The affluent uptown district of Atlanta known as Buckhead, comprises about one fifth of the city and surrounding its dense, high-rise core are large single-family homes situated among dense forests and rolling hills. Chastain Park is situated in amongst these hills and general pleasantry. The park is Atlanta’s largest and houses one of our favourite venues of any US tour.
The day off which preceded the show was particularly enjoyable for many reasons. I was lucky enough to hook up with one of the most famous names in pro football, a certain Morten Andersen. Morten originally invited me to play golf at Eastlake. Unfortunately, that venue wasn’t available today so we played his – equally spectacular – home course, The River Club. Our pilot Blake Spencer is back with us this week and offered to drive me out to Suwanee and join us on the course.
Morten is an amazing, delightful man and enjoyed a career in pro football that spanned 25 years with The New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and twice with the Atlanta Braves. Retired from football in 2008, he now spends a lot of his time giving corporate and in particular, motivational speeches around the globe. He also devotes a lot of his time to the Morten Andersen foundation, dedicated to affecting positive change among children and youth locally, regionally, nationally and globally.
….and aside from all that, there’s golf! We had an amazing day with Morten’s good friend and tour merchandiser, Jim Sullivan. We played a game called ‘Wolf’. Amazingly, I managed to win. I actually won at golf! Drinks in the club bar afterwards meant I was a little late for our band and crew get-together in their hotel just down the road from ours. When I arrived, the bash was in full swing. I was immediately ordered to polish off several large drinks courtesy of Kevin and Kerry. We had a really fun night, one to remember for a long time. I was definitely the worse for wear, in fact, when I walked back to our hotel, Glenn and Gareth escorted me. I thought they were coming back for more drinks but it turned out that they just wanted to make sure I got back ok. That’s the kind of people they are. Family.