Following the show in Vicenza Luca, Andrea and myself are travelling back to our accomodation when we are stopped by the Police. They carefully check all our documents and take about 20 mins to do so. During this time we pose for holiday snaps whilst in the car. These situations always make me nervous (despite having done nothing wrong). But again what with the experience being a shared one it became nothing but fun whilst we waited for the all clear :).
The following day we begun the long journey from Vicenza to Riva La Garda. A couple of hours drive through twisting roads over mountains.
The final show of the tour North Italy part of the tour was at a pub called the Lochness. Quite why this name I`ll never know but the place was run by nice staff and the locals were even nicer. This show only came about as a result of Alessio Scanavacca seeing me play during my New Zealand tour 2 years earlier and keeping in touch. When he heard I was returning to Italy he sorted out the whole event for me. My thanks to you Alessio :). Us musicians need this kind of support and look out on our behalf.
The show was a total joy to play. I opened with a very discordant improv section before settling into the song `Varit` from my new album.
I was buzzing like hell from the atmosphere and really felt a connection with the audience who expressed great support as the set went on. This was my 7th show in 7 days and so this kind of reception was exactly what was needed to keep momentum afloat.
The locals were clearly supportive of a touring musician coming through and sales of my new Vinyl LP were really good this night. It still surprises me when I sell any of these at all.
The set ended with an encore of the song `Pish`. A true dub tune dedicated to my friends from our meetings in New Zealand 2 years back.
Following the show Luca and Andrea got some sleep whilst I sat up alone for several hours overlooking an awesome skyline. Our accommodation was on a mountainside and watching the sunrise over the stunning lake and beautiful scenery was really something. A true moment of personal euphoria I will not forget.