Summer in Europe

I know, I know, it's been a few days. Trust me, I do this blog whenever I can get to a computer, but those chances have been few and far between recently, we always seem to be on the move, so many travel days.

First off, we, like the rest of the world, have been monitoring the situation in Israel and Lebanon. We are scheduled to play in Israel (Tel Aviv) at the end of August, and I want to let you know that we have ever intention of being there. The Twilight Singers strongly believe in democracy, freedom of speech and the right of the state of Israel to exist, so we will be there to show our support and to bring some rock to a country that needs relief more now than ever.

Ok, onto the current tour. So we have been on the festival circuit which is cool yet kinda weird. Cool because we get to play to a lot of people that ordnarily would not see us, and weird because we play to a lot of people who would ordinarily not see us. Also we only get to play 45 minute sets or thereabouts, and you know how we like to keep the party going if the mood is right.

First we played Barcelona, which by the way is a killer city. After spending our first night carousing the city, drinking fine wine and champagne, and eating like kings, we played the first date of the Summercase Festival. I'd say about 2500 to 3000 people got to see us play and we threw down hard. Watching the crowd sing along to Bonnie Brae was fucking great, thank you guys. Greg, Dave, Joe and I also got to see Massive Attack and Sigur Ros play which really inspired us to do some stuff with lighting and production which you will all be seeing the benefits of. It's always great to see other bands and get ideas for our own show.

So the next night we played Madrid, a place Greg hadn't played in 14 years, so we busted out Fountain and Fairfax and the kids went wild. The festival site was ths weird rock quarry type place which made me glad I wasn't wearing flip flops. I'd say a splendid time was had by all.

Last night we flew to Italy and played the Arezzo Festival in front of 30,000 people, the largest audience the Twilight Singers have ever played to. It was a rush to say the least. Most of the people had no idea who we were, but by the end of the set, watching 30,000 people clapping their hands in the air along to Underneath the Waves was a site to behold and one I will never forget. They said the show would be available for viewing on the Internet, so do a Google search, I'm sure you'll find it eventually.

We drove today to Marcon, which is near Venice, and tonight we played the Marcon Festival. We got to play a somewhat longer set as we were the headliner. I have to say I had a fucking great time tonight, the crowd was awesome, the food was great, the weather was perfect, and I could actually hear myself on stage, which is always a bonus.

Now I am at the hotel with Greg and Cesare, our consigliere, enjoying a warm, tropical night in this country that I love so much. Tomorrow we travel to Bologna to play our final show of this leg before we head home. Cesare and I are going to go shopping and blow some cash, I mean after all, it's Italy, time to buy some cool stuff.

Ciao for now,


originally posted 07.17.06