We arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday evening. Even at 5pm, it was 33 degrees and 65% humidity – luckily we brought ample deodorant supplies (except Mitch who managed to forget his). Within a couple of hours of our arrival, Steveo and the amazing staff from Hidden Agenda took us out to dinner for some traditional Hong Kong fare with Fleshgod Apocalypse and Ne Obliviscaris.
Afterwards, making the most of one the few days off in the tour, we checked out some local culture at a karaoke bar. Simon, Justin and Ben had a crack at testing out their vocal skills with a delightful rendition of some classic Bon Jovi, much to the amusement of the locals in the bar.
On Friday we had lunch with Fleshgod Apocalypse and Ne Obliviscaris, kicking off the first show day of the tour. In the evening, we played at Hidden Agenda to a packed venue with one of the most enthusiastic and appreciative crowds we’ve ever played to. After our set, we spent the rest of the night meeting and having photos taken with fans, signing a bunch of autographs and watching Ne Obliviscaris and Fleshgod Apocalypse. Not a bad way to spend an evening.
Our first taste of “real” tour life, we got back to the hotel after the gig only to wake up two and a half hours later to go to the airport to catch our flight to Taipei, Taiwan for our next show. Fleshgod were on the same flight, so were in the same boat. Or plane…
We were greeted at the airport with bubble tea, courtesy of our friends in Anthelion, and went straight to The Wall in Taipei to start sound check. Anthelion came down to catch our show, bringing with them gifts of CDs and traditional Taiwanese food. The show was great, the fans were amazingly enthusiastic (there was a lot of screaming – Mitch reached out his hand to the crowd mid-set and the girls let out a scream like he was a member of One Direction) and the other bands, Japan’s Gotsu Totsu Kotsu and, of course, Fleshgod Apocalypse, absolutely destroyed.
We finally arrived at our hotel after the gig, set our alarms for two and a half hours later to get up and go to the airport to catch a plane to Osaka, Japan to do it all over again.
Thanks to Kjanowski Photography for the killer photographs from the Hong Kong show.
If you’d like to check out the photos from Taiwan, there are plenty available in this gallery by Brutal Wei.
You can see day one of the tour diary photos here.