A couple weeks back, someone asked John (I’m sure he gets asked this nearly every day) if there were any more US dates coming for this summer and his reply was that he doubted it. As I read that reply, my heart sank just the teeniest little bit because I had been hoping for just one more show to be added to their schedule at some point between Durham, NC and Connecticut. Why? I don’t know what started it, but somewhere along the line Amanda and I have convinced ourselves that we need four shows. My husband always says “Need or want?” My answer? “NEED!!” In any case, I assumed that John was right and that I should probably be satisfied with the shows we’d been given. My goodness I’ve seen them quite a bit this past year anyway, and I know that. So I moved on to the “Who on Gods Green Earth is going to watch my children while I’m away?” stage of planning, never really considering that while John doubted there would be more dates added, that there’s always a chance.
Shoot ahead a bit to yesterday afternoon when very quickly and stealth-like, not one but TWO more dates were added to the US tour. One for Pittsburgh on August 26, and one for Portsmouth Virginia on August 22. I had to read the posting over twice to make sure I wasn’t deluding myself. I had to laugh, because Amanda and I had both been hoping they’d add another show, but it was only by sheer luck that I’d caught the info, and I knew that unless I emailed Amanda with an appropriate eye-grabbing title (That I won’t share here for fear of actually offending someone…and the fact that I won’t share it for that reason should tell you all something. I am typically not afraid to offend!), she’d never see the info herself, at least not until after tomorrow when the gubernatorial recall campaign for her state ends. Lo and behold, not only did Amanda see the email, I received a hurried phone call. After expressing some relatively mild frustration, we agreed that the Virginia show is a “must-do”. I’m excited because the Norfolk Virginia area is somewhere I’ve never been, and have always wanted to see. So rather than end our little tour in Durham, we’ll be organizing a little caravan from Durham to Portsmouth the day after the Durham show!
Excitedly, there appears to be a fair number of people at least considering going on to see the band in Virginia – and since the drive from Durham to Portsmouth is rather short, we think we might even be able to leave in plenty of time to get a meet-up together in Portsmouth before the show. Stay tuned here for details as they become available.
In the meantime, no John probably isn’t a fibber. Of course I’m teasing just a bit…but take it from me, the tour dates crop up when you least expect them!