We boarded our ‘tour bus’ at 10am after a lovely night with The Girls Next Door. The plush leather seats and blue LED lighting made us feel like rockstars, and when ‘Carry on Wayward Son’ came on the radio, the transformation was complete. One constant among all the places we have at stayed on tour so far have been the waffle machines. Pour in the liquid, wait two minutes and you have some tasty, warm cholesterol for breakfast. England need to follow suit.
The Danbury Palace theatre was like nowhere we had ever performed before. A previously 2,000 seater venue had been damaged by damp decades earlier and as a result, the main theatre had been split into two; a wall partitioning two halves of the stage. The smaller, sweatier conditions reminded us of the Edinburgh Fringe but it provided a great, intimate atmosphere. Ten minutes before the show began, Rob decided to announce that he had left his black performance trousers at the hotel, (a ten minute drive in itself from the venue). But fear not. He returned on time and we bundled onto the stage after a beautiful set by Martini Glass A Cappella.
The audience was varied. Sat about half-way down the almost full house was a hen party which made for excellent encouragement during our upbeat numbers. The bride-to-be thoroughly enjoyed the attentions of Ed Jillings during Bump & Grind after she had been brought to the stage for serenading. We then headed to a local bar/restaurant with the girls after the show before being driven to a frat house where the evening began to blur slightly.
The night finished in the most extraordinary way. Making small talk with the Uber driver on the way home, he turned around and said, ‘I went to this really great concert this evening; there were 14 guys singing without instruments. Do you want to hear some?’ The driver proceeded to play our first EP, instantly recognising Ed Jillings’ solo on Cheating. When Sylvan let him in on the little secret he brought the car to an abrupt halt. ‘NO WAAAAY!’ An extraordinary coincidence to finish the day.
We rise at 8am tomorrow for our final show in Valhalla at Westchester Community College.