Notes From Das Boot 73

(near Frankfurt)
(this is why I don’t write a normal tour diary, overwhelmed by minutiae)

( 8/18/10-8:00am, up early, hot bus = little sleep)
We’re playing the Batschkapp (loosely translated: “a hat for bats”) tonight, it has been referred to as a “legendary club”. When I hear that phrase a red flag goes up, “legendary clubs” usually have rotten load-in’s and getting anything done is a work out. I call it CBGB’s disease. Yeah, I know it was legendary but try being a regular band playing there, impossible to get anything done and the CB’s house crew while being incredibly unhelpful kept reminding you how lucky you were to be playing there. I’m sure it’ll be good here, the majority of German clubs, legendary or not are usually pretty solid.
(4:30 pm)
Well, I was right. Real good crew, good catering and clean bathrooms, a trifecta of non-shittiness….. Phil has been looking for a 4 amp slow burn fuse and amazingly enough the entire city of Frankfurt doesn’t seem to have one, or they’re hoarding them. Either way it’s not good and we just found out (right after I wrote the previous sentence) that his main guitar amp is now fucked (proper fucked?) and nerves are a little frayed…. It’s soundcheck now and I’m in the dressing room next to the stage and our guitar tech stage right has a really good brutal metal voice, he’s called Bruce but his real name is Antonio and no one has any idea why the name change, maybe he’s the singer in an Iron Maiden cover band, maybe not…. Ed’s late for soundcheck, so there’s a lot of waiting around and noodling and coffee drinking….The crew just played a bit of ZZ Top’s “Tush”…Ed’s here and during soundcheck they did a version of “Hallucination Bomb” with Sabbath’s “Snowblind” in it, it sounded pretty cool…… Guy who did poster for tonight’s show is here, they look real good…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Show was sold out and people were wedged in like sardines…Real good crowd, although the new songs didn’t go over as well as they did in Amsterdam or Budapest… Load out wasn’t too bad even though it’s two sets of stairs…Our dressing room was stocked with a good local beer, Henninger Kaiser Pilsner…My Sleeping Karma opened up tonight and were a nice change of pace a bit like Amon Duul II (not to be confused with Amon Duul I who were awful or Amon Duul III which is a breakfast cereal)…Bus call is at 3am, two hours of the bus filled with people I don’t know…Drank scotch with Danny, I don’t like scotch.

I really like the design of this german street light

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