We had the 2nd largest crowd at Agra! VNV beat us! Fine. Still no shows for 13 years and I come to see thousands and thousands of people. I am breathless. My heart beats hard for Germany and Europe now. The USA tour was good too. But Europe I think “GETS” “VAC” and has from the beginning. I think we could of been the Headliner of one of the nights. Still no one knew, it was a surprise and even the venue promoters noticed that the reaction was GREAT!!! This was the most fun I have had of any of the shows I have done up to this date. Great band mates. Great Crowd. I got paid well for the first time ever in “Europe” No thanks to a certain someone I will not name. So this was like on another planet for me. Yes its sad that my hair is all but gone, and I was a little fat this year due to having no car and being stuck at home and not hitting the gym like I used to. I still did ok. I can do better than that I think though and I apologize.
I got in to Leipzig on Thursday and walked around the city for two days. Big mistake. I should of taken a cab or the mass transportation system more. My legs got really sore because I was too out of shape for all the walking. When I got on stage at WGT my legs were cramping up on stage. Not only that all the stores were closed so we could not buy enough water and I was dehydrated as well. On the stage they only brought out two tiny water bottles (I had to go back stage to get more). I usually leave during the instrumental songs any how because I don’t have anything to play. I’m not going to jazzersize on stage either for a whole song. Plus we had some tech problems and were missing some cables that cost you fans 15 minutes worth of music :( so sorry we had to cut 3 tracks. They wanted to let us go over, and in hind sight I should of taken it, but at the time I did not want to piss off Suicide Commando and Leather Strip or Iamx. I got to met all the bands on the bill and it was so good to see Johan Von Roy again, I toured with him ages ago, the first VAC tour was with suicide commando and it was an honor to share the bill with him again. Clause Larsen was a class act as well, very friendly and man did he kick ass on stage. Then there was Iamx, I was not really into them so much, after watching the show they have won me over as a FAN for sure. I would love to do a remix for them or any of the bands on this bill in the future.
The Twilight Garden show was good too, we got a decent turn out and man i love playing keys in this melancholy band. Lots of cheering. I really like the response Twilight Garden has been getting on these live shows, west coast and now in Europe. I think Todd’s band is going to grow and be successful! I would love it because I like playing in it with Todd and the Drummer Chris Kutz who was also in my band this time. Kicked ass! In fact after all these shows I want to work with both of these guys on all kinds of stuff as much as I can. Chris Kutz also makes custom mogaimi high end cables and is the best around. Please order any cables that you would buy any where else through him.
We met and I signed autographs for the guy who wore a VAC shirt on German National TV. I give this guy MAD props for the promotion! Thank you so much!!!! He told us the story about the show and it was very interesting. So cool. I could of begged him for money though seeing how poor I have been the past few years. (kidding) Now doing shows like this I hope i can get my finances in order again. I just need to play more shows and keep putting out good music.
Leipzig was amazing. Driving into the city I was afraid because I saw all of the graffiti everywhere and I did not remember this from long ago. Still by the hotel we stayed out (penta) There were all these buildings run down with broken glass and graffiti as well. Then we walked into the city and saw the building above. I think this is the university and man the architecture impresses me so much. I even loved the train station as well. The people in Leipzig are great, not as cold and serious as western Germany. Cab drivers were great. Everyone at the hotel was great. People in the streets were cool as well. I loved seeing all the strange Gothic people, and love how this scene looks! So much fun, its a shame nothing like this exists in the states. If you have never gone to Leipzig, you are missing out, I might even try to pay to come even if I am not on the Bill I liked it that much.
We got some great India food. It was the only vegan food I could find in Germany besides one other asian place. Indian is my favorite so I did not care. Lots of alu mattar and chanamasala Super hot too!! Loved it. GERMANY HAS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM THOUGH:
NO KALE!!!!!! YIKES!!! I NEED THIS SO BAD FOR DETOX ON TOURS! DAMN YOU EUROPE!!!
GIVE ME KALE OR DIE! MOTHER FUCKERS!!!! KALE KALE KALE KALE. I LIVED ON IT ON THE WEST COAST HARD CORE!!! MORE KALE!!!!
Any how, I am home now, so far not sick and happy about that. I took olive leaf extract the entire time in Germany. I think this helps for the plane ride as well to prevent getting ILL. I loved Europe so much this time that I plan to play another big fest next year if I can. Maybe mera Luna and also tour All of Europe. Dates in every big territory. Still Now I am planning the october east coast tour that will finish all tour support for the LP “MALDIRE”. Hope to have mauvais in early 2014. Then a European tour.
I also plan on reviewing some of the shows I saw at WGT over on the EDT blog. Look for that stuff soon.