So we headed to Abruzzo last week for 3 nights – what a trip! Amazing scenery, beautiful towns, fantastic food and an almost total absence of tourists…
I guess it’s mainly down to the availability of cheap flights and package deals to more ‘exotic’ places, coupled with the gloomy state of the Italian economy in general. Hoteliers and restaurant owners told us that their high season has dwindled down to a couple of weeks in August, and that even that is very dependent upon the weather.
Sad news for a region that is already beset with high emigration and structural difficulties, but it does mean you can get bargains travelling there. We had a lovely spacious quadruple room, with lake view, and ample breakfast, for 90euro per night.
Stumbled across this great interview with Patton, who talks about his career in general, and more particularly about bringing Mondo Cane on tour.
We were on a tour with Mondo Cane, and we were playing theaters and churches and all the right places. And everything’s going great. Then we had a show in Finland, in the north of Finland, at a festival, which already was like, “Oh boy…” Festivals in general, for that stuff, with that setup and everything, are—I was worried about it. But then I found out it was a metal festival. And I was furious. I was like, “This is gonna bomb.” Not for me—I was worried about the rest of the musicians and about preserving the integrity of the music. I mean, we were playing all this quiet orchestral stuff in front of a bunch of pierced and tattooed Vikings? I don’t know. You tell me how wrong I was. So we played, and there were twenty thousand people or something—it was one of the bigger crowds we’d ever played to—and not only was it a success, people were stunned—quiet. So we got offstage, and stagehands who had been helping us all day were in tears. They said [in a Finnish accent], “This is the most beautiful music I ever heard.” So there really is no way of knowing.
Full interview, in the Believer Magazine
Beautiful photos from Catania – it’s been about 5 years since my last trip there, so time to start thinking about a return!