Luxembourg 16th of July 2006
After our gig in Amsterdam, we were very excited and wanted more gigs. We checked internet and we found the France gig that the girls we met in Amsterdam were going to. We googled more, and then we found the gig in Luxembourg (of all places).
July 15th 2006
The day before the gig, we went from Hillegom by Car to Luxembourg, to the camping Kockelscheuer. We set up the tent. We could borrow a hammer from our lovely English neighbours, we needed one, as the ground was very hard. We forgot to bring one.
We also had German neighbours. The woman sat on her ass all day long and her hubby was working really hard. She didn’t do anything.
We had dinner and we placed our disposable BBQ on the Street, Was not allowed on the grass (DUH). And the wind was turning around the whole time, only the German lady got annoyed and asked if we could move the BBQ. No we can’t, but if it annoys you, go ahead move it, where you like. Obviously she didn’t cos the BBQ was too hot (I could have told her). Her husband wished us a lovely dinner, so did our English neighbours.
Then when that was done we took the car to the center. We went to the venue. We walked through the street about 6 times, that means we walked past the venue about 6 times and we couldnt find it. Until I looked at a poster, cant remember what exactly caught my attention, but Ozzy looked up, and he said, “OH MY GOD! Look at this” and pointed up. I looked up and saw “Den Atelier”
Oh my…. guess we just found it. hahaha. That evening we went into the old part of the town. We walked down hill for miles, crossed bridges and little alleys and little roads, after a few miles we reached the old town. It looked so lovely! We were looking for an Irish pub and it happened to be a blues and jazz festival. NICE! Great timing we have! We also found a couple Irish pubs. We took an after shock. The red one is the best. taste like cough syrup, but it’s my fave!!
July 16th 2006
The next day. The day of the gig, we woke up at about 7am… Why so early? cos it was 30 degrees, and we were floating out of the tent, it was so warm, in our tiny “dome” tent. We had breakfast. Our English neigbours came over to us to say goodbye cos they were going home. Then our female German neighbour stared at us. so I stared back. I won, she turned her head. Her hubby waved at us and we said good morning to each other. Again, the lady was sitting on her ass and the husband was running around working hard.
Later that day we took the bus and arrived in the center at 2pm, Way too early, the gig won’t start until 8pm and doors won’t open until 7… but we saw the tourbus already.
Have we been looking for this place for nothing? Did we walk by the venue six times for nothing?! The bus would have told us where the venue would have been.
What to do in Luxembourg when everything is closed on a Sunday? We went to the venue and asked at what time the doors would open. There were two guys, I’m pretty sure they are from the Streets crew, but I didn’t know them really. They were playing football.
A security guard told us that the doors would open at 7pm. At about 4 pm we found a bar/cafe, that was open, we had a few drinks there. It was so warm outside, about 33 degrees by now. I loved it, but too warm to do anything in a city centre.
I wouldn’t mind this heat when I could go to a beach or a swimming pool tho. Anyway… We went to a busstop across the street from the venue, and waited there for about two hours. Felt like a stalker really, but we couldn’t do too much anyway.
At about 6.30 it started getting busier at the venue, so we decided to join the other people who were waiting to get in. At 7pm the doors opened.
It wasn’t too busy when we were waiting… but just as in Amsterdam, the gig was sold out. We stood at the front again. We met Martine there with her boyfriend Frédèric…
I brought the same banner with me as I had in Amsterdam, only I added the word “still”, so now it says “Still fancy a date in the Grasshopper?” And this time I was wearing my Union Jack bikini top (became my fashion trademark at this gig) I bought this in Scotland last year. I was wearing a normal top, on top of the bikini.
I think that he started to think about where he had seen it before… he came back and asked me: “Are you from Holland? From Amsterdam?” I nodded my head “yes”.
He gave me some alcohol…….
Then he came over with the bottle of Smirnoff and poured it down my’ throat… “Open your mouth” he said, I had to show the others what to do.
Also when he sang “War of the sexes” He sings the line: “Pretend to listen staring at her tits”, he pointed at me (because I was wearing that bikini).
There was a guy, he was very annoying at the start of the gig. I mean you have to jump at a Streets gig, you can’t stand still (unless you have no space), but be careful with the other people around you, especially little girls. He wasn’t careful. Guess Mike noticed it. Later that gig, with the encore, Mike sang an English Football song which that guy didn’t know the words of, when Mike said that to him, he put up his finger. Mike thanked him LOL…
With “Fit, but you know it” he said “come here, come here” and he took me on stage again… (unfortunatly no pictures of this, as the new disposable camera had no flash) and four other girls and that annoying guy. This time it was more personal. Actually being asked by Mike, and not so many people. Mike asked that guy to crowd surf. He said to him: “Can you crowd surf?” The guy said: “yes”. I saw Ozzy “going low” and as soon as the guy jumped, the crowd divined down the middle and he fell on the floor with his face. So funny to see this all from the stage. Mike was laughing as well, haha. That guy took a girl down with him tho. Poor girl. The guy run away LOL Guess he felt embarrased :p. We all got a Brandy when we left the stage. I was so excited…I wanted to see them again, so sad it was all over. I got the playlist as well from a security guard.
After the gig We were waiting outside, next to the tour bus… We had a chat with Wayne, the bass player. He signed my ticket.
Then Johnny Drum Machine the drummer walked by with 10 girls walking with him, Player! 🙂 he signed the playlist for me.
We went over to the “backstage area” There was Eddie Kid. I told him how great he was. He thanked me and went back inside. Then we saw Mike through a window. He saw me as well and he waved. He said ” hello” I waved back. We went back to the bass player and asked him if Mike would come outside as well. He said he should be, just wait. Then after about 30 minutes Mike came outside… and we had a photo taken, Mike saw that there was no flash so we tried a second photo under the street light, but that one didn’t work out either 😦 Then he gave me an autograph on the playlist as well…
We had a little chat for about half an hour…. I had a few drinks at the gig, thanks to Mike, and dared to ask him: “What about the date in the grasshopper?” He said: “Yeah, why not?!” ow ok… I was shocked!! (didn’t expect him to say yes, I thought that he would laugh at me) I didn’t want to show him that I was shocked, so I asked him what the next time, that he would be in Holland. He told me that that would be Lowlands (nowhere near Amsterdam or the Grasshopper tho…)…. He said: “I won’t be that drunk this time” (remember 2004?) I didn’t really understand what he was talking about, as I was never there at Lowlands in 2004. I found out a little later from Mel the Bell. (Mel sent me a CD + DVD with loads of early Skinner stuff). And he said: “if you wear that bikini, I’ll recognize you.”
This date never happened tho. 😉 Never really expected it to happen anyway, but it was nice of him to say 🙂
A new mission, I need a ticket for Lowlands. We went back to the camping. We took a cab.
The next morning, when our German neighbors were ready to go home, they drove past us and she looked very angry at us again and he waved and smiled. He was lovely. We didn’t like her much.
On our way back we stopped in Antwerp. I had never been there before. We went to some Irish pubs. I had a thing with Irish pubs at the time, I guess it had something to do with my love for Ireland and Colin Farrell. After an hour we continued our trip back home.
Hopefully see you at Lowlands guys!