Just wanted to take this opportunity to send through an encouraging response I received from my follow-up with the Australian Embassy in Beijing (Brett, this may assist with our grant appln if we get a confirmation soon) and to bring everyone into the picture with the band line-up for the upcoming “3 Steps Closer” Tour.
I’d particularly like to welcome Cameron Smith (Flugelhorn) and Lachlan Smith (Drums) who have signed on board with the rest of our motley crew in order to further Chinese-Australian diplomatic relations as only PlanB can do. Patrick will be liaising closely with Cameron in the lead-up to the tour as Cameron will not be available for rehearsals in Beijing due to an unavoidable commitment in Australia. He will however be flying in on the evening of the 19 July in order to rest up for our 1st gig the following night……..I expect the night of the 19 will be the subject of some strange and late night activity for the hostel we are staying in as the band meets as one unit for the first time. Lachlan will be joining us on the 17 for the complete 2 days of rehearsals. I believe his is currently at Tamworth in the middle of a tour with his band from Cairns, “The Hillbilly Goats”. Sounds like perfect fodder for some of the video clips we are intending to shoot on and around the Great Wall & Tian an men Square.
Patrick , in addition to taking charge of brass charts etc with Cam, could you please also arrange access for both Cam & Lachi to the blog site and Google Docs such as the Tour Itinerary and the Tour Setlist.
Cam will also be spending some time with Patrick during the 2 weeks leading up to the tour in order to consolidate some of the ‘brassy things’.
As discussed earlier today on the phone with Cam, attached is the current PlanB profile. Appreciate if you guys could email through a couple of lines on each together with a pic or two that you would be happy for us to use in any promo material we are developing (such as the profile).
In order to reduce stress levels for all etc, I am happy to meet you guys at the airport on your arrival in Beijing, so appreciate if you could forward flight details asap so that these can be included in the band’s spreadsheet.
May be worth putting the contents of this email on our blog and individuals can make comments/ask questions as they occur. I think either you or Brett fixed the notification issue so that anyone with access to the blog received advice of new additions to articles on the site? Is this correct?
Welcome again guys and looking forward to another jam-packed tour for PlanB.