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Catholic holiday

I'm writing this from the back bench of the van, Carsten Eckerman behind the wheel. Carsten is the kind of guy who leans over and reaches into the glove compartment and pulls out a book as thick as a New York City Yellow Pages, throws it open on his lap and within seconds finds the exact location of a hotel in Serbia. You'd need a magnifying glass as big as your face to get around that map book.

Carsten. Behind the wheel and behind the mixing board every night. I love Carsten. I spend a lot of time strapped in to my seat just looking at the back of his head. There's something beautiful and cool about the back of his head.

The other day I woke up because the van slowed way down to pull over as we were getting shaken down by the Hungarian cops for not driving with our lights on. Thirteen Euros later, I fell asleep again, and woke up, jumped out of the van ready to run down the street. To a gig. Or an airport. Where am I? Take me to the place where people sit around doing Marlon Brando imitations. Yessir. Three weeks in to this tour and time is flying like honey. But somehow everyone has time for new nicknames. "Dr. Peaches McNuttle: Teen Detective." "The Mountain." "Queen Bee." To name the more obvious ones. They've got one for me they won't tell me to my face. It's the cost to be the boss. And what can I tell you about the band? These guys (and gal who is coming to rejoin us very soon in Spain. Hopefully.) play so great these days it's not even funny. In fact, it's ridiculous.

A few nights back was Vienna. It was a Catholic holiday we never did get to the bottom of. Then it was Prague and Belgrade and Zagreb. And now I'm feeling a little dulled out, eating chocolate. It was a gift. [Thanks George! You're a good man and Stephie was sad to miss you].

We do love our snacks. We have them in our contract. Also as part of the deal, I always request an English newspaper over here. Or at the very least, a paper in English. When one appears backstage, I'm delighted, though the death of the honeybee is enough to make me cry.

Vienna was at the Chelsea Club. I'm always happy to see the promoter David. Or Dah-veeed. I don't always shoot the breeze with the promoters, but David is a character. Like Werner Herzog. I ask how it's going and he says, "People need to overcome. Overcome their own lazy selves, bring out that laziness and bury it in ze' earth!" I think he was referring to people who'd rather stay home than go to a gig. He asks what's happening with me. I tell him about a box set we're working on and he says, "Sounds ex-pen-sive."

But with the prices we're slashing? I think you'll find something to take from our on-line store. Boy, see how I did that? That full circle business. Phew, I'm good! Okay, nap time.

See you at the gigs.

-CP

/ The Mission Express: Stephie Finch: (singing, organ, guitar) Kevin White: (bass guitar) Vicente Rodruquez: (drums, singing), James DePrato: (guitars)

Chuck Prophet Europe May to June 2015

GERMANY

MON MAY 18 KUNSTKULTURQUARTIER -NURENBERG, DE Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express TUES MAY 19 MILLA - MUNICHEN, DE Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SPAIN

THURS MAY 21 MARULA - BARCELONA, ES Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express FRI MAY 22 LAS ARMAS - ZARAGOZA, ES Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express SAT MAY 23 SUPER 8 – FERROL,ES Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express SUN MAY 24 LAS IGUNA - VIGO, ES Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express MON MAY 25 EL SOL - MADRID, ES Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

UK

WED MAY 27 THE TUNNELS – BRISTOL, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express THURS MAY 28 THE GARAGE – LONDON, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express FRI MAY 29 THE ART BAR – OXFORD, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express SAT MAY 30 THE MET – BURY, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express SUN MAY 31 THE GLEE CLUB – NOTTINGHAM, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express MON JUNE 1 GREYSTONES – SHEFFIELD, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express TUES JUNE 2 BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB – LEEDS, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express WED JUNE 3 VOODOO ROOMS – EDINBURGH, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express THUR JUNE 4 THE CLUNY – NEWCASTLE,UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express FRI JUNE 5 THE CELLARS – SOUTHAMPTON, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

HOLLAND

SAT JUNE 6 BITTERZOET - AMSTERDAM,NL - Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

USA

THURS JUL 30 SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERT SERIES - WINDSOR, CA - Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SOLO US DATES:

FRI OCT 9 DARYL'S HOUSE - PAWLING, NY -Chuck Prophet solo SAT OCT 10 THE PARLOR ROOM - NORTHAMPTON, MA - Chuck Prophet solo SUN OCT 11 CLUB PASSIM - CAMBRIDGE, MA - Chuck Prophet solo THURS OCT 15 TIN ANGEL - PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-2802 - Chuck Prophet solo FRI OCT 16 NORTH SHORE POINT HOUSE CONCERTS - NORFOLK, VA 23505 Chuck Prophet solo SAT OCT 17 PRIVATE - WASHINGTON, DC - Chuck Prophet solo

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Hello Folks,

New overseas dates. UK, Serbia, Austria, Spain, Croatia, Sweden, Norway. . . but not in that order. Scroll down for the beef.

We just wound down the US leg of our Return of the Night Surfer US Spring tour. And here I am driving the van solo back from the Old Settlers Festival in Austin with all the gear, after dropping the rest of the band at the airport like a combination roadie/tour manager/container driver. I should be home in time to hit the water once or twice, then it's off for the European leg. (Two legs, right?) Let the band have their iPad in-flight movies. And styrofoam coffee and prepackaged 100 calorie cookies. Enjoy! On the plus, there's a certain meditation that comes with a long drive, kind of like going to a spa, except nothing like it at all. One thing for sure, there's lots of time to ramp down the internal hard drive and do some real thinking.

Or maybe just have a good cry.

Sometimes it's just you. No conversation. No air conditioning. Out of cell range. Talk radio fading in and out. A chance to process. Rehydrate the brain cells. Let scabs heal. Gain perspective. Look for meaning.

Okay, that was one too many.

Still, I have made big decisions behind the wheel, and gotten answers to question that had been puzzling me. Or at least started asking the questions. There was that time (2002? 2003?) where I chain-smoked for 2,000 miles and quit cold Yoko when I walked in the door.

The closer I got to home I kept thinking, How long can I keep this up? Maybe when I get back, I'll look for that box of nicotine patches. Is it still in the back of my sock drawer? Expiration dates are just a suggestion, right?

It's possible that I OD'd on that trip. There was no one around to slow me down. I woke up in that Travel Lodge with snow on the screen at 4 AM and thought, I could light one up and no one would know. But, as Blake tole me, "You'll know, Ceep, you'll know".

So yeah, I quit. Even though I was still patting down my chest pocket for months to feel the hard pack that wasn't here. Eventually the urge lifted. A cigarette was the best friend I ever had, but in the end you can only walk around an airport in a constant state of withdrawal so long. Or as James so astutely pointed out, "Smokers are bitches." Which is really more wisdom than I could ever hope to achieve on the subject.

When I think of all the money I've saved, I start to think about buying a watch. And eating more arugula. Or just saying "arugula" more often. Maybe one of those big hunky chrome deals. The kind men sport just standing around posing in Maxim.

Long drives. There's a Zen-like trance you sink into. People sure say "Zen" alot. I wonder if like me, they're not 100% sure they're using the word correctly? I mean, is the trance that I fall into wandering the aisles at truck stops looking at electronic gizmos in shrink-wrapped plastic Zen-like? Or picking out the least spotted and browned banana in the basket at the counter trying to put off getting back in the van? Damn. Now I'm sure I'm using the word wrong!

Then again, there IS a kind of spell you fall under. The first 45 minutes seems like forever. Then you look up and the sun is going down.

Plus it's always helpful to get out of the Money Belt. Ride around some of the other belts. You know the ones. You see towns that are dying, with new outlet malls with Adidas logos on the side you've never seen before. And when you get as far as New Mexico you can find a proper Chile Relleno. Not quite the "fried eggs and country ham" Neil sang about in "Albuquerque"(spell-check THAT!) but waaaayyyy better. I put the Neil quote in here for Scott McCaughey. Scott, are you listening? Which reminds me. We had a great time in Florida with The Baseball Project. Did a couple honest to goodness pop-up gigs on the way back up. Saw friends in Nashville. Chile Relleno, here I come.

Onwards,

-CP

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/ The Mission Express:

Stephie Finch: (singing, organ, guitar)

Kevin White: (bass guitar)

Vicente Rodruquez: (drums, singing),

James DePrato: (guitars)

Chuck Prophet Europe May to June 2015

HOLLAND

SAT MAY 2 RHYTHM AND BLUES FESTIVAL – GRONINGEN, NL Chuck Prophet solo

SUN MAY 3 HERE COMES THE SUMMER FESTIVAL – VLIELAND, NL, Chuck Prophet solo

SWEDEN

TUES MAY 5 KOM CAFE – GOTEBORG, SE Chuck Prophet solo

WED MAY 6 MONO - OSLO, NO Chuck Prophet solo

THUR MAY 7 NALEN/STACKEN - STOCKHOLM, SE Chuck Prophet solo

FRI MAY 8 GRAND - FALKENBERG,SE Chuck Prophet solo

DENMARK

SAT MAY 9 MUSIC HALL - WORSPWEDE, DE Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SUN MAY 10 FRANNZ CLUB - BERLIN, DE Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

TUES MAY 12 BETT – FRANKFURT, DE Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

CZECH

WED MAY 13 PALAC AKROPOLIS - PRAGUE,CZ Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

THURS MAY 14 CHELSEA – VIENNA, AT Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SERBIA

FRI MAY 15 DOM OMLADINE BEOGRADA - BELGRADE Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

CROATIA

SAT MAY 16 KSET – ZAGREB Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

GERMANY

MON MAY 18 KUNSTKULTURQUARTIER -NURENBERG, DE Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

TUES MAY 19 MILLA - MUNICHEN, DE Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SPAIN

THURS MAY 21 MARULA - BARCELONA, ES Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

FRI MAY 22 LAS ARMAS - ZARAGOZA, ES Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SAT MAY 23 SUPER 8 – FERROL,ES Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SUN MAY 24 LAS IGUNA - VIGO, ES Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

MON MAY 25 EL SOL - MADRID, ES Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

UK

WED MAY 27 THE TUNNELS – BRISTOL, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

THURS MAY 28 THE GARAGE – LONDON, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

FRI MAY 29 THE ART BAR – OXFORD, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SAT MAY 30 THE MET – BURY, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SUN MAY 31 THE GLEE CLUB – NOTTINGHAM, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

MON JUNE 1 GREYSTONES – SHEFFIELD, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

TUES JUNE 2 BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB – LEEDS, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

WED JUNE 3 VOODOO ROOMS – EDINBURGH, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

THUR JUNE 4 THE CLUNY – NEWCASTLE,UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

FRI JUNE 5 THE JOINERS – SOUTHAMPTON, UK Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

HOLLAND

SAT JUNE 6 BITTERZOET - AMSTERDAM,NL - Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

USA

THURS JUL 30 SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERT SERIES - WINDSOR, CA - Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SOLO US DATES:

FRI OCT 9 DARYL'S HOUSE - PAWLING, NY -Chuck Prophet solo

SAT OCT 10 THE PARLOR ROOM - NORTHAMPTON, MA - Chuck Prophet solo

SUN OCT 11 CLUB PASSIM - CAMBRIDGE, MA - Chuck Prophet solo

THURS OCT 15 TIN ANGEL - PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-2802 - Chuck Prophet solo

FRI OCT 16 NORTH SHORE POINT HOUSE CONCERTS - NORFOLK, VA 23505

Chuck Prophet solo

SAT OCT 17 PRIVATE - WASHINGTON, DC - Chuck Prophet solo

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