The first story and most important the first blog about a typical SuperCharger incident...
Thursday night in the rehearsal room ("Kronvorten") in Valby, hardly working on some new material for the next SuperCharger album (more on that later) -we got a phone call from our booker Jesper from Beatbox Booking, who is at Skanderborg Festival and just arranged for us to play at Bork Havne Festival the day after. "Can you guys play tomorrow night at 8 p.m.? - its good money and a good festival".
SuperCharger has never ever said no to a gig. There have always been an agreement saying "We play everywhere - Everytime - no matter what". So of course we just answered "yeah we do it.." We haven´t had the number of Festival gigs that we were hoping for this Summer, but none the less a few really good ones...!
Next on the list was to get a hold on Buggi, who was on holiday on Bornholm, a Danish Island south of Sweden. So we started phoning him again and again, but it took us forever to get him to answer. Same thing with Lars, who was on vacation as well, but luckily not that far away from home as Buggi.
To make this possible we needed to get Buggi from Bornholm to Copenhagen and since we already ok´d the gig there was really no time to spend small-talking about it... Find a plane ticket for the next morning. Of course the ferry was sold out on the only doable crossing to Sweden, so packing his car was out of the question.
As we discuss this minor problem the time has actually reached 11 in the evening and we didn´t even have a tour bus yet. Everybody have a normal 9-5 job in the morning and we are still in dreamy land that Buggi will grow wings during the night and fly to Copenhagen in time, so we can be on the total opposite end of Denmark at around 5 p.m. - at the latest. Thats a 4 hour drive... and we still don´t know what to drive in...! Plus the best part, that Buggi needs to be back on Bornholm the same night, since his girlfriend is sitting there alone - on vacation - originally with him!
We tried to find a plane the same night after the concert, but the last take-off was too early for us to finish the concert and to reach the airport in Billund.
But Mikkel got this great insane idea to contact a friend of his who is a pilot and ask if he could figure something out. Anything to make us play this festival...
For some far out reason a private airplane and a pilot was suddenly booked and planed to pick up Buggi in Billund Airport 1 hour after our gig, so we could make sure he could get back the same night...! (that is if the pilot could get a landing permit on Bornholm and the weather would allow him to fly...)
Well... everything is packed up in the rehearsal and everybody goes to bed...! The next morning at about 3 hours before we need to leave Copenhagen, Buggi is still not on an airplane, we still don´t have a bus and half the band are about to get fired for calling in sick or stating that its only gonna be for a few hours at work and then weekend...!
At around one and a half hour before we were supposed to leave, Buggi finally got a plane ticket and takes off towards Copenhagen... and we actually manage to hit the freeway in time in the end, although we have to drive in a rented Toyota Hi-Ace with the gear and no room for the legs. Best part about that car is that there´s no insulation between the engine-room and the drivers seat, so in about 20 minutes its like sitting in a sauna and impossible to listen to the radio or what anybody are saying, cause at 150 km/t this kind of vehicle is pretty fucking noisy!
The rest of the band + our sound engineer have to ride with Benji in his 40 year old Volvo Amazon. Someone kind of forgot to tell him that in all this planning, an important part of making it happen, was to be able to use his Volvo for the trip... His only response was that if we made it half the way, he would be impressed...!
Anyway... We did make it to Bork Havne Festival a few hours later and played our gig.
After the concert Buggi got stressed, since there was this little detail about a plane landing within an hour, an hour away from the festival, to take him back to Bornholm. So in huge disagreements and cat fights about who has to drive the Volvo, everybody but Mikkel and Thomas P leave the festival, to try and catch the plane. 15 minutes BEFORE the plane is there... ! No stress..;)
Mikkel and Thomas P hanged out at the festival and hooked up with some funny and friendly people backstage and at around midnight Mikkel ends up on the big stage presenting Kashmir concert, in what some might call "one really well-proportioned booze injection" ...
The day after we found out that Buggi made it to Billund and caught his privat jet... But he was put down again on dry land ..... IN ROSKILDE!!! (thats just before Copenhagen - but not even close to Bornholm)... and the pilot drove him home from there, since the working people at the landing field on Bornholm got off duty about an hour before Buggi and the pilot could make it there... !!
...just another day for the 6 of us in SuperCharger,,,! But we made it for the gig and we can all laugh about this day and an dirty amount of money for plane, cars and pilot, in about 10 years... !