La Strada Lunga e Ventosa...

We are in Rome right now and it's just starting to dawn on me that we'll be home on Wednesday just in time for the holidays. It's going to be weird not putting on the monkey suit and strapping on a bass every night, but we are all going to be pretty grateful for the down time. This sure has been a long tour and we've met so many of you along the way, it's really been a great year for the band and it feels like our hard work has finally started to pay off.

On that note, if you haven't heard, the Twilight Singers will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, January 3, 2007. This will be our first American TV appearance and an opportunity for countless people to hear our music. So tell your friends, set your TiVo and tune in to see what song we'll perform.

OK, back to the road and the story so far. I last left you in Graz, Austria where we played a really cool theatre with an insanely good light show that at times left me feeling like we were playing the local laserium. It was probably the smallest crowd we'd played to on the tour but they gave it up and sang along with us all night. I kept watching the guy down front who'd obviously had a couple and couldn't stop dancing, he was fascinating.

Next was Vienna where it was nice to find a big room packed full of fans ready to have a good time. After the show Dave, Jeff and I took off in search of food but we were shit out of luck. Apparently Vienna shuts down early which was a bit of a pisser as we were starving. Luckily we got the idea of calling a cab company to help us find the local kebab shop, and five minutes later it was mission accomplished. Nobody wants to be around a bunch of starving, pissed off musicians.

The following night we hit Zagreb in Croatia, I don't think any of us had been there before and we really didn't know what to expect. It was really a treat to see about 600 kids show up to hear us play. It always blows my mind to look out into the audience and see these kids who can barely speak English singing along to every song.

Then it was onto Pordenone, the first of five Italian dates on the tour. We came out guns blazing but the crowd was so-so at best so we decided to cut it short and not do an encore. Enough said about that.

That show was in stark contrast to last night where we played Firenze and blew the roof off the fucking place. The crowd was fantastic and we played a long one which they totally deserved. The Italians can be the most passionate people on the planet and last night they proved that. Afterwards we all jumped on the bus and watched various English prison movies, which we are all strangely fascinated with. If you've never seen 'Scum' with Ray Winstone, do yourself a favor and rent it if you can find it.

So like I said before, we are in beautiful Rome right now, the club will be packed tonight and tomorrow, Dec. 10, is my birthday, so what's not to love? Who lives like this? Oh yeah, in Italy apparently they haven't heard of toilet seats yet, so tonight Greg bought one for the club we are playing as a gift. He's all heart isn't he? Viva Italia!



originally posted 12.09.06