It's after 4am here in New York, and I should probably be getting some sleep. I'm a notoriously bad plane-sleeper; it's not unusual for me to take a walk through the aisle a few hours into a trans-Atlantic flight, and find I'm the ONLY person not fast aleeep. But, before I go, I wanted to give you the latest update on my UK "Tales From Wrestling Past" tour. As the name might imply, it IS a wrestler, telling wrestling stories for wrestling fans, but I do my very best to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone - from the die-hardest of wrestling fans to the loyal wife or girlfriend, tagging along in an amazing show of love and devotion. Believe it or not, the non-fans almost always enjoy themselves, and seek me out to let me know how surprised they were.
With my further involvement in WWE, it's just not going to be possible for me to do a tour of this length again. In the future. I'll probably do 4 days in Ireland in November, but when I hit the UK again in a couple years, it will most likely be for a week or so - in the larger cities. SO, not that I'm threatening anyone in Middlesbrough, Derby and Telford, but...I'm not likely to pass through your towns again.
Here's how sales are shaping up. Belfast, Manchester and 2 of 3 London shows are SOLD-OUT. Leeds and Bath have less than 50 tickets remaining, and Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sheffield, Southend and Cardiff all have about 100 tickets left. Tickets are plentiful in some of the larger venues, like Middlesbrough, Newcastle, York, Birmingham, Telford, Derby and Reading. Warwick is not a very large venue, but, nonetheless, there are a few hundred tickets left.
I've got some great support along the way. Billy Kirkwood will be joining me in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Jim Smallman will be helping me out in Middlesbrough and Newcastle. Carl Hutchinson will offer support in Sheffield and York, and Chris Brooker will be lending a hand in Manchester, Sheffield, York, Leeds, Reading, London and Southend. Eddy award winning comic Brendon Burns will be offering up his G-rated observations (ok, he's about the furthest thing from G as you can get) on 10 shows: Leeds, Birmingham, Telford, Derby, Warwick, Cardiff, Bath, Reading, and at least two of the London shows. Magician extraordinaire Mat Ricardo will make a surprise appearance on at least one show, and in a great new aquisition, Craig Campbell of "Canadian Lumberjacks" fame will be hosting the sows in Telford and Derby.
If you're in the area, and it's in your budget, I hope you will consider coming out to a show.