We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases. Blunty has toured as the starter for Elton's main course before, but this time they're on more equal terms. Sometimes scuffed cream walls are lined with black felt. But slowly over days and nights that turned into months, we got to know and then to trust, to like, and even to love each other. I tell you, it's not easy being famous and handling money. At that moment, as I am looking at the tab, Bobble comes into the room, puts his hand on my shoulder and whispers: 'Just sign it. Each night the singer and the band invite anywhere from half a dozen to 40 people backstage for the after-show party They gaze at me in utter wild-eyed horror.
Only difference is that day after day he survives. When big money is landing in your bank account each month, and your only day-to-day expenses are your mobile bills and the occasional restaurant meal on a day off, it's impossible to relate to factory closures and growing dole queues back home. I might have even hated it. In the 1960s he lived briefly as a hippy in San Francisco, becoming the friend and lover of Janis Joplin. Peter is the editor of the website welove2ski. Then I learn even more about big money. Right now I've got other problems on my mind - money.
But he's not being unfriendly, he's just being James. James Blunt's 'All the Lost Souls' international tour was one of the greatest pop marathons of all time. I find them surprisingly talented - they won in Sao Paulo against Brazil well, not the national team exactly. Like his songs, the real life story is a devastatingly sad one of lost love. The band travel with their own goals, which are set up each afternoon on the floor of the arena. James and Elton John backstage in Santiago. Though rare these fleeting moments do go some ways to redeem what would otherwise be a bland account of a touring musician.
But despite it all, he claims that travelling with James Blunt has undoubtedly been his most dangerous assignment to date. We were hungover, it was a mess, but the score line was half that. When I see the figures on the tab, it makes my blood run cold. The rules, according to the legend on the printed ticket, are simple: 'No cameras, no autographs, just for fun'. He tours non-stop, moving up to 180 times a year In his mind, James married the two together and got me. Your account is in debt Your current account balance is You must to use this feature.
But despite it all, he claims that travelling with James Blunt has undoubtedly been his most dangerous assignment to date. I'm gently but firmly dissuaded from the idea of reprogramming it for him. A warts-and-all account of lost guitars, adoring fans, ludicrous bar bills and very, very late nights, this is an honest, amusing and insightful look at the mad world of celebrity and the inside story of James himself, both in front of the crowds and behind closed doors. The hard core of those present is made up of local sponsors and organisers, and private guests of the band. I only needed one reason to pick up this book but I had three.
I might have even hated it. Each day on arrival, these rooms have to be transformed into a temporary tour home in a well-rehearsed domestic ritual. We check into the Four Seasons Resort and order drinks and food at the bar. On tour James pays for all the basic expenses of the band and the rest of the travelling group, but each person is responsible for other food, drinks and hotel extras. But it's still a bus. Just about all the songs are about her. When not travelling to concerts, mountains or beaches he lives in Hampshire with his wife and children.
Looking back, I'm not sure he was far wrong. If the furniture's not up to standard, it's removed and replaced with Blunty's sofas and tables stored in one of the trucks. Not bad work if you can get it. When he first hit the big time I wrote in a newspaper that James was unmoved by his newfound wealth. His colourful life has not been without some landmark mishaps - as a small child he lost an eye to a bow-and-arrow, and while reporting in Idi Amin's Uganda he narrowly escaped execution after receiving a death sentence for espionage. Our next date with Elton is in Mexico City.
More recently, he was seriously injured in a tragic accident while ski mountaineering in the French Alps. Peter Hardy has spent much of his long career as a foreign correspondent and travel writer reporting from distant corners of the world for The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, and London Evening Standard. This book essentially boils down to the meek exasperations of an older gentleman whom is suddenly being forced to acknowledge the fact he can no longer be accepted as one of the young ones. From the tour bus to the dressing rooms, from the stage to the after-show parties, travelling with James gave 'Weird Uncle Peter' an access-all-areas pass to his life on tour. But more often than not it's a locker room with strip-lights exuding all the ambience of a railway station urinal. I suppose we've spent hundreds of hours together.