Hoexter, Germany

Hoexter, Germany

Hoexter, Germany 150 150 The Band of Heathens

The River in Reverse… Aka a reverse travelogue.
Just finished playing our first gig overseas and it was good fun.
We performed for about 2 1/2 hours, capped off with a funky little encore of
40 Days – I’ve Got a Feeling – Jenny Was a Keeper.
Some rock n roll, some acoustic, a little bit for everyone.
We had a near-capacity audience at a very cool venue (Tonenburg). Imagine a centuries old castle, complete with overhanging balcony and exposed beam work, stocked with the finest German beers on ice and you’d be in the ballpark.
The crowd was very generous, both listening and being actively involved and vocal.
We rolled into town from Frankfurt at about 4pm, enough time to grab a coffee and some dinner before soundcheck. A 3+ hour ride in our new Black “Darth Vader” model sprinter had us in good comfort and space.
Thomas, our tour manager met us at the airport and got us on our way… I’m really happy that we have someone to help us navigate this whole journey, I could see it being a nightmare otherwise. Let’s just say our German isn’t anywhere near… ummmm…. passable? Yeah, it’s actually just useless. The only bummer is that he didn’t meet us with a sign that had our band name misspelled (see Spinal Tap for the reference).
Besides being a good driver, Thomas seems like a really cool guy, looking out for our best interests, and you can never really have too much of that.
Lots of flying, checking bags and walking through airports proceeded our arrival in Europe. In a nutshell it went like this in reverse. Frankfurt>Washington, D.C.> Austin. Bad food, good vibes being sent to our guitars in the baggage area, and sleep deprivation were the order of the day(s).
Was that all confusing enough for you? Good I’m glad, I feel the same way. I actually thought it would be a neat gimmick to try and write something in reverse chronological order… It was harder than I thought, and probably less effective than I thought it would be when I started… But I’m too far in to stop now, so it’s what you’re stuck with if you’re still reading! 🙂
Time for some sleep.
I’m so tired I haven’t slept a wink
I’m so tired my mind is on the brink
I wonder should I get up and fix
myself a drink
No, no, no.
Wishing you were on the road here with us.
Love,
TBOH