Spent our last night in Vienna out on the town. Met up with our previous drummer (who lives here now), reminisced about old times, drank too much beer & got locked in the palace gardens in the dark.
We ended the night at a “Würstelstand” (translation: sausage stand) outside the opera house. Ate some “Käsekrainer” cheese-filled hotdogs (best drunk food ever?) under an old statue and said our final farewell to Austria. Till next year, that is!
Gotta love quirky backstage spaces. This one was a storage room at the back of the bathrooms. We had to walk through the toilets to get in & out and considering they were unisex, it added a whole new level to the backstage experience. Saw some interesting things as the night went on.
The lock was a removable door handle so if someone accidentally took it with them, the rest of us were locked in. We had some fun with that. Yeah, sorry about all those “missed” calls Bob…
Vienna is a beautiful place. It was once the heart of the mighty Austrian Empire & it hasn’t lost any of that majesty. We’ve toured Austria 3 times but this was the first chance we had to really soak up the city.
Walking through Vienna is like taking a step back in time. You could spend hours looking at art & architecture like this & never get bored… These guys had some serious skills.
Vienna is halfway around the world & we still managed to find an Australian bar. And they’ve got KANGAROO SNACKS! Had to repeatedly explain to the locals that Aussies don’t drink Fosters, but that’s not unusual in Europe.
Our bass player is a local Vienna boy so we stayed at his mum’s place before the show. Two weeks of home cooked food FTW! We all went down a belt notch or two but it was oh-so worth it. All four of our mothers have officially adopted the band now.
Got some awesome photos from the gig- will post them soon.
Hamburg is a city with 2 faces. By day it’s all business. By night it’s all about The Reeperbahn with its red light district, grungy bars & live music.
We arrived at the venue around 7pm. It was a little dive bar with a graffiti covered door, peeling 70’s wallpaper & tattered red cushions. Grabbed a kebab from the diner across the road (which was sandwiched between two sex shops, of course) then kicked off soundcheck.
The night had a real house party vibe! The bar only held 40-50 people so it was a tight fit. There’s an awesome live music culture in Hamburg- possibly the best in Germany for rock. Kids walking past heard us playing, peered in the window & ended up rocking out in front of the stage.
On the road to the Netherlands now. First Dutch show of the tour tomorrow.
Photo by Florian Schwombeck