New Zealand Blog Installment one.

Well things are going pretty well for us. The flight to LA and then on to Auckland went smoothly and we got a little sleep on the plane (12 hours in the air from LA to NZ) Fortunately, the load was light and we had room to stretch out. We arrived here on Saturday morning with Peter Shaw and Robert Dew to meet us. Peter is the driving force that made this trip happen for us and Robert is the tour director....literaly. Robert has a tour company that hires out to visitors to New Zealand in his 10 passenger van. He takes them to all the sights. Both men are very commited to the music and doing this for us out of the goodness of their hearts. All the people we have met so far has been awesome. Saturday we spent driving around Auckland and practicing with our artist companion and headliner Charley Groth. Our first show was Sunday the 9th in the afternoon at a local community center. It was a real sit down concert and it went suprisingly well concidering the jet lag and the minimal rehearsal. We went from there to our evening gig at the local RSA (equivalent to our VFWs) It wasn't exactly a concert, but the people there really enjoyed the show. I'm totally impressed with this place. It reminds me of the pacific northwest with frequent showers followed by periods of bright sunlight. Everything is super green and the trees are very large and stately. Today we start traveling North from Auckland and will be gone a week doing shows North of here. Our show tonight is sold out....a concept that is new to my music experience. I brought the software to install in the local computer, but so far we haven't been able to upload any photos. I hope to remedy that soon.....stay tuned, Alex