St. Petersburg / Pianist Putin
I stood on the bridge ever the Neva River in St Petersburg, Russia in the frozen sunrise wondering if I would actually get back to the hotel without freezing to death. A man passed by me on the way to work carrying a lunch pail. He didn’t even have gloves on. A young woman jogged by breathing smoke and listening to music. The sun was just above The Hermitage and other ornate Czarist Russian buildings and the time of day was 10AM Saturday morning. Actually it just looked like sunrise. When the sun did shine (which was only a few hours while we were there) it bathed the city in a golden light – in perpetual twilight – which was beautiful, ancient – almost put you back in time to another era in which life was really cheap and some of the most beautiful structures on earth were built by the incredible wealth of the ones who ruled.
At the Ice Palace where we played that night, security was really tight. President Putin would be in attendance along with other dignitaries and wealthy business men and women. They were all there to help raise money for children with cancer. It was a noble event. It took the band about two hours to clear security. No chances were taken.
We only played three songs as part of a much larger event. Sharon Stone was there as were Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Kevin sang with a wild enthusiasm with The Modern Westerners playing with our usual firepower. We hadn’t even gotten warmed up when we stopped. There were a lot of performers who held the stage that night but my favorite part of the show was the little troupe of young ballerinas who danced elegantly together.
President Putin, in a spontaneous act ( I think), got up and played “Blueberry Hill” on the piano. He’s not bad.
Later that night at the hotel, some of the band and crew closed down the bar at 4AM with Kurt and Goldie. Those two were just fabulous.
We all want to go back to magical St. Petersburg…..spend a little time…..walk the streets….see the art…….drink the vodka………..
See You Around……..Sometime
The Modern Westerners