Archive for March, 2015

They’re At It Again – Vagrants EU Tour

They’re off & running on yet another tour of Germany & surrounds. Took this pic from Steve’s Facebook – Vagrants live at Alt-Werdohl bar, Werdohl Germany Sunday night.

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Audience pic from the stage, The Vagrants live in Werdohl, Germany Sunday night.

Just saw pics live from Gorilla Bar in Munster last night. We played that bar with the guys in 2013. Living vicariously through our Vagrant friends at the moment as we dig deep to build the venue here.

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Sunday Session

Worked a couple of long shifts at the Speigeltent bar over the weekend. Had yesterday off. Dropped in to Stalk & Kim’s to catch up over a few beers. Guitar & percussion came out, jam ensued. Another great night & perfect way to round out the weekend.

Stalk & Kim’s place last night (thanks to Stalk for the pic).

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Rare Video Węgorzewo 2010

While we’re on Poland – here’s a clip shot from the audience at a festival we played in a town called Węgorzewo in the northern lakes area (near Gdansk). Max gets almost all the way through an old Polish folk song. Words escape her at the last verse, everybody cheering or laughing. Houston guys, Chris & Kevin on bass & drums. Such a great time (and too much vodka) in a beautiful part of Europe.

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From The Vault – Poland

One from the vault. Live in Lublin, Poland – opening for legendary metal band Turbo, January 2010. It was freezing, temps 15 below & colder, we spent most of the tour negotiating ice & snow. An amazing journey through Poland & Slovakia. You can see the tour diary at our YouTube channel.

The On Fires, Live in Poland – Jan 2010.

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The Freak & The Showgirl Greatest T.i.t.s

Working the bar at Melba Speigeltent has it’s perks. When the show starts, drink buying mayhem eases & you get to see a lot of the performance. And this show Sunday night got the first standing ovation I’ve seen there. A wild combination of burlesque, cabaret & stip-tease, The Freak & The Showgirl: Greatest T.i.t.s. is not for the faint hearted. It’s a debauched, disturbing comedic romp. Unrelenting, offensive and utterly irreverent with a sharp commentary on society’s various inequalities. See the show while it’s touring locally (over 18s). You will be thoroughly entertained, and you will be shocked.

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The Freak & The Showgirl, touring Australia – in Melbourne now.

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Sasha Skype

Had a long Skype session with Ukraine tour manager Sasha this morning. Always brings back memories of touring there from ’07 to ’09.

Here’s Alexander Pipa in action from way back then (bass-player in white singlet). We toured with his band Borshch first, then later @traktor. It was amazing. Hope the guys are safe & doing OK there. Apparently Pipa’s leg is on the mend & he went out with friends to see a band recently. He was badly injured in the conflict which is still raging there.

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Monday Party @ 208

Quick shot from Monday night’s party at 208, in honour of Kent Aberle’s first time in Melbourne.

Awesome night. Thanks to Clive for the pic.

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Kent Drums Rod Laver

Proud moments last night. Kent Aberle on stage with Kristian Bush band at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. Went backstage after the show, met everybody, hung out in the band room (and drank their rider). Pretty swish in those back rooms – big leather couches, stocked bar fridges etc. Said a tearful farewell to Kent. The guys will be at the airport as this post goes live. Wondered if we’d ever see Kent down-under, after years of touring with him overseas. The moment arrived & went by in a flash.

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Kent Aberle on drums with Kristian Bush band, Rod Laver Arena, 17th March 2015.

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Kent’s Party Last Night @ 208

Really great night at 208 last night. Kent arrived from Atlanta yesterday. Max showed him around Collingwood & Abbotsford. Went down & kicked the footy on the hallowed turf of Victoria Park. We hung out for the day til everybody came for drinks around 7. I think Kent was stoked so many people came to say hello. Tour video highlights running on stage. Got up & talked a little about how we’d met & the touring we’d done together. 3 tours of the US, 2 of China, 1 of Taiwan. Amazing times to reflect upon. Thanks so much to those who joined us here last night.

Thanks to Deano, yet again, for the pic – Monday 16th March, Kent’s Party @ 208.

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Kent Arrives – Say Hi Tonight @ 208

Mr Kent Aberle arrived at 208 in chipper style this morning. Great to see the man again – been a while. Last time we saw Kent was mid 2013, playing a show at Ho Hai Yan Festival, Taipei. Surreal to welcome the guy to Collingwood. Thought he might never make it down under. To celebrate, we’re having drinks at 208 tonight. Come along & say hi. We’re kicking off around 6:30, finishing up about 9:30. We’ve put together a video highlights package, finger food & munchies provided (BYO drinks). Kent plays to a sold-out Rod Laver Arena tomorrow night with Kristian Bush, opening for Lady Antebellum. Then, he’s off on tour. Here’s the man in action, on stage in Chengdu, China 2011 –

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