Photo: Howard Heckers
Well, we finally made it here with all our parts and pieces. Whoopee!!! I was beginning to think we might never get here what with all the flight delays and setbacks, I think we lost about 24 hours in total. No matter, plenty of time to sleep after I'm dead. The time difference is a little whacky though. Now my math is dodgy at best but, if it was 12:00 pm in Toronto then it was 9:00 am in L.A. and I think it is normally a 17 hour difference between L.A. and Sydney (14 for T.O. to Sydney) SO...that means it was 2:00 a.m. in Sydney. BUT!! when we arrived, Australia had not yet observed daylight savings time so the clock was actually ahead one hour. Oh Yeah, we also arrived in Gold Coast and headed to Coolangata and they are an hour apart as well, so.........................I give up!!!
Actual time aside, we were put in a great Hotel in Tweed heads/Coolangata, within full view of their amazing beach. Does everyone here Surf? I mean I thought it was just a passionate hobby for some younger enthusiasts. But man everyone -young, old guys, gals, I even saw a kid who couldn't have been more than 8 carrying a board and donning a wet suit. Grandfather types, even grandmas heading down to the beach to catch the next good set. Truly inspiring, Way to go! I managed to catch a couple waves myself the first day, but my body surfing skills leave a lot to be desired, no matter the water was beautiful.
The show the following night was great! You Australians sure are a warm bunch of people. I love it here. The Band "10 CC" who we are on tour with, went on before us. Man they sound great! Nice big sound, Killer Vocals and fantastic music. Roger and I are really lucky to have such a talented band going on before us, it'll really make us work to maintain the same intensity only without a rhythm section. Anyway, when we played Give a Little Bit the entire audience sang along with us! It was amazing. Everyone was in tune as well!! All the rest of our songs were equally well received, and Dreamer in particular went over quite well. What a fun show this was! My only big regret was that "Crowded House" was playing at the same time, and I couldn't watch them! Oh well, maybe next time.
See ya in Melbourne........AaronPhoto: Howard Heckers