Tour Update #5
Hey Scott, where's the fucking tour update for the end of the Euro tour?
Yep, I've heard this question a few times, so here we go. Sorry for the
delay, but if I was good at doing paperwork and deadlines, etc. I would
have worked in an office, you get the picture.
So, Helsinki. As usual the crowd was raucous, they love a
good rock and roll show there, don't they? Possibly one of the loudest
shows we have played, I was deaf afterwards. We got to go back to the
hotel for a few hours sleep before we boarded a flight to Budapest,
where we had lunch before boarding another flight to Thessaloniki
Greece. Let's just say that not a lot of sleep was had by any of us and
so it was kind of interesting when management informed us we'd be doing
live TV that night for around 2 million viewers.
I still don't really know what the show was, other
than it was 'wacky' and there was a lot of comedy bits. When it came
time for us to perform we played 'Never Seen No Devil' acoustically. You
may have thought that we were super cool and not nervous about doing
live TV based on the performance, but the truth is we were all
exhausted. Anyway, that went well and finally we were able to go to bed
back at the hotel. Luckily I snagged a room that picked up the wi-fi
from the lobby so I watched stupid You Tube videos (porn) till I fell
The next night we played in town at a beautiful
venue called Principal Theater. It wasn't the biggest show of the tour,
but the fans were awesome and a great time was had by all. Once again we
only had a few hours to sleep after the show before we had to catch a
flight to Athens.
They put us in some weird hotel in the city where I
managed to sleep for about 4 hours before checking out and heading to
Gagarin, the club we were playing that night. The show was predictably
packed, one of those hot and sweaty nights. The audience was great,
singing and dancing, and before I knew it we were done.
They whisked us straight from the venue to the airport where we caught a flight to Tel Aviv, no sleep yet mind you.
we get to the Sheraton in Tel Aviv, and guess who's also staying there?
That's right, Justin Bieber! So of course, all night long we had to
listen to the incoherent screaming of 12 year old girls waiting to get a
glimpse of their idol. I loved the look on their faces when we pulled
up to the hotel in blacked-out vans and they started screaming only to
see us. Awesome! The circus had come to town.
Reading 3 is a new-ish club in Tel Aviv and it is
gorgeous. All backstages should have flat screen TV's, etc. The
promoters were amazing, taking us out for dinner and showing us a good
time. There's nothing that sucks about playing Israel, I love it there.
I have to be honest, night one was a great show but I
found myself having a hard time, I think the traveling was catching up
to me and I was just kind of wiped. You'd never know that from the
quality of the show, we played our hearts out, but I knew. The next
night however was a completely different story, it's amazing what a good
meal and some decent sleep will do to you. Night two I actually started
dancing onstage. I don't know what happened, it will probably never
happen again but I guess I got caught up in the moment, channeling
'Bieber Fever' and generally letting loose. I have to say that was my
favorite show of the tour, especially after we dusted off 'Cloudbusting'
after an eight year absence.
So there you go, life on the road with the Twilight
Singers. It's not always glamorous, but it's always interesting. See you
in the States.