The Orchestra wrapped up a recent tour with a show in St. Feliu de Guixols, Spain, about an hour up the coast from Barcelona. Nice town. Classic harbor surrounded by headlands, beautiful water. Part working town, part vacation destination.
We expected sunny weather. August in Spain, why wouldn't it be sunny? The only reason it might not be sunny would be, well, we don't like to talk about it, but…the Band Cloud.
The Band Cloud finds us in the most unlikeliest places. A few years ago we went to Junta, Colorado for a gig. Junta was in the middle of a yearlong drought. But voila, they booked The Orchestra, and a huge rainstorm cruised out of nowhere and parked itself on Junta. We waited three hours in a trailer for the rain to stop. It never did. We had to call off the show, first time ever. Band Cloud!
Cut to Spain. Looks nice, right?
So, at 10:30 or 11pm we started our show. Seven or eight songs in, we did "Showdown." When we got to the chorus ("And it's rainin', all over the wor-orld…") it started, on cue, to rain. Band Cloud has a sense of timing. The first three rows of fans grabbed their chairs and scooted up to the stage, beneath an overhang, and out of the rain. We always like it when the fans are right in our face, so that was fun. For a while. Then the rain really started coming down and the promoters and technicians got that worried look on their faces (the look that says 'we don't want an electrocuted musician on our hands') and they hurried us off the stage.
How could this be? August in Spain? Really?
Then Band Cloud gave us a break. The rain eased. The promoters asked us to finish the show and that's what we did. A happy ending.