May 17, Prague
What a treat - a day off in this great city. I'd wandered it before (and taken photos) so I knew how lovely it is. Very crowded
this time, with tourists, but still great to have some time here.
Some less fortunate news; my camera got a bit smashed a the Budapest show, (yes, it's dark onstage between pieces!) and I spent
part of the day off experimenting to see what it will still do. No viewing screen anymore, and no way to see the photos that
have been taken, but the photos still come out fine (I'm
getting much better quality with this Olympus that I have with other cameras before.)
Anyway, the show was the perfect test for it.
The arena here couldn't handle our normal rigging, so this is a rare "end on" show on the tour. (In other words, a
normal stage at one end of the arena as opposed to being in the middle, with round stage, as we usually are.) It made for a
very nice change, and with the very enthusiastic audience, we had a great show.
Some of the usual photos before going on, of activity around the dressing rooms.
We're nicely fixed up for espressos!
And going on from backstage, rather than out in the center of the arena, it was nice seeing some of the guys we don't usually pass.
(I did, though, have to resist the urge to go under the stage instead of right up onto it.)
What a difference on a normal stage - I even got to have my amp on stage with me (the trusty Ampeg, usually it's underneath.)
Here's a first; when introducing San Jacinto, Peter often tells the story about it's origin, and tells it in
German or Italian, depending on where we play. But, not wanting to tackle the Czech language for this one, he told
it in English, but with hands and arms panotomiming the meaning. Having an ideal vantage point behind him, I took quite
a few photos - and why not include them all!
Not sure you could deduce the story from those clues, but anyway it was a special moment in the show.
Hey, come on Tony, it's time for the bows!