Happy December!

Oh my babies, there's so many of you. Just fyi, Austria takes the prize so far for the 'who the fuck lives in a place that's this cold' award. Sorry I haven't updated in a few days, lack of sleep, constant travelling, etc., you get the picture. Anyway, sit back and relax, here we go...

Nijmegen, a great fucking show, lots of energy, we had a terrific time. I didn't get to see much of the city because I woke up about 15 minutes before soundcheck and it was dark outside. That seems to be a recurring theme on this tour for me, I wonder sometimes if I suffer from narcolepsy.

Then it was onto Amsterdam and quite possibly one of the best shows of the year. I don't know what got into us that night but we were really fired up and this was a night to experience the full power of this band. The Melkveg was absolutely packed nuts to butts, condensation dripping off the walls and one of the loudest rock shows I've ever experienced. We couldn't stop playing because we were having such a good time, and that's when we played the Whigs 'Omerta' for perhaps the only time we will ever do it. I've been bugging Greg to do it for about four years now and finally he relented. All in all it was a great night and one we'll never forget.

The next night we played Vera in Groningen, a club that Greg has played numerous times with the Whigs yet it was the first time for Twilight. I really expected a total rock experience based upon the history of the club and all the killer bands that have played there over the years, but what we found was while the crowd was really attentive they were also a bit stand-offish, giving us that indie 'too cool for school' vibe, and you know that doesn't play well with us. Still we played our asses off and gave it up, but next time Groningen for fucks sake make some noise.

The next day we all jumped on a plane to Barcelona where we were going to play a festival. Somewhere along the way the frigging airline lost all of Dave's guitar pedals so we had to go shopping for more. Then wouldn't you know it on the day of the show they found them after closing down Amsterdam airport to examine a bag that hadn't been claimed. Yep, Dave's pedals closed down an airport. Now that's rock and roll.

The gig we were to play was in a huge auditorium, not unlike a massive school hall, and it was filled with something this band hates, seats. So of course we come out and begin 'Esta Noche' and the kids are tapping their feet in their seats and this simply will not do, it was at this point that Greg told them to start dancing and within seconds 1500 kids were mobbing the front of the stage dancing their asses off. Barcelona, you did us proud and we had a great time.

Getting on a plane the next morning at 5am (never a good time for me), we began our trek to Warsaw, Poland. Of course, the plane was delayed and thus we missed our connecting flight out of Munich. Most of us tried to catch some sleep in the airport while we waited for the next flight to Warsaw. Well, eventually we get there with 2 hours to go till showtime, so the mad dash to set up and soundcheck began. When we came onstage we walked out to the most enthusiastic crowd I think we have ever seen, I mean it was like these kids had been waiting all their lives to see us. What followed was one of the most fun shows we have experienced, the kids sang, danced and screamed all night. Afterwards we got mobbed for autographs and pictures, it was surreal to say the least. We'll be back for sure Warsaw, you left us with smiles on our faces.

Right now we are in Graz, Austria, but I'll write about that later, right about time the narcolepsy is kicking in and it's time for me to sleep.


originally posted 12.04.06