Just got back from a quick European jaunt with Dinosaur Jr. We did festivals in Belgrade, Serbia and a town near Bilbao, Spain. It was quite a trip. The show in Serbia was with the Stooges and it was great seeing them and their tour manager Eric. The festival folks in Belgrade were very cool and helpful. The show, on Friday, went well and the crowd was very into it. Serbia is an interesting country, kind of East, kind of West. We went to an old fort which overlooks the Danube river, very pretty.
Next up was Spain, the Basque region in the north. We left Belgrade at 6 in the morning, arrived at the festival at 2. After crashing for a couple of hours we went to the festival site and set up the gear while watching Duff from G 'n R do his solo thing. The Jayhawks played before Dino and were great. The festival schedule allowed us 20 minutes to set up and line check. We got it done and the show went off well. Lou was particularly awesome sounding. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion played after us and it was nice seeing those guys again. Left the next morning for home. We had six flights in 5 days. I love it, best job in the world and Dinosaur Jr is a really a fantastic band to work for.
More Dino shows starting September 19. Check their web site for details. I'll be putting up pictures. I'll also be at the Fender Jazzmaster Anniversary Party at Knitting Factory NYC. J will be playing so check this space for pics and stuff as well as more pics from Serbia and Spain.
View from FOH, Spain gig