so .. .
we tried this thing again .. . in vevey swizterland the following october. the heartland festival there had asked me to curate. and in doing so saw the opportunity to gather the large band see if what we did in july was for real or not. but the band had gotten bigger then then. for vevey, we also had maggie bjorklund from copenhagen on pedal steel and lonna kelley back on board to sing.
the set went off as easy as berlin, but the 90 minute set felt short.
next day we headed to a local studio to see what we must be sounding like. it took forever for us to get to the studio (only 10 blocks away) and no time to record.
evidence was needed to see if we sounded like a mess or something more symphonic.
the results would not be emailed to me for weeks to come .. so the festival went on and all my attention there with it. it was a fine assortment of friends in bands; the sadies, lambchop, steve wynn, robyn hitchcock, emiliana torrini, jason lytle, jim white, sarah blasko and more.. also the gypsies from cordoba too.
when the festival was over .. .we were all spent. vevey is a stunning town nestled near montreaux on lake geneva where charlie chaplin saw fit to live out the rest of his life. the hotel we were in is a converted palace.
one by one everyone began to disappear on various flights and train schedules like a cinderella ball coming to an end.
fernando from cordoba, lonna from arizona, thøger from denmark and myself left together to connect through london. we had a hotel by the airport to make the connection early the next morning home.
when we landed in london we were completely festival beat. tuckered. done in. slim slammed.
pj harvey was playing albert hall this night with john parish, jean marc butty and mick harvey. had to go.
checked in then took a cab to the ball. inside the albert hall we were shown to our box seats. the show spun nicely into our semi conscious state, impossible to tell what was the near dream and what was the near not.
after the show, waiting for a cab … this photo above … standing by a poster informing london engelbert humperdink was coming to the albert hall soon.
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