Just got back from the JD Set show at the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg.
It was a great experience. I got to play with a 9 piece band including 2 drummers. These were some serious musicians with incredible histories. Wayne Jackson, the horn player, has played on 52 number 1 records!
I did a 7 song set:
2.Running Back (one of my favourite Thin Lizzy songs)
3.Dark & Stormy
4.Always The Sun (Classic Stranglers single, with Hugh Cornwell)
6.Starry Eyes (the Roky Erickson song. If you don't know anything about him, you should check out his "I have always been here before" compilation and the documentary "You're gonna miss me")
7.Whole Wide World (written and made famous by Wreckless Eric)
It was also great getting to hang out with Hugh, Roisin and Tom (Aka House Of Lords). Roisin and Hugh's version of "Peaches" was a real musical highlight for me.
It was interesting stepping out of the ash world for a moment. I left my 2 brothers behind in NYC that I've played with for the last 16 years. They've been working away in the studio on 5 new songs while I was away galavanting and I'm looking forward to getting back in the studio and hearing the work they've done. Mind you i always get a bit of a nervous feeling leaving them to their own devices. One time I left the studio in Spain to have a weekend back in London when we were recording "Free All Angels". They were meant to have done a bunch of work, but when I got back they were all destroyed after partying for 3 days and there was bullet hole in my 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG. But I know that had a lot to do with our producer Owen Morris.
Anyway, I feel I should send some love in U2's direction after seeing a website review of the show which quoted me as saying:
Wheeler gave a shout-out to any Irish members of the crowd. He then had a dig at his fellow countrymen, U2. "A lot of people say U2 are the best band in Ireland," he laughed. "What a load of bullshit!"
I'd better supply you with the context, as journalists seem to love leaving it out. I went on to say that the best band from Ireland are Thin Lizzy as an introduction to "Running Back". It sounded a bit harsh but I was having a laugh and I truly love and respect U2 and think they are amazing. Thin Lizzy are the band that defined rock music for me (I think for U2 as well). So there you go!