Man oh man! Europe was full of ups and downs, great memories and new friends! Would we do it again? Hell yes we would..and likely will from the sounds of it.
First off big thank you to Kurt De Bont at Rootstown booking for filling every single day of an 18 day run with good paying shows. We made money and even after paying for flights, tour manager and drum rental, we came home with more american dollars than could fit in our wallets!
Raut Oak fest was definitely the highlight of the whole run and easily the best show. So many killer bands, including Left lane cruiser, James Leg, Radio Moscow, The Pack A.D., The Maness Bros., damn! I wish we couldv’e stayed for both days.
Orange Amplifiers and Gretsch guitars were a huge help and backlined us for the tour. Both amazing companies with amazing support!
Between the food, the scenery, the history and the people, we were very pleased with the tour. Vinyl sold out in a week and shirts were almost gone at the end of the run. Merch sales were fantastic as you’d expect. We heard alot about how much people over there love music and they were right!
My gallbladder surgery being so fresh (3 weeks before we got on the plane) made things a little less enjoyable for me and at one point I thought I may have had a hernia (good news is i do not!) And we had some bad reviews by two bloggers (one called me fat and said I probably ruined my gallbladder with cheeseburgers, the other said Mitch was “disrespectful” to his cymbals! Both said we were “too loud”. But I guess you can’t please everyone.
The majority of people we met and bands we played with were all very nice and the promoters and staff at all the venues and festivals were mostly all great.
All in all it was a very cool experience and we hope to do it again soon with some minor tweaks and changes. Thanks everyone for all the support! We couldn’t have done Europe without all of our tour family!
Love and kisses,
Mitch & Tom