This day was one of the high points of the tour for feeling like a rock star. We have met some important government officials on this trip, and had some video and photo taken, but today was off the charts. We were greeted with video cameras and photos getting off the plane in ChangChun, and news anchors incessantly getting footage of us just getting our luggage and walking to the bus. Incredible! When we got to the hotel, we saw a large poster promoting our concert in the lobby, and more greeting fans.
The venue was huge, and the stage was one of the largest yet. When I first gt there, the drums were some generic Chinese brand. Not a good sign. When I went to play them, I found that not only did the pedals stick, but the drums had a range of about a tritone. Unbelievable. I thought this was going to be the gig that I was warned about where I was basically playing on trash cans. Luckily, I spoke with our tour guide/translator/orchestra mom Jane, and an hour and a half later two nice Adams drums showed up. So I ended up playing with four drums, two of them awful. It could have been much worse.
There was dinner after the show, where we dined with some of the important government officials in the area. And that’s about all she wrote for this day. ChangChun was incredibly cold (-1 degrees F), but the town definitely had some charm to it. Sad I couldn’t see hardly any of it. Ah, the life of touring…
On a plane to Yantai now, and our last show!