Transatlantic Whirld Tour 2010 (5)

Well, what can I say…. These last few days where complete copy of each other…. The band rehearsing, I’m organizing all the logistics etc. making the tour book and calling around to check if the venues are ready for us. Making sure all the gear, backline, sound stuff etc is present at the venues, and buying missing gear at Guitar Center. Quite too boring to write about actually. That’s why I combined these three days into one blog.  The real touring starts this Saturday and I think that that is more interesting, so wait and see.
Yesterday I got the news of the volcano that erupted on Iceland, and the ash cloud that drifted over Europe causing all flights to be cancelled. This is also affecting our tour, as our lighting guy Yenz and our merchandiser Ruben are stuck in Europe. They will not make it for the first two gigs. The airline changed their flights to Monday – but even then, if nothing changes, they will not fly then, so we will have to see how this one goes.
I hope it all clears up quickly so Yenz and Ruben can join us as soon as possible.
Oh, the weather here in California is great!! Lots, and lots of sun and warmth. The only thing is that I am sitting inside all day…. But I don’t complain. I’m touring with Transatlantic – so the music makes up for missing the sun 😉 This night I was finishing the tour book, and was copying and manufacturing this up until 02:45 AM. When I walked out of the business corner in the hotel I heard a few people shout my name, and I bumped into some Transatlantic fans from Mexico that came all the way to see Transatlantic play.  “Collin, I got a gift for you”, one said, and the other person took it out of his bag: a really cool Mexican coloured scarf. So nice of them!!
Well, it is past 03:00 am now, so I really should be getting some sleep.

About the author
I am drummer of the Dutch post-prog band Dilemma ( and drummer and founder of the progressive rock/metal band Affector ( a musician I made a name in the progressive rock scene as drummer, bandleader and tour manager of the progressive rock legend Neal Morse (Transatlantic / Flying Colors / ex-Spock’s Beard). With him and a lot of other acts, I toured the world and recorded many best-selling CD's. I own a music studio and label, where I record, produce and release my own music and other bands & artists.Next to being a musician, I am an entrepreneur since the age of 19. I started 4 businesses. My main company is Novae Popschool ( A modern music school with multiple locations throughout The Netherlands.As musician, producer, teacher, author and entrepreneur I work with a mission: "I help musicians create and develop their own musical singularity, through which they will have a more successful and more fulfilling life. It is my mission to contribute to a more socially, loving and caring society through the power of music and modern music education.Rock on!
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