China, Part 3 – the gig

2016-03-05 16.03.00-1Read: Part 1 & Part 2

After an afternoon sound check to acclimatize ourselves with the hire gear we would be using that night, it’s back to our hotel room for a little rest before dinner. We had a room set up for us on the same floor as the gig where we could hang out and have dinner and a few drinks.

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I noticed that they gave us VB beers, a local beer to Australia often favored by uni students for it’s cheap economic factor. I suggested that they should exchange the VBs for something drinkable telling the Chinese waiter that VB stands for “Very Bad”. For dinner we were served ‘some sort of meat”. It was something we’d never tasted before but didn’t want to ask! It was quite nice all the same.

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Greedy sound checking his keyboards

We opened our set with “Too Many Times” and the crowd were with us from the first note, dancing and singing along. The audience was made up of mainly Australians, New Zealanders and Chinese people who had lived in Australia and returned to China.

2016-03-05 16.32.33One thing I did notice was that there were always plenty of staff around, whether it was to set up a microphone or serve dinner. At one point I watched as six people were adjusting a drum mic, it’s reminded me of Australian road workers as you’d often see one person doing the work as the others stood by.

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All in all a fun night was had with a popular drink selection for the evening being a gin and tonic. The crowd were still partying as we headed back to our rooms to catch a few hours sleep before heading to the airport at some ungodly hour.


A short video of Let’s Cook

3 Comments on China, Part 3 – the gig

  1. Martin, your China story was great. Very interesting and detailed. Your guitar problems and the solutions made great reading.
    I’m so glad you’re still carrying the banner for Surf music. Would like to see you sometime you’re in Sydney.
    Best wishes, Russell

  2. The above story has made my day as well and I can relate to it. I was born in Denmark and I am an Australian citizen. Every time I travel overseas and go to a bar they always wanna serve me a Fosters beer, I tell them it’s bad and that goes for the VB as well. 6 people to fix a microphone ? Modern harbors in China don’t have electric winches on wharf to pull and take ships mooring lines? They use 24 dock workers to pull them by hand just like Captain Cook in the sailing ship days. They also put ice cubes in beer when summertime, that means you gotta drink real quick.

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