Walk and talk, talk and walk. That’s what we do either before or after soundcheck. Today we hit the sidewalks of Cleveland and headed down to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which was very cool and well worth the visit if you get a chance.
About a mile out, we got a call from the tour manager that Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins had turned up to see the show and wanted to say hello. We instantly turned back.
Billy is a lovely gentle man. He had found out about the show and was staying across the street before playing Cleveland the next night, so spent his evening coming to see our set. Billy is a big fan of Gene Loves Jezebel also and had performed their song Stephen in London a few years back.
I only casually asked him if he wanted to join us on stage and he said Rain in the Summertime - Remastered so before you could say Gish he was on stage with The Alarm singing with me on the mic, and playing an Alarm / Auden electro acoustic Deceiver guitar.
After the show we decamped to the dressing room and chatted for hours about all things and everything.