Lisa Stansfield European Tour 2013 – Episode 9: Milan to London

So there we have it!

The first leg of the European Tour done and it’s back to London for a week or so off before we start again in York, UK on the 10th June.

After the riotous gig in Milan we were all partying in the dressing room but, with a ferry to catch on the other side of the continent, bus driver Ian – the Geordie James Hunt – suggested we continue on the bus as he wanted to get back to London in time for Emmerdale (Oh, the glamour)

In actual fact, having turned into a soft southern nancy with more money than sense, before the tour started I had booked myself a hotel in Milan for that night and a flight home the next day. However to be honest, the bus is where it’s at and so I elected to go home with the rest of the guys on the scenic route.

I hope the aeroplane’s not still waiting for me??

The trip back took about 16 hours so the bus company had very kindly flown out another driver so they could take turns. So, we did the whole trip without stopping.

What can I say about a 16 hour bus journey, that isn’t going to have you nodding off?

We drank. We slept. We woke up. We had coffee (lots of coffee). We talked shit (lots of that, too). We shared a ferry with a million Bayern Munich and Dortmund fans on their way to Wembley for the Champions League final. (the wrong team won BTW!)

We finally arrived back in London around 5.00pm, all tired and emotional, and made our way home to be quizzed by our families.

So, that’s the first European leg over. 10 days, 6 cities and 2500 miles later and we are all feeling jolly pleased with ourselves.

As usual with this band, it has been one big riotous laugh from beginning to end – and I genuinely mean that. We each individually have our ups and downs, but at any given time you can guarantee that the majority are rolling about in fits of laughter.

The next show is in York on the 10th June and I shall be blogging from the UK tour and indeed the 2nd leg of the European tour and into Turkey.

However, as I have enjoyed the blogging experience so much, I shall be posting a couple of bonus blogs before the next show, in which I will introduce the guys in the band and crew so keep your eyes peeled for those. I will be complementary to them all in direct proportion to the number of drinks they bought me on this past leg so, if any of you are reading this (Mickey!), you know what to do 😉

Arrivederci all – and I leave you with an image which has come to mean so much to me over the past couple of weeks………..

Bunk Room

17 thoughts on “Lisa Stansfield European Tour 2013 – Episode 9: Milan to London

  1. merci pour ce blug!!!tres interressant, et trés sympathique!! à part la traduction!!!lol en français pas terrible ce n est pas de votre faute!!!!heureusement “i speak english a little!!!!j espere que d ‘autres fans ont aussi appreciés.Merci Lisa, Ian et tous tes musiciens du spectacle magnifique innoubliable que tu as donné à Paris, merci pour ce carnet de route !!!a bientot, j espere que Lisa continuera à se produire c est la MEILLEURE!!!!!!! festival de JAZZ à ANTIBES (france) mondialement connu!!!j’habites là bas!!quand vous voulez j invite la bande et LISA!!!sincerely

  2. Oh Johnny, your blog has been thoroughly entertaining 🙂 So whats the chances of leaving in all the bleeped out bits on the next leg of the tour…?

  3. I love this blog! I am a huge fan of Lisa Stansfield; her song “Change” shaped my taste of music. I live in Stockholm, Sweden, and there are not so many people here listening to Lisa but in june me and my best friend will travel to Manchester and see the gig. I am really looking forward to this (I have seen Lisa live two times before). I bought VIP-tickets so I hope this will be a fantastic experience! Mr Staffan Ekengren, Stockholm

  4. At blessing the world God bless you & your trumpet. I hope ‘mum and dad’ are not far away from you at that moment and get a bit as well 🙂

      • Hiya Johnny, looking forward to the next gigs in the UK. However as you’re all back in rehearsals right now, are there any plans on changing the song/ playlist around? I think the general feeling from the fans is as much as we all love listening to the older tunes, we all wanna hear MORE of the new stuff… (On top of the 3 new tunes already). Any chance in twisting a wrist or two PLZzzz???

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