Truth be told…we were a bit sloppy and our set had more than
it’s share of technical difficulties and mistakes but…
The audience was amazing!
Music fans in Latin America are the best in the world!
Don’t believe me? Check this out:
Jamie says “That’s pretty rock & roll,isn’t it, Dave?”
What is still so amazing to me is that Guardian was your basic Anglo rock band...and 10 years later...after being basically defunct as a band for many years...people in Latin America still come to see us live...and know all the words!
I never get tired of hearing Jamie sing in Spanish:
It was a whirlwind trip but we did quite a bit while we were there.
Here is a poster for the concert. That's an old picture. Oops...we've gotten older!
The night before the show, we did a press conference.
Here is Guardian drummer...Karl “Snarl” Ney...gearing up to eat the press!
This trip was especially fun because we had a chance to bring some of our kids. My son Tyler was supposed to join us but we could not get his passport in time. Jamie's son, Christian and Karl's son, Hunter even joined us on stage for some BGV's. As you can see, Hunter is quite the gymnast!
For any Guardian fans reading this...Tony Palacios did not make the trip with us. Fortunately, our friend Jamie Perrenot (LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift) was able to fill in and did a great job on short notice.
The concert was a benefit for AIDS awareness and they built an awesome stage in the shape of the AIDS red ribbon...which gave us two gangplanks to run down. Let's just say I worked up quite a sweat!
I was surprised that I didn't have whiplash the next day!
It's a running joke in the band that I always request a certain type of bass amp on fly dates, but I usually get a brand I hate like...Trace Elliott. This time I got an Ampeg SVT...my favorite bass amp in the world. Yeah!
Notice I still favor my trusty Carvin 5-string bass guitar after all these years.
This is Eugenia Rivas Laise. She produced the concert--as well as serving as our tour guide, translator and overall incredible person. She rocks! THANKS AGAIN EUGENIA!
A little pre-production meeting before the show.
After the concert, we went to a restaurant for some post-show celebration.
A little too much celebration for Karl!
Another great thing about Argentina is the food. The night we arrived, we were invited to a traditional Argentina BBQ called Asado. We ate some serious amounts beef in the few days we were there!
Another specialty is Dulce de leche. Here in the states, we have caramel, which is mostly artificial ingredients. I never eat caramel at home but I go nuts for Dulce de leche in Argentina. It is the real thing!
Of course, no trip to Argentina would be complete without some Mate (pronounced mah-tay). It is a tradition to share some Mate with the traditional silver straw. It is basically a sweetened tea made from crushed Yerba Mate leaves. For the record, I was the only one in the band to drink some Mate. Silly gringos...Mate is delicious!
We had a blast!
I hope that we can get back to Latin America soon...hopefully with some new material recorded.
It was an amazing blessing and an honor to play this show.
Thank you Rock & Vida! Thank you Buenos Aires! Thank you Argentina!
And now that I'm home...I can safely quote the Beatles and say...