Pass The Baton Gig – Brixton – Friday 8th April 2011 – (Damon Hope)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 12, 2012 by faithlesstourblog

It’s been an incredible journey.

The feeling of energy that passes back and forth, in that (sometimes very narrow) space between Band and Crowd, is quite impossible to describe.

I feel very humbled and extremely priviliged to have had that experience.

As Maxi has always said “Faithless have the best fans in the world and without them, none of it would have been possible”.

Nuff respect to each and every one of you. Much Peace and Love.

Australia Pt 3

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 9, 2012 by faithlesstourblog

Back in Sydney for a few days off between festivals, the Faithless band and crew embarked on another trip from the itinerary…. as usual, involving the entire Good Vibrations line up!

This time it was a cruise around the harbour, then to a party at the organisers humble home…

‘Can I drive the boat mummy?’

Maxi quickly introduced himself to everyone on deck…

Whilst Nobby and Stan settled down with a few beers at the bow of the boat…

‘Right, where’s me bottle of champagne?’

The rest of the band and crew had, as usual, managed to find themselves a nice spot on the upper deck, right by where the snacks were to be found…

Meanwhile, Nate had found his way to where the steering of the boat was taking place and was quietly plotting his takeover of the bridge…

At a brief pause for supplies in another small harbour, Nobby had spotted a boat he could call his own…

NOBBY TIME

On his way back from the bar, Maxi pauses for a photo opportunity…

…unaware that the two female members of the band are flipping the bird in the background…

With boredom setting in, the only thing left was for people to second, third, and fourth, guess which of the harbour view properties would be the final destination for the promised party…

Sudha, Andy, Blissy, Nate, Mark Kennedy and Dan Peters

With some champagne and a few beers to the good, Maxi decided it was time for a change of music policy and headed to the decks to plug his iphone in and turn the bass up…

Extremely happy with his decision, Maxi relaxed port side…

After a few hours of cruising up and down Sydney harbour, everyone was more than ready to disembark and get to the mansion party…

…Upon arrival Rich immediately spots a rubber duck in the swimming pool…

“It must have followed us here from South Africa” remarked Nobby

As everyone settled in with their beverage of choice….

…it appeared that some Faithless crew members were setting up to drink the mansion dry…

The following day, with no pressing itinerary events until the evening,  a wander around the city occured…

Which took us past one of the finest buildings in the city…

The Marble Bar – which is one of the few remaining places of this era in Australia today.

LSK decided he could do with a trim and luckily there was a shop next door which would oblige for a mere 10 dollars…

He was glad he was looking sharp for the evenings entertainment, which ended up with having a drink with De La Soul…

LSK & Kelvin Mercer (Posdnous, Plug One, Plug Wonder Why, Mercenary)

Err….that’s James Brennan the percussion tech – (don’t think he’s in De La Soul…!!)

LSK & David Jude Jolicoeur (Trugoy the Dove, Plug Two, Dave)

…After a very memorable evening, including a poolside performance from Kelis(I say poolside, but she did jump in halfway thru), everyone was well happy to have yet another day off tomorrow to recover…

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A sunny day meant a trip to Bondai to check out the surf and the Grafitti

Then it clouded over a bit, so it was time to head back…

A nice fish dinner in the harbour was in order….so as to get a good view of Jo ,and the other crazies she’d talked into it, whilst they climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge…!!?!

Then to the Botanical gardens for sunset, to watch the fruit bats come alive!

As Faithless’ last night in Sydney closed in, Dave & Sudha shared their experiences…

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The following morning was time to pack the bags again and head to the airport…

…but only after a couple of sad farewells…

Firstly to Dale, who is the loveliest bloke in the whole of Australia. He could always get you whatever you needed, whenever you needed it, and was always bringing toys and treats for Nate…

Then there was Jo… Who had finally been grounded by the Australian ear specialists and was booked in for an operation to put gromits in her ears, after the terrible ear drum bursting episode in South Africa…

Tears all round.

…but it would only be a matter of weeks til the reunion…

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Gold Coast here we come!!

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Australia Pt 2

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2011 by faithlesstourblog

After a late night and an early morning, Faithless, and the entire Good Vibrations line-up, arrived in Melbourne for the next Festival…

…it was straight to the Hilton, where for most acts it was a quick turn around and straight off to site…

…but being the headline act meant that the Faithless band members got an extra hour or two at the Hotel to eat/sleep or freshen up…

…before getting on board their shuttle bus…

More interviews for Maxi & Blissy

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The Phoenix’s Thomas Mars popped into the Faithless dressing room to borrow the only ironing board on site…

(LSK ended up doing it for him…  “give it ere lad”)

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The beautiful Sudha.

It was most definitely a night for the Black Powder…

A sleep deprived, jet-lagged Faithless head for the stage…

With Andy looking mischievious it could only mean one thing…

DRUMMER FIGHT!…

SHOWTIME!

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The unbeatable Melbourne crowd were… …well, ‘unbeatable’…!

Maxi carries he's ice-bucket for his champagne back to the dressing room...

Then it was off to a bar for a small ‘Faithless’ afterparty, with Family & Friends… (of which there are loads in Melbourne)

Harry, Dave and Blissy stayed on in Melbourne for a couple of days to catch up with their nearest and dearests and in-laws…

…while the rest of the band and crew had to get up early to head back to Sydney for a few days off there…

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Australia Pt 1

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2011 by faithlesstourblog

From Johannesburg there was a 12 hour flight through the night  to Sydney… only it would be 4 in the afternoon when the plane landed…

Not long into the Quantas flight, suspisions that Australia had lost it laidback “no worries!” demeanour were firstly confirmed by the attitude of the air crew…

LSK asked for a second drink and quickly got told “you guys need to curtail your drinking, this is a 12hour flight”…

   

It only got worse upon landing…

After 12 of the 20 strong Faithless tour party had been fully harrassed, searched, scrutinised and subjected to an extraordinary amount of idiotic questions from the Oz customs officials, the Tour party made it’s tired way to the Four Seasons Hotel…

 After chucking bags in rooms, everyone decided it was best to soldier thru and try to stay awake, so all headed down the road to a sushi restaurant…

Blissy had her hands full as Nate(with his Dad) had got to Sydney a few days earlier...!

The next morning consisted of a stroll around the Botanical Gardens and the harbour…

…taking in the Opera House and the famous Sydney Bridge…

A poster for the Good Vibrations Festival

After a spot of lunch by the harbour, it was time to head to the festival site for a sound check…

With the jet lag kicking in hard, the whole afternoon started to turn a bit surreal…

Dave continues on his 'project' (can anyone guess what it is yet?)

Blissy openly pondered over the set-list…

…but didn’t get much response from a bunch of delirious or asleep musicians…

So went to wake Maxi and see what he thought…

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Who promptly fell back asleep with it in his hand…

While half the band got to head back to relax at the hotel, the other half had to head across town to do a couple of acoustic tracks for an Australian Radio station called Nova FM…

The next day at a slightly drizzled-on festival site – Dale(a festival assistant & Top Bloke) brought a remote control car to the Faithless production office, to keep Hels Bells’s little helper amused…

…while Blissy and Maxi were in the throes of the press tent…

As everyone was ready for stage early, there was time to fit in a few games of table tennis…

Typically, there were golf buggies to transport everyone the whole 30 metres to stage…

Jo, being a triathlete, decided to race the carts…

As everyone waited for the call… Rich, the video technician, popped over to say that ‘his mate George would be watching from the side of stage, if that was alright and wouldn’t put anyone off…?’

A quick shoulder rub from Blissy and it was SHOWTIME! …

LSK, being stage left and all, was the only one who had noticed(but not been too distracted by) Rich’s mate George…

Then he popped into the dressing room to say hello…

It was of course the one and only George Michael!

…then it was back to the Four Seasons, where Blissy decided to stay in and have a drink with some old school mates…

…while most others headed to the afterparty at the Ivy…

George Michael & Jo

Sydney harbour at night.

The following morning, the entire line-up of the festival, headed to the airport to catch a flight to Melbourne…

…but not before Maxi & Blissy had signed everyones stuff and had some photos taken…

To Be Continued….

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Faithless Members in New Collaboration – OneWorld.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 by faithlesstourblog

Maxi Jazz, LSK, Harry Collier and other members of Faithless have joined members of the London Community Gospel Choir, the Durban Gospel choir, Jamie Catto (1 Giant Leap) and musicians from around the world to record the song ‘Freedom for Palestine’, written by Faithless guitarist Dave Randall.  You can pre-order your copy now.  Go to http://www.freedomoneworld.org/ for more info…

Passing The Baton – Brixton Thursday 7th April (Damon Hope)

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2011 by faithlesstourblog

I took more Video than Pics on Thursday and then more Pics on the Friday(because it was being filmed properly).

Friday pictures will follow soon…

South Africa Pt 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 21, 2011 by faithlesstourblog

 

JOHANNESBURG

The short plane journey from Cape Town to Johannesburg felt like a lifetime… This was mostly due to the horrific event of Jo’s ear drums bursting after 15 minutes into the flight… Everyone tried hard not to panic as Jo screamed in agony and blood trickled from one of her ears… Luckily a nurse was on board, who managed to reassure Jo slightly and then get the pilot to slowly take the plane down a few thousand feet…!

The Faithless band and crew were relieved to make it to the hotel… none more so than Jo, who had a doctor waiting to see her…

The doctor gave her a shot of cortizone and plenty of painkillers…

…and told her to take to her bed…

…but come time to head to the venue, there stood a groggy looking Jo, ready to escort the band…

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At the Gallagher Estate, the equipment had only just arrived, due to it not making it’s flight the previous night and finally doing the journey by road…

Which meant a soundcheck was well out of the window…!

"More time to enjoy this fine food then"

In his dressing room, Maxi played some guitar whilst keeping his mosquito zapping tennis raquet within arms length!

With the girls all ready to rock, the news came through that a mini riot was occuring outside, due to terrible organisation and not enough staff on the doors…

While the wait continued, Stan had worked out a new warm up routine…

With most people now inside the building, the call to head to stage was made…

SHOWTIME

 

Apart from the mini riot, it being unbearably hot and the unenviable task of trying to get one of the limited beers from one of the 4 bar staff….

It was a fantastic show, to an extremely patient and deserving crowd.

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Back to the hotel, which had a perfect pool table in the bar, prompting Maxi to spend a lot of time there…

An early morning drive to a game reserve was planned, leaving at 5.30…!

Unfortunately, one of the crew fell ill just before getting there…

So it was agreed that the Lions, Elephants and Rhino would have to wait for another time and the minibus turned around…

Which at least meant everyone got to have a proper breakfast back at the hotel…

Then it was agreed that a day at the pool was the best plan…

Nobby led the way in ‘freeing’ the rubber ducks that were beside everyones bath in their rooms…

They soon all had individual names and talk of a duck race was underway…

Stan won the first race…

A last crazy evening out was enjoyed by all… well, those that can remember it…!

In the morning Maxi and LSK took a trip to the Puma store in Soweto… (to grab some swag)

Some of the painted adverts on the walls…

After lunch, the SUV’s turned up to transport everyone to the Turbine Hall, where a corporate gig for Red Bull was to take place…

SHOWTIME

The small stage layout was a strange one, with Andy, Stan and Blissy crammed into one corner, Sudha, Dave, LSK & Harry squeezed into the other, and Maxi on a slither of stage conecting the two sides…

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With a couple of hundred Red Bull staff and guests happily entertained, it was time to head back and pack the bags…

A long flight to Australia was awaiting…

Of which no-one was looking less forward to than Jo…

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South Africa – Pt 1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 13, 2011 by faithlesstourblog

CAPE TOWN

With a 12 hour flight through the night and only 2hrs forward in the time zone, the Faithless band and crew disembarked in Cape Town in good spirits…

It was 34 degrees in the shade when everyone exited the arrivals terminal, which prompted Maxi to immediately remove his shirt…

Barely 20 minutes from the airport, Table Mountain came into view…

The Table Bay Hotel was very welcoming and Maxi was happy to get offered some champagne on arrival…

…his joy, however, was short lived as it turned out to be iced tea served in a champagne flute…

“Why would anyone do such a thing…?!!?”

The rooms all had a nice view of Table Mountain and with the temperature being a good ten times that of the UK, it was time to hit the pool…

…where most people spent the last few hours of the afternoon…

…taking in some much needed sunshine, unwinding and looking forward to the local cuisine for dinner…

The restaurant was in an big old corrugated iron shed, right on the beach…

…and the food, as anyone who has been to South Africa will know, was out of this world…

The freshest fish and seafood possible… and plenty of it!!

The next morning Maxi and Blissy headed to do an interview at the 5FM radio station…

Maxi, Sasha Martinengo & Blissy

Back at the hotel, Andy and Sudha had been working out in the gym…

…not sure what Andy said to deserve a right hook from Sudha..!

LSK had been out and about and bought postcards for everyone…

Maxi sat by the pool contemplating what to write on his postcards…

…but soon came up with some amusing lyrics…

It was soon time to jump into one of the 5 big Lexus SUV’s and head to the venue…

In keeping with her badge theme, Blissy had ‘Miss Glam’ as her title for the day…

With these particular badges being supplied by Hels Bels, it was no surprise that Jo got ‘Miss Crazy’…

A slightly extended soundcheck was had, due to it being the first gig back after 5 weeks off…

During a break in proceedings… Stan and Maxi started taking it in turns to play ‘Guess the Bassline’…

For those that were hungry, dinner was served straight after soundcheck…

Harry, Stan and Maxi went out back to enjoy the last moments of sunshine with a beer and a smoke…

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Everyone was ready ahead of schedule, so while the others limbered up, Maxi got a 5 minute back rub from Blissy…

and it was time to head to stage…

Throughout the afternoon, some members of the Faithless tour had added their names to the heavily tagged corridor wall…

to everyones amusement, someone had added a few words in front of Stan’s name …

After many enquiries and a few accusations, it eventually came to light, that it was actually Stan himself who had created a genius moment of comedy by self-defecation…

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SHOWTIME!

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After the show, it was So hot that everyone stripped off… So all photos got censored…!

With the heat, the travelling and being a tad worn out from not having performed for a while.. ..it was straight back to the hotel for a swift nightcap and then to bed… A flight to Johannesburg awaited in the morning…!

It was sad to have only spent a day in Cape Town but at least there was a few days off in Jo’burg to look forward to…

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LONDON O2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 4, 2011 by faithlesstourblog

After a good twenty minutes of getting lost, the entire band had managed to find their way to the stage for soundcheck…

The O2 is enormous and has lots of similar looking corridors.

Blissy had swapped her ‘Yummy Mummy’ badge for a slightly more direct message…!

One of the Union boys had misplaced/lost their pass…

…which comes with some rather large consequences…

...in this case a special A4 laminate!

Maxi had borrowed a bit of black gaffer tape to modify his T-shirt for the final gig of the year…

The lucky competition winners with Maxi

…and the competition winners that were supposed to go to Spain…(if the spanish promoter had come up with any money!)

In the girls dressing room… Harry was being done up by Sudha and Blissy

Before they added the finishing touches to themselves…

Then everyone piled into the boys room, where Stan was in a continuous state of laughter for one reason or another…

With a rallying cry from Blissy, they headed towards the stage…

With a brief stop off to have a fresh looking pre-gig photo taken…

"see you for a sweaty pic in a couple of hours..."

SHOWTIME!

 

Exhausted and utterly blown away by the sea of people, Maxi and Blissy stopped off for their post-gig pic(the sweaty one!)…

Waiting with a big grin by the dressing rooms was the elusive Rollo Armstrong… (who had just come along for the free champagne!)

With an army of guests to go and see, it was a quick change of clothes and off to the after party…

Where one of Faithless’s number one fans was waiting to say ‘well done’.

…and another familiar member of the Faithless Family… The gorgeous Rhianna!

LSK & Sam Fox

Maxi & Sam Fox

Sudha & Sam Fox

The party went on into the wee hours…

…but one by one the tireless Faithless band and crew finally made their long-awaited way to their respective dwellings…

2010 had been one hectic, crazy but undeniably brilliant year, with thousands of new friends made along the way.

At this stage of the tour, Faithless have travelled just over 70,000 miles…

…Which is almost 3 times around the World…!!

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Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield and Birmingham…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 2, 2011 by faithlesstourblog

NEWCASTLE

A brighter day greeted the Faithless travellers as they set about leaving Manchester…

Stan was well chuffed to be having his morning coffee on a Manchester pavement from a Beat the Street mug…

The Angel of the North let everyone know that they’d arrived

Outside the MetroRadio Arena, there was a dedicated team working hard to get a few tons of snow off the roof…

A quick bite of lunch and it was into the coldest soundcheck ever…!

Back in the slightly warmer dressing rooms, Dave was working on a secret song and updating his fantastic tour video diary

…and Maxi was engrossed in his lyric book, writing down some fresh words that had popped into his head…

Stan was enquiring why Harry was always wandering about in his underpants…