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Grand Pianoramax's 15 city tour!

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Grand Pianoramax was recently on an epic 15-city tour in Europe and the USA. Here are a few notes and photos from the road.

After kicking off our tour playing at the very offbeat Lovelite club in Berlin (and no sleep) we took off for Rome at 6am. Great show at the gorgeous Istituo Svizzero villa.

We then gave three shows in the UK: Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Horrible sound system in Leeds, stunning train ride between Leeds and Edinburgh and a hot show at the edgy Hare & Hounds in King's Heath, Birmingham; Juice Aleem joined us for the encore.

We then played Maison de la Radio in Lausanne with a stellar line-up including Celena Glenn and Mike Ladd on mic.

The next day it was Bern, followed by Paris, a show booked on the day of a national strike in France. After numerous unannounced stops on the SNCF train on the way to Paris we finally made it to St Ouens. The sound-check was interrupted every 10 min because of a documentary on Gainsbourg shot in the same building (our check was messing with some shots). Great show nevertheless. After another sleepless night, we took the train to a "homecoming" show in Geneva and then Milan, where we rocked La Conchetta, a historic communist bastion transformed into an indie squat. Great audience and of course delicious food in Milan.

A few days later we jetted toward Miami for a show at the Winter Music Conference. Sparkling beach, bright weather but boring music, a really light turn out, and a totally shady promoter at the venue. The showcase at Uncle Sam to promote the DJ Spinna remix (jamming duo with Shifty on the decks) was actually the highest point of this trip. Yet another sleepless night and we exit stage Fort Lauderdale at 6:30 am.

Next it's Colorado's Boulder Theater in a packed 500 seat theater. We opened for Dr Lonnie Smith, the legendary (and very humorous) B-3 organ player.

Few days later we played the two last hits of the tour: First at the famous Joe’s Pub in NYC. The drummer for this show canceled two days before we played and the great Louis Cato (also bass player for ?estlove) subbed pretty much on the spot and did a killer job. Seraphim joined us on stage.

We ended the tour in Minneapolis with guest Mr Lif. I stayed in the Cher suite, which included a baby grand, jacuzzi and fully equipped bar (fancy, no?). The promoter of the festival vanished at the end of the show with the performance fee and the advance for the travel expenses never paid in advance! After the last night with no sleep spent on the phone with my manager James trying to hunt down the promoter, we got back to the airport at 6am, with still no news from him. We found out later that the promoter (Patrick Scott from B-Side Prod) owes a total of over 50K USD to the various artists and managers that went through his festival over the past few weeks…

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Here are some pictures from the tour.

[ROME]

[Additional Photos from the Rome gig]

[BIRMINGHAM]

[Additional Photos from the Birmingham gig]
[Audio Stream from the Birmingham gig]

[LAUSANNE]

[Additional Photos from the Lausanne gig]

[NYC]

[Additional Photos from the NYC gig]