1 Mar 2010
I did manage to get to the concert yesterday, Dave Matthews Band in Köln (Cologne), the concert I said yesterday I was going to. But it was a close call! Xynthia, the storm, came in over Germany yesterday. Our train to Cologne was seriously delayed, but eventually we managed to get there, and then we took a taxi to the concert hall itself. There is NO way that I would spend more than necessary time outside in weather like what we saw yesterday, I certainly don't want to have things falling on me... And then I haven't even mentioned the cold... But when we got to the concert hall we could walk straight in, which was nice.
And the concert!!! OH THE CONCERT!!! I have said it before and I say it again, this is probably one of the best live bands in the world, at least when it comes to this kind of music. I loved Soil and Pimp Sessions too, when I saw them, that was pure energy, but that is a different kind of music and a different kind of venue, much smaller (even though Dave Matthews Band played in a small arena this time, compared to what they do in US - but still a lot bigger than what Soil and Pimp Sessions had in Germany).
I was full of energy when the concert was over - this is a band that can get their audience to dance. Even the wall of stiff guys in front of us started to move after a while, and towards the end even they were dancing. Wow!
And yes, it was a good thing that we were full of energy because getting home we needed it - turned out that all trains were cancelled due to the storm. We eventually found a taxi to take us to where we wanted to go though, but the GPS he had didn't work and there we were, three people - two that doesn't even have a drivers licence for Europe and one - me - who has sold the car and never really drove that stretch anyhow, and who also sat behind the driver where I basically couldn't see anything of the road. Our task was to try and give directions to the driver... But eventually we succeeded and we got to where we had to go, at least for those of us in Düsseldorf. The people that were going somewhere else had to stay overnight. Good to have a big enough flat...