I hope this finds you well and you are having fun on your current world tour. Firstly, congratulations on another fine, rocking album. I especially enjoyed your most awesome and intensely musical use of a shotgun. Brilliant. I’ve been an avid follower of your work since I first pulled out your finely toned bottom from my dads record collection when I was child. I remember thinking “what an odd album cover” which is ironic as I was looking for Michael Jacksons “Bad” at the time. Oh, how opinions change with age.
I live in the UK, in a city called Leeds and like most people in Leeds, I’m in a band. We’re called Hope and Social. You may remember us from when we played Glastonbury the same year you were there. We’re all big fans of yours and we were lucky enough to catch your show that weekend. It was the first time I’ve seen you live and it remains the finest example of rock and roll I’ve ever seen. Naturally, we were ecstatic when it was announced that you would be playing our hometown on July 24th in the newly built Leeds Arena. Like the devoted fans we are, we all got up early and huddled round our computers the morning the tickets were released. It was very cold that day so we couldn’t queue up outside. Imagine our amazement when all 13500 seats went in under a minute! We were very impressed. We once sold 100 tickets in half an hour. Despairingly we were not amongst the lucky few.
Now you might think this is where our story ends, however, we had a thought. We know how tricky it can be to gig in a new town, it can be hard to get the crowd on your side at first. We’ve found that it’s a good idea to put on a local support act before hand to get folk warmed up. We were wondering if you’d like us to be your support act in Leeds, that way you can hit the ground running when you get on. Let us know what you think of the idea.
As an example, here’s a video of our Christmas gig where we tamed a crowd using 200 hand bells, an Irishman dressed as a smurf, a laser pen and a complex excel spreadsheet projected on a wall.
We’ve tried getting in touch with you via the people at Leeds Arena but they don’t seem to be getting back to us. I think they are very busy with trying to finish building the place for when you get here.
Anyway, that’s all for now I think, I hope you are having a lovely time on tour and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
All the best,
Hope and Social
If you are free the day after we are currently doing an ongoing project called Crypt Covers where we invite another band down to our studio for the day to record and video a cover. It’s loads of fun and I’m sure you’d enjoy it. Here’s one we and our good friend Sam Airey did of Tom Pettys “I won’t back down”. I understand you know him?