24 Jun 1999 - Bruce - Montreal
Well, here we are with 20 days to go before the first show in Montreal and we really can't wait to get out there and play.
The rehearsals are going fantastically well and we are bashing our way through the set. The running order that we are working on at the moment works very well and feels right. I don't think it will be necessary to change anything around. So far we have concentrated on the first half hour of the set, and I can safely say that it will be a 'riproaring' introduction to the new line-up playing live. One song in particular - 'The Clansman' - sounds so strong. I am really looking forward to performing it live.
A lot of people have asked me about how the 3 guitars sound and how it's working out, well, all I can say is that it sounds so natural that I don't really notice it very much, but it obviously sounds great. We are all very happy with the way things are going. We have been working from midday until around 4 or 5 o'clock and then either doing our own thing or maybe the six of us will go out to dinner.
Personally I am getting very excited about playing the big venues again with the full-blown production. I am looking forward to playing everywhere in Canada and America, but particularly New York and the outdoor shows. The time is right for a resurgence of Heavy Metal in the States and it feels great to be the front runners again.
Another thing that excites me about this tour is that I will be flying my own 8 seater plane to the shows. I'll be taking Nicko, Rod and our new tour manager, Alan, with me so it should be fun. Steve will also be flying 'Bruce Air' for some of the trips.
So, all in all, everything is going according to plan, and, like I said before, we can't wait to perform live again.
See ya somewhere on tour!