Here are some random snaps from this Autumns Archive Tour..Click ,Snap, Etc!!
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
ALL IN ALL
DAVE & DEATH
DON’T THROW STONES
EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME
LET THERE BE LIGHT
LOOK AWAY CHILDREN
MY NAMES ON YOUR BULLET
NIGEL’S SOUNDCHECK TIME
POINTS & PROPHETS
STAIRWAY TO KEVIN
THE CHEERING CROWDS
TO LEAVE YOU MY DEAR
TURN ON THE BRIGHT LIGHT
YOU ARE FREE TO GO
YOU SAID IT
Ok so I’m sat in a nice quaint hotel in Rome. It took us all day to get here and the roads around where we are staying is like a catwalk for bony birds to prance down so certainly a near on fifteen/twenty ton tour bus wasn’t gonna slip down these streets.
I need to re-cap where I’ve been what I’ve done what I’ve seen for this blog.
Our shows in France have now finished and we had a fantastic time as always touring the familiar country. The Zenith shows I have to say were up there with some of the best shows I can remember playing. The energy was amazing and the crowd were fantastic.
This tour has flown pass and we are now over the other side of the hill with eleven shows remaining. I have a bet with Smiley we won’t see any snow fall on this tour and so far I’m winning. The winner gets an Irish Coffee, nice.
On the film front I’m gonna have to think hard about what I have watched since last time. Here goes:
Marwencol – 8/10
The Woman in Black 7/10
Apocalypse Now – Redux Edition 9/10
Beyond the Black Rainbow 9/10
Red State 3/10
Beasts of the Southern wild 8.5/10
Aaaaannnd I have to confess in a pure bored and nerd horror state of mind I watched all four Phantasm Movies and I give the whole collective of movies an 8/10 rating and Hank from Breaking Bad is in all four of them, total bonus!!
At this point in time I can’t remember what else has happened lately which means I will carry this on very soon.
Amsterdam was a good day off and a great show and a bonus to have some of my hometown crew come out and see Archive play. I like Holland a lot and wondering around the streets of Amsterdam is always a total treat. On our day off we had some muffins and went to see a movie “Beasts of the Southern Wild” see score above. I then searched out a nice bar I have visited every time I’ve been to Amsterdam and got snuggled in for some beers and laughs. I love this bar and have many memories of it over the last 3 years of my life. Next time in Amsterdam, I will definitely be going there again.
A big part of recreational activities is reading and before the tour I bought along four books – At the Mountains of madness by H.P.Lovekraft, Here Come the Barbarians by J.M Coatzee, The Man who cycled the Americas by Mark Beaumont and This Book is full of Spiders by David Wong. I’ve read three of them so far and I’m now on “This book is full of Spiders”. I thoroughly enjoyed The Man who cycled the Americas and Mark who is a friend of mine is a true adventurer and I highly recommend his two books so far, they are very inspiring. I am also loving J.M Coatzee’s work at the moment his dark look at South African history through fiction is so very captivating and also bleak but thoroughly enjoyable.
I’m writing this on the bus in Milan after a couple of great shows in Rome. Wow what a city that is, I wore myself out cramming as much in as I could. I think the Pantheon stole the show for me. It blew me away.
OK that’ll do for this one I reckon
I am Dave Pen
I have always slept awfully when we start tours and only ever manage to get some real shut eye when we cross the channel sea and I stay in my bunk on the bus when it’s parked in the bottom of the ship. It helps me get a couple hours nod before the swaying and revving of the road will keep me restless and in and out of the sleep I so badly need.
Writing this now I am in Luxembourg and have just returned from a stroll with a few others from the band. It was a lot warmer than I thought it would be and found my self sweating a lot climbing up huge steps to get to the top of the city walls wearing a thick black leather jacket.
We went to French restaurant, the menu was in French so I ordered some French food, after I’d finished my meal asked for the bill in French to which the snotty waiter replied we don’t speak French here. So I said “THANK YOU” in English at a decent level so he could hear me. I don’t know what language they speak in Luxembourg and have been here four times. I always thought it was French, sorry everyone. It’s Luxembourgish isn’t it? Do they speak this language anywhere else?
The first show was good and we put in a decent performance on a very tight stage so not much room for a wild spin or a cartwheel but the crowd were great and I must say that people in Luxembourg can clap in time. It’s always a slight fear when a crowd get exiting and start clapping along to a song and it’s way of the tempo of the click I have in my ears but…This crowd were on the money so an in time applause to you all. I was also relieved that my voice held up seeing as it had broken like a smashed piece of glass just a few days ago. Covonia cough syrup (The original one) thank you for the help and the drowsy buzz you gave me, I’m still gonna give you a few sips later for tonight’s show.
So in Zurich Switzerland now looking forward to tonight’s show, It’s Friday so the vibe should be good. Bring it !!
SO after a great show in Zurich we headed to the beautiful and tranquil setting by the lake that is Stravinsky Hall in Montreux Switzerland. I woke up to a stunning view of the lake and the sun was shining, in true rock n roll spirit I got up and went for run right along the lake, forgetting the altitude difference so breathing was a bit heavy at times but felt good for my efforts of trying to stay fit on the road. (I do feel a bender of sorts on the cards soon though).
The show was awesome this night and the venue was stunning. Apart from Saints losing 4 1 to West Ham this was a great day.
On a day off now in a Best Western Hotel in the middle of nowhere near Munich. Robin Williams and Sheryl From Curb your Enthusiasm are over dubbed in German on the box. Tour Dispatch 1 done.
I am Dave Pen