BASEMENTS AND GOULASH (Sept 27 – Oct 02)

Banja Luka Sun 27th Sept Bosnia Herzegovina
Klub Bunker

Another basement! The guys were nice but the place had a broken mixer and it took forever to make sound. There was a known punk band in town, who apparently stole the audience. The ticket lady, Nadja, was nice to us and helped me find some smokes. Thanks for that, we are now facefuck friends. The promoter Nicklas, tried all the guitars out and was very exited about them, he is a great player himself.

We started to play in front 10 people but suddenly at the end of the show, some people arrived and demanded extra songs. I started off a few songs not on the list and the band ended sounding like a rock n roll band, the sound was extremely bad in that room and my ears were ringing like church bells all night.


Sarajevo Wed 29th Sept Bosnia Herzegovina
Club Monument

This very nice place was full from the beginning to the end of the show. People were into the music 100%. I had some trouble with my guitar so i did the mic show this night, which was good. Some girls were rocking that hard that I almost had a hard on onstage. Flirted a bit after the show …just a bit! Nice people we met in Sarajevo. After the show, I met Maria who told me/us a bit about the siege of Sarajevo during the war, a nice person she was.

We had the first day off before this show and the bad boys, me, EK and Rick had been hanging out until 15.00 in the afternoon in the jazz blues club (24 hrs open) building up a big, big bar bill. Our manager Johnny Angel put us to bed and rented one room for another day in the apartment hotel next to the jazz bar.

I had a weird dream that night. There was no window in my room and when I woke up I was sure (maybe because we were going to Romania next day) that I was locked up in a gypsy horse trailer.
After the show we went back to the Jazz blues bar. I think we played a song or 2 there before heading straight to Serbia, a terrible long ride.


Budapest Fri 2nd Oct Hungary
Route 66

The sound check took forever and nothing worked. Very few people were there, to be exact 22. Most left after the warm up band who played the show with no PA. The owner and friend loved the show but there’s not much to write about. We went for a little walk around Budapest the next day, had the best Goulash I ever tasted and now have left for Slovakia, hoping for a full house.

Louie Fontaine


THE CROATION LEG (Sept 24th – 26th)

Zagreb Thurs 24th Sept Croatia
Hard Place

A rainy day, no people in the street, met local promotor Demitre. The place was probably the best we had seen so far on this tour and the sound check went well. But the previous night in Bratislava, drinking heavily to build a 180 euro bar bill that we ran away from, had taking its toll on us and combined with the fact that we smoked a joint before the show (which was supposed to fresh us but took us down instead), music-wise the show was not the best. Not enough people as well. I think was the reason Drummer Jacob was not pleased with the situation and gave the band a lesson after the show. He was the only one that did not smoke. I went to sleep after the show, I was completely dead.


Bjelovar Fri 25th Sept Croatia
Klub

The band woke up in the tiny apartment, and slowly got washed, Martin Burke and I slept in the golden bus but both of us woke up early with a desire for a toilet. I did some shopping and brought breakfast for the band. Was planing to make bacon but found out their was no stove to cook on, so that didn’t work.

We arrived at the club in time. Met promoter Dino, who was extremely helpful, and who invited us out for a dinner. Having a meat plate, Croatian style was very good and a lot of it. It was raining heavy like the day before, Dino was expecting more people but they never arrived. We had 40 people there rocking, the band played extremely well and ended up having a little party after the show, drinking a local white wine that is supposed to keep your erection up high, even after drinking 1 or 2 bottles. Well I don’t know about that, I guess I will have to try it out one day. We took of after the show and drove all night


Split Sat 26th Sept Croatia
Klub Eks

Well this place was probably the most weird club I ever played in, the home of a bike club. We were picked up by Jimmy, who came on a bike of course. We followed him but suddenly he turned off into a little mountain road and disappeared into the hills. It was way up high and somehow we managed to drive the golden bus up there. The trailer could not turn at the curve and it took quite a struggle to get it there.

So when we go the stage, it was build like prison cage and looked a bit like in the movie with the Blues brothers. The place was more like a garage and I was not too optimistic from the beginning, but we went for it anyway.

Klub Eks

I had a Danish friend, Kenneth Majgaard, who I hadn’t seen for 17 years coming to the show as well as a Norwegian friend, Vendel Hausken and her friends. We met them in town and went to the show together. The warm up band was rocking already when we arrived, the Norwegians seemed to be a bit scared of the place and left again less than 5 min after we arrived. I had warned them that it was a shady club but all folks gotta do, what they gotta do.

People arrived and we played well. I was hanging in the prison bars half the time and people went crazy, dancing in front of the cage. Not the safest show I ever played and security is now everything for me. Jimmy and Jamie were barbecuing outside the club, it felt bit like playing in some remote Arizona highway shack. All together a good night, we got a framed picture from the owners which is now hanging on the wall in the golden bus.

Louie Fontaine



NEW BLOG POST & GALLERY ADDED

Starlight Searchers are currently on tour and the first from their blog series has been posted …here

Photos from their show at Pub Hard Rock Pamela in Torun, Poland (21.09.15) can be seen in the Starlight Searchers gallery …here

 
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THE TOUR GETS UNDERWAY (Sept 21st – 23rd)

Torun Poland Monday 21st Sept
Pub Hard Rock Pamela

Very well promoted gig and the house was packed already for the opening band. The band played very well, the only problem was that the light show blinding everybody, it was like playing in the dark, so there were a few mistakes here and there but the energy was high.

I (Louie Fontaine) went to bed after the show, but the bad boys EK, Martin and crazy Rick got in a cab after the show and picked up some booze. In my room next to the party …freaks …it sounded like a boys gang bang. Later, i was told that Rick Heart, who has a tendency of showing himself naked in front of people, had done it again and stripped in front of his band mate,s showing his 17.5 cm master piece which he is so proud of.

It was impossible to wake the bad boys up the next day and therefore we ran 2 hrs late, but made it just in time for the next show in Krakow.
torun gig


Krakow Tuesday 22nd Sept
Club Grodzha

Well it was pure torture getting the gear down into the basement dungeon. The show was badly promoted, no drinks, dinner or even hotel. It looked like it was gonna be a nightmare when The Hammond broke down but we managed to fix it just before the show.

Things were looking pretty bad until our polish manager Mr Wozhy and i met Monika, who had come to the show to write about it and take photos of the show. That gave the situation a little push in the right direction and 30 min later the place was almost full (which means 30 people), an extremely small place in a extreme deep basement. After the show we took off and the house sound-man Luciano Lucifer joined the band. We went to his parents house and picked up his passport, which i later realized had expired in June, so we planned to smuggle him into Croatia. Now we are 8 people in the bus so it’s a bit crowed.

In Krakow we got a new power converter which Wozhy bought for us and now the sunpower system is operating a fridge and freezer, yes… you heard me, ice machine cold drinks. It is a fantastic thing to have.


Bratislava Weds 23rd Sept
Praotec Music Bar

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Terrible terrible show. The place had nothing and things took a bad turn when an angry old man stopped us in the middle of the street because we were promoting the show with our roof speakers. He later called the police to stop the show.

When we arrived the the police came and some lady accused us for bumping into to her car, which we did not.

After playing 5 songs, a security guy came and shut down the power and the DJ ‘s wife pulled the plug out of my guitar, a real bitch. I later had a fight with and spit her in the face, she deserved it, she was a hysterical bitch and was hitting me as well. We started at 21:30. Nobody told us that we should be finished by 22:00. We played some quiet blues after that and hit the bar that they compensated for us and we drank wine and rum on the bill which we ran from later.

A real stupid place, we’re never going back there.

Bratislav hotel
The only thing that was good was the hotel art gallery, a cool place and nice people.

What a night!

Louie Fontaine

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DON’T BRING THE KIDS TOUR 2015


NEW GALLERY ADDED

Starlight Searchers live at Fontaine Festival 2015. The first date with new drummer JZ.DC Washington Jr before we go back into the rehearsal room to prepare for our European Tour, Don’t Bring The Kids 2015 starting on September 24th.

 
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