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    Wed, 29 Apr 2009 07:50:43

    Thomas Ian Nicholas: European Tour Blog #1 - Thomas Ian Nicholas shares stories about his recent European tour exclusively on ARTISTdirect.com...

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    Hi everyone,

    This is Thomas Ian Nicholas, welcome to my ARTISTdirect.com exclusive tour blog!

    I'll be updating this weekly with stories from my recent European tour. So without further adieu…

    What better place to start than the beginning?

    I had 12 hours of flying ahead of me to get to Copenhagen, but honestly, I was beyond excited to play my first show in Europe. Flying for that long would typically put me right to sleep, but I was too stoked! Well, I also couldn't snooze because the guy next to me was kinda having a full-blown panic attack!

    I didn't realize it was only his second time on a plane, and it was an eight-hour flight from Chicago to Copenhagen. I felt bad for him! However, I didn't help the situation by watching the channel with cockpit video. That was cool, but I think it may have set him off even more!

    Now, U.S. and Canadian customs officials are super-strict. That's a known fact. They'll ask, "What are you doing here?" "How long are you here for?" "Where are you going after?" "What's your favorite cereal?" "Did you like Van Halen better with Roth or Hager?" etc.

    So I was prepared for the third degree once we touched down, given my guitar case, computer and luggage.

    But, the Denmark customs officer simply asked, "Do you have a passport?"

    I handed it to him. He stamped it and said, "Welcome." That was it, ha!

    Venice Maki, my touring partner, and I tried to go to a traditional Danish restaurant after we got to our hotel, but all of the kitchens closed at 3pm that day—first adjustment Danish culture…

    The next day we drove to the first gig in a city whose name we couldn't pronounce—a first in a series. That was like going into the Twilight Zone. It was weird because there are cobblestones everywhere in Denmark. There are all these Promenades where people are shopping, but you can drive up onto them. You can pretty much drive anywhere there are cobblestones, and we did with no abandon, believe me!

    We made it to the venue for sound check, and then the real fun began…

    Stay tuned for madness from the first gig next week…


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