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Tour update!

By Cogs
16 June 2010 00:00:00

Hi all y'all,


It's been a while,

We're in Cape Town, South Africa, at the moment. Last night we saw Italy play Paraguay in a one-all draw at one of the four huge new stadiums that have been built for the World Cup. The atmosphere in these stadiums is electric and, as you may have noticed, dominated by the buzzing noise of the vuvuzela. The vuvuzela is a foot and a half long plastic trumpet that emits a brutal long honking sounds when it's played correctly. When played by amateurs like JC and Hoggy it fizzles into a sad and flabby farty noise which, unfortunately, is no less obnoxious. You'd be surprised though, the vuvuzela isn't that loud when you're watching the game unless the person sitting behind you decides to let one off in your ear. Hoggy had a guy do this every five minutes last night so by the end of the game he was starting to grimace with a headache.

As for the game, it was pretty good but the Italians didn't really fire as was expected. Our manager Teeks (Paul Piticco) was going for his beloved Italy while the rest of us went for Paraguay. He came away a little disappointed but it didn't stop him buying an Azzurri jersey to wear for the next month.  I changed from Paraguay to Italy and back depending on who was playing the most beautiful football. I think most of the crowd were doing the same, especially the contingent of Australians that we were sitting with, but Bern and Darius stuck with the Spanish speaking team because as Darius said 'I know more Spanish than Italian.' You can see we're pretty dedicated fans.

We came here after that brief tour we did of The UK. We had a ball over there. Every gig had ridiculously enthusiastic crowds who may have been the loudest singers we've ever experienced. I think they were getting Powderfinger songs out of their systems for one last time. A big thank you to all who attended. Especially Storm Thorgessen and MR who managed to come to the Brixton Academy. Also a big thanks to Bob Evans who did a great job supporting us and psychoanalysing the crowd every night.

We should thank whoever it was who made the weather so good in the UK. We arrived in a 28C London and checked into a hotel that was right next to Hyde Park. You wouldn't believe Hyde Park on days like this, it's like stepping onto Bondi Beach on a summer's day. Heeding the warning from a band member to 'avoid Hyde Park or you'll burn your eyes out', I wandered through taking in all the cultural events an English summer has to offer - enough said, just imagine a lot of bikins and boardshorts and English skin going very red by the end of the day.

Also, if you're ever in London, try to go to The Globe Theatre. It's the Shakespeare Theatre remade like it was in the 17th century. If you do a tour, the guide tells these great stories of life back then - like the story of 'the pennystinkers', the part of the audience that stood in the pit area. It cost them a penny to get in and they were usually a little poorer than those in the bleachers - they didn't wash their cloths because dye wasn't permanent and they didn't bathe much because it wasn't habit. On top of this, there were no toilets in the theatre (and no passes out) so you had to go where you stood. So apparently they stank...Please, don't get any ideas for the Sunsets Tour. We will provide toilets and, if you really think you stink there will be some nice new merch items in the foyer.

Tonight we're playing in Cape Town. I think the venue holds about 1000 and by all reports it's sold out. Apparently there are 10,000 Australian fans over here. I reckon there are more. It's amazing what people will do now the Sunsets Tour is nearly sold out. Flying to South Africa is just over the top. Lucky the World Cup is on at the same time.

Anyway, catch you soon,
Cogs

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Kayli (23 April 2016 08:33:27)
I'm quite pleased with the iniaomrtfon in this one. TY!

Julie (24 October 2015 09:55:41)
“We went, we’re back, and we loved it!!! Our guide, Roger, was fantastic. We never exetcepd to have a personal guide and chauffeur. The accommodations, for the most part, were wonderful, the people charming, the shopping terrific, and the sights to see beautiful, awe inspiring, and exciting. We will never forget out elephant ride, boat trip, the hill people (their warm welcome and lovely hand crafts), the dinner theater/dance evening, and the infinite variety of the temples and Buddhas. We will recommend your tour to all our friends.”We find a beautiful China from Panda Travel

Tony (28 August 2010 06:42:42)
I was at the first show at London Brixton Academy and have seen that you're selling live recordings! Have you got recordings from that concert? And if so, when will they be released?
Thanks, tony.

sharon (10 July 2010 14:09:05)
been listening to the blackcords while reading your blog. will they be supporting you at the dome in melbourne?

Jenni (25 June 2010 23:00:39)
Hi...great blog. Haven't travelled to SA to see you, but doing it just as hard trekking from WA to ACT to catch the show! (haha) Can't wait...enjoy the ride guys!!

MARGARET (25 June 2010 09:23:56)
HEY COGSY, YOU'RE AWESOME...XX

DID YOU FORGET MY BIRTHDAY...

Cathy (22 June 2010 20:22:09)
So glad I made the trip from Boston to see you in Dublin. My one and only Powderfinger show! The memory will last forever.,,,,as will your music! Thank You!

Eva (18 June 2010 19:01:43)
Hi! South Africa huh?! Just my luck...I only discovered Powderfinger a year ago, and have missed that you actually played in the UK recently and now it seems you all have decided to pack it in...Have you ever played in Scandinavia? I'm Swedish- and really, if you thought that you didn't have more to give as a band...well, what can I say- the north is craving for you! Please take you Sunset Tour to the land of the midnight sun, (or at least to southern Sweden/Denmark, where we actually get sunsets all year round). Seriously, I really feel I've missed out on some amazingly good music and I would so much love so see you live. So- reconsider and think of us up here- who can't even go to a record store and get your albums!!! Thank's for the awesome songs and I have some serious catching up to do. Had the tour not been so irritatingly sold out, I would consider going down there to see you. By the way Cogs, what are you going to do after Powderfinger....taking up Botany again? Take it from a fellow biologist- you're better off keeping the band together!

louise garratt (18 June 2010 06:20:27)
Hi.
Manchester was the best night ever. I shed a tear hearing the final song (These Days!). It was the first time that I've seen you guys live and sadly the last!
A special Thanks to Darren & Ian for taking the time to meet me and a few others outside after the show.....They are two of the most gracious members...... Love them!
Good luck with the rest of the tour.
Hope to see you all soon,
Louise xxx's

Eva (18 June 2010 05:50:05)
Hi! South Africa huh?! Just my luck...I only discovered Powderfinger a year ago, and have missed that you actually played in the UK recently and now it seems you all have decided to pack it in...Have you ever played in Scandinavia? I'm Swedish- and really, if you thought that you didn't have more to give as a band...well, what can I say- the north is craving for you! Please take you Sunset Tour to the land of the midnight sun, (or at least to southern Sweden/Denmark, where we actually get sunsets all year round). Seriously, I really feel I've missed out on some amazingly good music and I would so much love so see you live. So- reconsider and think of us up here- who can't even go to a record store and get your albums!!! Thank's for the awesome songs and I have some serious catching up to do. Had the tour not been so irritatingly sold out, I would consider going down there to see you. By the way Cogs, what are you going to do after Powderfinger....taking up Botany again? Take it from a fellow biologist- you're better off keeping the band together!

Eva (18 June 2010 05:45:43)
Hi! South Africa huh?! Just my luck...I only discovered Powderfinger a year ago, and have missed that you actually played in the UK recently and now it seems you all have decided to pack it in...Have you ever played in Scandinavia? I'm Swedish- and really, if you thought that you didn't have more to give as a band...well, what can I say- the north is craving for you! Please take you Sunset Tour to the land of the midnight sun, (or at least to southern Sweden/Denmark, where we actually get sunsets all year round). Seriously, I really feel I've missed out on some amazingly good music and I would so much love so see you live. So- reconsider and think of us up here- who can't even go to a record store and get your albums!!! Thank's for the awesome songs and I have some serious catching up to do. Had the tour not been so irritatingly sold out, I would consider going down there to see you. By the way Cogs, what are you going to do after Powderfinger....taking up Botany again? Take it from a fellow biologist- you're better off holding the band together!
Enjoy the tour!! I'm sure it will be amazing!/Eva

Eva (18 June 2010 05:45:21)
Hi! South Africa huh?! Just my luck...I only discovered Powderfinger a year ago, and have missed that you actually played in the UK recently and now it seems you all have decided to pack it in...Have you ever played in Scandinavia? I'm Swedish- and really, if you thought that you didn't have more to give as a band...well, what can I say- the north is craving for you! Please take you Sunset Tour to the land of the midnight sun, (or at least to southern Sweden/Denmark, where we actually get sunsets all year round). Seriously, I really feel I've missed out on some amazingly good music and I would so much love so see you live. So- reconsider and think of us up here- who can't even go to a record store and get your albums!!! Thank's for the awesome songs and I have some serious catching up to do. Had the tour not been so irritatingly sold out, I would consider going down there to see you. By the way Cogs, what are you going to do after Powderfinger....taking up Botany again? Take it from a fellow biologist- you're better off holding the band together!
Enjoy the tour!! I'm sure it will be amazing!/Eva

Dan Y (18 June 2010 04:00:24)
Great to see you guys on top form in the UK (unfortunately for the last time) We went to the Manchester gig and sang along heartily. Enjoy South Africa and the Sunsets Tour back home. Are you sure you don't fancy carrying on a couple of years longer?

Claude (17 June 2010 04:11:38)
Guys, thank you so much!
The Cape Town show was incredible.
We're honoured to have had you play your last out of Australia show in our city.
It was such a beautiful/strange feeling to be seeing you for the first & last time after having been a fan for many years.
Thanx for signing my copy of Parables.
Enjoy the rest of your stay in our country.


nyki (16 June 2010 21:26:01)
Rock on cogs...your blogs are always a classic.....xooxoxo see ya soon in brissy

Regine (16 June 2010 18:57:46)
Nice to hear, that you play everwhere! But please, you have to come to Hamburg!!!! We're waiting for U!
But anyhow, have fun in SA!
R.

Rick (16 June 2010 18:52:14)
Thanks for the update. It all sounds like great fun anyway. Those vuvuzelas are too much. Looking forward to those Melbourne shows.

James (16 June 2010 18:13:13)
Nice blog Cogs, we really appreciated you guys coming over to the UK recently, the Glasgow & Birmingham gigs were awesome! Oh yeah and thanks for the very accurate directions to Subway during our little chat outside your hotel - i found it very easily! And if you are reading this tell Bailey to make sure he doesn't lose my email address (he will know what this means!), take care.

Hellie (16 June 2010 12:33:06)
Hi guys,
I was in the Brixton Academy for the Sat night gig that saw two fantastic encores!
I just wanted to thank you for such a brilliant performance; it was one of my best birthdays to date.
Powderfinger’s music will be sorely missed; you have provided great music and entertainment for my generation and others after it.
Good luck on this final tour and I hope you have some awesome fun along the way. Wishing you all the best in your future prospects,
Rock out the World Cup,
Hellie

Shanyn (16 June 2010 12:22:06)
I lived in London last year and did the Globe Theatre tour and remember thos stories ha ha. Don't worry Cogs, us front rowers are hardcore and know how to hold it.

 

 

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