Friday, July 21, 2017

Tour Diaries! XIXA Day 7: Memories of Dylan and Meeting Former Czech President Václav Havel at Gunpoint. Also, Sold Out Show!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Day 7:

Ostrava, Czech Republic to Nürenberg, Germany.

click to enlarge Gabriel at work, with a bunch of our close friends. - XIXA
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  • Gabriel at work, with a bunch of our close friends.

We played the Colours of Ostrava Festival last night to a packed house full of people of all ages.
For me, this was one of those moments when I was glad I became a musician and not a pilot. The first time I came to the Czech Republic was in 1993, with a singer/songwriter with a pretty big following, worldwide.

Václav Havel.
  • Václav Havel.
I met Václav Havel three times, and once was held at gunpoint by his Secret Service men. Havel saw what was happening, and called them off. He gave me a big hug and kissed both my cheeks and said it was good to see me again. The man I was working for looked up from his famous Ray-Bans and cracked a rare, brief smile. Havel was huge fan of my boss's work. Haha. Thanks, dude.

So, yeah, I've been lucky enough to have been to the Czech Republic many times since. This time with XIXA, my T-town homies. It was spectacular. There's something about this country and what has been through that makes me keep coming back.

Ok, enough for now, we just crossed into Germany, where I can understand and speak the language. I need to work on my Czech.

Thanks for coming along.

Stay tuned.

Wir fahr'n, fahr'n, fahr'n auf der Autobahn...

-Winston Watson
I Somewhere in Germany... 


click to enlarge Ostrava, under threatening skies. - XIXA
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  • Ostrava, under threatening skies.
click to enlarge Derelict "Disco Arena," in the middle of nowhere. Former queen of a period long since passed. Now, forgotten. - XIXA
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  • Derelict "Disco Arena," in the middle of nowhere. Former queen of a period long since passed. Now, forgotten.

Go here to read Day 6 of XIXA's tour diary.

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