THE DICTATORS NYC, EUROPE, SUMMER 2014.
Easy KLM flight from JFK to Amsterdam. Empty seat next to me.
Upon landing in Amsterdam, we are met by Sandra, our German promotor, and Diego our Italian everyman. They have shown already, to be super pro, easy going and, well, a road dream. Both drive, schlep, set up and sell merch, and TCB, ALL BUSINESS!
So far, so good. I have only screamed at the band once, because I hadn’t shat properly. This coupled with a lack of sleep already, make me 10 times the diva I usually am.
In 2 days I have already heard that Charlie Watts is not a good drummer, and Sharia law arrives in the East Village next week.
Only 16 more days left.
We got off to a good start in Rotterdam. I hadn’t been to Holland since the baseball WS strike of ‘94.
About 150 people showed up to see us. At first the Dutch crowd was tough. A hard read. They weren’t just gonna “give it to me”, as I’m used to.
SO I beared down, made sure I had fun, and the boys had fun, and, as we loosened up, the audience did too.
By the time we left, it was sweaty, raucous, and, we will be invited back next year. Probably Amsterdam. This is very important to me on this trip. I don’t want to use a name, a reputation, and take the money and run. I want the people who hired us to make a profit, the people who come to see us, have a great time, and spread the word, and I want to be INVITED BACK. I am trying to build something here
16 SHOWS, CHECK, on show # 1
Tonight, Hamburg, then 9 more in 9 days, 9 different cities. Then a day off in Italy, where I MIGHT JUST STUFF MY FACE!
Then, 5 more in 5 days in 5 different cities.
On the way to Hamburg we stopped off a roadside place to pee, and hydrate. Out with the old, in with the new. .70 Euros to use the bathroom…Put money in slot, get ticket, go through turnstile, go to bathroom.
On the way out, IF you purchase something, you get .50 Euros credit, and the bathroom visit ONLY costs you, .20 Euros!..What a bargain….While visiting the bathroom, I saw a sign (a man in his tighty whiteys pushing condoms) for JIM TIESO’S club, THE ANVIL HAMBURG…The cub in Hamburg is in an industrial port area. I’m posting pics of Hamburg, JIM TIESO’S ANVIL SIGN, our new KREW, the PAY TERLIT, and some posters….Hasta luego