen we've got 4hrs and 53minutes until touchdown. We are
sitting at 37000 feet traveling at 1053km/hr. I wish it were twice that
speed! I have decide to go all natural on this first leg and not subject
myself to the 4 bottles of sleeping tablets Liam's dad kindly prescribed him
to share amongst the boys (His dad is a doctor). To this point I have
watched 2 ½ films, Deep Blue, 40 Year Old Virgin and began to watch The
Exorcism of Emily Rose. Big Mistake! I really don't do Scary Flicks! I
almost started to hyper Ventilate. Outside air temperature is -37 Degrees
Celsius which would explain the fact that my toes are very cold. I had to
ask for an extra pair of Qantas socks! I'm not sure what to do next? I'm
probably going to test out the IPOD and listen to all my concert notes!
Really have to try not to stress and have fun. It's very hard though being
surrounded such amazing musicians. I have so much to learn and explore in
order to catch up. This is definitely one of my main goals for this tour.
Any way I better not bore you any longer! Time for some sleep!
 Sunday 29th January
New York
      Well, according to the date I have given, it should technically be
one day after I departed sunny Brisbane. Not the case in this instant. Due
to the International Time Line, all trips west over the Pacific from
Australia to America actually lose s considerable amount of hours. In Our
Case, we left Brisbane at Midday on Saturday the 28th. After the 12 hour
flight to LA, the 5 to New York and the transfer time included, we arrived
in New York approximately 20hrs from departure! The time in New York was
5pm, but here's the shit bit! It was still Saturday the 28th! Very
disorientating, I look at it as though the trip actually went for 5hrs and I
just vanished off the face of the earth for the other 15hrs. Really sucks
though because energy level has really depleted by the evening, and you have
to try and rejuvenate 2 days in one night! 
      The flight from LA to NY was tough. Very boring, American airlines
aren't like Qantas. Service just isn't as good, and for some reason I had to
keep going to the lavatory (Toilet). It got me wondering though, does the
business really get dumped off the airplane into the sky. At the rate it
gets sucked down the tube upon flushing, you would think so! Poor Americans!

      We arrived at JFK to a nippy chill of 5 Degrees Celsius, it was
quick felt though as the bus was waiting, all set to take us to our
apartments in the City. The traffic was horrendous, peak hour in NY is much
worse than Brisbane. We arrived to our small but comfortable rooms in
anticipation of a well needed rest. The thing is though that outside our
front door was TIMES SQUARE and the biggest Theatre district in the world.
We were staying on Broadway! More neon than you could poke a stick at. It
was amazing! The boys talked our rooms down on the bus as they are quite
tiny and the building is a little run down however the position was perfect.
Tiredness soon vanished and we were out for some Thai food and some happy
snaps. So big and bright it's indescribable, I'll let the pictures do the

Monday 01/02/06
Raleigh, North Carolina
      Well, morning after the first show! It went really well, the fans
went off. I thought nothing could top my only other theatre experience (Les
Mis) but this certainly raised the bar. It was standing ovations all round!
Yahoo, first gig out of the round, now I just have to try and sustain my
voice and perfect it! 7 more shows this week. 
We're in the town of Raleigh, located in the south of North Carolina. The
theatre we're performing at is called The Raleigh Memorial Auditorium,
located just down the road from our motel in the downtown district. The
theatre holds around 3000 people and last night was almost full. It was
extremely exciting walking out on stage to the roar of the crowd, very hard
not to smile! Prior to the show I was less nervous than I thought I would,
however as we began and as I expected I got a terrible bout of old dry
mouth. I started packing it at that point but soon calmed down and it was
ok! First act just flew and before I knew it I was off stage. A few vocal
mishaps but according to people in the crowd you couldn't tell. Second Act
also flew, this was the one I was worried about! I got kinda lost on a
number of occasions but I had to just go with it. It was very funny though.
At one point in Bohemian Rapsody before all the head banging, I was looking
at Drew and singing to my left but he had to alert me my mic was in my right
hand and still at the front. Would have looked quite humorous from the
audience I think, and there were a few bits where I was moving my mouth but
nothing was coming out. Oooops, got lost again. Anyways it was all pretty
minor and very fun! 

The signing after the show was a lot of fun but very draining. Talking to
all the fans and signing autographs seems really fun initially but after
about 100 it really takes it out of you. All the people in the South love to
have a chat and it is hard not to like their accents. They seem to like ours
more though. I had one man shake my hand and not let go for about 2 minutes,
kinda scary. The guys alerted me that he is known as one of the freaks. 
This town is very boring, as were located in the downtown business district
there is nothing to see or do for miles, it's cold and everything is dead.
We hired a car this morning and drove about 20miles to the nearest mall, it
was good to see shops. This would have been the biggest shopping centre I
think I have ever seen. The funny thing is, it too seemed deserted. There
must be a lot of people hiding in the woods. Anyway, I must start getting
ready for the show. I'll write soon when I have something more interesting
to write about, we are here for a week so it probably won't be until after


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