Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Heading to a gig at the Viper Room having dodged a bullet on our day off in the Slovenian city of Maribor - an electrical component behind our driver's seat shorted out and melted the circuit board. Matt and Tim spent much of the day attempting a repair only for it to burst into flames again when reconnected. A work-around has been found and the only things not working are the lights in our bunks meaning we can't read in bed. Group literacy levels may fall as a result but that's a small price to pay for not burning to death.
Incumbent merch spiv Brian Moss had an unexpected day off in Milan as the local (supposedly mafia-run) venue demanded nearly fifty percent of our takings meaning selling the stuff would earn them more than it would the band. The merchandise stayed in the trailer and the venue received fifty percent of nothing.
Stentorian support The Ocean seem finally to have perfected the art of putting their equipment on stage without trampling all over ours in the process, so good work there, lads - keep it up.
The photo shows lake Geneva a few miles from Vevey where we played a week or so ago.