Fidenza

Left Innsbruck bright and early for Fidenza. The tour van had more stuff in it as we went along because we were given stuff to transport back to Otis Tour’s home base. Today we also made a stop to pick up another tour manager that was taking the van after we got to Fidenza. I was starting to think we would be picking up Elaine’s muffin stumps to take to the dump next.

Marco drove us over to Sirmione Castle on Lake Garda which was incredible. The best part of the touristy stuff we got to do on the trip.

Four bands tonight. Fortunately we weren’t last because my voice finally gave out and was running on fumes. We powered through and people seemed to dig it so it was ok.

Sirmione Castle

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Innsbruck

The restaurant in the hotel we stayed at in Heidelberg was unbelievable. It looks like they decorated it in 1974 then locked the doors and walked away. Lots of orange and avocado colors. The jukebox had smokie, shocking blue and Boney M among others. It even had Big D’s favorite song “Jeans On”.

Five hour drive from Heidelberg through the Alps to Innsbruck. Took a break at the top and checked out the souvenir stand. I threatened to buy one of those cool alpine hats with the feather but wound up saving my dough.

Long night at the club. Six years ago I introduced gnocchi to America after I had it in Italy. This time I’m bringing back spinach dumplings. You’re welcome America.

Hung out with the Mugwumps and Reekys. Everybody vapes over here. I drink tea.

Show was ok. Hard to top the mind meld that happened in Heidelberg

One more show to go.

Look at this wallpaper and have your mind blown.

Killer!

Even though this is The Alps I think it’s actually the North Cascades

Reekys set list.

Vape Man from current season of South Park. Randy Marsh calls them “pussy sticks”.

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Heil Heidelberg!

We had no idea what to expect tonight but we were pleasantly surprised. Forces came together between an enthusiastic crowd, great sound and a solid set to make a perfect last show in Germany.

On to Innsbruck tomorrow.

Our tour manager Marco pulling off an unbelievable parking job! Less than two inches on front or back.

I saw this cup in Antwerp and now Heidelberg. What a coinkydink.

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Heidelberg

More sightseeing in Münster before three hour drive to Heidelberg.

Just checked in to the hotel that has a tv in the room for only the second time this tour. If that wasn’t good enough news, we stumbled across an episode of I Dream Of Jeannie dubbed in German! We are truly blessed. More later.

Lake across from Hostel in Münster.

Another olde tyme church.

Bellows can’t believe the results of Nelson’s physical

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Münster

Left the hostel from hell and went to a more scenic area of Antwerp for a few hours before heading to Münster.

Another rough night. Fighting sound problems most of the set. As I rained blows upon the sound man, I realized we need to get better about insisting nothing but vocal mikes in small rooms like was done at The Pit’s. Super nice people at the club and great food though.

Great hostel tonight two blocks from the club and across the street from a lake.

Even though this is in Antwerp I think it is actually in the University District.

Nimrods doin the splits. Banner says 3 chords, 1 bass string, No Talent. I think those guys might be bonkos!

Even though we’re in Münster I think this is actually Green Lake.

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Antwerp

Went to the Cologne Cathedral before heading to Antwerp. We played a tight set for the locals but they didn’t dig it. That’s the way it goes. Caroline who set it up was great. Back at another band destroyed hostel that’s missing towels. Why do bands put their stickers on the walls? I think this place was a meat locker. We’re waist deep in the big muddy.

Four more to go.

Cologne Cathedral

Antwerp Music City

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Köln

Kicked it in Kortrijk before high-balling it to Köln. Our gig was at a place called the Sonic Ballroom. If this is a ballroom, then so is Darrells Tavern in Shoreline. We’re staying in the “band flat” upstairs. ‘Nuff said.

More importantly though was the sound was pretty good and we showed the 30 people there what it’s like. We even said fuck it and played Minnesota Strip again after it was met with a rousing round of indifference two nights earlier. This time got better results.

Outside Touch’s Fortress of Solitude, Kortrijk Belgium

Flyer.

Touch surveys the ballroom floor. Notice Ramones Too Tough To Die silhouette on wall behind stage.

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