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QueenOnline on Tour: Notes From The Road Part 11

Hello again, sorry for the radio silence, the back to back shows in Saskatoon and Edmonton were full on and then yesterday we had a much needed day off in Calgary. Many of the crew took advantage of the time off by catching up on sleep and doing a bit of shopping. It nice to see so many of us, band included, out and about enjoying the sunshine and the shops on 8th Avenue, which is the main drag for tourists like us to gravitate towards. I managed to get that hair cut too.

I took some time to catch up some e-mails and bit of work back in my hotel room for a hour or so, it's still all go elsewhere in the Queen world with the Live at The Rainbow release coming in September. I really can't wait for you all to see and hear it, I am really fond of it, but have also been measured in not delving into it too much because I still get a thrill from getting the finished product and taking it all in just like everyone else. Check out the latest trailer here.

Back to Calgary.

Poppy, who heads up wardrobe, claimed she was celebrating her "32nd" birthday yesterday, we all knew different of course, but that didn't stop several of us meeting in the hotel bar and purchasing some fancy overpriced drinks in her honour. Brian turned up too, he was in a fabulous mood, hugs and high 5s all round. Myself, Brian and the two Welsh Sound Wizards Kerry and Rob talked about how good the Edmonton show was and all of us commented on how 'up for it' the crowd were too. What was also great was how Dr. May then became the unofficial Birthday Party photographer! He was insistent on getting some great shots for Poppy's big day. I then sat at the bar with Neil and once again talked music. It really is getting a bit ridiculous now, we could chatter away for hours, days possibly, we even bumped into each other in the street earlier in the afternoon and stood there in beating sun discussing the merits of 'Hot Space' and the Rolling Stones 'Undercover' album.

You will always find Poppy's room near the band dressing rooms. She will be in there adjusting garments, fixing little bits, making sure shoes are clean, ordering laundry etc. She will always pop in to the production office (the main hub of backstage) listing little bits she needs for the runners to go out and get, for example in Edmonton she need some particular elastic and some sequins. 

She also oversees the 'dressing' of the dressing rooms. With each different venue, comes a different room, so she will direct on where the furniture goes, if they need another rug to fill the space, where plants are put, if extra lighting is required maybe, replenish candles, a few shows back Adam's room needed a new kettle, that sort of thing. 

During the show she will flit between the side of the stage incase of any 'wardrobe malfunctions' and the back of the stage in the ‘quick change tent’ to assist with costume changes. With Adam it is a two-person job, due to his accessories ☺

Other points of interest include: There are 9 flight cases for wardrobe and the dressing rooms in total; Poppy has a great cleaning tip that includes vodka that I was sworn to secrecy on. The last artist she worked for was Rhianna on which she had 4 assistants due to the number of changes and garments involved in the show. Poppy carries a different print out of the set list, which includes all the wardrobe changes, obvious I know, but it was interesting to actually see it. If required she will bring in a local seamstress to help with any major repair work. Oh and she’s lovely, but she’s still not 32…

I originally started writing this entry about technical bits and bobs on the tour and load in, but it was turning out to be rather dry and it was becoming a list of facts and figures, so I changed tact to what you have above. However, it did give me an idea for my NEXT update which will be Random Facts from the Queen + Adam Lambert North American Tour...and I mean random. It will be a collection of facts and figures, things I have found out about since being on the road and a few personal tit bits, a real mish-mash, and it should be fun.

See you tonight Calgary!

Nick

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QueenOnline on Tour: Notes From The Road Part 11

queenrosered13

OH! I forgot to add, Poppy and I (along with Brian May) share the same Zodiac sign, Cancer (Moon Child)! Today (26th) is my B'Day! And this Note From the Road is your "gift" to me, LOL! Thanks again Nick! ;) HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPPY! \o/

queenrosered13

Hahaaa! You're so cute Nick! I know what tidbits are but you can bet your sweet arse I cannot wait to see your "tit bits"! LOL! As always, your Notes From the Road are illuminating and enjoyable. But they are such a tease, a peek really. Lucky you! Just one question, if I may? Does Adam hang out with the rest of the guys much or mostly with his own team? Thanks Nick! We WILL miss you so when you leave!

Yvette

I like that you put in this blog how Poppy works wardrobe backstage. I have worked for different designers fashion shows styling and it gets CRAZY behind that stage..but so exciting and fun. So I enjoyed reading what she had to take on. Maybe I'll send her my resume...Adam may need a third dresser...those sweaty leather pants...lol.
How sweet of Brian hanging out and taking pics. .He is a really sweet guy.
Ok..you said you were going to give random stories next time. I would Love to know if you have had any time to chat with Brian Roger and Adam about how Emotional or their response to the Love and Respect they are getting at every venue. Have they expressed any real feelings about it. Are Roger and Brian as close with Adam as it appears. It feels like they truly care and admire each other a lot. Do they Hang Out off stage? Thanks Nick. .from your Blonde Chicago Glamsista w Jill (backstage pass lol)

Lauren

Definitely some sequins :)

Bea

Nick, you don't owe us an apology for anything, and tell Poppy belated Happy Birthday for me. Quit teasing her about her age, I heard she is 31. Does Adam need another person to help him with his quick changes? I know a willing volunteer personally.

Kathleen

I'm loving these behind-the-scenes reports of yours. Thank you so much! I've always wondered about the enormous merch on tours. I imagine there's a person who travels with you to be in charge of the product, but who are the ppl behind the tables? I'm sure they don't travel with you. Are they local ppl, employed by each venue?
We're gonna miss you when you're not with the tour anymore. :-(

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