As ECC make their trek across Europe learning how to say “more beer please” in multiple languages they’ll be checking in with updates. Here’s the first segment in our Euro Tour blog from Josh. Feel free to send in comments and questions and the we’ll do our best to answer as time and Wi-Fi permit…
As I write this Greg is doing 103 mph on the autobahn headed to Stuttgart.
We arrived in Frankfurt on the 21st after an uneventful 11 hour flight from Los Angeles. Our first night was spent in the quaint town of Hoyhenesburg. We needed to acclimate ourselves to the time difference, which meant bellying up to the bar and powering through. It was a good night filled with deliriously memorable conversation.
Our first show was in Köln where we met The Get Up Kids, who we will be touring through Germany with. Really nice guys from middle America. Show was good. The people over here are ridiculously polite and very patient with their non German-speaking visitors.
The following morning we headed to Hamburg for the Reeperbahn Festival. We heard “Attca” on the radio during the drive, did a radio interview in an old WWII bunker and performed on a talk show called “Ray’s Reeperbahn Review“. The show was shot in a theater with a set that looked like the ‘Price is Right’. Ray Cokes, an English MTV something or other, was the host. Really charming fellow. Funny. Sometimes those things can be uncomfortable but he made it very natural. Thanks Ray.
Our show in Hamburg was at capacity with a line out the door. We left it on the stage. Played our asses off. Really special gig.
We partied the rest of the night at some club with free booze, had a doner, called it a night.
We drove to Frankfurt the next morning for Saturday’s gig. I don’t remember too much from this day to be completely honest.
Driving through Germany is quite nice. The roads are pristine. The terrain reminds me of where the Appalachians cut through Pennsylvania. The trees are about to show their colors. Really great time to be here. We are seeing alot of this beautiful country mostly because our GPS is a vengeful shrew with her own agenda and completely indifferent to our situation. She hates us.
Frankfurt show was good but didn’t hold a candle to our Munich show. We tore the lid off that place. Destroyed it. Great crowd, good energy in the room.
We didn’t get over to Oktoberfest, I know, I know, were not happy about it either, but we had to make tracks.
Were off to Stuttgart, happy and healthy. We are making inspired noise with nothing to lose and everything to gain.