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And so, my friends, after a brief, but wonderful, Easter stopover with my family in the UK, we are back on the road again and homing in on the end of the tour! Indeed, as of now, there are only ten more concerts to go!!!

But before I go any further with what has been happening recently, I regret that I must backtrack somewhat...

Whereas I really don't want to spend time dwelling on the past - as this is all about what is happening now, both on, and around, the tour - I must say something.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a Blog. It is, by definition, a PERSONAL account of PERSONAL experiences and, to an extent, PERSONAL feelings, given from an individual viewpoint. I do not claim to speak for anyone else, nor do I want to. And, if you want no more than facts, figures and statistics then, forgive me, go somewhere else because that is not what this is about.

 

I am a little hurt by some of the comments that have been made following my last Blog entry. I am aware that many people choose not to share any details about themselves publicly and I respect that completely. However, I am blessed with the close and loving relationship that I have with my family – and, let’s face it, the fact that they exist is a matter of public record and so hardly shockingly private – and I am completely comfortable sharing that fact with the world. In fact, I am proud to.

And, frankly, if it is too much to declare, not even publicly but only in a closed forum, that one is looking forward to having a family lunch and seeing loved ones after more than two months away, then I’m afraid I think the world has become a very sad place.

 

Everyone is, of course, fully entitled to, and to express their own opinion. But – and sorry to disappoint you – I will never regret being open and honest, especially about people and things that I love.

And finally, before moving on to what I want to write about, I must say that I have been asked by the administrators of this site, and the management, to make it quite clear that, as much as this is an open forum, any comments judged to be of a personal nature against ANY users of or contributors to this site will be removed and action may be taken against the author.

This is supposed to be a place for friendly discussion and interaction, people; not personal judgement of others.

Thank you for your support in this.

So...

We have been back on the road for about ten days now since our quick trip home for Easter. And what a time we have had!

We flew out to Belgrade in Serbia on Easter Monday for the concert there the following night. (We always schedule to fly the day before, so we still have a chance to make it if something goes wrong.) And it was straight back in at the deep end.

Johnny (Clucas) rejoined us and, on arriving in Serbia, we knew we had only 24 hours to get back into the swing of things and do a show in front of a huge audience, in a great venue, which would be filmed in HD for national TV in Serbia and (to quote the Gregorian Official FB page) "possibly a future DVD/Blu-Ray release".

I am pleased to report that it went.......well ;)

As if that wasn't enough, day 2 saw us moving on to Croatia (a country where we are always made to feel so very welcome) and, not only another filmed show for national TV and the potential DVD release, but also a TV slot in the afternoon. The two tracks we did here can be found on YouTube and have already been used to promote our concerts later that week, but will be aired in full on the Croatian version of the show "Last Choir Standing" sometime next month.

Another good day, and night! :)

Then, confirming the wild rumours that Gregorian were going to 'split' ("Oh nooooooooooooooo!", I hear you cry), the next day we made the journey south to the city of that name for a great concert the same evening ;) And then returning north to a new place for us, Varazdin, for a final Croatian outing, we completed our Eastern European adventure.

But, no rest for the not-so-wicked, and the following day we found ourselves back in the beautiful city of Vienna (Austria). It was wonderful to be back here - especially for me, as our last concert in Vienna (in the same venue, as it happens) was the first Gregorian concert my parents were ever able to come to, so I have very fond memories - and the Viennese audience loved the concert. As did we :)

A quick dash to Innsbruck - wow, what a backdrop the mountains provide for the city - the following day for a wonderfully well-received gig in, for us, a very difficult venue and then on to Munich. A night off in town, followed by a concert the next night that was, thanks to the unstinting efforts of the crew and the forward planning of the whole team, a much better, fuller and more straightforward affair than we were expecting, in what has been, historically, an awkward venue for us. Back into Austria and the city of Bregenz (idyllically situated at the base of snow-capped mountains and on the shore of the Lake of Constance) the following day for a relatively easy, but no less professional or well-executed concert. And, finally, Zurich (Switzerland) tonight and another top effort by all in another technically tough venue.

So there you are. Up to date... And here, I must say very clearly and publicly how amazing this whole team is. Three of the last four concerts have been in technically very challenging venues, for both cast and crew. Everyone has risen magnificently to the challenges and we are all truly delighted to read the positive comments that have been flowing in after the gigs. The quality of all the people who work with Gregorian is so unbelieveably high that I sometimes think it's unfair on other acts!!! And, no, I'm not at all biased ;) Well, not much...

And that is quite enough from me for now. I hope you enjoy reading and I promise you this won't be the last Blog of the tour :)

Till the next time...

Nax

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Comment by LaLunaLady on April 12, 2013 at 6:07am

I, personally, didn't think you shared too much.  I thought it was nice that you were looking forward to seeing your family and shared a little about them.  The good thing about the internet?  Is that everyone has a voice.  The bad thing about the internet?  Is people tend to use it to criticize.

I'm glad the tour is going well and kudos to everyone for pulling off successful shows in technically challenging venues.  Viva la Gregorian !!!

Comment by vedrana on April 12, 2013 at 2:05pm

Hi Richard,

Just want to say that I love your work and I really enjoy your music. I can not believe how many concerts you have on this tour, day after day. I admire you and just hope that you will never get tired of it :))

I have only one question ... Your performance in Pula (Croatia) 06.08.2013. will be part of the tour “The epic chants” or you will prepare something new?

 

Best regards to you and the whole team Gregorian, especially for Lawrence :)

 

Vedrana

Comment by Richard Naxton on April 12, 2013 at 6:23pm

Hi Vedrana.

Thank you for your kind words - I can assure you that I, personally, will never get tired of it :)

But, though you may have only one question, I regret it is a question that I cannot answer. We (the singers) know that the Management are working on putting together an exciting tour programme for the second half of the year but, as yet, we do not have any details of where we might be going, when we might be there, or what we might be singing.

I'm afraid that, for now, you will have to wait and see, as will I ;)

Best

Richard

Comment by vedrana on April 13, 2013 at 2:20am

Hi, as you can see, here is already announcing your concerts this summer :))

haha, it seems that fans are more informed than you :) Do not worry, we will notify you at the time :))

Regards ;)

http://www.gradpula.com/dogadanja-u-istri/gregorian-u-pulskoj-areni...

Comment by Jakabné Baranyi Henriett on April 13, 2013 at 11:37am

Dear Richard!

I gladly reading about your stories and experiences, so feel free to continue to write us! :)

Comment by Jakabné Baranyi Henriett on April 16, 2013 at 1:53am

Richard has got a wonderful voice!!! How can you say that??? And he isn't playing the head of Gregorian, he is just wants to share with us what is happening with Gregorian, beacuse Richard knows the fans are curious and how much we're love them!!!

He is a wonderful and honest guy who cares about people!

Comment by Jakabné Baranyi Henriett on April 16, 2013 at 2:28am

And to go further why he shouldn't share his joy whith people? This is his own blog and he write what he wants, and everyone has the right to write their own blog what do they want!

And as Richard said, go somewhere else if you don't like it!!!!

Comment by Jakabné Baranyi Henriett on April 16, 2013 at 2:35am

Why do you have to hurt Richard?

Comment by Aneta Denisova on April 16, 2013 at 11:17am

Andreas, 

Before judging other people, first you should take a look in a mirror and ask yourself “Who am I in this world?” or “What have I reached in my life so far?”

I was trying really hard to understand your position when you commented the previous Blog, but after all, I truly cannot understand you. If you don’t like the things that are written here, then why are you here at all? If you need only facts, then, please, go to Wikipedia.org or any other website containing information about Gregorian. There, I’m sure, you will be able to find all the hard data and soulless FACTS that you need.

If you don’t like Richard’s Voice, I ask again, WHY are you here in the first place?..

Sure, you are welcome to have your own opinion. But what you should also have, are at least the tiniest bits of politeness and tolerance towards other human beings. Not to mention the fact that you must respect others if you ever wish to be respected yourself.

And by the way..there is NOT only Richard, who is getting hurt by your words, but also other people who really do care and respect Him a lot. You should never forget that sometimes, words can cause more pain than a good solid kick and you should only treat others the way you would like them to treat you in return.

I hope you will try to understand what I was trying to explain and next time, please, do think more carefully before saying anything.

Aneta.

Comment by vedrana on April 16, 2013 at 12:29pm
Aneta, very well said :) like :D

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