May 26, 2018

RECAP: Bill Evans and Petite Blonde 2 European Tour (Spring 2018)

(Photo locations, clockwise from top left: Oslo, Norway | Lubin, Poland | Berlin, Germany | Ourense, Spain | London, England)

Hello Everyone!

I’m back from my “Bill Evans and Petite Blonde II” tour of Europe. 20 concerts in 23 days! Sold out venues. I cant remember when I had more fun on tour! We couldn’t wait to play every night, and a gig every night is just about what we did.

Here are some thoughts, in random order as they come to me. The first thing that comes to mind is that everyone in the band is a great person first and foremost. They are people you truly want to hang out with and who don’t have some crazy, whacked out ego side to their personality haha! :) None of that here!

I wrote all new music for this tour and everyone killed it! I had a blast singing as well. I look at vocals just like another instrument in the band. Another sound. If you’re not growing and pushing yourself, then you’re going backwards.

Ulf Wakenius, guitar. Incredible lines, fresh, and a joy to play with. Gary Grainger, bass – insane grooves. No one grooves harder with Dennis. They are like one person when they’re playing together. Dennis Chambers, drums. I’ve never heard him better! He has his own feel on drums. He pushed me and inspired me to push my playing forward. It felt so good with this rhythm section that you could really let yourself go.

Paris: I loved seeing a long line outside the club hours before they opened the doors. Our sound man, Richard Leutner had a birthday that day. We surprised him onstage!

Tallinn, Estonia: Great warm crowd and great stage vibe. Love it there!

Ronnie Scotts: Classic venue. Sold out months in advance. We had fun playing 2 nights there and grooving in London.

Milan, Italy: I feel very at home at the Blue Note (venue). I love Italy. The club is one of the finest in the world, I kid you not.

Spain: Always killer audiences who really want to hear you ROCK. We did. Hard! Thousands of people showed up for an outdoor gig. It doesn’t get better than that!

These are just a few thoughts. We played more venues with more awesome experiences as well! (Berlin, thanks again. Great venue!)

Thanks again for everyone who turned out for these concerts. To those who didn’t… your loss. hahahaha just kidding, hope to see you all soon!!!

Best!

Bill Evans

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