First of all, at the show in Lecce, two days ago, I took a break from the camera, so I've got no photos from it.
In fact, we were in and out of there so quickly, (as sometimes happens on tour) that I never saw the city of Lecce.
The day went like this: we drove from Taormina to Catania, flew to Brindisi, drove to Lecce, played the show, drove back to Brindisi,
and flew to Naples - now in the middle of the night, the drive into that city, usually very difficult, went easily for the
very tired band!
Then the Naples show. First, I'll include the paragraph from my main diary about the two shows:
I am starting to think of this part of the tour as the Spinal Tap segment. Don't worry, the shows are going fine, just little kerfuffles are
happening, that sometimes remind me of that movie, the classic satire of what it is we do out here on the road.
After Taormina, we went, not to Catanzaro, as I had listed on this page, but to a different part of Italy, and a city called Lecce. It's not
too important that I hadn't noticed the change, but in the Taormina morning, we saw Daby Toure, the Senegalese singer who is opening for
Peter on this tour, driving out of town, thinking the gig was only a couple of hours up the road. No, it's a flight away, and he came with us
to the airport, so the day was saved!
Then, at the Naples show, Peter decided, during Solisbury Hill, to go skipping down from the high stage (us following behind) into the
audience. He led us to the side of the stage, but alas, there was a 15 foot drop, but no stairs there. Undaunted, he skipped, and sang, back
across the stage to the other side, where there were indeed steps going down. And down. The first flight led to another flight - all inside the stage
structure, with no exit to the area in front. In our
radio headphone monitors we could hear that our instrument signals were getting lost as we ventured too far from the transmittors and receivers on stage.
Still no exit to in front of the stage. I expected to see some janitor cleaning up a boiler room, and was prepared to shout "Hello
Cleveland" while asking him directions.
Well, of course, we did emerge, and all was forgiven by the audience (I have no idea how it sounded while we were understage - a drum solo?)
Okay, here are some shots from the Naples show.
It was hot in Naples - very hot - and it spawned some unusual hat choices.
The outdoor concert setting seemed modern, but these beautiful pines rising behind the stage must have been growing
there for a long time - so it probably has been a concert site for a long time.
In addition to Daby Toure, our friends, the band Spacanapoli joined us for a rousing In Your Eyes.
This was a really fun show, and surely the hottest one of the tour!
Now we head on to Rome, where I hear the heatwave is just as strong.