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.
/ 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
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