Met up with Christo at the Viper Room. Great venue. Like a semi circle kind of bomb shelter from WWII. This room has character and will make a great venue for songs like Pearl Harbour and Black Rain.
This has been a wicked day so far. Upon arriving Vienna, I had to get the train travel organized for the long hauls of the trip. There we supplements to pay for dates added later than I originally booked.
Getting on the subway was no picnic hauling 50lbs of lead zeppelin in a suitcase (fig.).
It seems there is a great mystery of life before me. Last night in Ingolstadt we filmed the Friar Swedish Lesson Video. The first half of the words are known. They describe a private joke relative to the band. However, the second half, bukssvågrar, carries a meaning to which I am not privy.
Mohican Joe's and my friend, Kim, said in her Facebook comment, "Language Boys!"
I can only assume this is some sort of swearing, but what I not finding out and the band is certainly not telling. I tried to get Frederik Johansson to tell me, but he only said it meant, "It' s*." That doesn't tell me a lot.I have to consign it to being another great Astral Doors mystery of life!
Wolfgang from Venna is a major Airbourne fan. He has a great inverse logic with t-shirts at gigs. Instead of wearing an Astral Doors shirt at an Astral Doors shirt, he wear an Airbourne shirt, And when he goes to an Airbourne show, then he will inform others he is an AD fan by wearing an AD shirt. The Austrians have their own, particular way of doing things. I relate to this as a cultural insecurity insofar as, they wish to maintain a clear and separate identity from Germany despite sharing a common language. This is something I can relate to, as Canadians tend to do exactly the same to distinguish themselves from their American cousins.
This show had considerable presales. Yet the crowd was the type that were out for an evening of live music, not just there to see AD. Openers, Monsters of The Ordinary, played a set of garage rock. AD played a ripping show again! I don't smoke and the club's air was brutal as everyone smoked indoors. But it was rock!
- Seventh Crusade
- Child of Rock N Roll
- Of the Son and the Father
- With a stranger's Eye
- Evil is forever
- New Revelation
- Pearl Harbor
- Power and the Glory
- Babylon Rise
- The Battle of Jacob's Ford
- Time to Rock
- Slay the Dragon
- Encore: Cloudbreaker
The band has not talking much of late. I understand the need for space during their time on the road, as well as I am NOT the only fan. I hope they are okay, but this standoffishness worries me. I work so hard trying to spread the Astral Word, that I don't know if it seems awkward to them.
Regardless, I soldier on. My task is to support the music as best as I can. I am but a foot soldier in The Legion of Rock. My task is to see that the Fans are made welcome in the Legion and to find out from them what they think that makes Astral Doors special. Budapest is a major stop for everyone and I look forward to meeting them. Until the Budapest report!