I mentioned in detail our reason for this trip in Part One but in short: it was a business trip 😉 I mean, not for me but the Italy portion involved some “work” on Christian’s part. Of course he wouldn’t necessarily call ‘headlining a rock show’ rough work, but you know… a lot of practice and energy still goes into it. Christian’s main job is producing (records, sound design for commercials, and even baby toys) but being able to watch him do his thing on a stage is my absolute favorite. I’ll say it right now: my husband is unbelievably talented. Creatively he is a straight up genius and as a musician? Biases aside, he’s good you guys, ok? 😉
Christian and half of the guys: Klem, Mike, & Ed
The guys had sound check early morning Sunday and Christina, another bandwife ;), and I tagged along of course. We hopped in the shuttle once again and rode the 20 minute drive to the venue which was…. well, it wasn’t anything like the venues we’re used to in the states. It was totally out in the middle of nowhere, kind of in an industrial area, with huge gates surrounding it. I kept thinking, do people really come to this? They come all the way out here and then… somehow get through these gates??
Christina and I hung out for a bit, listening to the guys do the sound check- which is always fun because you get to kind of see the entire thing come together – I found another window to take a picture of, and then something horrifying happened… I went to the bathroom to find the following:
(The above is a video. Click here if you are unable to view it on this page.)
This was the WOMEN’S restroom, mind you! A HOLE IN THE FLOOR! I ran back to Christina and in so many words said, “UM WHA?!” She told me to just put my feet on the feet part and squat. Back I went, mentally trying to pump myself up because I really did have to pee, telling myself it’s just like camping, it’s just like camping but then remembered – I hate camping. So I did what any blogger would do – I recorded a video of it to share with you all. Of course that’s where it ended though – I just couldn’t actually go through with the squatting, etc… not even #fortheblog.
After soundcheck we all went back to the hotel and walked around town for the afternoon and then it was time to get ready for the show! To think I was worried no one would come…. they did and seriously by the droves. As I mentioned in Part One, Pride of Lions is not as well known in the states but in Europe – it’s like Miley Cyrus and I’m not even kidding. There were SO many people there, mostly men, simply dying to see these guys on stage. Whenever we’d walk through somewhere, fans would come running up (a few of them crying) (yep, still talking about the men), asking for pictures and autographs. Pretty funny!
The guys didn’t go on until 10p so we had a few hours to kill at the venue prior. Toby, the singer of POL, mentioned that he was hungry for pizza and before we knew it, 4 Italian pizzas were delivered to our table. IT WAS SO GOOD.
As always, the band seriously rocked it. Christina and I sat with the owner of POL’s European Record Label and his family in the balcony and it was awesome to see how into the music this man and his family was. He knew every single word and cheered “Bravo!” after every song… pretty cool to have a record label owner genuinely love one of his bands!
It was a fun but really late night and our wakeup call the next morning was for 6am… one that both Christian and I missed. Somehow the alarm had been set for PM instead of AM (I mean, are we new here?!) so picture us throwing everything into our suitcases and rushing to the shuttle, on about 4 hours of sleep, so that we didn’t make the rest of the guys late for their flights, hoping we didn’t forget anything. It was chaotic and therefore it didn’t really feel like we got to give an official farewell to our time in Italy, BUT… Christian and I were soon on our way to..
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some of my favorite café moments while in Paris for the third edition of the Simply Grey Coffee Tour linkup! Will you be joining Nelle and me? Hope to see you there!
Need to catch up?
Italy 1/3: Around Town
Italy 2/3: Windows, Doors, & Graffiti