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Issue 83 - Spirited Away

Whisky Magazine Issue 83
October 2009


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Spirited Away

For a band on tour,the road can be a lonely place, despite the fans,adulation and oodles of free drinks. Neil Ridley caught up with UK band,The Duke Spirit midway through a six week tour of the United States.

It's been said that whisky and Rock ‘n Roll are the ultimate bedfellows, and that the creative energy flowing through many of the greatest and most enduring classic blues and Rock ‘n Roll songs can be attributed to the ‘spirit of the spirit'. From the raw emotion laid bare in Robert Johnson's seminal recordings of the late 1930s, through to the hedonistic, hellraising antics of Led Zeppelin and beyond, whisky, of some kind, seeps with abundance from virtually every pore. But hell raising and ragged souls aside, the life of a touring band is seldom straightforward.

Rather aptly named, London's Duke Spirit are now into their 3rd major US tour, since releasing their 2nd album Neptune back in 2007, to huge critical acclaim. This time round, the five piece are travelling coast-tocoast and back again, on a journey which will visit nearly 40 cities and cover more than 8,000 miles.

I join the band in the parking lot of the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, an enormous outdoor ‘shed' of a venue, already in the grip of a sweltering east coast heat wave.

The band are guests of US rockers Incubus for the majority of the tour and together, they'll travel down the coast, across the border to Syracuse, Boston, Connecticut and onto New York for two huge shows the city's legendary Radio City Music Hall. Joining us are an 18 Years Old single cask bottling of Longmorn and also a bottle of Laphroaig, should we need any back up… Because of the sheer size of this tour, the band have bee...

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