Ah, what a great weekend I just had 🙂 I had the honor to join the The Gentle Storm gals and guys on stage for four amazing festivals.
We started off at Masters of Rock, in the Czech Republic; I’d heard a lot about the festival but never played there myself, it was a great experience! The audience was great, and we got to hang out with the guys and gals from Xandria, Kamelot and Within Temptation, too; and had some excellent pizza in the backstage! Here’s a video of “Valley of the queens”:
Next stop was RockHarz in Germany, another big party! Got to hang out with the good people of Delain, with whom we’ll be touring later this year. And I even got to say hello to Lindsay Schoolcraft who was playing with Cradle of Filth the day after.
Park City Live in Heerlen was next, a very varied festival with everything from reggae to rap to metal. It felt a bit odd to go on stage after Kenny B, but the audience gave us a very warm welcome! This show went really well, and good old friend mcsharq.nl took some wonderful pictures:
Last, but certainly not least, was Bospop. We played there with Stream of Passion nine (nine!!) years ago, and it was great to be back. We celebrated Joost’s birthday and had the best show of the weekend, captured on camera among others by Tonnie Westerbeke’s great eye:
I even got to meet James LaBrie, my “husband” from The Human Equation 🙂 We talked a bit about the upcoming Theater Equation shows, which I think are also going to be very special.
And I saw one of the most incredible shows of my life, by the one and only Steven Wilson. Man oh man, what a show! Seriously, if you get the chance to see this main live don’t miss it; there was so much emotion and intensity going on: the performance, the visuals, the connection with the crowd. I managed to scored a picture with Steven after the show; flabbergasted me babbled away about how amazing the show was, I hope I made some sense 🙂
Next weekend The Gentle Storm will be playing at the Night of the Prog Festival in Loreley, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. More good stuff to look forward too!