Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to support and holler last night and to those who came to capture the show with video/still cameras/audio devices. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Big props to Tommy, Mike and Alan for the helping hands with my bass rig and in general and to the Starland and Monster Magnet crew for being mad cool.
Of course, props to my fellow bandmates for holding it down and kicking ass.
Made for a fun, smooth sailing show.
See you all soon!
Yeah, Ross...you can't hate on them, they're a solid band. Maybe we can get Fergie on the bill.
Hey, Nerine...a "working holiday" would be nice.
I missed the Superbowl debacle...saw the Superbowl but was busy entertaining guests/mixing drinks and missed the mess.
Yeah, the older U2 stuff is great, some of the newer stuff is catchy as fuck and has merit, but it doesn't compare emotionally to the older stuff.
Maybe Fergie would be more accessible and cheaper to book now that they bombed at half time. Jus' sayin', is all...
I was hoping to miss the Superbowl halftime show, but that was the only part that made the female party-goers silent for 15 minutes, so all the beer drinking football nerds were actually ok with watching it.
If Fergie can't make it, just get Will I. Am to come and do that annoying robot vocalizer on everything. I'm so sick of hearing that crap on every song on every commercial.
So got my cd this week and last night I had the chance to watch the live videos on my mac with some great sounding speakers. Well I was impressed by the performance of the first show. I live in Calgary (cowtown) Canada and Seattle is only 12 hours away so when you guys play Seattle we are doing a road trip to the US.
We've had a couple of great bands come through. Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Muse, Queen (ex-Mercury, that is)... Metallica played at a big fest recently, and were well received. Of course Rammstein was a complete success. I think close on 10 000 metal fans crawled out of the woodwork for that. Wasn't even aware that we had so many. U2 packed out a World Cup soccer stadium (72 000 people, I think). Madonna and Bruce Springsteen are allegedly swinging by...
So far a lot of the bands all say they want to keep returning. I guess it's our climate, good food and loads to do... shark cage diving, wine farms, boat charters, wildlife reserves with the big five within two- to three-hours' driving distance... More restaurants than you can shake a stick at...
With good marketing I don't think there's anything stopping other acts, like APHND, Seventh Void et al coming out, though they'd probably not draw such big crowds. Would take good planning and perhaps linking up with the locals who already have a following, bands like Kobus or Terminatryx, who could generate excitement via their already considerable fan bases. But these would end up being "boutique" gigs, as I call them. :) For the love of a good holiday in the Mother City and Jozi.
Not Aquila, was it? There's also Fairy Glen. Bushmans Kloof is too new. Sanbona is way new, owned by the Mantis Group. I was invited to go out and review the latter:
Doesn't look like the article got archived online, which sucks... but for the idly curious with nothing better to do on a Friday eve, you can read the intrepid travel writer's blow-by-blow account above. Wrote a kick-ass piece that appeared in a national paper.
Wow, this one has taken on a life of it's own...cool to see all the conversation going on.
Just got back from a nice Sushi night, lot's to assimilate here.
@Ross: Yes, that vocoder is getting over used...has been for a while. Shit, it's even used in the intro to that Moesha show. Why do I know that? Well, you see it goes like this...
@Misha: APNHD would love to get out to the West Coast AND Canada...hopefully it's in the near future and we can all meet up.
@Nerine: I'm telling you, getting out to, and playing a show, in Cape Town would be one hell of an achievement. We're all over-achievers, so let's see what happens! I'm not against it... ;)
Eric, if we ever get a chance to make it out one night, the sushi is on me. The only people in my area that like sushi are me and my wife! LOL! Also, I would love to hang out, but we are not going to watch old episodes of Moesha, no matter how drunk I get.