As we end our first two weeks of this run and say goodbye to the Mona lads, we reflect on the events that brought us to this point. Let's see, so much has happened. Where to begin...
This has been our route so far
Flew into London - then took the EURO Tunnel to Calais, FR and Andy drove us to Germany, (and everywhere else we've gone so far).
Most of the shows we have played with Mona have been completely full if not sold out in advance so it's been a good thing for us.
The German crowds were killer as well as our return to England to see some of our friends. Spent some time at The Michelberger Hotel in Berlin. It's right by the East Side Gallery which is painted with the most incredible grafitti I have ever seen. I learned it was painted by artists from all over the world as a symbol of freedom after the Berlin Wall came down. Absolutlely incredible.
Had my birthday in Manchester and got three cards and four sets of Billy Bob teeth. Also had a breakdown over a double rainbow that morning.
Our guitar tech/barber/chef, Daniel cooked me a down-home Louisiana BBQ in between rain showers in the dark, using a pressure washed cigarette bucket and weird coals we found at Sainsbury's. Awesome. Best BBQ we done ever had...no kidding.
Also had to break into the place we were staying that night, which was a daunting task considering the penitentiary style razor wire and 25' walls that surrounded the building. Wound up snipping the wire and sausaging Daniel through a 1.5' hole in the fence in plank position.
Met Black Veil Brides at The K-West Hotel after the Shepherds Bush Empire Show. Shaun actually had to kick one of them out of our room for being extra douchey. I'm glad I wasn't there or I probably would have ripped his wig off. If you've never seen or heard of them before, then you probably don't wear kiss makeup and hate your dad for making you do your homework.
We were happy the next night to be joined by our Geordie Ginger Princess and TM, Anna. I also slammed my fingers in soundproof doors at the Brighton show and wound up at the hospital for an x-ray that reported no fracture. Close one...
Brussels was last night and turned out to be pretty badass. Sold out crowd at the AB Club which was teats on a reets. We have been meeting a ton of new people after the shows and everyone has been very cool. Added a couple new London shows before we head back to Brussels to play with the Kaiser Chiefs, so come on out.
Would like to say thanks to the newbies, AND the OG's, and the G's and the Hustlaz. (We found a Doggystyle CD in the van we borrowed from our label).
We've been throwing a couple new tunes in the set as well so that's made for a bitchen time onstage...check 'em out and let us know what you think. Actually if you don't like, don't let us know - your time would be better spent out in the parking lot in solitude, re-evaluating your musical tastes.