First off what a great looking venue. Nice huge stage, big hall, and the backstage was killer!!! Now from that how could it get any better right? Well all that was small in comparison to the meal that we were served a few hours later. The cooks name was Petra, one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. You can tell in just her presentation of the food that she really cares for the bands that come in. She did such a great job. There are a few places that stand out in my mind and now this one is right up there with them. Later that evening she even took the time to go through our rider with me to make it easier for us and the clubs that are receiving it. So thank you Petra for making it so nice for us and we look forward to playing in Fulda again soon.
So on to the show, anytime you get the chance to play a big stage like that just makes me feel like I have more energy. Brent changed up the set a bit tonight and the fans are really liking the new songs that we have been playing for them. I constantly hear the question, "When is the new CD coming out?". We are really aiming for Nov. I think this a reachable goal if we get right into the studio when we get home. I'm extremely excited to get some new material out there. It would only be 2 1/2 years after our last record, which would be killer. Sorry I got a bit side tracked there. So to finish things up, Thanks again to Steph for hanging out with us, all the familiar fans and new ones that we meet here today. We had a great day and we hope to come back to Fulda to play and eat again.
So, we started the day by having to get up and be at the van by 8:00am. That is brutal when you think that you went to bed just a few hours before. It of course is not as bad for us because we can sleep in the van but the 700km drive for Ralf must be hard. So our drive to the festival is as everyone knows routine. Stop get gas, buy a few snacks, take a leak, you know the usual. We arrive at the festival and first find out that we were supposed to be playing at 9:00pm but are now playing at 6:00pm. But by the look of the crowd it didn't seem to be any more people by the end of the night. So this festival was in a small town so the turn out wasn't huge but none the less fun as hell. There were some people that we recognized in the crowd so that is always good. I had received an email a few week ago from a young guy named Tim who is a huge fan and his email had two great parts in it. The first being that we are one of his favorite bands (which rules) but we were also playing with one of his other favorite bands, Itchy Poopskidz. What a crazy name. They had a style like Green Day which it seems that they would have a style more like Weezer or a style where the band plays on more funny situations. We didn't stay for the whole show so maybe it went more that way. The second was that Tim had said, "You guys are going to ROCK the Village!!" How cool was that!! We did, we put a serious beat down of Rock on the Village. Another fun filled day, not much left to say.
Let's get out of town!!
So as of now we are sitting in the Philly airport waiting for our plane to leave. This is the point where all of us are very amped to get the tour started. This is now our 4th tour with MAD and I just have a good feeling that this is going to be our best. This is Ruben's first tour with us over there and we are ready to tear it up. We have the day off tomorrow so we will just chill and get our bearings so that when Ralf picks us up on Friday morning we are well and rested for our first gig. We start off in Switzerland and what a beautiful country it is. The only thing that is a bit of a pain is that we have to pay tax on all the merch that we have. We will leave some of it in Germany so that we don't get taxed on everything. Anyway I will keep adding so that people can keep up with what is going on with us.....Until tomorrow....Tye