But we did a fully choreographed version of 'Take Back Your Mink'.Neil sat in a chair, grinning from ear to ear and beet red.Experience and evolution tell us that what initially seems like a fuck-up can be the birth of something exciting.In autumn 2011, Amanda Palmer had a ten-date Dresden Dolls tour of the western US planned.Neil Gaiman: The questions were always so gloriously random. And then suddenly Amanda's telling everybody about the time that I coughed so hard I threw up. And then she kissed me after that and decided that it had to be love because you don't kiss somebody who's thrown up unless you love them. NG: The best thing I got personally out of it was not the weird moments on stage.
And we definitely butted heads when it came to little decisions about how things were gonna run or what order we were gonna do things in...
“And then we realised that we don't actually holiday together terribly well,” recalls Gaiman, talking to the Quietus in Brighton's Grand Hotel shortly after appearing at the World Fantasy Convention being held in the city. And one or the other of us said, 'Let's just take tiny theatres, and I'll read and you can do some songs.' It was meant to be tiny.
And then it embiggened as we started talking about it.” One quick trip to Amanda’s old friend Kickstarter later, the couple ended up with £130,000 from their respective devoted fanbases to do six 'An Evening With Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer' shows, encompassing unreleased songs and stories, Q&As and screwball married couple banter aplenty.
How do you cope with it at the end of the day, when you’ve been married for two years now and yet again someone has to say something spiteful or ignorant?
Over the past few years you both have been accosted with questions, comments, and general bitterness from people who say not-so-nice things about your relationship.