German Tour Diary – Day 8

Hey guys,

Well yet another German city has impressed us immensely. Hamburg kicks ass!

We had one of the best shows of the tour last night at the Stage Club. The vibe was amazing and we met some really cool people. Everything just clicked into place and we really, really enjoyed the performance.

After the show, Yannick (our merch man) tried to convince us to join him as he showed 2 pretty young girls the sights and sounds of Hamburg at night.. He managed to rope Pauli, our engineer in, but the rest of the band faded and chose to have a quiet after show drink at the hotel instead.

Apparently their adventures finished up at about 6am, so it’s just as well we opted out!!

What a pleasure to have a rest day today.. Everyone got the various admin things they needed to get done sorted out (laundry etc..). Otherwise the day was just spent at leisure, hanging out in the beautiful hotel.

Martin, our Tour Mgr, took Clint, Neil & I through to visit with the local Cort Guitar distributor. We are Cort Custom Acoustic Guitar endorsees, so it was felt it would be a good idea to say hi to the German representative.

What a great meeting. Thomas is an awesome guy and he gave us a great insight into Cort’s plans for the future. He deals with a variety of guitar brands and looks after loads of huge International performers such as Rolling Stones, Santana, KISS, Bryan Adams etc.. when they are in Germany (and has done since 1977!).

We look forward to staying in touch and working with him in the future.

Thereafter, the 3 of us plus Martin and Mike took a stroll through Hamburg and visited the infamous “Reeperbahn”. It’s a mini Amsterdam red light district kind of place, with girls sitting in their underwear behind glass windows trying to coax you over for a “chat”.

Very bizarre. Especially at 5pm in the afternoon!

After taking in all the “sights”, we hooked up with Pauli and Robbie J, and headed through for a killer early dinner at a local trucker restaurant that Martin recommended in the meat packing district. Portions were huge (biggest schnitzel I’ve ever seen!), food was fantastic and atmosphere was brilliant… and the prices were half anywhere else!

Now we are back at the hotel and looking forward to heading down to Osnabruck for the next show tomorrow.

The next 4 days we have back to back shows in Germany & Switzerland, so it’s been decided that a quiet night is a good idea tonight.

I’m off to join Mike, Robbie & Neil for a drink in the lobby bar now, but will update y’all again tomorrow.

Thrilled to hear that the airports in Europe are opening up again, so we just may still make it home to SA as planned next week..

Rock on!

Andy Mac

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