Pit Stories: A Piece Of Italian Temperment
Last week you all got spoiled with double Pit Stories so today we're returning to business as usual with just one tale of the ups and downs of touring.
For today's entry, we've got Magnus Henriksson of Swedish hard rocking crew Eclipse, who explains a bit about the uncertainties of traveling to another country for a festival gig.
Will there be someone to pick you up? Where are you staying? Will someone randomly hit you and then give you a big sloppy kiss? All these questions and more are answered with Magnus' tale:
Most of our funny or tragic tour stories always occur when we play in Italy for some reason. First time we played there with Eclipse, the promoter picked us up 2 hours late after our arrival. Being sleep deprived for having not slept for 24 hours he drove us to a rock pub where we’re forced to be introduced to his friends and watch one of "his" bands ’til 4 o clock in the morning. We just wanted to sleep.
We finally get to our "hotel" in the middle of nowhere. The day after (gig day) we wake up realizing we’re stranded in the middle of nowhere in a roach infested motel without food, water (you don’t wanna drink tap water in Italy) or possibilities to commute downtown. We just have to wait it out ’til something happens.
The promoter is nowhere to be found cuz his phone is shut off. We can’t reach anyone who works for the festival we’re about to play at.
We’re supposed to go on at 20.00.
We’re waiting. The clock is now 19.15.
We assume that there isn't gonna be a gig.
All of sudden a drunk driver in Motörhead t-shirt park his car outside our motel.
Turns out it's our shuttle. We reach the venue 30 min prior to the gig and we still haven't sound checked. The monitor tech (a hot tempered little Italian woman) is waiting for us onstage, shouting ”ECLIPSE!!!!! Where the hell have you been???”
I try to explain: ”Well, we waited for hours but…..” and then WHACK!!!! All of a sudden she hits our singer in the head with a rolled up newspaper! ”You bastards, showing up late!”
We’re absolutely traumatized by this ”welcoming.”
Anyway, the sound check commences and our singer starts to check his microphone. The lady walks up to him again and we’re all thinking ”No she’s gonna hit him again!” She grabs his head and gives him a big, wet kiss. ”You have the most beautiful voice I’ve ever heard! I Love you!”
Our mouths are agape from what we just saw. We thought she was gonna kill him. I guess we just witnessed a piece of Italian temperament. A lot of shit happened after that as well. Cymbal stands breaking in 2. We didn’t get paid, no shuttle back. It's just Italy. Brace yourself if you’re going to play there!
Eclipse released latest album "Monumentum" on March 24th via Frontiers Music srl, with two tracks available for streaming below. You can also follow the latest on the band via the Eclipse Facebook profile.
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