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Sex, Drugs and Sandwiches

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Thursday 15 August, Astoria Park (Queens, New York City): It is mid-evening in New York. We have been in the USA approximately eight hours and, according to our body clocks, it’s the middle of the night. George is already on his fourth meal. This is how it goes in the

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“I’ll have a Gibson please, stout yeoman…”

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Saturday 13 October, 4.45pm (Gothenburg, Sweden) The Lightyears have landed, for the first time ever, in Sweden. We’re playing a gig with a superband of rock legends on Monday (what’s the official collective noun for that? A ‘crowd-surf’ of rock legends, perhaps?!) and so John, Tony and I have flown

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Just as glorious as I remember…

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Wednesday 3 February, 11.30am (Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa): We landed in South Africa this morning to embark on our 2010 Cape Town tour and the place is just as glorious as I remember. Ten minutes ago we checked into our hotel rooms at the Table Bay, Cape

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"Hello Wembley!!"

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SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER, 9.30am (Wembley Stadium, London): This is it. The big one. The motherload. Wembley. Flipping. Stadium. Today we are performing on the pitch at Wembley in front of an estimated crowd of around 45,000 people. Once we’re done, Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity will take to the stage

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Blue Moons and seven-foot transvestites…

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WEDNESDAY 29 JULY, 8.30pm (Business Class Cabin, British Airways Flight 183, Heathrow): The last time we toured to America, we flew Business Class. It turned out that Tony had a “contact” who was able to pull some strings for us at British Airways (I didn’t ask exactly what this meant

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"We’ll always have Cape Town, boys…"

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SATURDAY 7 MARCH, 9.30am (Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa): It’s the morning of the gig. The moment this whole week has been building up to. Last night we spent a few nerve-wracking hours getting to know the rugby players who will constitute a large proportion of our audience

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We are staying in JACK BAUER'S hotel…

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TUESDAY 3 MARCH, 3pm (Brass Bell Restaurant, False Bay, South Africa): I am dressed in shades, boardies and flip-flops. I am starting to look quite tanned, having spent a decent amount of time on the beach over the past few days. I am exhuding an easy, care-free demeanour on account

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The tour has begun…

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FRIDAY 30 JANUARY, 2.30am (International Airspace, somewhere over Africa): This is one of my favourite parts of any tour. I am on the plane, 40,000 feet above the ground, cruising at speeds of 600 mph. I am approximately four gin and tonics into an evening of steady boozing, courtesy of

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"You're 'avin a giraffe mate!"

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WEDNESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER, 1.30pm (Time Square, New York, USA): “I’m driving a van! Through Time Square! I’m James Bond!” Tony is driving a van. Through Time Square. In doing so he is fulfilling a lifelong ambition and is having an absolute ball in the process. A cab driver tries cutting

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Guest Blog: How many Lightyears does it take to change a lightbulb?

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During the band’s recent American Tour, New Yorker Ashley Stubblefield boldly stepped up to the task of tour-managing the boys through their many adventures. To help exorcise her trauma, she wrote a blog about her experiences… How many Lightyears does it take to change a lightbulb? by Ashley Stubblefield To

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