October 2011 “Switzerland Tour” – Part Deux

October 27, 2011

“Student Grant” here again to continue the adventure!, I’m a little behind so let’s begin!

Day 4 – The Hills are alive with the Sound of Music

after waking up at the  “Scweifhsjdjcnoffen” the  guys met up with me in the lobby, to sort out our bags and get ready for the next stage of our adventure, heading into the mountians to play at the Espresso Bar While we waited for Mark and Patrick to pick us up and take us to the gig we helped ourself to a few free apples from the hotel lobby, at least…I hope they were free. Within a few moments Mark had arrived, ready to take us to Grindlewald. while on our way there was some amazing scenery mountians as far as the eye could see…well as far as me and Derek could see, after a few miles on the road, Shaggy was fast asleep, I’m one to talk though, I too was fast asleep after half of the trip. By the time we where at Grindlewald we where starving and sleepy,so after lugging our bags to our room’s there could not have been a better time for coffee. After finishing a very nice cup of coffee with Mark and Patrick outdoors in the beautiful sun shine whilst staring up at these snow covered mountains all around us, we went back to our rooms for a quick rest before the sound check.

Within no time it was time to set the gear up, when we arrived at the bar we met Jens Bremm and he was a great guy and a real character! not long after the sound check we where taken for our musicians meal and of course shaggy had his beer in hand,, a big ol’ bowl of chicken noodle soup, a big piece of pork and a godly desert to finish off with! about an hour passed and it was time for the gig, damn, that place was crowded! The place was alive and the boys did so well they were asked to play another short after there 3 x 40mins at Spinners. The Swiss lads really turned the night into something amazing.. banging the chairs and drumming on anything they could find ..including there mates heads?? whilst Patrick the Rockstar and Mark played it cool at the back of the room whilst plying themselves with way too much alcohol.This was a definate one for the guys to remember and we even met the Swiss Jack Black on the way out who we later found out had cooked our meal in the hotel earlier.

Day 5 – Legends Have it!!!

UP AND AT EM!! Well another fine day in Switzerland and we would have loved a lie in but the guys were coming to grab us ready for a drive down the mountains back to Luzern ready for our gig in the fantastic Legends Bar. So we grabbed our bits n pieces and wandered down to the pick up point where mark and patrick met us and started to head back.

We decided to make a pitstop at a garage on the way down to get some fuel and maybe some coffee to shake off shaggys beer head! So.. we grabbed a few things made our coffee from the machine at which point shaggy decided to walk across to the counter to pay by holding the coffee by the lid….. oops!!  The coffee dropped and exploded all over some poor gals legs and the floor. Shaggy looked a little glazed and he said he didnt know how to say sorry and carried on making another one..   but when he got to the counter he didnt look too happy about having to pay for 2 coffees and a bagel while we creased about the floor laughing at him.

We hit the road once again and finally reached Luzern where we got dumped with out cases outside legends bar and met back up with  Billster the Tank Man for a coffee outside. After coffee’s were done and a bit postcard hunting we headed up to the appartment to get rid of our bags and get cleaned up for tonights Unplugged gig.

We landed at the bar around 7.30pm to a warm welcome as always in Legends. A bit chat and a few more coffees and beers and the lads were off on the start of their set which turned into a jam session..  we had ahmed on the cahjon join them first who was a brilliant drummer and give the songs that special extra something then we had Gemma who decided to play us a few songs with shaggy joining in on the noodly bits! Then gemma decided to take to the box and join the lads with her drumming… first time on it too and she sounded great! Rockstar Patrick tipped up with his guitar and played some great songs and then the lads finished off with some sing alongs and had the whole bar singing along with them…  They have a natural talent in getting people to join in and be part of the show which is amazing to watch from the other side of the fence. At the end of the night of the girls who had been at the bar listening to the mucic showed shaggy and derek some drawings she had been doing whilst they were playing in the bar.Amber was a fantastic artist and after a little chat with the guys it looks like she will be doing the artwork for the album too.All in all another amazing night in our home from home..  Legends. We headed up home with kebabs in hand and another day was done!

A Welcome Break – 4 Days off

Well it was time for their well deserved break of the tour. We Steal Flyers had rocked every bar and they deserved some time to relax. We lounged around the appartment a lot of the time and played songs on the balcony in the sun. Bill took us out on a trip up in the mountains in the car which was a wicked drive but I think health and safety hadnt been up on this route at all. After parking up the car and paying for a ticket we then found out that the bar was closed at the top so down we go again!

Another day off and we were invited to Margo’s Rockstar Mansion for a look around. She was a friend of Bills and said we could go for a look around as she was house sitting and this place had to be seen to be believed. The house was amazing and it was amazing to see how other people lived. After she made us some spicy cheese and fed and watered us she took us down to the lower level. An indoor Swimming pool that would put ashington baths to shame, a huge gym, a spaceship for a hot tub and turkish bath all looking out onto the mountains that surrounded luzern. What a place this was and I think a game of Hide and Seek would take a while in there for sure. We also met the lovely Shaula who was Margo’s dog and she was a great little gal who I managed to become great friends with. God’s Tears hahahaha. Its great meeting all these people and making friends along the way and has made this trip extra special for all of us. Speaking of freinds.. in enters John Castle again as part of the We Steal Flyers Legacy.

Horses for courses , Nickers for Snickers

As you can imagine we spent a lot of time in Legends on our days off and the lads still did a lot of playing on the night time..  one day was particularly special though… THE THONG DAY!!

John Castle is a great freind of the lads. He’s a hometown Dallas lad who lives in Switzerland now and is always hanging around at Legends and tipped up to a lot of the gigs for the boys..  but one memory which im sure has been burned into the brains of all that witnessed it was shaggy and John’s Thong moment. We were hanging with John at Legends one afternoon and Me and derek were heading for the Co-op to grab some food while a very protective shaggy waited at the bar incase someone stole his pint. John was going to the co-op with me n Derek and asked shaggy if he wanted anything. Shaggy requested a “sNickers” the nutty chocolate bar of champions..hahaha

We headed to the store and grabbed some things at which point John castle had an idea and grabbed something a little special while we were there for shaggy..  We headed back to the bar where shaggy was waiting for his chocolate and John pulled out his present for shaggy. A black pair of sexy knickers at which point shaggy said.. “I said Snickers ….. not nickers??”

Now at this point we are all creased up with laughing but shaggy had a plan… dropped his trousers and flung off his undercrackers..  and slipped on his new Nickers! Oh my god you should have seen the look on the Castle’s and Bill’s face, priceless. We were laughing so hard while shaggy pranced around in a lovely black thong and obviously the phone cameras came out and off the photos went to Facebook. The thong is now legendary and is hanging up on the wall in Legends bar so if you ever make it to Luzern and would like to check out the local history, head to Legends and look up to the right of the big screen..  Shaggys little piece of decoration finishes off Legends just right I think.

PART 3 will be coming soon and enjoy the reading!   Student Grant A Bead.. if you have any memories of the guys or anything to add please leave a comment below to let us know your reading this stuff!! Thong thong thong thonnnnnnng thonggggggggggggggggggg!!

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October 2011 “Switzerland Tour” – What they do – Part 1

October 19, 2011

Hello, It’s me, “Student Grant” and I’ll be updating the blog along the way of the tour ,shooting all the photos and videos and hopefully giving you a full insight into what the guys are like on tour. Enough of me.. lets get straight to it… enjoy the adventure!

Day 1 of the Tourwhere it all began

So,  me and Derek arrived at Shaggy’s place at 11:00PM on the 11th of October, all set to begin our adventure and we decided a game on the ps3 was a good plan to pass a couple of hours until we left at 3:00am.after about an hour and a half, Shaggy was fast asleep on the couch with pizza all over his face, when the time came to wake him,at about 3:00AM me and Derek had to decide who woke him up…with a game of rock paper scissors, lucky for me, I won. After waking a very sleepy Shaggy up we got the car loaded up and began our jouney to Manchester Airport, three hours later we had arrived at Manchester where we had  to leave the car. Finaly, we were past the long painful part of the trip now all that was left to do was get a bus from the car park to the airport itself, this journey was made extra special by our amazingly “happy” bus driver. Less then a minute or two had passed and we had made it to the airport entrance, after making it through security without getting attacked things were looking pretty good!  some time and a coffee later it was time to board the plane, Finaly! Switzerland was in sight! lucky for us we were only on the plane for an hour and a half due to it being 20 miniuts early! Not long after we got back through airport security once again at Zurich, we collected our bags and met up with our old friend Bill Weir, the owner of  “The Legends Bar”  He was kind enough to drive us back to the appartment he was letting us use for a few days, What a guy!  Now we were  unpacked and ‘sorted’ Bill took us for a coffee and we caught up.

Day 2 –  Kinda like the Blues Brothers …. but Different!

The first of gigs the guys were to play was at a bar called the “Bruch Brothers”where we were looked after by the owner Philip Husler, with 2 litre bottles of water and a huge bottle of diet coke on stage ready for the guys during the show and plenty coffee to keep us alive after the 4:00pm soundcheck . The gig went amazingly, and as you would expect the guys blew the roof off of the place, while still keeping the sound below 95 decibels, that’s right. there was a giant decibel meter staring the guys in the face through the gig and if it hit the 95 mark.. out goes all the electric, but the crowd was great, so great infact the guys where asked to continue playing long after the gig ended and of course they did. It was great to hear the crowd actually asking for original songs like “No Secret” and “Our World” which they had been viewing on the youtube page before we arrived.

So with that the night had came to an end and we made our way home to Bill’s place… with a very drunken shaggy who enjoyed some dancing with the locals (if you can call it dancing) and kebabs and guitars in hand. Time to hit the sack and a job well done.

Day 3 – How do I say that hotel’s name?

So our third day in Switzerland had arrived and we popped up around 10am to the sound of hells bells by AC/DC, oh wait.. it was just the huge church outside our window that had been gonging all night long. Thanks for that you crazy bell shakers. We headed down to our favourite kebab shop just outside the appartment (or kebap as they say here) to find new owners and a whole new layout in there since the last tour. But we thought we’d give them the benefit of the doubt and ordered after many “ehh…engleesh?” “anglais yes” “we are ENGLISH” then pointed at the menu and made a mhmmmm noise for each thing we wanted. Im sure at some point they mumbled pirate under their breath to while serving derek his Kebab wrap. I had a little donner box (pleased it was spelt donner and not Donna) which was just a meaty box of goodness.(kinda the same as the Donna Box) and we filled our boots then headed down to Billys Bar. The amazing ,fantastic, brtitish pub looking Legends in Luzern and winner of the Best of British Pubs in Switzerland in the Telegraph in 2010.We Drank some more coffee then off to check in at the Hotel where the gig was being held.

Holy Cow BATMAN!! Their gig tonight was at the Hotel Scweifhsjdjcnoffen (I’ll maybe correct that with the right name later as we cant even say it so i think a copy and paste might be the best idea) This place was amazing and one of the biggest hotels ive seen and it also faces the Lake Luzern right in the middle of town. Manuel took our bags from us at reception and we jumped in the lift. Well Derek didnt as he doesnt do lifts but Manwell insisted on pulling him in. Derek was having none of it and set of on the stairs four flights up on the biggest staircase youve ever seen.

The porter let shaggy in his room ,showed him how the door worked and then placed shaggys bags on a baggage holder thing? At which point manwell stuck his hand out to shaggy for a tip we think. Shaggy did the right thing and shuck his hand instead and sent him out the door to dereks room, oops. With the eventful day over it was tine for the gig, the guys were set up to play in a huge hall with a bar in the centre but even with all of this room it was still amazingly crowded. Before the gig the guys and myself were treated to a meal at the hotel, the food was fit for a king, and I’m sure we turned a few heads as we sat at the best table got an awesome meal and walked off without paying…When the guys started to play the crowd were won over almost instantly, while the gig ran on Mark Chesterfield the tour agent was hosting a whisky tasting table that proved to be very popular with the crowd. as the gig came to an end  I Packed away the camera and went outside to see how Shaggy was doing…He was laying over a table in pain, it turns out he had opened the door and stubbed his foot on the first step causing our ‘king of balance’ Shaggy to fall down and flip the table, what a legend… after a bit mingling with the good people after the show we decided to head out for a drink with Bill,Andrea and someone who i cant remember his name.. (lets call him Schmeagal for now) We headed into the Irish bar where we had a coffee at 2am apart from shaggy who was enjoying the Free Beer and had to carry on with it. He disapeared to the toilet upstairs and didnt come back for over an hour… he went out for a smoke on the roftop where he met Harry Potthead who said he was a musician too.. turned out he was a Rapper and shaggys new freind. So from then on shaggy was called MC Hammer for the rest of the night.Its so strange seeing everyone in the bars just smoking pott on the balconys and making joints.We headed off to a sports bar for one more drinky then once again as the night came to an end, we headed home for the night, lucky for the guys they where able to stay in the five start hotel that I’m still unable to spell or pronounce, let’s go with “Scweifhsjdjcnoffen”…while I had to head back to Bills pad. After a good night of sleep we where ready for the next chapter of our adventure, heading into the  mountians to Grindlewald @ Spinners Bar. Here we gooooooo!!!

Student Grant is signing out and will be with you with the next part of the adventure very soon!! I love this life!!


Cheers to a fruity Brew! “NORTHUMBERLAND GAZETTE”

October 8, 2011

We recently got a feature in the Northumberland Gazette and Morpeth Herald about out Yorkshire Tour and our sponsor “Brass Monkey Breweries” You can read the post below.

Published on Tuesday 4 October 2011 05:38

THEY completed a gruelling musical marathon, performing 100 gigs in 100 days.

They have raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Their first radio podcast show attracted more than 3,000 music fans worldwide.

And now, benevolent buskers Derek Allan and Shaggy, aka Jason Vare, are raising a glass to another adventure.

Because the music duo, who go by the name of We Steal Flyers, are about to make their own beer.

And the pair want to give their alcoholic beverage, which will be named after the band, a fruity twist – by making it mango flavoured.

Derek, from Broomhill, explained: “When we tour, Shaggy and me have a vindaloo and a mango chutney.

“You can’t have a vindaloo beer so we thought we would go for mango.

“We want to make it about four per cent, so people will be likely to drink more of it without falling down.”

The twosome intend to start making the drink in April next year, teaming up with The Brass Monkey Brewery, which is based in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

But how did the lads get the chance to try their hand at brewing?

Derek said: “The Brass Monkey Brewery sponsor our Yorkshire tours and Richard from the brewery asked us if we wanted to take a look and see what they do.

“We watched them make the beer and we were like, ‘we could do that’ and we were asked if we would like to make some.

“We like to try everything and making beer will be brilliant. It is really exciting.”

Derek and Shaggy, from Bedlington, will make the drink during their Yorkshire Brass Monkey Brewery Tour 2012 in April.

And the lads are hoping the punters will lap it up.

“For us, the aim is just for people to like it,” said Derek.

Their ale adventure is just the latest addition to the We Steal Flyers journey, which includes playing a century of gigs in as many days, in aid of children’s hospices.

And in November, the guys are set to support Roy Wood, of Wizzard fame, during his I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday Midlands Extravaganza.

Looking ahead to the gig at Wolverhampton’s The Robin 2, in November, Derek said: “Roy Wood is like Mr Christmas. He is one of the most respected musicians in the world and it is a big deal to be playing to his home crowd.”