Sooo… I am now in Monte Carlo, Monaco until the middle of August. I’m performing in the house band of the Monte-Carlo Summer Sporting Festival. We’ll be opening for an unbelievable slew of artists like: Lana Del Rey, Kevin Costner, Robin Thicke, Paolo Nutini, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Marcus Miller & Joe Satriani, The Jacksons, Elton John, Paul Anka, Boy George, Bryan Adams, Gipsy Kings, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Tom Jones and more! I’ll be chronicling the adventures here when I can! The band is: me (guitar), Justin Caldwell (lead vocals, guitar, percussion), Erin McCarley (lead vocals, guitar, percussion), Ian Miller (keyboards), Taylor Jones (bass) and Lee Holland (drums, percussion, guitar).
On Sunday, we came down from our celebrity high and took a hike! Taylor, Justin and I walked pretty much straight up into the sky to a small French village north of Monaco called La Turbie. Taylor calculated our ascent at 1,380 feet in 1.6 miles! It was basically a staircase that never ended.
(Pretty sweet view at the top though… pant… pant… pant…)
(The quaint historic streets of La Turbie)
(Tropaeum Alpium, “Victory Monument of the Alps,” which was “built by the Romans for the emperor Augustus to celebrate his definitive victory over the ancient tribes which populated the Alps.” Or at least that’s what Wikipedia tells me. We had no idea it was going to be there, La Turbie just looked like a good destination!)
(La Turbie? More like La Burpie! From… eating… the pastry…)
The descent was much easier. We also met a couple of very nice Irish gentlemen on the way down that kept us company until we parted ways in Monaco. After a little rest and showering, the rest of the group joined us and we went to dinner. I had a surprisingly good hamburger (we haven’t been overly impressed with the food here yet, I know… boohoo) at a place called Mozza. Definitely in favor of a return trip there down the line.
Daytime on Monday was pretty uneventful for me. I slept in and then we worked on set lists for this week, then it was time for the show. We played to another polite audience and did a pretty good job! The show is starting to feel a little better in general. Some of it, I’m sure, is that we know what to expect from the gig now.
For this entire week, we are opening for a Beatles music revue called Let It Be. We stayed and watched the show on the first night and it was very good! They dressed and performed as the Fab Four throughout different eras of their career.
(Buncha goobers preparing for the curtain to rise.)
(Taylor’s cool photo collage of the different costumes)
(“Help!” from the Shea Stadium set)
Laundromats are hard to come by around here, so I hand-washed a bunch of necessaries in the bathtub with some Tide pods I brought from home. It was actually kind of fun until the hand-wringing part. I strung up clothes all over the hotel room to let them dry and it’s not going very well. Did you know that dryers are awesome? Dryers are awesome.
Beach day part deux! Tuesday was the bossman Justin’s birthday, so we took the train across the border into Italy! About a 30-45 minute train ride and we were in the small town of Ventimiglia. We then took a cab (surprisingly difficult with six people) down to a beach resort where we rented chairs on the deck in full view of the Mediterranean. Turns out things are quite a bit cheaper in Italy too, so it was a good day.
(Sometimes you’ve got to protect the face, you know?)
The show went really well that night. The rest of the crew did some late night hanging after the show, but my lameness took over and I went home after a very tasty but ridiculously overpriced Caprese Salad. C'est la vie.
UPDATE: Clothes still not dry.
Not much to report today. I decided to take a day off from the sun and stay inside and get a little work done. Not the kind of thing that makes for an exciting blog post, but it was good. The show was weird but fine. We had a couple of technical issues and it seemed to make it feel a little off, but we recovered!
UPDATE: Clothes about 50% dry.
NEXT: More birthday and Beatles!