The journey from Madrid to Vitoria was no sweat with Miguel at the wheel driving at break neck speeds. This foray into the Basque region was full of the sites of fields, a few castle remains and jagged mountain peaks. Ledge described the countryside as Colorado like. After a quick jaunt through the tight streets of the old city of Vitoria, busses squeezing past us in the tight streets. After a quick stop at the hotel, it was on to Hell Dorado.
Hell Dorado is a private club located in the city of Vitoria in the Basque region of Spain were members pay a monthly fee but no cover charge to get into shows. It is definitely a rock club.
After the mandatory backline gear juggling and sound check, Gorka and boys took us to a late (and i do mean late) dinner. Totally amazing. After the long day of travel we all were staved and left completely crammed full o’ pork, these great olive oil potatoes, asparagus egg dish, prosutto and salad. I am not much of a coffee drinker but it is so good in Spain you just can’t pass it up. Then it was back to Hell Doradao.
Local boys Soul Gastapo opened the show. Really great band. Their bass player had a bad ass Orange Bass head.
The Mono Men took the stage around 1am and again I had gear trouble. After the first song everything stopped for me. After a couple of song wrestling with the Marshall and having to sing Right Now sans-guitar, with help form the guys from the great Soul Gestapo I swapped out amps and cables and my head and got stuff up and running again.
We tore through our set with wreckless abandon. This was certainly an Estrus and Mono Men educated crowd. On many of the songs I heard the lyrics coming back to us sung by the crowd. Especially with Gypsy Woman, a crowd favorite. We wrapped things up with Rumble and a very memorable version fo Jack the Ripper.
From the Hell Dorado show - Powerage Woman:
From the Hell Dorado show - Remind Me:
I was amazed with what DJ was playing after the show. The liquor flowed freely to the sounds of Dead Moon, Lyres, and Sonics. Thanks to everyone at Club Hell Dorado!