After celebrating 50Ric’s birthday the night before we had our gig at the Paradiso concert hall in Amsterdam. I always like coming to Amsterdam, it’s a great city. The gig was really nice, very good acoustics in the room so it sounded great. The audience enjoyed it and made us feel welcome, I can’t wait to go back to do it again.
The next day we had a relatively long drive to Paris where the most surreal venue of the tour awaited us, the Batofar. It is an old lighthouse boat converted in to a music venue.
The load in for the equipment was hard work, heavy and a bit of a struggle. But once we were set up it sounded pretty good:) There was limited space so not everyone who wanted to come could get in, which is a shame. Nevertheless we started our last gig of the tour to a packed out boat, and the hole stage was tilting to the left a bit, which was quite bizarre.
After a couple of songs of getting used to the tilt, we rocked the boat on our last gig of what has been a fantastic tour! We played twenty gigs in 26 days in 8 different country’s and covered over 10000 kilometers. It has been great fun and all the gigs where well attended. There will be more tours and a new album for this project next year so let’s do it all again soon…
Many thanks to Mike Ellis for driving, teching and beer services. Thanks to Andrea Pellegrini for providing fantastic sound wherever we went, however good or bad the PA was set up, and doing it all with a great east going way. Many thanks to Francesco Griecco for booking the tour and generally dealing with all the annoying, often tedious problems that come up on a tour, gratzie! And finally thanks to the band, Gavin, Ric and Justin. They really were “the most marvelous times…”