I loved Munich and if I were able to learn German I´d even consider living there. Paris was great but I am not so sure if I´d like to live there. Now when I arrived in London was awesome. I felt like in US with a Brit accent lol. All the junk food I love and miss can be found there. Not to mention Indian and Thai.
As planned I met Luke, long time e-friend, and he took me to a (lost) tour around Piccadilly in search to the Astoria and the pub we were supposed to meet up with other people next day. After like 1 hr or so wandering around, we couldn´t not find any of the places and I was glad when we finally entered in a pub cause I was all cold and wet.
Next day was the big day: Neverender SSTB. I went to the pub and met a whole bunch of my Coheed forum friends. We went to the queue and I waited for Ian who had bought tickets for me as I could not get them in Brazil. He was very gracious and actually gave me the tix as a gift cause I had traveled long ways just to see Coheed. We got inside the Astoria and waited for like 1 hr or so till the concert started. Honestly I almost cried when it started as I didn´t think I´d ever seen Coheed again plus the emotion of being at a concert (one of my fav things in life) and the fact I was in London surrounded by some awesome people I only knew from the Internet. The last 2 times I had seen Coheed live were kinda bleh. One was at the A7X tour, where they played for the first time in arenas and I much rather see Coheed in a small venue. The last time had been right after Josh and Mic had left the band and the techs took their places. That was a sad concert as we could see how much Claudio and Travis were down, plus Mic has always been my fav member and not having him on stage was sad. So there I was in the Astoria seeing Coheed for the 12th time! They were awesome. So much energy and they were really enjoying themselves. Claudio, who in the previous 11 shows I had seen barely spoke, was very talkative and into it. Now let me tell you: Chris Pennie, what an awesome drummer. Granted I dig Josh´s personality, Chris brought to Coheed some heaviness I had never heard before. Best Everything Evil ever. I was in awe. The whole concert was perfect and in the end they granted us with an unexpected encore and then we had IKSSE. IKSSE is a very powerful live song and every time I see it I get goose bumps. Amazing singing along song!
Concert ended and a few of us went back to the pub. I much needed a night out. After we closed the pub we started looking for another place to go. I ended up with 2 crazy drunk brits, walking around Piccadilly. London is amazing cause I am sure you can party 7 days a week. We ended up in some nightclub (tourist trap for sure). Ghetto place filled with skanky looking women. Then to Burger King where I found out Fanta is risque (lol inside jk). We were heading back to the hostel when we got dragged into another club that turned out to be a gay place. Music was cool as usual in such places. The night ended up for me at 7 am hahaha.
Tuesday was the most anticipated day for me (and most fans) cause IKSSE:3 is most fan´s fav. We were all hanging out at the pub when someone who had been waiting in the queue came back to say the concert had been cancelled. We were all like: WTF?!?!?!?!. Turned out there was an accident where some worker cut through some power line and died (or was seriously injured not sure). Many people came to me and hugged me saying they were very sorry cause I had came all the way from Brazil and was gonna miss my fav album played live. That almost made me cry but I held up. It was a big let down for the fans. I was not the only one who traveled and spent a shitload of money to be there and many people weren´t sure if they´d be able to go to the show on Friday. The best pain relief for most: booze! I don´t think that pub had seen such a busy Tuesday night in a long time. Man, Brits can drink!!! I couldn´t even finish my pint of pear cider (alcohol free)...too much liquid! I was surprised at how fast they can drown a pint. After the pub we followed to some club were they played emo rock music. The DJ managed to play a few Coheed tracks and the crowd went nuts. It was a fun going away party.
Next day I had to catch the tube to go to the airport and then to Paris to catch my flight back to Rio. So I missed the signing and the opportunity to say good bye to a lot of the people I met. It was good leaving without many good byes or I´d be sad. I was really pissed for not having planned to stay the whole week but I had obligations back to work. Such a shame! I think I´d have missed IKSS nonetheless as I´d probably have booked to leave on Friday and I´d be pissed even more.
After all I didn´t make lucky 13 Coheed concert...maybe some other time. I do have a deal with Scott to rent a mini-van and catch as many TOOL concerts in Europe next time they tour. We shall see..sounds like a great plan.
Cobalters in front of the Astoria after the show was canceled: