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EDITORIAL Enjoy pictures of a roadtrip with “The PICTUREBOOKS” to the CzecH Republic to play two gigs in České Budějovice and Praha.
Words by Claus Grabke Photos by Gerd Rieger/Sprocket Shooter
Wolters, GER tour through the on Novemver the 15thBasti we embarked on a little CzecH Republic. “Final Skateboards”, the leading CzecH skateboard manufactorer had invited us yet again and this time they held two parties to premiere the new “Thrasher” video in Budweis and Prague. Our little bus was filled with the members of “Claus Grabke”, “The Picturebooks” and photography-legend Gerd Rieger. Our first stop however wasn’t in CZ at all, it was merely in our hometown of guetersloh, germany. “The Picturebooks” opened up for an “AC/DC”-coverband called “Barrock“…wow…the stage was completely oversized, 25 meters wide, with huge cannons on both ends and a count of 20 marshallcabinets. here’s a foto of Fynn Claus Grabke, who not only sings and plays guitar in “The Picturebooks”, but also plays bass in his father’s band “Claus Grabke”. Onstage frenzy in guetersloh…hells bells!
gerd really likes taking pictures of people driving…the guy doesn’t own a car, so i guess it’s in part wishful thinking… here we are…got our motor running… you know the story!
get some sleep while you can, the rule of the road. maddin and fynn, sleeping away.
sorting out passports to avoid hassle.
having a cig-break at the CZ-border.
it is kinda hard to follow road-side directions in CZ, because they will mostly lead you to the next city only and you need a good map. this particular map was drawn for us by a gas station assistant somewhere in brno, CZ. what was she trying to say? looks like an artefact from the blairwitch-project to me!
this is fynn’s “VOX AC-120”. This amp once belonged to Ina Deter’s Guitarist!
â€œThe Picturebooksâ€? on stage in Budweis. Small Stage, great crowd! Thanx for Coffee and Pizza and of course the good original budweiser-beer.... we needed it!
gettinâ€™ aggro in budweis
tim raising his bass in appreciation of the budweis-crowd
tim raising his voice as well...
weÂ´re on the go...all the time!
philipp â€œmaddinâ€? mirtschink on the drums.... wait....is that drumstick broken already?
Checking some Video footage from the gigs.
No need to throw the TV set out of the window if you can have some fun with good ole towel fight.
doing laundry on tour is the hardest thing. maddin came up with this idea to get his shirt dried by the next morning.
Hannes Ackermann, GER â€“ Backflip
Hannes Ackermann, GER â€“ Whip
Hannes Ackermann, GER â€“ Supermanflip
“THE PICTUREBOOKS”, budweis hostel, early in the morning
whoever said itâ€™s not far from the hostel to the busâ€Ś
on tour, you´re either waiting on someone or waiting on something to happen…anyways: lots of waiting…
unloading our gear into the bunkr-club in prague.
drummerâ€™s view, Bunkr Club, prague
Fredrik Johansson, SWE â€“ Backflip
good idea, just use your snare-skin as a setlist!
effect-board on stage
gettin stamped to get in
< Fynn’s fender “mustang” headstock
tim, half man, half animal
tim, on stage, prague
Jack Rowe, USA – Heartattack
loads of sexy dancers in this town
Jack Rowe, USA – Tsunami Backflip
“THE PICTUREBOOKS” on stage in prague, Bunkr-Club
fynn singing into his guitar....
another hotel, another morning. after a while they all feel the sameâ€Ś only the bed-quality differs. the bed in the middle was terrible
a room with a view >
maddin got given this card. free admission to sexy-shop â€Ś
Many sights to be seen in prague „monster magnet where there too … seeing the same sights as us …“
< you could rent this guy for a walk through prague.
Remi Bizouard, FRA – No Nack
Remi Bizouard, FRA â€“ Superman