17 Mar 2009 - Nicko's Splurging Diary (!)

As transcribed on Sunday 15th March...

Well, well, well boys and girls -- Nicko here! Yes you thought you'd seen the last of me didn't you? Well I've got news for you... I'm back, just for the one splurging diary for you all. I'm coming for you, I like coming for you with mumbling jumbling words of wisdom and mayhem...

I'm on Ed Force One at the moment flying from Rio de Janiero to sunny San Paulo and my goodness it's very hot and humid down here. We played a show in Rio last night with was absolutely fantastic but I'll get to that in a little while. Yesterday afternoon on the 14th of March, Saturday afternoon, we had our premiere of Flight 666. When we went out on the tour last year, the first part of the Somewhere Back In Time tour we took a documentary film crew with us -- Mr Sam Dunn and Scotty McFadyen. They came out with a bunch of cameras and did the whole trip with us across the world on our tour. Love them and hate them at the same time -- they were wonderful to work with but after six or seven weeks on the road it's like guests who come round your house, they go off after a while and you want to get rid of them don't you boys and girls? But no, we had a lovely time, loved them more than I hated them and they did a fantastic job.

They came into town Friday evening, into Rio from Canada to be here for our premiere of Flight 666 which kicked off yesterday afternoon at about quarter to two at the Odeon Theatre. All the band, we left the hotel, turned up at the theatre and did the old down the line, sign a few autographs like the old film stars do, you know... but we're better looking than any of that lot see so it counted for a little bit more, know what I mean boys and girls? We signed some autographs and did the old line up in front of the poster job outside the theatre, like a red carpet doodle... lots of photographs, lots of press, loads of tv cameras from all over South American, a couple of Brazillian tv channels and whatnot. We got settled into the theatre and Bruce gets up and introduces Sam and Scot and welcomes everyone to the theatre and does all that business -- he got a rousing rapturous round of applause when he got on stage and quite rightly too. After that Scotty and Sammy mentioned how great it was to work with us and do all that business, basically kissing butt for a bit which was lovely (hee hee). They came to their seats and we rolled the movie.

The place went completely nuts boys and girls, I'm telling you. What a great film this is. I must admit there's one or two absolute stars in this film and especially none more so than the great-looking drummer in the band, I forget his name... good-looking bloke, fantastic. Lots of fun bits in there from everybody actually. It was stunningly received and everybody loved it. It got a rapturous round of applause after it finished and then Sammy, Scotty and myself got up to do a little Q&A which was really really good fun.

Unfortunately the first poxy question was some frikking yank in the audience who turns round and goes 'So Nicko, who was the inspiration for Off Beat Ride for Pat Travers in 1976?' and I'm like "you're having a fucking laugh ain't you mate?" So I got really upset with this bloke and said, "Look, ask a fucking decent question. We're here for the movie Flight 666 and the first thing that comes out of your mouth mate is a bunch of shit!" Anyway so we got him out, I gave him a bit of my tongue I did, gave him a good telling off! Anyway from there on in we got a bunch of people asking some decent questions and what have you - we were up there for about 20 minutes. Then Rod joined us, also to rapturous applause (which was wonderful) from the folks that were left in the theatre. We said our farewells and headed back to the hotel to get ready for our show last night in Rio.

I've got to admit boys and girls... it was 'kin magic! It was very very difficult as a show cos it was so hot and humid. I tell you, it was really funny because after the third song it was like a bloody swimming pool around my feet of sweat and the moisture from the air or whatever so my foot was slipping and sliding... boys and girls you probably know by now and those of you that don't -- I play in bare feet and I put a couple of wristbands round my ankles to stop the sweat going down and slipping and sliding on me pedal. But last night unfortunately that didn't happen, the wristbands got soaking wet and it didn't really do much for me. So I called Charlie "CHARLIE!" my old drum tech "You've got to get up here mate, you're on towel duty from now on. When I finish every song and every chance I've got in the song if I get a chance you need to wipe the floor and wipe my bass drum pedal. And leave the towel so I can wipe my foot on it." It was quite a joke but we managed, we got through it. It was a really difficult show for me to play last night, as it was for all the guys, because it was so hot and humid. The stage was a little bit dangerous for them to jump around on, you know what they're like they run around like chickens with their heads cut off! Gets a bit dangerous out there with chunks of wood flying around and 20mph across the stage and that sort of thing. But we got through it, we had a lovely time and the kids were phenomenal. We had about fifteen, sixteen thousand people, maybe more in there last night and that's the biggest crowd we've ever played to in Rio (its not a metal capital like Sao Paolo!) when we've done our own show. Boys and girls I know you saw us at Rock In Rio 2001 with over quarter of a million kids but that was a festival after all. We had a really good turn out last night and we had a really nice time.

After the show we all legged it back to the hotel. I was a little bit worn out so I didn't go down to the bar and meet with everybody, I just had some room service and went to me bed pretty early. I watched a movie but I don't even remember what I watched -- must have been good, eh?

As I said earlier, I'm on Ed Force One and we're heading down to San Paulo. Onboard today we've got quite a lot of European press that came out yesterday to watch the premiere with us -- they came to the show obviously last night and now we're roiking them up. I must admit they've had to pay for their ticket, if they ain't I'm going to go round with a ticket machine in a minute and get the fares off them!

Anyway, we're heading up to San Paulo, as I said quite a lot of the European press on, lots of national papers, we've got people I think from The Times in London here.... Cor blimey what with all the cutbacks going on in England right now I'm surprised anyone came out! Anyway we've got lots of people from ooh I think Germany, Norway, Sweden, lots of lovely European press, some people from Canada and as I said earlier we had lots of Brazilian news people at the premiere and I think we've got some of them onboard as well. So I'm going to go and cause mischief and mayhem in a minute!

Just wanted to say it's been great to do this little diary for you, I haven't done any for you for a long time cos Mr Smallwood's been keeping you up to date with some very lovely bits and pieces that have been going on. I didn't want to take his glory from him so that's why I ain't 'kin doing them any more. Plus I'm a lazy git so when I'm on the plane I want to play cards with the boys and take all their money off them, see! So look, be safe, be well, god bless all of you. I'll look forward to seeing you on the road sometime and looking forward to doing a new record for 2010 and then we're going to go out and cause mischief and mayhem with you lot out on the road.

Stay well, be safe, god bless you, lots of love
- Nicko

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