Hello, It’s me, “Student Grant” and I’ll be updating the blog along the way of the tour ,shooting all the photos and videos and hopefully giving you a full insight into what the guys are like on tour. Enough of me.. lets get straight to it… enjoy the adventure!
Day 1 of the Tour – where it all began
So, me and Derek arrived at Shaggy’s place at 11:00PM on the 11th of October, all set to begin our adventure and we decided a game on the ps3 was a good plan to pass a couple of hours until we left at 3:00am.after about an hour and a half, Shaggy was fast asleep on the couch with pizza all over his face, when the time came to wake him,at about 3:00AM me and Derek had to decide who woke him up…with a game of rock paper scissors, lucky for me, I won. After waking a very sleepy Shaggy up we got the car loaded up and began our jouney to Manchester Airport, three hours later we had arrived at Manchester where we had to leave the car. Finaly, we were past the long painful part of the trip now all that was left to do was get a bus from the car park to the airport itself, this journey was made extra special by our amazingly “happy” bus driver. Less then a minute or two had passed and we had made it to the airport entrance, after making it through security without getting attacked things were looking pretty good! some time and a coffee later it was time to board the plane, Finaly! Switzerland was in sight! lucky for us we were only on the plane for an hour and a half due to it being 20 miniuts early! Not long after we got back through airport security once again at Zurich, we collected our bags and met up with our old friend Bill Weir, the owner of “The Legends Bar” He was kind enough to drive us back to the appartment he was letting us use for a few days, What a guy! Now we were unpacked and ‘sorted’ Bill took us for a coffee and we caught up.
Day 2 – Kinda like the Blues Brothers …. but Different!
The first of gigs the guys were to play was at a bar called the “Bruch Brothers”where we were looked after by the owner Philip Husler, with 2 litre bottles of water and a huge bottle of diet coke on stage ready for the guys during the show and plenty coffee to keep us alive after the 4:00pm soundcheck . The gig went amazingly, and as you would expect the guys blew the roof off of the place, while still keeping the sound below 95 decibels, that’s right. there was a giant decibel meter staring the guys in the face through the gig and if it hit the 95 mark.. out goes all the electric, but the crowd was great, so great infact the guys where asked to continue playing long after the gig ended and of course they did. It was great to hear the crowd actually asking for original songs like “No Secret” and “Our World” which they had been viewing on the youtube page before we arrived.
So with that the night had came to an end and we made our way home to Bill’s place… with a very drunken shaggy who enjoyed some dancing with the locals (if you can call it dancing) and kebabs and guitars in hand. Time to hit the sack and a job well done.
Day 3 – How do I say that hotel’s name?
So our third day in Switzerland had arrived and we popped up around 10am to the sound of hells bells by AC/DC, oh wait.. it was just the huge church outside our window that had been gonging all night long. Thanks for that you crazy bell shakers. We headed down to our favourite kebab shop just outside the appartment (or kebap as they say here) to find new owners and a whole new layout in there since the last tour. But we thought we’d give them the benefit of the doubt and ordered after many “ehh…engleesh?” “anglais yes” “we are ENGLISH” then pointed at the menu and made a mhmmmm noise for each thing we wanted. Im sure at some point they mumbled pirate under their breath to while serving derek his Kebab wrap. I had a little donner box (pleased it was spelt donner and not Donna) which was just a meaty box of goodness.(kinda the same as the Donna Box) and we filled our boots then headed down to Billys Bar. The amazing ,fantastic, brtitish pub looking Legends in Luzern and winner of the Best of British Pubs in Switzerland in the Telegraph in 2010.We Drank some more coffee then off to check in at the Hotel where the gig was being held.
Holy Cow BATMAN!! Their gig tonight was at the Hotel Scweifhsjdjcnoffen (I’ll maybe correct that with the right name later as we cant even say it so i think a copy and paste might be the best idea) This place was amazing and one of the biggest hotels ive seen and it also faces the Lake Luzern right in the middle of town. Manuel took our bags from us at reception and we jumped in the lift. Well Derek didnt as he doesnt do lifts but Manwell insisted on pulling him in. Derek was having none of it and set of on the stairs four flights up on the biggest staircase youve ever seen.
The porter let shaggy in his room ,showed him how the door worked and then placed shaggys bags on a baggage holder thing? At which point manwell stuck his hand out to shaggy for a tip we think. Shaggy did the right thing and shuck his hand instead and sent him out the door to dereks room, oops. With the eventful day over it was tine for the gig, the guys were set up to play in a huge hall with a bar in the centre but even with all of this room it was still amazingly crowded. Before the gig the guys and myself were treated to a meal at the hotel, the food was fit for a king, and I’m sure we turned a few heads as we sat at the best table got an awesome meal and walked off without paying…When the guys started to play the crowd were won over almost instantly, while the gig ran on Mark Chesterfield the tour agent was hosting a whisky tasting table that proved to be very popular with the crowd. as the gig came to an end I Packed away the camera and went outside to see how Shaggy was doing…He was laying over a table in pain, it turns out he had opened the door and stubbed his foot on the first step causing our ‘king of balance’ Shaggy to fall down and flip the table, what a legend… after a bit mingling with the good people after the show we decided to head out for a drink with Bill,Andrea and someone who i cant remember his name.. (lets call him Schmeagal for now) We headed into the Irish bar where we had a coffee at 2am apart from shaggy who was enjoying the Free Beer and had to carry on with it. He disapeared to the toilet upstairs and didnt come back for over an hour… he went out for a smoke on the roftop where he met Harry Potthead who said he was a musician too.. turned out he was a Rapper and shaggys new freind. So from then on shaggy was called MC Hammer for the rest of the night.Its so strange seeing everyone in the bars just smoking pott on the balconys and making joints.We headed off to a sports bar for one more drinky then once again as the night came to an end, we headed home for the night, lucky for the guys they where able to stay in the five start hotel that I’m still unable to spell or pronounce, let’s go with “Scweifhsjdjcnoffen”…while I had to head back to Bills pad. After a good night of sleep we where ready for the next chapter of our adventure, heading into the mountians to Grindlewald @ Spinners Bar. Here we gooooooo!!!
Student Grant is signing out and will be with you with the next part of the adventure very soon!! I love this life!!