From alpine passes to lowland pastures
Euro tour blog 4 - October 2015
Photo © Ben Fenner
Steve and Jo in Den Haag
We travelled over the Alps from Italy via Austria to Germany, through stunning scenery - all on the day of the Munich gig... On arrival we leapt on to the stage just in time for soundcheck! It was great to connect with special friends there including Nick Clabburn from the UK, and others from Italy and Switzerland who had all travelled for just the one show. The crowd were fantastic... It's great to get fab responses to the new stuff and particularly ecstatic reactions to songs such as Every day, Hierophant, Can-Utility and Cinema Show...
The other German gigs in Luwigsburg, Hannover and Wiesbaden were equally terrific. It was great to celebrate the 60th birthday of Genesis German fanclub co-founder Peter Schütz in Hannover and also to celebrate both Gary's and Jo's birthdays with the whole team and special friends. The Kurhaus in Wiesbaden was a particularly unusual and beautiful venue, apparently also used for classical music and it also houses a casino! It's so palatial it would make a good scene from "Casino Royale"...
Then through the German forested hills to the big skies and vistas of Holland, we travelled to Zoetermeer, for our two explosive sell-out sell out shows at the well known rock venue, the Borderij. There was time to explore too... Martin Duimel who Jo and I were travelling with kindly took us to the nearby pier on the sea, followed by a stroll around the beautiful historical part of Den Haag.
Then finally the vibrancy of Brussels... Even the streets full of music and life felt like a celebration. The gig was really terrific with a brilliant interactive and excited crowd. A wonderful way to finish this part of the tour! Now off to the UK, starting with Guildford...
Through the Alps
Photo © Roger Salem
Gary with Steve backstage in the beautiful Kurhaus venue, Wiesbaden
Celebrating Peter Schütz's birthday in Hannover
Jo's birthday in Hannover
Breathing sea air with Martin Duimel
Show in Brussels
Photo © Roger Salem