It's now time to get the loose ends together and get ready for European Tour 2010. Most of the team has been assembled, with the noticeable exception of cranky German driver Christoph, who is training for some sort of job that will actually pay him real Euros. I guess our compensation plan of Mr. Brown and clipped dressing room beer didn't get it done for Mr. Roth. That puts our new Belgian pal Richard in the driver's seat. We don't really know Richard at all, although Gary might. As usual, Gary has been tight lipped and vague about his relationships with persons immediately outside of the van. The popular belief is he "sorta knows" Richard. All I know is that Richard has been an easy guy to communicate with via email, and I think he'll be good in the driver role. We'll know for sure after he discovers on Day 6 Leo has lost his drum stool, Gary is silently burrowed in his squirrel seat upset about his cell phone not working, I'm wandering around some old church, and Ken is at one of 16 different coffee houses in the vicinity of the van. Rest assured, there will be a complete tour diary again in 2010 describing all the disasters and triumphs.
We have printed up some new t-shirt designs, a super premium embroidered cowboy shirt, and will have all our CD titles on hand as we embark on this latest Euro adventure. We'll be headed back to some of our favorite places to play like Stuttgart, Ravensburg, the Ace Cafe in Rumst, and at Wild at Heart in Berlin as well as new cities we can't even pronounce. If you are reading this from over there, you better get ready because we have some smoking new matertial and are even tighter than we were last year. We're really looking forward to crushing some skulls this year.
Also, if anyone knows the dude in Leipzig that is putting on the show at the Stoned Bar, he should really call our booking agent back. We've been at this long enough to know that if someone is incommunicado this close to a gig, something has gone horribly wrong. That being said, if any of you out there have an open date on Tuesday October 5th, we might be really interested!