we're back! slightly slack and dead dog tired but also revitalized by the amazing excitements of the last two weeks. starting with Quebec City. the International Summer Festival has more than 400 shows from 20 countries performing at 15 venues, mostly outdoor, and a total audience of 2.5 million people over the 10 days. truly a unique musical urban happening. festival goers can wander from one venue to another for everything from classical music to worldbeat.
and this year the AB Power Trio was the band voted by the press as Best Of Show in a raving article titled "wonderous in the rain"!
even at the soundcheck earlier in the day, I could tell we were set to surprise. the canadian stage crew seemed stunned. sure enough when we left the stage after our 10:00 set that evening the rain-soaked crowd went nuts. Paul Green who was there with the School of Rock All-Stars gave us the ultimate compliment when he quietly remarked, "do you know this is the best band in the world?!"
quebec city was lovely in spite of the occasional misting. it reminded us of europe. little outdoor cafes serving delicious table wines in the shadow of old architecture. we stayed in the very same Hilton in which the bowie Sound and Vision entourage encamped for a week of production before starting our world tour of 1990. I knew the hotel well. it instantly brought back a flash of memories.