Obscura Checks In From The Road With New Tour Report
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Drummer Hannes Grossmann of Germany's Obscura has checked in with a new road report via Sick Drummer. An excerpt from the report follows:
"March 8th - Portland/OR, Hawthorne Theater: I've been to Portland before, but I didn't notice how much of a hippie town it is. At least the part of the city called Hawthorne is. The good thing about hippie towns is that they care a lot about healthy food and good coffee. I'm not sure if walkin' barefootin' allday is really healthy, but maybe if you eat all that veggie crap every day, it doesn't matter anymore...
"Well, nice theater we were playing in. The audience was really enthusiastic and finally I got the chance to catch Augury. Even though they lost their rhythm section right before the tour started, they sound tight. Tommy really can play the drums. We were all very tired because we had an overnight drive from San Francisco, so we packed our stuff as soon as the concert was over and drove to the closest Motel 6.
"March 9th - Seattle/WA, El Corazon: El corazon...that must be Spanish for THE BUTTHOLE. The most rotten stage we played on this tour so far, two of my tom mics didn't just fell off, they literally fell apart in its single pieces. Steffen got hit by his microphone stand in the mouth because the audience went totally crazy. At least one really cool thing about that venue, as long as you don't have to sing. No seriously, the audience was great and I really would love to play in Seattle again. Maybe in another club.
"Later after we'd played we experienced the whole assholeness of the security there. I mean, I fully understand that you need to show your ID to make sure you're 21+ when entering the bar. It's the law. I can't help myself being raised in Bavaria where you can legally drink by the age of 16, I have to stick to the laws here. Though I thought it might be a little odd that they wanted to see our bass player Jeroen's passport. He's 38 and though he lookes younger than he is, he definately looks older than 20. Sorry, Jeroen. But after we showed our German ID cards the door guy said this ain't enough, he needs a traveller's pass. If actually makes no real difference, unless you don' t need to see our work visas, which are in that passport. I can travael out of the US and everywhere in Europe only with my German ID card. And besides there is a work visa in the other passport, both are identical. So don't get me wrong but I felt really offended, when the guy just took a look at the same identical ID card. Then they won't let us out with a Sprite. I know that Sprite is probably a pretty dangerous drink for Americans, but in Europe Sprite ain't that bad. So kiss my ass, EL CORAZON, we smuggled the Sprite out of that bar. And I would do that again!"
You can catch the entire report at Sick Drummer Magazine.
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