John has done Canada and USA venue tours over the last few years and now announces another Canada venue tour.
Europe has had festival tours in Europe this year and three years ago except for one venue gig at the Ziggo in Amsterdam which I went to, so my view is that Europe is off the agenda for bespoke tours except for the agenda this summer which I found strange, ie Europe for a few dates, back to the States and then back to Europe for a few more festival gigs before back to the States.
Unfortunately I am of the view that Europe and more strongly the UK do not figure so maybe we will see you again and this is written by someone who has travelled extensively to see John but disappointed by his itinerary in recent years.
USA and Canada are obviously strongholds of his popularity but I hope he does a bespoke European/UK bespoke venue tour in the next year.
this issue of John coming back to UK irritates me as I have travelled Europe for many years and went to the Sydney Opera House in 2005 so Id like to think that I know his tour itinerary fairly well and will go to concerts when venues, times and dates are suitable to my availability.
John appeared at the Albert Hall in that well talked about event which was far from a sell out and prior to that he appeared at Manchester which was not a sell out. Prior to that was the Wembley Arena gig which was less than half full capacity.
The next day he appeared at Glastonbury and was given rave reviews and the audience was a pre subscribed sell out
He appeared at Hyde Park with Bruce and was a sell out irrespective of JCF appearing.
Yes, his Hammersmith show was a sell out and one of the best I have seen so maybe a consideration is given to these type of venues in places outside London
I note that his Fall shows in the US were in mostly small venues and they looked packed so maybe a few similar gigs in the UK would be the answer.
So, I am sorry but if John only does Festival sites, I will not be attending, maybe I m getting older but standing on camp sites and in large marquees is not my game these days.
I personally think that John as an individual performer within the UK is now not the attraction that the big promoters wish to invest in. Whilst it be a harsh comment, I do feel that that this is the reason of his reluctance to headline his own shows in the UK. Maybe the Albert Hall gig was that message as personally I was disappointed not to see the place full to the rafters.
On a final note, John consider the Philarmonic Hall in Liverpool, it would suit you and your sound and would be welcomed.