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Posted 04 October 2017 15:54


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Only 3 gigs to end the North American Tour. Last night in Columbus, Ohio, James performed 'Make Me Better' for the 1st time with Ed Sheeran. Hopefully, someone has the full video somewhere. Here's a snippet:

https://twitter.com/tinkweed/status/915417979948552192

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BZz-XQpAaK0/?taken-by=pchyjnn

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Poor image quality but the sound is good - 'Make Me Better' James & Ed
https://youtu.be/a1aR9gOj5p4

Full set in Sacramento, California 01/08/2017 - Not a high quality video but it gives a good idea if you haven't got a chance to attend any gigs on the North American Tour.
https://youtu.be/ecMCfvLtaoA
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Posted 04 October 2017 23:48


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Another video of James and Ed performing 'Make Me Better', Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 3rd.

https://www.facebook.com/TheArenaGuy/videos/1549673675098320/

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Posted 05 October 2017 02:24


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The song 'OK' performed live from Cities 97's Studio C is in the tracklist of this album. Cities 97 is a local radio station in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Album to be released on November 17th.

Cities 97 Sampler Vol. 29 (2017)

https://twitter.com/cities97radio/status/915647134241841152

https://cities97.iheart.com/featured/cities-97-sampler-volume-29/content/2017-10-02-cities-97-sampler-volume-29/

The annual Cities 97 Sampler is more than just a collection of music; it's an intimate peek behind the scenes of Studio C and a powerful vehicle for supporting amazing local charitable organizations, but none of it would be possible without your generosity.

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Posted 06 October 2017 00:23


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One more live video from the North American Tour.

"OK" - Live from Tampa, Florida
Although a Robin Schulz hit featuring James Blunt, this song was originally written by James for his album The Afterlove, but never made the cut. Here is a live performance of that version.

https://youtu.be/9kxQ7GFngTA
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Posted 06 October 2017 04:16


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Really good video of James & Ed singing 'Make Me Better' in Columbus, Ohio on the 2nd show 04/10/2017

https://youtu.be/vba4YXIobxE

... and a better version of their first duet the night before 03/10/2017

https://youtu.be/tUrAHdWgvOE

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Posted 07 October 2017 01:01


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In my humble opinion, this kind of situation is beyond ridiculous. Posted on Twitter less than an hour before the show. It's not like a handful of tickets, over 300 tickets just released by Ticketmaster. Shame on you promoters and official tickets sellers for how you treat the fans.

https://twitter.com/BrdgstoneArena/status/916431734522118145

JUST IN: over 300 tickets for tonight's @edsheeran show have just been released!!!
Get yours now >> http://bit.ly/2mCQfb2

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Posted 07 October 2017 13:13


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James was guest on the TV show 'Today in Nashville', Tennessee

https://youtu.be/tPpm-bkmJDo

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Posted 08 October 2017 06:38


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Well, it's over. The last chorus has been sung, the last CD autographed, the last promotional interview posted to Youtube. Three and a half months of exposure as the opening act for the world's most popular musician - it's going to be one heck of an afterparty tonight.

James has done a brilliant job taking advantage of this opportunity. He performed for hundreds of thousands more people on this tour than he could have reached on his own - and those people have bought his album, tapped their toes, and took OK to #1 in the Billboard Dance Club Charts. (Seriously...did anyone have "James will have a Dance hit in 2017" in the pool?) The reviews for his performances have been excellent - many times more than the single sentence that is usually devoted to the support act - and he has taken advantage of just about every promotional opportunity that has come along, with those little codas for "lucky winners", the radio spots, the TV, the print/online media. Here's hoping it's created enough of an opening that we'll get to see him in North America as the headliner a year from now.

I hope James, too, feels this tour has been a success.


Annec xx
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Posted 08 October 2017 07:17


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Amen to that, Annec.

Now that the N. Am. tour has wrapped, allow me ...

James Blunt & Ed Sheeran concerts in Tulsa and D.C bookended the most wild & surreal month of my life.

As I stood in the arena in Tulsa, Hurricane Harvey was about to roar into my life.

After the gig, we returned to badly-clobbered Houston to find our neighborhood under water and our house submerged in chest-deep water for 2 weeks.

After finally securing a kayak, we donned fishing waders and rowed down our street to our house, shoved open the swollen front door and were greeted by ... a duck ... floating amongst the furniture and debris in my house.

When the water finally receded, we spent the next couple weeks frantically tearing out the walls and gutting the cabinetry down to the wooden studs, and throwing the lion's share of our possessions into a mountainous heap on our front lawn for the bulldozers to haul away.†

It was a surreal sight of front-end loaders and giant-claw bulldozers working in tandem in an odd bulldozer ballet.

While the drenched house-frame was drying, we hopped a plane to see James Blunt and Ed Sheeran in Washington DC.
Which was a badly-needed breath of normal.

And maybe it was my wishful imagination running away with me, but lo and behold it looked like Karl Brazil, Ben Castle and Malcolm Moore back on stage with their ol mate! What a warm sight for sore eyes.

Was I going mad?!

I don't know, but being amongst fellow music-lovers, eating up the songs of my two favorite musicians was exactly where I needed to be.

Thank you to James (and Ed) for the ride.

I needed it.
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Posted 09 October 2017 05:07


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@MSF-Fan - I'm sorry to read that you have to face such level of devastation in your house. Surreal month for sure but also life-changing experience. Sending you my warmest thoughts. ((Hugs))

Here's a short Facebook live video that James posted Saturday night. Footage of him and the band/crew backstage waiting for the last opening of the Ed Sheeran tour in North America to start in Nashville. In his interview for "Today in Nashville", he said "I can honestly say, it's probably been the best tour I've never had in my entire life."

https://www.facebook.com/jamesblunt/videos/10159451706920424/

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Posted 10 October 2017 16:12


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'Heartbeat' live in Orlando, Florida 31/08/2017

https://youtu.be/nu9LJC0nuW0

+ Photos gallery by Jose Garcia: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5PVJoY
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Posted 10 October 2017 16:17


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Interview by Swiftcast, huge fans of Taylor Swift in the U.S.
Swifties, Sheerios and Bedlamites unite!

Episode 226 - James Blunt on Ed Sheeran's Divide Tour!

Last week, Taylor posted a Spotify playlist of all her recent favorite songs! One song featured on it was "Love Me Better" by James Blunt, the British singer-songwriter best known for his 2005 hit, "You're Beautiful."

We were lucky enough to sit down with him in Nashville, where he was opening for the legendary Ed Sheeran on the North American leg of his Divide Tour. Tune in for our chat with James where we cover everything from writing songs with Ryan Tedder, to highlights of touring with Ed, and even the loaded question of his favorite Taylor Swift song!

https://www.theswiftcast.com/episode-226

Around 16:06, James mentioned they are talking about coming back to the States again, and Canada hopefully, if he's invited to (after the Asia tour). Looking at his schedule, there's space in April, May, June 2018. We'll have to stay tune for more info.

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Posted 13 October 2017 19:08


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'Someone Singing Along' live in Orlando, Florida 31/08/2017

https://youtu.be/2H7Xpc_6A-I

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Posted 14 October 2017 17:58


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Good footage: A few songs from the Boston gig on 23/09/2017. The rest of the video with Ed Sheeran.

https://youtu.be/KkGSPRx1Tzo
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Posted 07 February 2018 15:30


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According to this post, Johnny Boy is leaving the US tour, must be the reason why Malcolm is joining the band.

Hot stuff here

Yep. This happened. Thanks @teddysphotos for a wonderful tour send off. #hooters #edsheeran #orlando
https://www.instagram.com/p/BYgM2CDhckg/?taken-by=satellites_johnnyvic


This one from Stuart Camp goes with the previous one.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYfYdNZnvBY/?taken-by=stuartcamp73


And this one posted by Ed Sheeran today on Instagram! Photo taken by Mark Surridge

https://www.instagram.com/p/Be5HkBHFAjJ/?taken-by=teddysphotos

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Posted 16 March 2018 13:57


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On The Late Late Show with James Corden 09/08/2017

'Don't Give Me Those Eyes' (broadcast only in March 2018)
https://youtu.be/q04CSREr5_A

And this funny video broadcast in 2017
James Is Blunt w/ James Blunt
https://youtu.be/ydGDnTCbVzY

There was a video of the song 'OK' but it's no longer online.

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Edited 23/04/2018

Found by accident the video for 'OK' on The Late Late Show... on a Chinese website.
https://v.qq.com/x/page/k0024jjhdma.html

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Posted 06 May 2018 18:48


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Better late than never... sometimes Facebook and Google searches suck.

You may have read the tour diary posts written by John Garrison on his Tumblr blog last year during the North American Tour (Summer 2017). These posts are different and longer versions published on iBass Magazine. John is a great storyteller, no wonder why he's also a great songwriter. Enjoy the reading and the photos!

https://www.ibassmag.com/john-garrison-tour-diary-part-1/

JOHN GARRISON: TOUR DIARY (PART 1)
Posted by iBass | Jul 11, 2017

JOHN GARRISON, BASSIST WITH JAMES BLUNT, TALKS US THROUGH HIS FIRST WEEK SUPPORTING ED SHEERAN IN THE US.

Welcome to my tour diary, a collection of personal stories and impressions that Iím going to be sharing with you about the music, atmosphere and overall experience of the current Ed Sheeran tour in the US. Touring is always full of highs and lows, but weíre supporting a brilliant and much-loved artist in Ed, and Iím looking forward to taking it all in. Being the support band on a big tour you need to know your place, or else you run the risk of being fired on day one. But itís been an excellent start so far and James and the rest of the band are in fine form. Hereís how I got on in week one.

DAY 1, JUNE 25TH: GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
Itís 8am and Iím onsite at the Glastonbury Festival. The slightly guilty conscience of waking up in a mobile home, having a bed, a lovely clean toilet with a stock of toilet paper and a nice cup of tea soon disappears as I venture into the main site and mingle with the casualties of the night before (and probably the night before that). Iíve been there, but once youíve experienced the backstage and VIP areas of a festival itís very hard to go back. The fact that I got here on a helicopter makes this an even more surreal experience and one that doesnít quite sit right for someone playing the BBC Introducing Stage Ė my Glastonbury has been more rock Ďní roll than some of the acts playing the main stages! But, as is becoming commonplace here, this experience is all courtesy of the corporate world. Iím here as a guest of a mate who owns a very successful packaging business. Helicopters and Winnebagoís (and clean toilets for that matter) would otherwise be out of reach for us mere musicians. But I loved it.

The gig was with an artist called Lulu James. It was frantic and stressful as is often the case with no sound check, a shared backline and stewards who seemed to have left their humanity outside at the gates. However, It was a great gig and Lulu nailed it. We found out the whole set was being broadcast live on the BBC just as we were going on, which brought out the star in Lulu that she will inevitably become. A taxi from Glastonbury to Londonís Heathrow Airport awaits followed by a flight to NYC for a 5am morning TV stint with James Blunt.

DAY 2, JUNE 26TH: GOOD MORNING AMERICA!
After just three hours sleep and a 4am lobby call, todayís a live performance on Good Morning America of ďOKĒ, Bluntís new single here in the States. Itís a track thatís quite personal for me as my remix is being released as the main version. You need to have many strings to your bow if you want to make a living in music these days. Weíre all in a daze as we check our hire gear. God knows what time our crew arrived, but everything is setup and ready to go. Iím writing this a few days later, so I canít remember much about the performance itself, but the label and management all seemed happy.

Jet lag and the general buzz of being in New York means an attempted snooze doesnít happen. So our keyboard player, Chris Pemberton (Pembers), our drummer Kristoff and I go for a power walk around Central Park. Youíve got to take any opportunity to stay in shape while youíre out on the road. Central Park is such a wonderful place and it never fails to impress. On days like this I feel very privileged to be doing what I do. We then head off to another TV studio to perform on the Seth Myers Show. The studio is freezing! Itís always the way with US TV shows. A planned big night out in NYC is thwarted by jetlag that eventually kicks in too hard to ignore. Itís an early night for us.

DAY 3, JUNE 27TH: NYC
I woke up at 5am, but not for any reason other than jetlag, but thatís ok in NYC. I still love this city. I lived here for 2 years back in 2006/7 and it still feels like home. There is energy and a focus here that brings out the creative side in anyone who has one. Weíre performing on the Live With Kelly and Ryan talk show today and itís another freezing studio. A trailer filled with farmyard animals is parked right outside our dressing room, which breaks the tediousness of TV world, but the boredom was abruptly shattered when weíre told we have to lose 30 seconds from the track. Weíve already sound checked, so itís a strategic edit thatís arranged in a board meeting-style, sat around the table with no way of checking that the changes work. Itís times like this that we are thankful to be a live band with no backing tracks. We visually cue the changes live on air while being broadcast to millions and it works. We nail it in 3 minutes. Everyone is happy and weíre done for the day.

We head downtown to my favourite Italian restaurant called Emilioís Ballato. Itís an old mafia-style Italian that I was introduced to when I lived here. Emilio is a terrifying, yet lovable character that sits at the door and he has done for decades. You only have to imagine a mafia-style Italian restaurant owner with a gravelly voice who has to occasionally pop out to ďtake care of businessĒ to know what he looks like. The first time I came here, Sting was sat at the first table with Jay Z and Rhianna. Itís that kind of place. Emilio Jnr takes us to a table and explains the menu in his ďbaddabingĒ way. Itís so clichť that one or 2 of our party suspect itís all a show, but I know for a fact itís not. The family back in Sicily send over ingredients twice a week and all three of Emilioís sons work at the place. Itís the real deal. Tonight we are all on the guest list for an Imelda May gig at Webster Hall. Pembers, our keyboard player, plays for Imelda too. He depped out the last two Imelda gigs as they clashed with the Blunt tour, but coincidence means we are all here in NYC. The band is amazing and Imeldaís voice soars. We hang out at an Irish bar around the corner after the show.

DAY 4, JUNE 28TH: HELLO KANSAS!
We fly to Kansas today and arrive to find that instead of the mini bus we asked for, all twelve of us have to squeeze into three cars with all our gear. Itís not all glamour!

DAY 5, JUNE 29TH: SPRINT ARENA
Itís the first day of our Ed Sheeran support tour. Still jetlagged, Iím up and wide-awake at 5am. Eventually, the tour bus pulls up outside our hotel, which is always an exciting moment. Thereís something about American tour buses thatís probably linked to my childhood dream of touring the States, but also just how cool they look. This is home for the next two months. We get to the Sprint Arena, which has a capacity of 16,000 and is sold out. We meet Ed and all the crew who are all friendly, which is a welcome relief. The support act can occasionally be treated as a lesser entity, but not here. James and Ed are friends, which helps Ė Ed co-wrote some of the tracks on Jamesí new album and we even recorded one of them at Edís house earlier in the year. We sound check the whole set, which feels a bit weird. Ed does his thing with just an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal. He rarely sound checks, so seeing our gear onstage feels a little intrusive on his minimal set, but again, Edís crew are all super helpful. We iron out a few issues from rehearsals and drop a song as we creep over our allocated 40 minutes.

Ed pops in to wish us luck as we all do our vocal warm up before we go on. Itís a younger crowd than we are used to and a few of them have no idea who James is. I guess itís 12 years since his debut album was no.1 here in the States. James strikes up the opening chords to ďYouíre BeautifulĒ and you can see the penny drop in the audience. The crowd slowly get to their feet as they realise Ďitís that guyí. Itís an amazing moment and from that point on itís an amazing show.

We all come off stage and have a post gig huddle. Itís been a success. Thereís always a slight element of doubt before a support gig, but those doubts have been put to bed tonight. Ed pops in before his set and pours us all a mandatory Tequila. He hits the stage to an ear splitting shrill of 16,000 teenagers. Itís an amazing spectacle to witness him with just a guitar and a loop pedal. From the hardcore fans at the front to the reluctant parents at the back, Ed has them all in the palm of his hand. He is a master of his craft.

DAY 6, JUNE 30TH: DES MOINES
I get woken by the bus stopping, which is often the case when the gentle rock and sway of the journey ends. Itís 5:30am and weíre playing in the city of Des Moines today. Iíve toured America many times and have still never heard of this place. Iíve no idea how itís pronounced either. Is it spoken with a French accent? Or, as it looks, more like a football commentatorís name? Either way, I am the only person around at this time in the morning. Google maps suggests going to a place called East Village, so I head there and find a coffee shop. As well as coffee, they sell vinyl records and second-hand sci-fi books that the locals are all reading. The guy working there spots my accent and we get chatting.

Ed is trying out some new guitars today, so he has a sound check, which means that we donít, but thatís cool. Our crew know exactly how we like our sound. The gig follows the same pattern as yesterday: polite applause after each song until the realisation that follows ĎYouíre Beautifulí and the subsequent unlocking of the crowd. Itís another great gig and afterwards we all head back to the tour bus, which is surrounded by Edís fans. Itís actually quite a refreshing change for James who is relaxed and talking to them all, posing for photos and signing autographs. We get some spicy chicken wings delivered to the bus courtesy of Edís caterers and they blow our heads off! Ed has told them that James loves chicken wings, and the spicier the better. We are all in tears on the bus. Benny, our guitarist, has three and starts hallucinating. We canít finish them, so we dish them out to fans outside and then scurry back before the bus departs.

DAY 7, JUNE 1ST: MINNEAPOLIS
We wake up in St Paul, which is on the outskirts of Minneapolis. Weíre playing in the basement of a huge arena tonight and itís roasting hot. Pembers and I decide to go for a wander.

We walk down to the Mississippi River, which runs through the city and dip our toes in just to say that we have, but itís too hot and we head back. Next is a short acoustic set over at a Minneapolis radio station for a competition winner there. Pembers and I are both huge Prince fans and bow our heads in the direction of Paisley Park as we pass. It looks like a factory to me! The performance is great. Blunty is on top form with his banter and has both the radio host and the audience in stitches. He really is a funny man, as his Twitter followers already know. Next up is a bike ride with Nick, Edís photographer. Ed always tours with bikes on the trucks and has kindly leant them to us today. We zoom down the Mississippi for a wonderful 10 miles or so. Itís great to get out. Tonightís gig is a slightly odd one. We canít put our fingers on why, but as is sometimes the case, it just falls a little flat. Thereís no point trying to analyse it. They canít all be great and it maybe itís just be me.

Weíve five days off now. My girlfriend and son have flown out to New York and are waiting for me at a wonderful house in upstate New York that Jamesí family are also sharing. The initial plan was to go overnight on the bus to Chicago and fly to NYC from there, but a very generous Ed Sheeran is also going to NYC and has booked a private jet with spare seats. So a quick repack of my carry on bag and we are whisked away straight from Edís performance. Thereís even pizza and a beer on the plane as we head to NYC. Living the dream!

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Don't miss the picture of Viktor playing table tennis with Ed Sheeran.

https://www.ibassmag.com/john-garrison-tour-diary-part-2/

JOHN GARRISON: TOUR DIARY (PART 2)
Posted by iBass | Aug 8, 2017

JOHN GARRISON, BASSIST WITH JAMES BLUNT, REPORTS FROM WEEK 2 OF THE BANDíS US TOUR WITH ED SHEERAN.

DAY 8 | TORONTO ACC
Weíve had a few days off here with the family in upstate New York. We even had a flying visit from Ed Sheeran who arrived on a seaplane that landed on the Hudson River! My 7 year-old son (and no.1 Ed fan) Viktor, bombarded him with questions about his songs: ďWhat shape is your girlfriend and why do you love it so much?Ē I have to say, he was wonderful and incredibly patient. He even let Viktor win at table tennis and listened to all the songs heís written on the piano. He definitely cemented his hero status in my little boyís mind. What a great guy.

James, Pembers and I leave our families in NY and fly up to Toronto for two sold out gigs at the ACC. We make use of the family-free time and go for a walk along Queen St, which is my favourite area of Toronto thanks to its wonderful shops and coffee bars. The obligatory trip to Moog Audio makes me thankful I left my credit card at the hotel. If you are into weird electronic synths and recording gear, this place is a must! Itís baking hot here, but once again the arena is freezing. James headlined this same venue a few years ago, so to be the opening act feels a little like a fall from grace, still Jamesí new album is doing great here in Canada. His following is huge, but everything pales into the shadows when compared to the recent success of Ed Sheeran. Before Ed, kids thought they had to enter a TV talent show to become successful, but Ed has single headedly made a whole new generation want to pick up a guitar.

We go on and itís a great gig. There are a lot of Bluntís fans here and we play a blinder. The break has done wonders, the crowd are awesome and Blunt wins every fan over. Weíre buzzing! We head to a sports bar nearby and sit outside in the warm evening for a few beers. Itís awesome. This is what touring is all about. We then get wind that thereís a Sheeran crew party down the road as they have a Ďwalk awayí tonight (another gig in same venue tomorrow, so no need to pack away the stage). Itís a great party with virtual golf keeping us all entertained, if a little in danger after a few beers.

DAY 9 | BLUE JAYS BASEBALL AND THE ROAD TO BUFFALO.
A huge cheer from outside my window wakes me up, but I drift back off again. Then a huge roar! OK, itís time to investigate. I throw open the curtains to find that Iím actually inside the Blue Jays baseball stadium and thereís a game going on, right now. I wasnít expecting that! Pembers and I take another walk along Queen St.

We get to the gig to find all Edís crew slightly the worse for wear! But itís another sell out gig and another great show. We all agree that last night was a tiny bit better, but it doesnít matter. Weíve had two great shows and thatís Toronto done. All aboard the bus and we head to Buffalo back in the US. The 4am border crossing means we all get hauled off the bus for the usual immigration check. Thereís no super star treatment when it comes to border police and even Edís forced off in his bus PJís. The immigration guys ask us some pretty obvious questions: ďwhy are you coming to the States?Ē It seems a stupid question when everyone on the tour bus gives the same answer. Still, I guess a job is a job.

DAY 10 | THE RETURN TO CHICKEN WING MECCA
We wake up in Buffalo, NY, and James is very excited, as itís the centre of the universe for his favourite food, chicken wings. Iím a part-time veggie these days, thanks to my son going vegetarian last year having watched a BBC documentary about porcupinesÖ.but thatís another storyÖ. Anyway, in Buffalo, I am not veggie. No one is. Jamesís culinary obsession has rubbed off on all of us over the years. In 2011, on a promo trip through America, we went to a place here called Duffs and have forever been trying to find an establishment that can compare, but to no avail. In fact, nothing comes close. James actually has the Duffs menu in his jacket pocket at all times. I promise you, thatís true. He is possessed! Heís even thinking about writing a book called WOW (Wings Of The World), which will be about chicken wings with ratings that heís gathered over the years.

So today we return to Duffs and we get word that Ed wants to come as James has gone on about how good it is for so long. The Blunt band wait outside the venue for the mini bus we have booked (we are 15 mins early as James is seriously excited). Suddenly 2 big mini vans arrive and a huge posse consisting of Ed, his producer and a lot if his crew. We get to Duffs and they have no idea whatís going on. Itís only a small place and we should have booked! Having 2 superstars in the dining party always helps when a table is needed. They squeeze us in and James orders for everyone. Regular hot, suicide hot and DEATH are the strength of spice ordered.

Suicide has a good kick and floors the majority of the party. The remaining few get a Blunty pep talk about how to tackle the infamous DEATH sauce. Only use 1 hand. Never use said chosen hand to go to the toilet or rub eyes or touch anywhere sensitive on your body (or anyone elseís for that matter)Ö our guitarist Benny (Ben Castle) starts screaming in the middle of the restaurant and I start to lose my vision. God knows whatís in that sauce, but we love it. We get back to the venue and prepare for the gig, which is a weird one. The audience are very much here for Ed and we feel a bit in the way. It could, of course, be that all our senses have been numbed by Duffs! We board the bus and head to Philadelphia while watching Kill Bill with a few beers. I guess the gigs canít all be great.

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