Me, Myself, without Irene!

No real reason for me being absent for all this time. A lot has happened in this meantime. My brother came with his girlfriend to spend 10 days here, we went out almost everyday and we even went for a short road trip towards the mountains region of Rio. We had a nice time, I only wish we could do this more often, but you know, it’s kind of difficult when you live more than 2.000 km away from each other.

Not so long after he went back to his hometown, Recife (northeast of the country), I went there! In fact, I was going to my father’s house, which is in a city called João Pessoa, 120km away from Recife. So, I took a plane to Recife spent the morning there and went to my father’s house with my brother by car. The real reason for this short trip to a distant place was a surprise. A surprise for my father, who was going to be honored at the City Hall. He received a very important title for improving the industry of tourism in João Pessoa (yes, my father works with tourism!). Anyway, the surprise actually worked! You should have seen his face when we arrived there. He had no idea we would be there! Really, really nice! Anyway, the ceremony was good, simple and fast. I was a bit worried, thinking it would take lots of time and lots of politicians would speak for ceaseless hours. But thankfully, I was wrong. After the ceremony, we went to the hotel where my father works for a very nice cocktail that lasted a few hours. I spent 3 more days there, enjoyed my little brothers, went for a swim in that huge swimming pool, and some other stuff. It was a nice time to relax, I needed that.

Came back to Rio two weeks ago, and since then I’ve been working. A guess that’s what normal human beings do, right? They work! Anyway, nothing much has been happening in my life. Well, actually there’s this new girl at work, she’s not Monica Bellucci, but she’s interesting, cute, the type of girl I like, you know? And I’m tottally terrified of talking to her, of presenting myself. Jeez, what happens to me? I’m a lost case!

Tonight Gamma Ray and Helloween will rock Rio! Am I excited about this? Not really! I’ve been going to Helloween gigs since 96 and although they’re my second or third (really don’t know) favourite band, their gig is not new to me, so I know what to expect: I’ll go there, watch the gig, enjoy the music and I’ll leave the venue very satisfied. And that’s it! Now the Gamma Ray gig is kind of interesting. It’s their second time in the city. I went to their first gig (2004?) and they rocked! Watching Kai Hansen on stage was totally worthy it! I haven’t followed Ray’s career since ‘Somewhere Out in Space’, but I know their material is good and they will play 2 or 3 songs from ‘Land of the Free’, so no doubt it will be awesome! And what is THE most important thing: Gamma Ray + Helloween, (one band that originated from the other) are playing together for the first time after years of fights and accusations in the press. Seems things are ok with them now, let’s hope it stays like this for a long while. One thing that is bothering me is the fact I’m going to the gig alone! alone again! Or should I say alone as always? A few people said they would go with me, but at the last moment they gave up with different excuses. I really don’t give a damn if the excuses are true or not. They’re not going and that is it! I’ll do what I do best: enjoy a nice meal, enjoy a nice concert, enjoy a nice drive by the coast back home, all by myself! Me, Myself, without Irene!

To go or not to go?

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed his South American dates and he will play here in Rio next month. When I heard rumours about this show I decided that I would not see it. Ozzy? Come on! The guys is dead and he still doesn’t know!

I remember back in 95 when it was the last time he played here in Rio (if my memory isn’t playing tricks on me). It was a hell of a show! I didn’t go at the time (don’t remember why), but I know a few people who went and for what they told me, I really regretted not going! Really did! And this regret is what is trying to convince me to go this time! But I honestly don’t know! I don’t think Ozzy can perform on stage anymore, can he? In what condition is his voice?

Money is THE big issue! I have just spent loads of money going to see Maiden in São Paulo (plus a mini holiday) a few weeks ago. Helloween has confirmed its gig here in Rio with Gamma Ray as special guests (and this is a MUST GO) next month. So, going to see Helloween probably means not going to see Ozzy. Not necessarily if I withdraw money from my saving accounts. The question is: Is Ozzy still worthy it?

Edit: I just saw this video recorded in Toronto last January. See it! Oh better, don’t see it. It’s a waste of time. Ozzy is totally out shape, he can’t even sing the high notes anymore. It’s sad how he destroyed one of my favourite songs. I could have slept today without watching this video. No way I’m going to waste 200 bucks to see him. That’s very sad indeed. :-/