Munich, Germany...25 June, 2010
From Stuttgart to Munich by train, which was delayed by an hour. The journey required getting off half an hour prior to our destination and boarding a second train to take us into the Munich station. There we were met by drivers, Bernie, Dominika and Fabian and a short five minute drive to the venue.
A big outdoor show tonight at Konigsplatz, an open air, town square surrounded by large Roman style museums. Once used as a rallying place for Hitler in the years leading up to and including the war, every trace of those dark days have long been done away with including the large granite squares that surfaced the walkways around the museums where soldiers paraded. Those walkways are now gravel. It is a beautiful location for an outdoor show.
In keeping with the summer theme, our catering staff prepared a barbecue for dinner, bratwurst, chicken, steaks, sea bream, corn on the cob and salads. Top drawer as always.
Nearly 12,000 people were in attendance when we took the stage at 8 o'clock, still daylight here in Europe. An incredibly relaxed show as the outdoor gigs tend to be, loads of smiling folks in the audience and on stage. Toward the end of the show a chilly wind whipped up, cloud gathered and lightening flashed. I thought the skies would open any minutes, but for all the bluster, there was no rain and we played the encores to a standing, wonderful crowd in Munich.
A runner to a small landing strip about 40 minutes outside the city, fueled by freshly grilled German sausages and Augustiner beer in each car. We were driven onto the landing field and right up to the steps of the Legacy. We've been driving and travelling by train for the last week and it was good to get back on the plane for a very short flight to Prague where we'll spend the night and play tomorrow.
A long day with loads of travel, good food, good music and more than a few laughs.