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).
Friday was a benefit show featuring a French artist named Chrisophe Maé. We hadn’t heard of him but did some cursory listening before the show. After our set we stuck around and watched for a bit and he put on a great show! Fun costumes and a great sounding band!
Elton John Day!
We got to open for one of the most accomplished artists still alive today– what an honor! I’ve always loved some of his songs but I have to admit that I’ve never been a super fan. However, after seeing him just KILL IT playing classic tune after classic tune, I definitely have a new-found love and respect for him as an entertainer/writer/artist.
After we finished our set, we were stage-rolled into the wing as usual. Sir Elton was waiting to go on and Justin went up to say ‘hello’. He was extremely gracious and walked over and greeted each of us in the band and shook our hands and made idle chit-chat. He also agreed to a photo!
(Yeah, yeah, Tony Danza, we know.)
After his set, a few of us hung out backstage like the gherms that we are trying to get another chance to say hello. We got a quick conversation with Bono and his wife again (ho-hum, right?) but Sir Elton buzzed up to the dressing room. I guess one greeting and brief hang out session with one of the most legendary performers still making music today is enough!
We took the long walk back to Monte Carlo and hung out for a bit with some of the crew members before calling it a night.
Day off! On Sunday, Justin and I took a short train ride and ventured into Villefranche-sur-Mer, a nearby town on the coast. It’s not quite all the way to Nice, the largest nearby city, but it’s very close. We strolled around and looked at the beautiful views and old architecture before having a really great seafood lunch at a place recommended to us by The Edge called La Mere Germaine. (AHAHAAHAHA I can’t believe I just typed that, I’m so sorry. I’m not sorry enough to delete or re-type it though.)
(Have fun storming the castle!)
It was such a fancy day off that we all went to the ballet when we returned to Monaco! We were treated to box seats in the opulent casino opera house and the show was incredible! The costumes and dancing were all amazing. I have no idea what the show was about.
Taylor took a great panorama of us before the show getting ready to get all cultured and stuff.
Immediately after we exited the theater, there was a phenomenal fireworks display (the Monte-Carlo International Fireworks festival happens on a few Sundays throughout the summer) right off the Casino terrace. We were all too enamored to take any decent pictures. That drone video from July 4th is hard to top video-wise anyway!
NEXT: Paul Anka!