In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the alternative rock/metal band, Odeon, shares some of their stories from being on the road. You can check out the story below:
My crazy tour story happened back in 2018, when we were part of our old band "Vitalism".
We were invited to play in Tel Aviv, Israel. Our flights had connections in Amsterdam and in Paris before arriving at our final destination. When we arrived in Amsterdam I noticed that my pedalboard case was missing. Since it was an instrumental band, we had very specific sounds that I couldn't achieve without that, so I was kinda worried.
When we arrived at the venue the guy who booked our show became really good friends with us and said that he had a pedalboard that I could use for the show. I was kinda relieved that we could actually make the show, but still concerned about losing my equipment.
We were almost finishing our set, he came up on the stage, picked up the mic and told the crowd about my pedalboard drama in Hebrew, gave me a hug and said he was giving me his pedalboard because he truly believed in the band. I was so surprised! I got from feeling kinda bad to amazing with his gesture!
Then 2 years later, I got something in the mail. It was my pedalboard! It had several tags from all over the world. Still to this day I don't know exactly what happened, but I know this case travelled the whole world in these 2 years.
Imagine the scene: Our first show in São Paulo, at the famous Hangar 110. We were super excited, full of energy to do our best. The only problem is that I was totally voiceless!
But you know what was awesome? The crowd! Instead of being disappointed or pissed off, they understood the situation and quickly realized that I needed some help. That's when the real fun started.
I looked at the crowd with that expression of despair on my face and asked them to help me. They became my improvised backing band. I would point my mic to the audience, and they would start singing the songs in my place. It was like a giant karaoke.
The crowd's vibe was so contagious, everyone having fun together and making that show unique.
And even without a voice, I felt super connected with the audience in that moment. It was a crazy experience, but it turned out to be one of the most fun of the entire tour. In the end, we even managed to fix my voice, but I confess that the memories of that night will stay forever.
It was a concert in Prague, Czech Republic, an amazing place. The band that played before me didn't had a drummer. It was only the guitar and bass players, as well as a notebook on a table. That same day, when I went to assemble the drum, there was no snare stand. So I had to put the snare held by duct tape on top of a beer crate. But, the show was sick!