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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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.”


100 gigs in 100 days

May 30, 2011

The 100 gigs in 100 days Tour was a long time in the thinking. When we were busking for presents on christsmas in 2008 someone asked if we could help raise money and awareness for a charity we knew nothing about and when asking other people we found nobody knew about Grace House and that these buildings needed built and over £4 million a year was needed to keep each one alive and running.

Keeping it short, a few things were tried to see how it would go and if anyone would join the mission. The mission was to help raise money and awareness to help get built a childrens’ hospice in every county in the UK.

We Steal Flyers were always going to be touring and playing over 250 gigs a year so reaching thousands and thousands of people was never going to be hard.

A 12 hour gig was the first and it was ran as an open mic night to involve more people and players then12 hours a day for a week, went pretty well.
Then came10 hours a day for 10 days which went pretty well then the 30 gigs in 30 days, started and ended very well.

September was when the plans started for the 100 gigs in 100 days when the 30 gigs in 30 days were still going, all we had to do was tell the others.

100 gigs took 4 months to plan and book. The dates were still not completely filled when the gigs started. BlogTV saved the day giving us a dontation of a years free pro account and front page online playing and coverage to between 300 and 700 people viewers every tuesday needed and when a few of the gigs pulled out, which sadly happened over a dozen times we dived into BlogTV again to keep the ball rolling.

Playing so many gigs to so many people was going to let so many people know about the whole idea and more people would get involved. No venue too big or too small and even a week in Switzerland playing in the alps because this is what We Steal Flyers do.

There is a place where a musician goes to perform to people and do it well, a place in the mind and is mostly called The Zone. This was the place we stayed for the whole 100 days and we travelled thousands of miles, kept everythign running, played to 5 people or played to hundreds and always performed the best we could do and always with a smile.

This could have have been draining and of course was to some degree and also illness comes and goes as alway but we had 4 months to prepare and almost 4 months to play. A musician wants to play and play lots, so this is what we did and we had an amazing adventure with so many people joining us along the way leaving nothing at all to complain about. A speaker blew up and the car needed a good fixing but all was sorted with good help.

Names can not be named or venues as some people and venues would be left out maybe by mistake and this is not right to do.From Northumberland, Newcastle, South Shields, North Shields, Morpeth,
Alnwick, Seaham, Yorkshire, Switzerland and more places including BlogTV,Xbox gigs and Second Life gigs online it was so much fun and rewarding and most of all worth doing.

The money raised was great but mostly this is so people know things can be done and we can all do it, hope is important and this was what most people said to us on the way.

Amongst the three of us (Derek,Shaggy and of course Mel) we booked and toured it all, we all had our roles and we all played them well.We know that wherever you met us and whoever you are you know that you did and we are ever thankful as are the families we have never met. They need our support and we gave them all we could.Every gig played we sold raffles and raised a little more as we went.
We will be teaching players as we go how to run a night and one day every one of them will play a gig at one time and all of us will be raising money to help have a charity in the uk.

This way it is all fun for everyone and something magical happens when people come together, its like we are all notes and when we come together we are a powerful song that can change everything.

We are doing more missions,and we are planning the next already..

See you somewhere & Happy everything

The We Steal Flyers Team!!!