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Musician/Artist/ Silk screener. Grew up in Buffalo, moved to LA in '96' and played with seminal punk band The Flesh Eaters (recorded as well as co-wrote some of the album 'Ashes of Time' (2000).Also worked with my band The Alphastares which disbanded when I moved to SF in 2004. I currently perform (bass/guitar/baritone guitar) with Andalusia Rose as well as my solo endeavors as "Alphastare'.

European Tour Journal Day 6 Torino

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Welcome back to my continued coverage of the Turn Me On Dead Man 2018 European Tour. This was day 6 of our journey and this would be our fifth and final show in Italy.

First thing…fuel!

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Back in the van!

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Even though we had one more show in Italy we had to pass through Switzerland, which meant we had to deal with Customs!

A touring band passing through the Swiss border should be ready to take out all of their merch in order to assess how much stuff they come in with verses how much they leave with. They tax you for the stuff you sold during your visit. The stressful part is that they put a lien on your card, which in this case was around 1000euro. This is essentially a deposit which they return to you minus the tax as you leave the country. We crossed a couple of times so we had to do this twice…I believe we sold enough merch to generate roughly 9euro for the Swiss! This can also be time consuming, so plan for this if you have an early load-in.

Some shots from the drive

 

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Crossing the Swiss border went smoothly and we could now enjoy our first glimpses of The Alps! I was gonna do a slide show here but the alps deserve an unobstructed format, so enjoy these in full!

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Arriving in Torino

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I forget the story about the archways over the walkways in Torino. Something about the ruler at the time wanting to be able to ride his horse around town without getting rained on or sunburnt or something like that. Anyone who knows the story, feel free to comment. Anyway, the architecture as to be expected, was stunning.

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Jonesy Daysleeper

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The venue was excellent and served as a combination bar/restauraut and music venue. This added to the liveliness, as we were so used to walking into cold empty venues at load-in. It was nice to arrive at a lively spot full of people enjoying some drinks and dinner even if they weren’t there for the show.

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VIDEO

A few minutes from a couple songs from our set that night:

 

Next Stop Stuttgart!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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European Tour Journal Day 5 (Zero Branco, Italy)

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Leaving Pastrengo

We continue our journey through Italy along the Western Coast, now heading inland toward Zero Branco. Before heading to the next town, we stopped to visit Verona. I was actually hoping we’d have time to see Venice which was also in the vicinity, but just a bit too far for us to see and make the gig on time, so Verona it was!

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Clearly impressed with this fulsome castle

We unexpectedly got to see some Roman ruins. The ‘Porta dei Leoni’ or ‘Loins Gate’ was  exposed during excavations in the late 1950’s. I intentionally overexposed the pics below so you can see some of the detail in the recessed shadows beneath the walkway.

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“Porta dei Leoni” Roman Ruins recently excavated

We tooled around The Piazza Erbe, which was excellent for people watching, and we found the contrast between the old ruins and the modern fashion market element pretty amusing. You could almost travel back in time in your mind but then a spot of neon would catch your eye and immediately broke the spell.

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Modernity

Chris and I broke off at one point to kill time while others were finishing lunch. We wandered around the narrow side streets for a while taking in the architecture.

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LOVE IS ALL AROUND

We eventually ended up at the infamous ‘balcony’.

Supposedly this is where the famous scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette took place.

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The Balcony

There were hearts graffitti’d everywhere and messages of love, and people crowding in to get photo’s in front of the ‘Where for art thou balcony’, ambling to touch a piece of history.

 

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It’s funny that it’s treated as such an historical place when, in reality, none of that ever happened! It was also a bit amusing that people had travelled from far and wide to see this site, and we were pretty much unaware of where we had stumbled upon until we had been there for a few minutes! We had no idea what all of the hearts and notes were for at first, nor why there were so many people crowded in this area, then we realized that it was 2 days before Valentines day…apparently this is the most romantic place on earth to many people!

Another thing that ‘broke the spell’ was when we turned around to leave the courtyard and saw, in the adjoining gift shop, all of these little ladies, sitting behind sewing machines, cranking out stitched hearts on various fabrics and items. The whole romantic image of the Shakespearean tragedy, and those extravagant times completely dissolved with the sight of this very public sweatshop.

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Doctor Love

More pics from Piazza Erbe, Verona:

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CLOWNING

TO THE VENUE

I only took a few shots as the van windows were getting grimy, and there was also a bit of rain making it difficult to shoot ‘from the hip’ while in transit, though this added a nice effect to a few of the pics that did come out.

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Altroquando is essentially a dart club with an extensive menue of craft beer and liquors, located in a semi-remote area in Zero Branco. I didn’t get many pics at this point but following are a few shots we obtained from a fan. I apologize as I don’t remember who took those.

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Soundcheck!

One of the nice things about this venue was that we also had lodging above, so we were able to hang out for a bit and crash without having to load out! We got a good night’s sleep and tackled the gear first thing in the morning before heading to Torino, the location of our final show in Italy.

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Spacemen out