Feb 15, 2014

2.13.14: Paris was pure delight at La Boule Noire. After an afternoon spent doing a video session and eating kebab(s) with Edu, we delivered a strong set. We invited the lovely French artist Nina Savary onstage to duet on “The Useless Servant”, a song in which she portrays God, and I portray St. Therese de Lisieux. It was a wonderful moment, and it was the first time we performed the song live since we recorded it for Rattle Rattle. Afterwards, I got to mingle with a sea of beautiful Paris-based friends who had come to the show, including my new friend, actor/model Matthieu Charneau. Late-night escargot and steak, drinks, friends, hotel. The following day, we would drive to London to perform our last show of the tour.

XOXOXOXOXO

D.

Feb 13, 2014

2.11.14: Sound-check at Botanique in Brussels. This place is unreal. Yes, that is a crocodile eating a snake. After sound-check, we ate snacks in the dressing room and lounged about. Hours later, we would deliver one of our favorite live performances to a packed house of almost 200 warm peeps. It was pure bliss. Photos of the actual concert were taken by Cutting Edge and can be viewed here.

XOXOXOXO

D.

Feb 12, 2014
Dorian Wood in Brussels, 12 February, 2014
T-shirt by Big Boy Vintage

Dorian Wood in Brussels, 12 February, 2014

T-shirt by Big Boy Vintage

Feb 11, 2014

2.10.14: One of the best-sounding venues I’ve ever played in, Mousonturm in Frankfurt. The complex is phenomenal. Our accommodations were in the actual complex; three adorable apartments, each one color-coded: white, orange and green (I chose the color of my skin…white). Everyone was super friendly, and after the show, I spoke with many beautiful peeps who had a lot of very frank things to say. There is no pussy-footin’ in Germany. You get the full-on truth every time, and that is a wonderful thing. Thank you for all the lovin’ truth, Germany! Today, we drive to Brussels. Only a couple more shows left after that. Sigh.

XOXOXO

D.

Feb 10, 2014

2.9.14: Tore shit up at Privatklub in Berlin. Amazing peeps (several of them dear friends!) gave us such a warm welcome, especially as we veered off our familiar territory into a sweat-tastic variation on “John the Revelator” interwoven with “Trouble of the World”. Bonkers. Afterwards, still at the club, I gave an impromptu, bizarrely revealing interview to a Costa Rican (!) radio station that may or may not be broadcast. The staff at Privatklub were very special and we love them very much. Following morning, after spending the night in a hotel/hostel that resembled a burned-down art complex (so fucking rad), we stopped by the wall remnants and realized that, as hard as we try, we simply cannot compete with One Direction. Then it was off to Frankfurt for our last German show.

XOXOXO

D.

Feb 10, 2014

2.8.14: So…like a dumb ass, I left my camera at the hotel the night we performed at Kampnagel in Hamburg. Alas, the only two photos I have are these, which are not necessarily bad photos. There’s Edu, still making us feel like the laziest bastards in all Creation, and then there’s Xavi and Leah, who are also being very productive. The show was really lovely. I encored with an intimate version of “House of the Rising Sun” that left me positively drained. Afterwards, I smoked a couple spliffs and called it an early night. The next day, it was off to Berlin.

XOXOXOXO

D.

Feb 7, 2014

2.7.14: Drove into Germany, stopped for a currywurst mit pommes, then arrived in Leipzig, at the UT Connewitz. Fuuuuck, what a space! Originally a movie theater built in 1912, UT Connewitz is now one of my favorite places on the planet. The collective that run it were unbelievably kind and hospitable, the sound was magnificent, and the audience was brilliant. They danced! And they understood every note, every word, every raw emotion we set forth. Unreal. I hugged my beautiful band peeps harder than I ever have. Immensely grateful. The kids have gone drinking, while Edu and I hold the fort in the guest apartment above the venue. I am filled with candy, cookies, delicious pork and amazing love. One of the greatest highlights of our tour, if not my life as a performer. Feeling very blessed. Thank you, Leipzig! Tomorrow, we do laundry, eat more/all of the things, then off to Hamburg.

XOXOXO

D.

Feb 7, 2014

2.6.14: Prague. Oh boy. You are a beautiful, ferocious, cold, kind, drunken beast. Well, at least two of you were last night at our show at The Pilot. Now, when you’ve been performing as long as I have (I washed the dishes after The Last Supper), hecklers—drunk ones, even—might just get the show they wished for…and then they cry themselves to sleep late at night, dick in hand, pants soiled. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good time. Just not for the heckler. At least not until he gets home. Oh well. We still had fun, and my bandmates did an expert job with the material, as usual. The sound guy, pictured here, was pure joy. The hotel, just a few feet away from the venue, was pure comfort. A two-level apartment, to be exact. We smoked, drank and laughed till we each fell apart into sleepies, one by one. Waking up this morning was easy, and Leah and I took in some very brief sights. Load the van, pile in, off to Leipzig, our first stop in Germany.

XOXOXOXO

D.

Feb 7, 2014

2.5.14 - 2.6.14: After several hours twisting and turning through the never-ending (and always enchanting) Alps, we arrived in Vienna, at the Brut Theater. Hams, cheeses, hot tea and wine awaited us. A truly remarkable venue, and the staff were a hoot. After sound check, I gave an interview for a city newspaper and then posed for photos. And then the show. Amazing crowd. Three encores! A draining, mighty good time. After drinks and provocative dancing, we crashed at the Hotel F├╝rstenhof, a gorgeous hotel brimming with character and comforting old-hotel-smell. Xavi, Edu and I then turned into woodland creatures and we hopped on the van to Prague.

XOXOXO

D.

Feb 7, 2014

2.4.14: We were treated to a delicious feast in Padova prior to our show. Leah’s expressions tell the tale more accurately than I ever could.

XOXOXO

D.

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