That’s it. After 24 gigs the winter club tour is over now too.
Remembering the Great Shake tour I wanted to look back and consider few stereotypes, typical facts about a tour that seem to be generally accepted as the truth. But how true are they really?
They say that every single gig, even if the setlist is exactly the same – is different from another.
True. Which is obviously due to the people. Every audience is different. There’s a different vibe in every venue, in every city. From the first song onwards the audience gave us a certain vibe. Every gig therefore remains an individual experience. The Napoli gig at Casa della Musica for instance was incredible in this sense. I felt like being on a different planet from the first song onwards…
They say that due to being blinded by the light we never see the public.
Wrong. We see all of you! :-) its rare that the lights are so blinding that we cant see a thing. So yes you might be watching us but don’t feel too secure as we are watching you too :-)
They say that although you pass through so many different towns you don’t actually ever see much of the city you’re playing in.
Partly true. This tour was particular though as in Italy, (due to the strict policies of the communes) most music venues are outside of the town centers. When we arrived somewhere just before the sound check it was impossible to “take a quick stroll” through the town center as they were often too far away. Usually I was tired from the night before and a bit of rest (if possible) suddenly seemed more attractive than sight seeing. What a shame-particularly in Italy though as there are so many beautiful places.
I therefore tried to do as much of it as possible. So I remember for instance being particularly impressed when we played in L’Aquila. Seeing how affected the town still is since the earthquake was shocking. I already knew how beautiful Napoli, Roma, Firenze, Torino and Bologna were but I had never been to Bolzano which I found really picturesque, Taneto di Gattatico where the people blew me away or Perugia where the food was amazing. I also remember a nice jog in Bari and getting lost in Brescia. Actually, to be honest, the people and the food were literally amazing in every town on this tour, I really mean that.
The solution to more sightseeing is probably to party less after the gigs to be more in form the next day… but that’s not always easy.. :-)
They say that on tour the band and the crew become something like a family.
I don’t know if it’s always the case but on this tour it certainly was.
You see each other all the time and on this tour we were really lucky with the people surrounding us. There was just a lovely vibe going on. Great people, in fact I miss them already. It was always nice to get to the venues and seeing these familiar faces again. When Alex Neri mentioned and thanked them all individually on stage at the end of the last gig in Rome at Orion it was a really special moment to all of us, and we continued celebrating them frenetically backstage afterwards.
They say that after a while hotel rooms start to look exactly the same.
And lonely I would add to that. Each one of us seems to have his own habits to deal with this. Personally when I get to a room I firstly try to personalize it a minimum. Which usually consists of throwing my stuff all over the place.. :-) Then I switch off all air conditioning, I hate the sound of them, it makes me mad… Then I call reception and make sure that it wont turn on automatically again. (because they usually do) I better stop here or you think I’m some kind of divo. :-)
When you come home after a long tour, you become a little sad. This is known as the tour blues.
True. I feel a little lost. I’m waiting in vain for our tour manager to tell me when we have sound check and when we go for dinner. I miss the incredible food, different in each region. I miss Gigi’s jokes in the car and Neri’s banter after the gigs. I miss meeting the people once the concert is over and I miss seeing the crew for sound check. I miss Marco’s hilarious Vocoder warm ups and Luca making fun of how I perform.
But mostly I miss the energy of being on stage, the energy that comes from the people who come to our gigs, from you guys, without whom all of this doesn’t mean a thing.
But then I think about the next tour and all is good again.
So thanks for coming to see us people in Milano, Napoli, Torino, Noventa, San Pancrazio, Lignano, Cagliari, Alghero, Trescore, Riccione, Monza, Firenze, Trezzo, Rimini, Reggio, Mendrisio, Brescia, Nonantola, Bari, San Martino, Cortemaggiore, Alessandria, Ferrara, Taneto di Gattatico, Ripalimosani, L’aquila, Marghera, Bolzano, Bologna, Perugia, Arezzo and Roma!!!
I leave you with this video I found on youtube of the estragon gig in Bologna. I think it was the first time we sang with the crowd in the end of Another Sunrise. Great memories! (please ignore my voice failing me miserably-it was the end of the night..:-)) Ciao for now