David Duchovny Concert Day THE IMPERIAL Vancouver BC Canada

This day got a later start that we had hoped. But that’s a great thing as the day was long and we were better rested at the time of the first downbeat.

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AND Laurice is postig a lot of Videos so keep checking in at
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First stop was supposed to be Breakfast at the Ovaltine Cafe. Both cab drivers from the hotel (6 duchovniacs 2 Cars) dropped us off with warnings about this neighborhood. One even refused to pick anyone up there. Our friends from the clown car (There rental car was always over packed) did not give great endorsement AND the Ovaltine was out of pie. X-Files Fan Stop FAIL. So I turned to Seinfeld for inspiration here.

#thexfiles #seinfeld crossover Did not stay for pie, Mulder

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Rough hood for food with crack and meth on one side and the very touristy GASTOWN on the other. We stumbled into a joint labeled PIZZERIA and found a gem of a wine bar with apps and gourmet pizzas. Small menu wonderfully executed. Quite yummy. I promised myself no alcohol this trip, BUT I really wanted a glass or two with this food.

Best meal yet

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LINING UP FOR VIP

Someone from our group was early enough to get us started right in line, but most of our group arrived before other fans.

#duchovniacs poised for VIP party

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Guess who made a cameo… Brick not quite ready for prime time and swarming Duchovniacs. He lasted about  30 seconds before whining GET ME OUT OF HERE.

Brick Duchovny

@Brick_Duchovny by Mandy

David’s people are shooting a documentary. I was interviewed. I cannot say much (NDA in place) but this much is public

Not long before many were ready to party… This was seconds before VIP line entered for photos and sound check party.

Vancouver ready for @davidduchovny

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SORRY, DAVID… and others that may be confused by my statement at the end of this Instagram. Many got some tickets mailed to them with wrong artist, POKEY LAFARGE, TWICE. The date and time was right but said Canadian Legend, POKEY LAFARGE was headlining. I cannot let this one go… 5yo here…

While this neighborhood made the worst parts of NYC look like Club Med, inside was quite nice. (Seriously Vancouver needs some urban fix ups. NYC perhaps is too strict with quality of life laws, but this is ridiculous)

Sound check with Colin, Pat, and Mitch

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I needed to heed nature’s call. Even the bathrooms were spacious and well lit…. UNTIL the motion detector says YOU’VE BEEN IN HERE TOO LONG!!!!

At this moment every scene from Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and a few X-Files flash into mind. Behind the wooden door I yell, “HELLO?” (It’s me….) NOTHING. I threw a TP roll hoping to trigger LIGHTS ON! Again NOTHING. Then I braved the darkness, with light from cell phone, checking my six for machete wielding monsters. I lived to share this tale BUT BARELY!!!! (Eh HEM UM Moving on…)

VIP PHOTOS

So we had some great moments with David last night.

“So you’re not going to Australia?” David says.

I think I was guilt tripped into going to Australia. I already have tickets but have been contemplating airfare comfort and prices. But I left things with Gloria  (Duchovniac from Spain) becoming a pilot and flying us around via sea plane, island hopping to each concert. Because at the end of the day, isn’t Australia the world’s largest Island. SORRY Greenland.

Laurice on the other had was questioned about involvement in another certain fandom which shall remain nameless here SNEEZE (pledgies). But all in jest…. right?

THE CONCERT

We’ve posted so many concert videos in past so check out our youtube, twitter and instagram pages for more, but here are the main highlights.

NO DRUMS. This was a pseudo acoustic set. I was looking forward to a scaled down model of the folkish rock songs. Most were great, but this crowd and venue perhaps was the wrong time to take it down a notch. Vancouver often fell down piss drunk but did little singing and clapping along. Not sure RESERVED was the right word. Of course there was a GIANT DETOX CENTER around the corner, so maybe that explains it. Every time I tried to clap and supply the needed back beat on 2, again NOTHING. I still look forward to the acoustic videos and perhaps our private concert in April will be the better setting for this endeavor.

If anything these arrangements were not scaled down enough and the stage was perhaps too big for a coffee shop folk set. I love mithc but perhaps the right way to go would be more Just Colin and Pat on Guitar. Maybe get David playing some more. Not my call,  clearly. But again this stage was big enough, and at times it just felt like the drums were missing, without any consideration for instrument changes in the performance.

I did like the arrangement of UNSAID UNDONE. This has been the official angry song for past tours, with tempos and arrangement kicking it up a notch. If anything this felt more like HELL OR HIGHWATER the album again.

Cool new harmonies Unsaid Undone #hohw #unplugged Wth Pat, Colin, Mitch We miss you Sen M.

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LATELY IT’S ALWAYS DECEMBER was special. We don’t always get this one live. It’s a bit less of a party tune and a very tough grind on the guitar. In this case, the object of MY Man crush, Pat, took over acoustic guitar and really showed us how this song is supposed to sound. AMAZING! THIS song was born to be on acoustic sets.

Loved DECEMBER with Pat on guitar. #hohw

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TWO NEW SONGS

Marble Son may be familiar to some as they posted a clip on PLEDGE MUSIC, I think. I really love this song.

MAYBE I CAN’T perhaps was the best song suited for this medium. Pat and Colin work so well together. The arrangement is so chill. This maybe the big heart felt love of the sophomore album. I get teh sense that Colin played acoustic because he knows the arrangement best and could hold it together, but I would so love to see this staging for other songs. Colin on Acoustic, leave Mitch on bass (Because he is simply perfect on the bass) and Pat can just keep rocking those lead guitar riffs.

MAGIC THREE

After three times, it is not as funny. THANKS Pat for GREATEST HITS… moving on … lol
If you have no idea for which I refer, be thankful.

THE FANS

While a little TOO chill for my taste for a music concert, the crowd is super nice. I met a lot of Canadians, and a couple Chechs, and Floridians originally from Oxford (Too loud for my Mulder joke to land here). And of course spoke a long time to Ryan and Joe, more die hard male x-files friends, YEAH!

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

No one is incapable of doing no wrong. The most die hard unconditional love has its limits. However, this is not required for an artist that just keeps creating and loving life in the process. Thanks for all you do, David Duchovny. And it sounds like 2018 may be the busiest yet.  Australia/NZ tour, MISS SUBWAY – third novel released shortly after Every Third Thought, and the BUCKY DENT Movie… we’ve got your back for ever!!!

 

And if you have not seen this yet…

 

 

 

HELLO VANCOUVER

We made it. So far so awesome.

Of course this week started with an amazing fundraiser for X-Files fans. I posted this recap on my other fan site as it was not David Duchovny-centric. But we raised $1400 through our own ticketing and my understanding we inspired some other donations form fans and a matching pledge by Mitch, himself. THANKS TO ALL!!!

My evening with Mitch Pileggi – NYCC Off-Site Fundraiser

This $3000 goal does not include the $1400 from our event Sunday. SO – AWESOME!!! X-Files clearly has THE BEST fans.

Yesterday started with me mad rush packing. I was cramming for this test like any other. Of course I did not heed warnings about it being colder and wetter. I packed a couple pairs of pants and light hoodies but otherwise, more ready for Australia in February with this bag of cloths. I ran to the store for some las minute toiletries etc and found this…

So hopefully next time we play soccer in parking lot before concert no one will get hurt. No more broken noses. NOT EVEN FOR DAVID!

I am pretty sure the UBER driver took a long shot to save a couple bucks on the turnpike. There were a lot of local roads for Jersey. It was only 3pm and we probably added 20 minutes. No worries, as the flight did not leave till 7pm.

Being a big guy anxiety was setting in as we boarded. It was like a Broadway Show, we have assigned seats but folks just HAD to be the first on the plane. When it was our time to board as ZONE 3 the crowds for ZONE 4 & 5  were practically blocking the way. Everyone needs more time in Times Square to learn how to act in a crowd. Be patient and more self aware. PLEASE!

Once on the plane it was very nice. The aisles seemed larger than most flights we have boarded in recent years. Even the lighting on AIR CANADA seemed to say we have more hope up north.

Paying a little extra for foot room the snugness of the seat was disheartening at first. It was a little tight.

Until I realized that NO ONE was coming to my row. The flight was slightly undersold and I suppose most do not have my issues of size, not paying for the extra space. So I inched over and spread across three seats with killer leg room.

If only the seat to my right had a moving arm I could have had a couch.

I had intended to listen to BUCK F*CKING DENT audio books but I was ready with some options.  Good thing because the flight attendant told me to remove my headphones for take off. Looking around and seeing no one else taking them off my temper rose, mildly – cause who could get mad on a flight with this much room to spread out.

We finally landed in Vancouver. At first I was annoyed by impatient Canadians that clearly were in a bigger rush (French Canadians I assume), colder wet air and the escalator being out as we deplaned. But the cancer sign in me soon calmed as I feel in love with the water features.

Totally lost

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So we got in a cab and saw our first glimpses of the city to be our home the next 5 days.

If only I had remembered to turn off my alarm which went off at 7am – NYC time.

Now I am off to the hot tub waiting for all to arise. UNTIL NEXT TIME…. (like in a few hours most likely lol)

 

David Duchovny to Donate Vancouver Concert Proceeds to Hurricane Harvey Relief

David Duchovny just announced he will be donating all ticket an merch proceeds from his upcoming Vancouver concert to Hurricane Harvey Relief. Tickets are going fast and can be purchased here

Looking forward to this concert!

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Tweet Your Questions to @DavidDuchovny – AMA for Pledge Music

David will be answering your questions on Pledge Music Friday, August 11th.
Tweet  your questions ALL WEEK to @DavidDuchovny via twitter with the hashtag #PledgeAMA

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If you haven’t pre-ordered David’s next album – Every Third Thought, you can make your Pledge to get access to exclusive content and updates on the upcoming release.

Also, in case you missed it, guess where David is? Yup.

The X-Files is scheduled to begin shooting in Vancouver next week.

Be Part of David Duchovny’s New Album Release: Pledge Music

Check it out! You can now pre-order David’s new album: Every Third Thought

David Duchovny is gearing up to release a new album, and you can be part of it. By ordering your copy of the album here on PledgeMusic, you’ll gain access to recording updates, bonus content, video clips, and much more. On top of this, you can pre-order any of the items or experiences listed below.

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EVERY THIRD THOUGHT – Duchovniacs RV Eurotrip Recap…

Holy Crap!!! Here is a blog I wrote last year that never got published….

Or perhaps I wound up publishing on a personal site that is long hone.

The title of this blog is the title for my fave song and my vote for sophomore album name….

Either way…..

I was hoping to blog daily but due to schedule and internet and driving by 1000s of cows that was utterly impossible. Somehow the title of my new favorite song – PERIOD not just from David Duchovny – sums up the overall experience.

EVERY THIRD THOUGHT was of David Duchovny the past two weeks. We saw 11 concerts in 14 nights. I would guess on average we spent 5 hours/day (including travel days) either online or at the concert or talking about how awesome each concert was, or tweeting with fans… The other two thirds of waking thoughts were about Europe – food, sites and sounds.

David kept saying, “I hope this is about Europe, right?”, not just about these concerts. At Barnes and Nobles, we told David we were going to Europe. His entire demeanor changed. Incredulous humility I think best describes. If anyone has any doubts about how much David Duchovny appreciates his fans, that moment was pure sincerity. And every night when he and the band rock out “THANK YOU!” it comes from the heart, pure and simple.

So was this all about David?

YES and NO!

I was the loudest one in the group that proclaimed THIS IS ABOUT EUROPE. For two months I said, I am not waiting in line. I am seeing the sites. You can go wait in line while I jump on the tour boats, etc.

But here’s the thing, I forgot how much I hate “touristy” crap. I live in New York City. Turns out waiting in line and going to concerts delivered what I love most about traveling to Europe, meeting Europeans.

We did the Amsterdam Boat and the Paris Bus tours. Those were quite awesome. But by the time I did the Barcelona tour, I thought NO MORE. First of all Barcelona sucks as a touristy city. It’s a party city. We should have had sangria on the beach all day. Second, my favorite part of Barcelona was the 20 minute walk back to the train… more on that soon…

So with all that in mind, here is what the past two weeks meant to me.

MIND BLOWING!

Ours was probably one of the most unique experiences anyone could ever have. 11 cities in 14 nights driving about 6000 miles in a monster RV rented in London (right side of the car) through mountains, valleys, plains, and cities. At times total exhaustion made the overload of visual stimuli seem like a dream.  I don’t think most Europeans have scene as much as the Duchoviacs at this point. And each city revealed a uniquely amazing club/theater, with surprises from the band and locals. Are we crazy? Maybe. Ok, yes. BUT… no regrets…

GLASGOW

May 4, 6am I woke up in New Jersey. 12 hours later we were at Newark International Airport. 8 hours later we were in Glasgow looking for parking at our hotel in our rental car. I dropped off the rest of the crew. I spent about 2 hours looking for parking. I did not have any euros so I could not park on the street. I could not get cash out via ATMs. No one took US Dollars. I could not find a bank. I was beyond drunk tired. In a parking garage I freaked out trying to park into those tiny spaces with our rented SUV. The rest of the DUchovniacs were freaking out. I did not have a phone. To them I was lost in a foreign country. Meanwhile I drove around the downtown square about 20 times. Beautiful statues and govern buildings and banks. Quite lovely. Finally found a spot. Had just enough time to refresh before walking to the venue.

I lead the Duchovniacs the wrong way, so our 20 minute walk took nearly an hour. No regrets though as this was the first of many wrong turns that allowed us to see more of the world than we expected. Finally walking down the main boulevard we encounter streets musicians on the cobble stone roads and hundreds of locals out for a stroll, and students hanging out on the steps of monuments.

We find the venue. I found some haggis – looked quite obscene. We were all thinking about it when I made a comment about a retired porn star’s male member. So much salt and vinegar, I am not sure I know what haggis tastes like to this day.

We met a couple from CHECH that showed us a HOLY COW cover all in black with white writing. I thought that was very cool. I hung out most of the night with my new buddy and his guitar. (Not sharing names now but will add later upon approval).

The venue was amazing, sporting a huge disco ball. I was told until recently this was the biggest ball in Europe. I wanted to reply with a sheepish comment, but resisted. Both David and I are part Scottish so I showed respect.

Two things stood out at Glasgow.

  1. The new songs rocked. By last October we heard three new songs. “Every Third Thought”, “‘Mo” and “Stay on the Train”. But in Glasgow, these songs somehow become something ‘Mo. Especially EVERY THIRD THOUGHT which gets the entire band singing at some point. I really think this song has potential for radio play. Many do, but this could be David’s “Thrift Shop”, meaning indy label breaking through big label politics to steal the show. Serious, EVERY THIRD THOUGHT is on another level that is so much more than a David Duchovny song arranged by Colin Lee. More than any other DD single, this feels like a collaboration of a top tier band.
  2. DAVID BOWIE COVER REVEALED – When David and the Band rocked out STAY I was on my feet dancing. The crowd was loving the tribute to a fallen musical hero. When Pat, Nate and Jeff rocked a Guitar trio my jaw dropped to the floor. Then the song melded into “I Can’t Feel My Face When I’m With You” everyone was thrilled. The whole crowd was singing along as the band rocked out. Have  I mentioned how much I love Pat? (Musical Bromance folks).

We all fell out of the theater in total awe. The band and David were at their best. We talked to so many fans.

We cabbed it back to hotel. I went to get the car out of the garage, so we could leave early the next morning. 40 minutes later I parked in front of hotel and crawled into bed.

END OF DAY ONE… (really 2 days technically) TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

Barcelona May 14, 2016 David Duchovny Europe RV Tour TRAVEL BLOG Part 2

LUXEMBOURG One Year ago today David Duchovny Concert RV Trip recap

So when I last left you we were pulling over to sleep in a Belgium rest stop.

MAY 9, 2016

We woke mid morning, had some coffee and headed to Amsterdam.

It is now May 9, 2016. It was around this time I learned the power of a chocolate croissant and latte before driving. The combo sugar caffeine high was enough to drive the big box on wheels for 2-3 hours.

We role into Amsterdam, again the wrong camp site. But this time I realized it right away. We eventually end up across the river from central station – main Amsterdam hub for ferries, trains and buses.

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There is a massive RV parking area that is dirt cheap if you are just parking ($20/night). You pay a little more for full services but this was the one night I had a hotel so we just parked.

We were in the new hipster area. As we walked to the ferry to central station I remarked how much I thought it looked like Brooklyn. Right across from the ferry was a bar called BROOKLYN.

We were staying at the hotel La Boheme. As an opera singer I was happy with the name. I did not like the tall steep 4-story steps, that seemed more like a ladder. However the view from our window was the Amsterdam Venue Melkweg and it reminded me of the typical Parisian roof top bohemian opera set.

We all met in the lobby at 4pm, at which time Hotel La Boheme offered a free cheese plate. They said a glass of wine was only $6. A bottle was $13.50. So that was easy math. So there I was with my cheese plate and wine, expecting some help. There was none.

So there I am eating cheese, consuming an entire bottle wine, when I hear, “Can you tell me how to find the Milky Way?”

“You looking for David Duchovny?” HICCUP

“Walter?”

Either this is a David fan from San Francisco or the FBI caught up with me for a murder I did not commit or know about…

It was the latter.

So I walked my new friend to the theater.

“Walter!” The producers were yelling at me from across 3-4 lines of folks waiting to enter the theater. “My mom wants to join you in the RV.” Again I thought they were joking in Glasgow a few nights earlier.

**** SIDEBAR ****

AH listening to Norm McDonald new Stand-up on Netflix as I type and he said “UNCONDITIONAL LOVE” so now “HALF LIFE” is stuck in my head.

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Amsterdam was awesome. I found a cheese shop and consumed mass quantities of free samples. There was a store of American and British products – basically junk like candy and chips – basically a really fancy 7-11 disguised as a gourmet store front.

After the concert we walked around looking for food. turns out Amsterdam is not a late night food town. We found one diner type place called Pancakes.

 

MAY 10, 2016

Next morning took a boat ride around the canals following an amazing free breakfast (I miss La Boheme and MIMI the cat as I hear the last notes of the Puccini Opera which is the same as Broadway’s Rent “MIMI”). Loved all that. Saw a lot of Amsterdam in that hour, including Anne Frank’s house and a bunch of bikes being dredged from the depths of the canals. beautiful town.

We headed back to the RV meeting band mom in Brooklyn. Next stop Cologne as the drive there was fairly routine minus seeing a few old windmills on the way out of town.

We arrive in Cologne thinking, WHAT A DIVE. The venue was not in the best part of town. The streets were over grown with vines, grasses and litter. The buildings were tagged more than 1980s NYC Subways.

There was already a long line at the venue which would get far longer by the time the doors opened. A great fan had hundreds of mini battery powered candles for all to light up during “Stars.”

 

Once inside I loved it. The venue was huge. You first enter a courtyard with bathrooms and beer garden, complete with sausage stand.

Inside was just a large old warehouse, similar to clubs in converted Chelsea Manhattan buildings used for similar purposes. Simple of almost elegant was the bar and stage.

But once the main room started filling up, the heat was unbearable. It’s now about showtime and I cannot stay with the group.

By the end of the show a few from our group had to bounce. I ended up at the beer garden, however I limited myself to two Brats – one with curry. With plans to drive straight thru to Paris that night, I feared even a sip of bee. I felt I dishonored the town by staying sober.

I will say I loved the music that night. Through the walls it almost felt like a CD. The problem with being down front all the time, you mostly hear David’s monitors, which mostly pump bass and drums. You barely here David and you hear next to no back up vocals.

So outside you heard it all – clean and mixed perfectly. And I had the most interesting conversation with a 28 year old German hipster. He was wasted (we later found his wallet after he left). “Hey man, whatever you do, you can’t vote for Trump”

“No worries, dude. No way he is getting elected.” Apparently common sense meant nothing this past fall and we currently suffer… I digress.

Also at the table was my fellow Duchovniac and friend from the Bronx (originally) and a 40yo lesbian biker that was also there cooling down after leaving her wife down in front of the stage to watch David. We bonded.

The candles made “Stars” extra special that night.

The guys were still playing when we see a car being escorted by a few security guards. Someone sitting next to me remarked “There goes David”

I did not believe them at first. It turned out that was the only exit and best safe way to get David out, before the usual stage door hounds crowded and other exit chances.

We waited for the crowd to dissipate a bit. We drove a bunch to the nearest subway and Burger King. I can proudly say I never ate fast food in Europe but with a bus full of Americans, one Canadian and one Hungarian and a bunch of Europeans in tow for the hour. Burger King had just closed. We were all spared that night.

But shortly I realized I was done. We were maybe up to about 24 hours of sleep and very little downtime in the past 6 days – since waking up at 6am May 6 in New Jersey. Two of our friends that joined us for the one leg got us the rest of the way to Paris. I slept for about 90 minutes on the floor of the RV before relieving the navigator position.

We pulled into the Parisian Campsite around 6amish. soon after we…

Campsite Bois de Boulogne - The Eiffel Tower

We woke around late lunch. We all showered and found snacks at the cafe and mini grocery on campus.

We later bused and metro-ed our way into town. We found a restaurant that was just a block form the venue we were to see David the following evening. I had fondue and escargot. Yummy. Great wine too. After a few wanted to stop by the store caddy corner across the street. Somehow- exhaustion and impatience together get ugly – we lost one of our own… meaning she thought we abandoned her so she took off on her own.

So some of us sat down outside for dessert and coffee while others walked to the Sacred Heart where apparently a bunch of strangers pray for other strangers which we learned almost a year later would make a great song – “Strangers in the Sacred Heart” 

While I suffered through the best chocolate mousse of my life, the other went up and down the hill to and from the church. We really should have gotten some more European zone cell phones. We headed back to the campsite. She’s and adult. No need for the drama others were cursing.

It all worked out and everyone eventually found there way back to the hotel or campsite of choice that night. I crashed.

The next day we found our way around Paris via the hop on hop off buses. Being Paris, of course it started to pour. I risked pneumonia and stayed up top for a bit trying maximize my little tourism time.

We eventually got to the venue and saw a great show. This night we had some seats – assigned.

Laurice left before the encore to get some air. The venue had free internet and she was able to text me that a man was propositioning her outside. When I arrived outside, a small gypsy male was speaking to her in French. I do not speak well but understand enough words from my Opera training and knowledge of other Latin based languages.

Best I can tell he loves my wife and either wants me to pimp her out OR he wanted to borrow her. As my ability to speak French is more limited than my capacity to comprehend, I state.

no ménage à trois

Clearly not understanding my meaning of the word “NO!” he leans in for a kiss, which is when I grabbed him by the neck and planted him on the car parked behind us.

Au Revoir, Monsieur

Oh, Paris, you city of love

We gathered the troupes. As we walked back towards a metro we I could see my new friend soliciting donations at the very same cafe we dined the night before.

We walked back to the hotel our friends were staying. It was getting late. The night before we caught the very last bus – the charter that connected our campsite with the real world. Instead we called for a call. I think someone had UBER.

I crawled into bed and slept like a baby.

MAY 13 2016

I woke early and started driving south. NEXT STOP BARCELONA

Just barely out of town I stopped for gas and coffee. They had a coffee bar with THE BEST service of the entire tour. Coffee and Pan du Chocolate and i was ready for a drive.

This was a beautiful yet very stressful day.

In a normal car we had a nine hour drive ahead of us without stops.

With stops in the big box, it was a 15-hour day with about $120+ euros in tolls and about the same in gas.

We did stop for a late lunch/early dinner at a rest stop in the shadows of a castle. Pretty cool.

I freaked out driving through the French/Spanish border up in the mountains with bridges and cliffs I kept imagining our final fall. Again exhaustion was kicking in.

We finally hit our campsite just north of Barcelona.

6:30am Barcelona and this is first view from our RV this morning

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MAY 14, 2016

To be continued….

David Duchovny Kennedy Center Spring Gala: Come Together John Lennon Celebration

David Duchovny at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Special thanks to Karen & Mel for sharing and periscoping!

 

 

Duchovniacs Represent!

David Duchovny Soundcheck Party Photos (2017 USA Tour)

Special thanks to Brad Davidson, Kerry Lee & everyone at Ging Management for allowing us to share our Soundcheck Party photos on Duchovniacs.  For more great photos from David’s soundcheck parties please visit http://www.davidduchovnymusic.com/soundcheckparty/  You can also get some awesome David Duchovny music merch there too! 

You can read some of our concert and soundcheck recaps here & here.

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David Duchovny at The Stone Pony, NJ

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David Duchovny & Brad Davidson answer fan questions about Hell or Highwater at Social Hall, San Francisco (preshow soundcheck party)

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David Duchovny at Social Hall, San Francisco

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David Duchovny at The Roxy, Los Angeles

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David Duchovny at The Music Box, San Diego

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David Duchovny & Brad Davidson answer fan questions at The Roxy, Los Angeles (preshow soundcheck party)

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David Duchovny at The Roxy, Los Angeles (preshow soundcheck party)

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David Duchovny at The Roxy, Los Angeles (preshow soundcheck party)

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David Duchovny answers fan questions at The Wilbur, Boston MA

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David Duchovny at The Roxy, Los Angeles

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Flu nor Virus Can’t Stop Duchovny, Whistle While You Work Birchmere Alexandria VA 2/26/2017

 

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Three big highlights tonight.

  1. OPENING ACT ROCKED – K. Marie Kim is a genius sound engineer that makes David sound amazing every night. Turns out she sings and plays piano and really knows how to make musical toys (special effects) work better than most. (See post below)
  2. COLIN CAN REALLY WHISTLE – The band played a scaled down LATELY IT’s ALWAYS DECEMBER with Keenan carrying tune Acoustic Guitar,  Pat laying down what Pat does (beyond words), and Colin shaking his egg (rhythm toy – percussion). But then busted out a solo whistling what he often plays on the keys. It was so perfect. The guys also had more back up harmonizing vocals – or perhaps we just heard a cooler blend with less instrumentation. IF ANYONE HAS VIDEO PLEASE SHARE
  3. DAVID WAS SICK (read below)

This girl rocks @kmariekim @davidduchovny up next @Duchovniacs

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We cannot say for certain what it was but David was not feeling well tonight. A fever was reported by DD himself and there were other signs of issues, but we will skip any talk of bodily fluids.

That being said I noticed something…

Those that follow closely will remember David being sick in Luxembourg last May. He powered through but was noticeably feeling awful.

You may have also read my blog from Friday (Saturday AM) about how impressed I was with David in Jersey.

At first tonight, when they said David was not feeling well, I thought – I wonder if David just is not used to powering through that hard (Friday’s performance) and needed time to recover.

When you are not used to that much singing at that intensity, it can take a couple days to recover. Even Opera singers only do two show each week.

I personally had zero voice Saturday just from screaming and dancing. It took everything I had to sing Man of La Mancha ending for Mitch Pileggi via twitter conversation. But when I went to sing another song with Duchovniacs, I virtually passed out on stage.

Tonight was another sign of David’s maturity as a singer. Despite vocal issues, he never once suffered regarding pitch. His voice was gruff but that works for this bluesy folk rock music.   David is the consummate story teller.

What I did notice is something that happens to a seasoned live performer. While it hurts and you feel like you are falling way short of your best, you are so hyper focus to over compensate for illness/fatigue, your over all performance is actually better than other times.

Perhaps that big money note lacks, but the rest of the performance is that much more connected.

Lyrical pretty singers/songs suffer greater from illness. But the story teller just sounds like he/she had too many smokes, which is not terrible for this style. The result is – as David put it – sounding more like Joe Cocker (or Janice Joplin for the ladies).

But beyond one or two moments where David paused for some tea, the over all performance was great. He danced a little less but the performance was perhaps even more filled with soul and meaning from the lyrics. As we learning musical theater, act through the song, don’t sing it.

Just 10 month ago David did not succeed as well under similar circumstances. We still loved the shows but some notes were flat. They might be flat in good health.

Here is what I told a number of new fan friends…

  1. David is a crazy awesome writer.
  2. His Celeb status gave him access to some off the charts amazing musicians that carried him the past 2 years musically.
  3. He is now coming into his own as a singer/musician. He is clearly working on his instrument, and now has enough live performance experience to know how to process the instrument under distress.

Almost anyone can sing pretty for a few moments. But it takes training to learn how to keep a voice healthy even when the body is not. It takes time to build up that endurance.

The voice is a muscle that needs developing.

For all his struggles tonight, I heard some decent notes in David’s upper register I don’t think were there just 8-10 months ago.

The audience still got a great performance. Better than many/most from before the past two weeks. I would still put tonight in top three of this past two weeks.

If nothing else, I am not sure David could have done “Lately It’s Always December” like that a week ago. That is a tough song and he was more exposed than ever. I am so craving acoustic tour / online videos / tracks…

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