If you remember from my last blog, we were just about to set off for Denmark to do a couple of concerts there. It's only a short flight from Stansted airport to Denmark but, as usual, it always takes more time to get to the airport and then all the waiting about, security checks etc (which of course I accept must be done). But now you even have to take your shoes off and I'm beginning to wonder if they might soon be asking for a full striptease and a urine sample too! I'd like to see that implemented just for the entertainment value! In fact, I jokingly asked one of the security folks if they needed anything of that nature and, whilst it did raise a giggle, they declined my offer!
Anyway, we arrived in Copenhagen and were met by our kind hosts Keld Christensen and his elder son Tim and drove the very short journey to Roskilde. As we were not actually gigging on that same night we had time to take in a few of the sights of beautiful (but cold and windy) Roskilde. First though, we were taken for lunch at The Gimle, and Keld recommended that we just had a very light lunch as we were invited to his house for a traditional home cooked Danish meal that same evening. He suggested the bacon sandwich and, of course, all of us Brits - being true carnivores - readily agreed. What came out of the kitchen though was not what we expected.
Usually a sandwich is just a couple of slices of bread with a filling, which in this instance was bacon. Oh no! I couldn't believe my eyes when the waitress put on the table in front of me what could only best be described as a cooked pig between two bread vans!! It was absolutely fantastic, but more like a four course meal than a sandwich! Even I couldn't finish mine and that's a first as I do like my grub.
We had a tour of Roskilde Cathedral and visited the tomb of Harald the first King of Denmark. He was called Harald Bluetooth, and frankly we were all amazed to think that they had that technology way back in the 12th Century! We did try calling him but his mobile must have been switched off - there were signs all over the building asking that mobile phones be turned off and it seems that even Danish Royalty (albeit dead royalty) have to abide by the rules - as there was no answer!
Later that evening, as promised, we were treated to some great down home Danish hospitality by Keld and Jytte Christensen; our kind hosts. Needless to say the food, drink and hospitality were fantastic! Thank You so much Keld & Jytte, we now know what a good night at home is in Denmark. Just don't forget to ask us again!!
The Gimle Club is in the centre of Roskilde and Gimle is the name of the mythical Nordic raven in one of Denmark's fables. What a perfect evening it was too. The crowd (only about 200 of them unfortunately) were in fine form and, much to my delight, the greater part of them spoke and understood good English as it's a second language to them. They also got the gist of English silly humour, much to the annoyance of Guinness, our bass player.
Just before we went on stage he looked at me with a sly grin and said sarcastically: "Well Mick, I don't think you'll be telling any gags or stories tonight because they won't understand you, so hard luck matey." You should have seen the look on his face, when I asked the audience "How many of you speak English?" They nearly all put their hands up! Guinness was totally gobsmacked!! The stories and gags also went down well - as of course did the music! So hard luck, Guinness: stop being such a misery guts!! (Only joking!) Jes Christensen and a guy who we nicknamed Wik the Wiking were manning the PA and did a grand job. Thanks guys, good work. We even managed to get a fairly good quality live album out of the gig too. I've called it Amongst Vikings, and it's in the Squirrel Shop right now, so get yours asap!
Things here back home have been absolutely frantic for the last two months, what with finishing the Autobiography. Yes! It's finished at last! It is being published by Apex Publishing Ltd and it will be on sale in hardback in all major book stores worldwide. The proposed release dates are either December 2008 or January / February 2009. It is oddly titled What is a Wommett?' The Autobiography of Mick Abrahams, and I really hope you'll rush out and buy it and have a good read. Even I have now read it, in the most objective way possible, and I have to say without blowing my own trumpet too much it's not the average run of the mill autobiography: it's a good story and funny too. I'm glad I didn't get anyone to ghost write it for me, as I knew what I wanted to say and, although I had plenty of offers, guess what ? They all wanted to charge me a ruddy fortune for the privilege!
I have to give a special mention to a very kind friend, Martin Turner, who edited the whole book for me and where necessary, sorted out my crap punctuation skills. He liked what he read and was very gracious in his comments about my writing skills! I think he said something like "You do have an eloquent turn of phrase and with all that is in this manuscript, you just couldn't make it up!" So, everything in the book is fact, although I've changed a couple of names to protect the guilty and innocent alike. I'm so glad to have finally done it and it was unbelievable just how emotionally drained I felt after having finally finished it! I'm going to write a novel next! Let's see what happens!
Lastly, the preparations for the 65th Birthday Concert on the 18th of July are taking up a lot of my time, but it's all very positive. The tickets are selling phenomenally well and I'm positive that we will sell out within the next few weeks. It's be the biggest band I've put together, and as some of you may have read on the news page, Jack Lancaster, Andy Pyle and Ron Berg will all be there on the night, and we will be playing a couple of numbers from the two Blodwyn Pig albums Ahead Rings Out and Getting to This. As Ron is beset with health problems which preclude him from playing drums these days, I've asked my good old team mate Clive Bunker to take the drum stool for the night (I hope he brings it back!) and I know he will do a great job.
PS: The Pension Authorities haven't sent me my pension book or bus pass yet! What a shower!
Cheers & God Bless. Mick.