Well since Made In America we first took a plane to Seattle(can you believe that shit takes 6 hrs?! Thats like Philly to London) were we sampled local beer and performed a short concert for WINNERS at the Gibson headquarters for The End radio station. It fun. Then we saddled up and rode and boated to Victoria, Canada where we enjoyed beautiful nature scenes and looking at very high people at night. We played a show on a very small stage in a less small discotheque and the locals salivated wildly with mouths agape at the majesty of our rock. We now find ourselves in Vancouver were we tried to meet our swedish friend the vampire who had to turn into a bat and leave town rapidly so no dice there. WHat we are doing now? Chris is eating a curious local speciality called potato CHIPS and Nicholaus is talking to him about building Kayaks and canoes by hand. He is mostly focusing on the skin-on-frame variety here, the little handy man. I myself feel like a fucking loaded gun. WATCH OUT!!!
So, we have a arrived in the states and done our first show. This took place at the Made In America festival in Philadelphia, PA (We prefer the 1638 name, New Sweden).
Before playing the concert we had breakfast and went to consult with the inanimate object that is the Rocky/Sly Stallone statue for tips on how to win in Philly. Funny thing this. Making statues to commemorate people that never existed. I love America!
It was clear to us the we had a lot of first time customers/Hives virgins in the crowd. This is always fun. First three songs they watch us with mouths open and eyes agape and then by the 4th the poison and hypnotics start working and they start smiling, dancing, shaking, shivering and clapping. If it sounds like I am tooting my own horn here it is simply because I think its a horn that should be much tooted.
Well, other bands and artists played too of course. Jay Z had picked the bands and it was a mix of Rock and what industry dorks call urban styles. Us, Santigold, RUN DMC all had great shows and Pearl Jam and X and Drake and so on and so forth. After all this hoopla some of the guys went to see Bruce Springsteen at a stadium he was rocking. Still awaiting the report during the imminent breakfast meeting as jet lag tickled our feet at 6.30 this morning.
We will now stay chilly in Philly(New Sweden) and then fly ourselves to Seattle. I love me some Seattle.
Last night at Reading was awesome! Great to be back on UK soil and deliver the Hives goods to a crowd who were in town to party. We enjoyed the hell out of ourselves and we are looking forward to see if todays show at Leeds will be as good.