We arrive in Munich not entirely sure what we’ll find. The crew have had a day off here in the midst of "Oktoberfest". Now I couldn’t tell you exactly what Oktoberfest is, or indeed why it begins at the end of September. What I do know, though, is that it is all about the drinking. Somewhat predictably, much of the crew are looking rather tired today. I expect the fact that the band have chosen not to soundcheck has been greeted with much relief.
Here’s Chris in the acoustic section raising a glass in the spirit of Oktoberfest.
The acoustic section of the show is undoubtedly a highlight for the crowd. I have to admit, though, I enjoy it for completely different reasons. Admittedly, for a few folks (for example Hoppy, who has to sprint up there to get everything ready in the darkness during Lost!), it’s a very busy time. But for most of the rest of us, it’s a glorious space in the set where we can get onstage to tidy up, perhaps get a few things that are finished with packed away, or even nip to the Gents if required. It’s become like a Roadie intermission in the middle of the gig. I wonder if we can get someone to come round with a refreshments trolley…?
Elsewhere, I managed to get out during Lovers In Japan tonight for a quick look at Brook’s butterfly confetti. Here’s a few punters having a close encounter.