The Billy Shinbone Show

Update from Germany

Well that's two gigs done. Hamburg & Neubrandenburg. The first was a little fraught as we'd driven for eight hours straight to the gig, then set up & played almost without pause. Mentally I was somewhat ill prepared to entertain a bar full of drinkers, but the cogs whirred & the set ticked its way to the end without major accidents & I enjoyed the encouragement of a man whose enthusiasm for dancing & clapping to the music was unfettered by his apparent difficulty to do either with any great style. He should be on a stage, -he's got more guts than me. The set with Nick & the False Alarms went a little better. I slept on cushions from the bar seating on the floor in the back room, BUT we were left on our own all night in the bar & told to help ourselves to drinks. Yes, you heard right. Locked in a bar & told to help ourselves to drinks. But to be truthful we were already well watered & far too tired to have more than one before we all just fell asleep. Last night in Neubrandenburg was a fabulous gig though, a lovely crowd, great sound & atmosphere. This was a smoking venue, so today my clothes smell like they used to do after gigs & nights out in the past. I felt all nostalgic for stinking smoky jackets & coats & hair.... Neubrandenburg is a former East German town, with huge ugly concrete monoliths overlooking half-empty car parks & rail depots. However, we found a Netto Supermarket & I bought sweets for my kids & a bottle of Bourbon for 6 Euros! I suspect it's not really one to savour... Tonight, we're playing in a bicycle shop in the same town. Yes, a bicycle shop, & yes, a long story that isn't very interesting. But the gig might be....