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Tonight we’re playing in Lier. This is the first of the three remaining shows. Here are a few images to share from my travels in Belgium.
Above are pictured Dirk Van Gompel (on left – lighting engineer) and Luc Pauly (on right – sound engineer). They handled things for all of my sets with Gabriel. Many thanks, fellas.
Here’s the Gravensteen, the only surviving castle in Flanders, the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium. Constructed between 1157-1191, it’s been used over the centuries as a prison, a mint, a cotton plant, and of course as a museum (its current calling)… Anyway it’s a castle and the first one I’ve ever seen. Bazinga*.
The following picture is for Larry D.
Finally, a temporary farewell to Billy Kerkhofs, the guitar technician and not-so-old patriarch of the Gabriel Rios crew. Always a true Belgian gentleman, he is seen here with an offering of fruit for the photographer.
With Love From Belgium,
*Bazinga – An exclamatory term used by police officers and deejays in Sint-Amandsberg, Ghent.
p.s.- Addendum: I just found out that the term, ‘Bazinga,’ is actually from a network TV show. 20 Jan
As I was stepping out of the shower today, I realized that it’s been over three weeks since I landed in Brussels and started playing shows with Gabriel & Trixie. Here is a visual tour of the physical cues which reminded me of the time passed: Don’t worry, it’s short.
See above My Black Eye. To my friends at Bay Parkway in Brooklyn: This injury was sustained on stage, not on the street. ; )
Finally, see above My Soap. At the outset of the tour a lovely, unused bar bearing the mold and mark of its maker, Filthy Soap, it is now a wee chip of its former self. Thank you, Candice Forness.
Updated Gig List – Past Present & Future:
*=w/Trixie Whitley, #=w/Gabriel Rios
19 December – Muziekgieterij, Maastricht, Holland*
22 Le Tipi, Liege, Belgium*
23-29 December – A wonderful winter holiday with close friends. Dankuwel.
30 December – NTG, Gent, Belgium*
2 January – Rataplan, Antwerp, Belgium*
3 January – Rataplan, Antwerp, Belgium (Cancelled)*
4 January – NTG, Gent, Belgium*
5 January – CC ‘t Vondel, Halle, Belgium#
6 January – CC Ter Vesten, Beveren, Belgium#
7 January – CC De Spil, Roselare, Belgium#
8 January – Den Egger, Scherpenheuvel, Belgium#
9 January – CC Muze, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium#
10 January – NTG, Gent, Belgium#
11 January – CC De Werf, Aalst, Belgium#
12 January – CC De Herbakker, Eeklo, Belgium#
13 January – CC Casino Koksijde, Belgium#
16 January – CC De Werft, Geel, Belgium#
19 January – CC De Mol, Lier, Belgium#
21 January – Rataplan, Antwerp, Belgium#
25 February – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, NYC, United States
See you soon!