Greetings from week 3 of what can only be described as a successful, if incredibly hectic tour of Europe with Christina Perri! Our travels so far have taken us to a wind- and fog-swept outdoor festival stage in Oslo, Norway, a gorgeous sunny day at the Peace & Love Festival in Sweden, two slightly bizarre but extremely well-run shows sponsored and organized by Audi (naturally taking part at Audi’s super high-tech factory/showroom facilities in Germany), as well as a batch of headlining club shows in various countries.
Hamburg stands out as our hottest show so far, in the most literal sense; the venue was absolutely sweltering by the time we walked on stage, and even my bass felt all warm and steamy when I put it on. Gross is right. We all ended the show happy, but drenched in sweat and completely dehydrated.
Christina performs in Hamburg, Germany. Not pictured: four sweaty band members guzzling water off-stage.
Our only real disaster of the tour so far also took place a couple of days ago when our early morning flight to Glasgow was cancelled (with about ten minutes notice, to boot), and we were forced to cancel our appearance at the T In The Park festival later that day. What a bummer. This would have most likely been our biggest festival show of the tour, so everyone was definitely disappointed, especially because we had driven 12 hours overnight from Germany to make said flight. Oh well. We got a day off in Holland instead, which is nothing to complain about either.
Today is show day in Zurich, Switzerland. This city has to be one of the most stunningly beautiful places in Europe. It’s surrounded by mountains, full of gorgeous architecture, and has a lake covered in sailboats and swans. Oh, and this place is also full of millionaires, apparently. I now completely understand why Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
Zurich: not too shabby
We only have four more shows left before heading back home! Our last show will be at Hard Rock Calling in London, where we share the stage with Alison Krauss and Paul Simon. Um, so no pressure then. See you there!