First show was last night in Madrid. It was one of those really late Euro festivals – Rage went onstage at 1am, came off around 2:15am.
Just before the band went on, there was a bit of celebrating, as it was guitarist Tom Morello's birthday. Cake, singing, the usual bit. And a bottle of really good 18-year old Scotch.
After the show, Javier Bardem, the actor from the movie "No Country For Old Men", wound up back in our dressing room compound. Turns out he's a big Rage fan. Nice enough guy.
We finally left the venue around 4:30am for the approximate 30 minute drive back to the hotel. Lobby call to depart the hotel for the airport was 6:30am, so there was no sense in going to sleep at all.
So here I sit, writing this in the Madrid airport. It's now 8am, I've been up for 24 hours, and our flight doesn't leave until 8:50. We're flying to Dusseldorf, Germany, where we'll be met by our bus (there's only 12 of us in the crew party, so just one crew bus). After that, we have a 110 km drive to Maastricht, Netherlands, near the sight of tomorrow's show, the Pinkpop Festival.
I'm hoping to get some sleep during the 2.5 hour flight, and the 2 hour bus ride. No plans for today, but I'd like to go to bed tonight at a somewhat normal time.
Here's a photo of a pretty cool building that I spotted on the way to the venue yesterday:
The Madrid Electric Festival stage from ground level:
From above the FOH mix position:
And here's what I'm looking at right now – these totally wack lighting fixtures here in the Madrid airport.
Finally made it to the hotel and fell out for a 60-minute nap. Groggy as hell when I got up, but I promised Spragoo I'd meet him downstairs for a couple of beers and a bite at 6pm.
A few other crew guys passed through, but it was pretty much just he and I for a couple of hours. Ordered some food at the bar – I had a killer caprese sandwich, consisting of fresh tomato, mozzarella, and basil on a baguette, and a side order of pomme frittes with mayonnaise. Rockin'!
A bunch of other folks showed up later, between 10 and 10:30. Hugs & mugs time. Headed upstairs just before 11pm. Gotta get some sleep…