Karl's Corner - 09/23/2005
09/23/05 just three legs...
...MB '05 Tour: Day 96: arrive in Curitiba, Brazil - day off
Today we finally touched down in São Paulo, and went thru 2 hours of sheer organized chaos, clearing customs, gathering and rechecking the luggage, going thru immagration to Brazil, and figuring out where the connecting flight to Curitiba was leaving from. Everyone was pretty exhausted, so when the flight to Curitiba was delayed due to the pilot getting sick we were nearing the end of our collective ropes o' sanity. But then, suddenyl we were boarding, so it looks like a new pilot was found fast. We finally touched down in the 'small' city of Curitiba ("only" 3 million people, as opposed to the 20 million in São Paulo, and the 25+ million in Mexico City) and got to the hotel around noon, where most of the band and crew settled into their rooms for very badly needed afternoon naps. Weezer in Brazil at last! But first, a nap.
That night, refreshed and ready for some food, some of the crew and most of the band took up the Brazilian Universal reps' offer to go out to dinner, at an awesome "steakhouse" which had so much more than steak that everyones dietary needs were well met many times over. Utterly delicious food, Brazilian style!
We discovered that Avril Lavinge is also in Curitiba right now, and is in fact sharing our hotel. We learned this from the mobs of Avril fans who were mobbing the hotel lobby! Hotels usually dont allow this but this one was a little slow on the draw. They finally shooed the mobs out at some point. Apparently she was playing somewhere in town tonight. I guess that accounts for the absence of sk8erbois out on the streets this evening.
Large size picture link: here. ('...er...yeah.')
The September 20th issue of the Brazilian entertainment magazine "Megazine" (part of the 'O Globo' newspaper) has a Weezer cover story, including a (Portugese translated) interview with Brian Bell.
***Special Announcement for people going to the Foozer show in Denver on 9/30!*** The Foo Fighters and Weezer, who are performing at Denver’s Pepsi Center on September 30th, are partnering with Colorado not-for-profit www.consciousalliance.org to host a food drive to benefit Gulf region hurricane victims.
All patrons who donate five non-perishable food items, or $5, will be entered into a raffle to win one of five Foo Fighters posters signed by the band, along with a very special signed Weezer item. Donation bins will be located outside of each entrance to the Pepsi Center, beginning at 5 PM until one half hour into the start of Foo Fighters set. At the bins, donations will be redeemed for a raffle ticket - then submit your ticket into the raffle by stopping by the Conscious Alliance information table located inside the Pepsi Center. Winners will be notified via email or phone two days after the event.
All donations will benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies Hurricane Relief Project.
Canned and dry food donation suggestions include: tuna, ham, beef stew, chili, baked beans, fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, soup and pasta. Also needed are bulk supplies of granola bars, meal-replacement beverages, baby needs (diapers, formula, food, bottles), and personal hygiene items (feminine care, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap). Non-glass containers are preferred.
For more information on the important work of Conscious Alliance, visit www.consciousalliance.org.
...Next monday 9/26 - Weezer live on the Jimmy Kimmel show!
...German Mtv contest here - vote for weezer! The winning band will have a live performance broadcast on Germaaaan Mtv! (might be the Hard Rock performance, I'm guessing). note - looks like this contest is closed to non-Euro peeps.
...more special TV and radio appearances to be announced!