The morning started off in Vilnius... Some folk singers outside the hotel as we left
and the usual grouchy band in the van to the airport...
Then we arrived in Riga
I did have some time to wander in Riga, but, having been here just six weeks ago, I won't try to top my pictures from then...
Here's one of them, and if you care to, you can click on it and visit that Riga tour diary page, from the April tour with The Crimson ProjeKCt
Over at the venue, another arena, a few folks there to watch soundcheck
and plenty of pedal issues to keep us busy
Over on my side of the stage things have become really bizarre with my bass rig. The mysterious noise is still there, coming through the bass channels a couple of times in each show - the technicians have
not found the source, we've eliminated every element one at at time, and it's still there...
But most unusual, we've realized that it happens at almost exactly the same time every day, at soundcheck, and every night in the show. 8:48pm, whatever song we're playing then, the gremlin
visits my bass rig and gives us a few seconds of high pitched noise.
If the time zone changes, the noise adjusts. Most bizarre.
We'll find it. Hopefully before the last show, in Berlin!
(Maybe it's in here somewhere...)
As usual, it's a fun bunch of people beside the stage just before we go on
Jennie and Linnea, performing as the opening act, seen on the monitors backstage
Hey, I think the loudest cheers may be coming from our crew!
Before Biko, Peter brought onstage some special people working for human rights: Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm of Withness, Leif Coorllim of CNN Freedom Project,
Jennifer Morgan of World Resources Institute, Emma Rubby Sachs of avaaz.org, Ellie Feinglass of Namati Mozambique, and Srdja Popovic of CANVAS Serbia.
A very cool show.
Happily, we stayed in Riga for the day off following the show.
I visited a good local studio called Sound Division, to utilize their playback facilities. Back home we're half done mixing the jazz album my brother Pete and I will release in September.
I've been checking the mixes on headphones, but it's much much more useful to hear them in a good studio, aided here by Ivars Ozols.
That, plus updating my blog (I'd fallen three shows behind!) took up most of the day off.
Feels good to be caught up. Next on our tour: Helsinki.
*This just received from Srdja... a slightly unsettling closeup of me, projected on the large screen during the show.