17 May 2013
Nick Arson status report:
Doin dishes listening to the new FIDLAR LP. The record is fukkin killer and last nights BBQ is stikkin to the sink!
Well done lads. Best of luck and miss you lots! I want the vinyl!
14 May 2013
We had not been in South America for close to five years when the offer to play the Lollapalloozas in Brazil and Chile showed up on our desk. We wanted to play more than just the two Lolla shows however, so a festival in Argentina and a couple of headline shows (including one in Lima, Peru where we had never been before) were added. We had such a good time that we now decided to share some memories of when the Lex Hives tour passed through this great part of our planet.
After seven weeks in the U.S.A. we said goodbye to North America and on March 30th we landed in South American soil- in Sao Paulo, Brazil to be more exact.
That evening our dear friends Queens Of The Stone Age were gonna play their first show after being in the studio for a long time, we would not wanna miss that so off to the festival we went. Show was great and it was a pleasure meeting up with the guys again.
We had a lot to discuss after not seeing QOTSA for a while. The following night it was our turn to take the stage. Just look at this massive crowd.
We received nice gifts from Sony Brazil. Nicks new favourite possession, finally he got his own Brazilian soccer jersey.
April 1st we did a headline show in Porto Alegre, again a great night - even though it was hot as hell. April 2nd we were leaving for Buenos Aires, or at least we thought so....
Due to bad weather and the worst floods in Buenos Aires in a very long time, flights were cancelled and thus began one of our worst 24 hour periods of all time. We tried every possible way to get to Buenos Aires and after about 16 out of those 24 hrs were spent in the airport, finally we were able to get a hold of a couple of jets to get us there barely in time for the show.
April 3rd: "What? is it true? Do we actually have a plane? Can we go to Buenos Aires?" Happy rock band and hired guns in shape and form of jet pilots.
Need I tell you that the show in Buenos Aires was pretty damn great too? Did not think so. After the show, dinner with QOTSA that eventually turned into a party with a third band, Pearl Jam. Good times in other words! [*photos removed by censors*]
April 4th: Lots of fans welcoming us with open arms when we got to Santiago, Chile.
April 6th: Pre show ritual in Santiago, Chile. This was a first. Fantastic show! Is that a ninja caught in the picture, no it cant be.
Nick thinks his guitar sounds better if he lies down sometimes. Howlin lovin every second of it.
Vig with legend and friend Hutch, soundman for QOTSA, and spiritual advisor to many.
On April 7th, our day off, we were invited to visit the winery Casa Del Bosque, beautifully located about an hour from Santiago. Great day with great wine and great food. To the left you can see winemaker Grant Phelps.
On April 8th we arrived in Lima, Peru for the first time ever, and what a welcome from our fans! After some press that night we were taken to this restaurant located right at the sea, good times. The hotel was a great place to charge up the batteries for our last South American show on the Lex Hives Tour.
April 9th: Our crew, making it happen every night.
We were told Peruvians always want a little extra, so we played 20 songs that they´ll remember for the rest of their lives. What a great night it was. Vigs guitar needed some well deserved rest after that one.
April 10th. Morning of the travel home day people wanted to check out an old pyramid that they found under a motocross track not many years ago, pretty spectacular. Vig brought his biggest camera cause he was told the pyramid was pretty damn big. There was also a very old person and very big pieces of rock.
Thank you so much South America for coming to the shows and making the whole trip a magnificent one! Hopefully it wont take us another five years to get back.
14 May 2013
Ahh sweet music! Sitting at home listening to Saicos, the Peruvian garage rock kings. Had to give a listen today as I am wearing the Saicos tshirt that some warmhearted guy gave me at the show in Lima. Demolicion rules!