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Contrary Cocktail

Moderne Shellac, 2015

Contrary Cocktail

A hypnotic blend of rhythms, landscapes, tones, colors, styles and moods, with melodies leading the way to certain places that only songs without words can go.

-- Pieta Brown, 2015

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A late lobby call today, 5:45, to the Madrid airport for a flight due south to Malaga.  This is the first time there for us, though Guy recalls playing Malaga with Dire Straits.  It's a beautiful seaside city, nearly down to the southernmost tip by Gibraltar.  We landed at 7:30 and drove to the venue, Plaza de Toros de Malaga another in a series of bullrings.  Even down to the last days, we're still chalking up new statistics in case anyone's keeping score.  Tonight's show did not begin until 10:30, the latest show of the tour.

We piled straight into catering where Dave, Chris and George also are topping their own impeccable record with an entree that blew everyone who tried it away.  Squid ink pasta and fresh shrimp sautéed in oil, garlic, lemon juice and cream.  In fact it was pasta night all around, lamb and spicy beef meat balls in pomodoro over tagliatelle, spaghetti bolognaise and chicken pasta carbonara.  From the comments going around they were all winners, but the shrimp in creme sauce got the serious wows.  I can't wait to get home and try some of these recipes from the cookbook Guy compiled.

The audience was standing on the dirt floor of the ring and seated in the three tiers of bleachers all around.  9,000 came out to see us tonight, they were crammed shoulder to shoulder on the floor and absolutely roaring in approval after each song.  A more enthusiastic or better audience would be hard to find anywhere.  We got up there and played like it was the first show of the tour, everyone still itching to get on stage every night.  It's pretty amazing after all these shows and months.

After the last encore with the roar of the crowd shattering the night, we did a runner back to the Malaga airport and the Legacy arriving back in Madrid just after 2 in the morning.  It's an amazing and lucky life and we're all fortunate to have a slice of it on these tours.

Sunday will be our final day off then it's on to the last three days.

So long,

Richard