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Oct122011

AOE ARRIVES IN BRUSSELS!

It's a celebration, we have a couple days off in belgium to sort out our gear, prep stuff, and get rid of ourselves of jetlag here in the beautiful city of brussels

We're commending ourselves on the decision to arrive in brussels a few days early to shake the jet lag. When in New York I kept telling everyone to focus on the logistics of escaping from the city and we could sort the finer details of the european leg of our journey when we get there. I must say it there were allot more of those details then we anticipated with a few unforeseen complications thrown into the mix.

swagswagswag... swag for days. all sorted and ready for slingingjeff hanging in dada studios

Due to my recent denial from entering Canada i wasn't allowed to take my connecting flight to Brussels so i had to fly back to NYC from montreal. I have to say the immigration officers were very kind and really did everything that they could to let me walk that short distance to the terminal but alas they "couldn't take that risk", that is the risk of the belgians not wanting me and sending me back to Canada where i am decidedly unwelcome (at least for the time being).

 

sad and blue in new york. dejected and unwanted by canada devin resorts to myspace like photoshoot

i really can't tell you how happy i was to see corey holding this sign once i got thru belgian customs. even happier to have a friend to carry the 50 lb bag i had filled with all the personal clothes of everyone in the band but myself

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile the rest of the AOE crew is staying with Jean in Brussels. Jean will be accompanying us for the tour doing sound as well as helping with the intense urban driving and intense french speaking. Jean's friend Jules an in house engineer at one of the finest studio's in Brussels and allowed us to stay in the band apartment of the studio which was a nice change of pace from crashing on floors and couches.

case looking at scarves at the marketeveryone's favorite belgian past time (chowing on frittes)The next day i rejoin the crew very pleased to find that most all of our affairs are in order, the CD's came in from the UK and our backline and gear are ready to pick up. I try to soldier out the day but totally pass out on the couch before dinner.

catfish vs. jameson

Jules was nice enough to share some of the most formidable bottle of whiskey i've ever seen with the crew (as whiskey is not so much his thing and being from TN it is naturally ours). Photo session ensues unbeknownst to me.

guess who of these three is actually asleep

out at the bar with pierrethe belgian line up

 

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