As Union Avenue, a band influenced by Johnny Cash's sound, was invited to play two gigs in Russia, we decided to join them on the trip. We arrived to Moscow for the first gig in a place called Krymskie Kanikuly (Crimerian Holidays). Over 200 people came to the gig where Russian bands The Sleeppin' Bartenders, The Alligators and The Spootniks (well know for playing over Europe and at Rave Rockabilly festival in 2003) were also on the bill. The place was packed with coolest rockabilly cats and gals and the guys didn't disappoint the crowd. They gave one of the best gigs I have ever seen them play and needed to come out twice for encores.
On 19 November we were travelling 650 km to the North-West of Russia to St-Petersburg for a gig in famous Rock 'n' Roll saloon Money Honey. The second gig went as brilliant as the first one. The band played a couple of unusual track for their set like Cocaine Blues and I Got Stripes, which brought a storm of applause.
Wild and fantastic, that's how I can describe thise gigs. The crowd was great and supportive with their cheering, Andrew's voice was great as always and Paul Paterson went mad and made a great show. Rhythm section Matt and Don were solid and wonderful.
I am looking forward to see Union Avenue play live in Spain next February and for now I would like to share a few more photos from the Russian trip.