Back. And loving it. Missed the family.
Decent gig in Delhi, at Le Royale Mirage (which, despite the Frenchie monicker, has egyptian motifs at the entrance, and very plush, slightly massage-in-a-brothel decor on the inside). Cool place, looked packed.
Dunno what it was, but it wasn’t the best gig we played – started real late, around midnight, and I don’t know if it was general tiredness/jet lag/whatever, but energy wasn’t all the way like it usually is. Rajeev was very unhappy, poor chappie, all sorts of things going wrong with the kit. His pedal was off the floor or something, his hi-hats stopped working, the snare was spinning on the stand (!) and so on. Still pulled it all off tho. Really good crowd – a lot of them probably heard us for the first time and were really appreciative of our stuff. Felt good.
The Nice n’Sleazy gig was the definitely the best on the tour. A good bit of the crowd were repeats – they’d seen us at the Govan festival, and brought their friends along! Was really really great to see them tripping, and even singing along with some songs – they’d bought the cd, and I guess they’d been listening! We played really well, I thought, good energy, no dodgy spots, just ON. One of those life-affirming gigs.
But here’s the real icing on the tour cake – we were waiting at Delhi airport when we got a call from Capt. Nagaraj (an airline pilot, musician, all round great guy) – we’d played a real chill gig for his birthday recently. Told him we were flying back to Blore, and he said, hang on, he’ll call us back. Didn’t know what he had in mind. Anyway, got on the plane, settled into our seats, and an announcement comes on over the cabin PA – there’s a call for Rudy. Rudy comes back beaming – we’d just been promoted to business class! You know, those super wide seats, miles of legroom, three-course meal, obsequious attendants.. aaah. One numbers goood sleep also happened, very needed. Thank you O Captain, my Captain!
Back to the grind. Off to Delhi again soon – another gig there on the 30th. Thassit for now.