Brazil: Meat, Caipirinhas, and Meat V

Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Curitiba

It hurts to wake up after 2 hours of sleep after a headlining show after just flying into a new continent. It hurts to pile into a van with other tired, still-drunk band and crew-mates and show up at the airport to check in 30-40 pieces of luggage and gear and deal with airport staff and security and then fly, collect it all, back into a van, then a long ride to a hotel. But hey – I could be cleaning porto-potties.

When we landed in Sao Paulo, the ex-singer of Angra came up and thanked me for my kind words about one of my favorite metal albums he performed on (“Temple Of Shadows”). I was very stoked to meet Edu – his vocal range is un-matched in power metal – especially on “Temple”. We chatted the metal-ness of South America and found out we were both playing shows at venues on the same block that night. I met his new band, Almah, we shot some photos together, traded contacts, and were off. Super rad.

The hotel we were put in was right in a nice area of Sao Paulo, so we’d be able to walk about later on. My view out my window was breath taking… Sao Paulo is big… really really big. I’ve never seen a skyline that basically engulfs an entire sky-scape. Sao Paulo is the fourth largest city in the world and man is that evident when you actually get to look at it from a 20th floor window.

Lunch time. We gather up some Trivs and all of Dragonforce and their crew. We were happy to be reunited with Dragonforce once again; Trivium toured with Dragonforce back in 2007 on the Black Crusade tour (Machine Head/Trivium, Dragonforce, Arch Enemy, Shadows Fall) and its always a blast to see the DF dudes – Fred, Sam, and Herman are some of the funniest dudes I know in a band.

Lunch is at Gallo I Vino, a Brazilian/Italian place. In addition to the country being initially colonized by the Portuguese, massive influxes of Italians and Japanese and all sorts of other ethnicities have their culinary and architectural influence ever-present all about the country. Sao Paulo has the second highest population count of Japanese outside of Japan!

Marcos described the place as having “pasta and chicken” – a very true depiction. We are served chicken wings and then some more chicken wings – served salted and charred; different pastas accompany. Different cuts of chicken and grilled meats start to come out, vegetable dishes as well – flavor-wise, picture a grill-based Brazilian-steakhouse that churns out the occasional great pasta dish or fried polenta fry. Every dish was served simply – never over-seasoned or over-thought. Everything was real good.

We catch up over a good meal with our DF buddies, then head back to the hotel to prep to head to the venue for sound check.

3 thoughts on “Brazil: Meat, Caipirinhas, and Meat V

  1. Meat, Meat & More Meat! Your Such A Meathead! LoL. This Last Stop Seemed Pretty Generic But Hey You Cant Win Em All! The African Slave Dish From The Previous Post Does Look Very Good And Filling! I Love Collard Greens! I Love The Little differences You Describe Like Mint In Place Of Cilantro & Radish In Place Of Salsa. I Read All Of Your Posts But Chose To Lump My Comment All Together Haha. I Love Dragonforce! My Kids Love Dragon Force! (Karly 17 & Michael 16) I Have Not Yet Had The Pleasure Of Seeing Trivium Or Dragonforce In Concert. Dont Come To Las Vegas Nevada Much Do Ya! I Was Thinking About Your Post A While Back, You Singing Acoustic At Moscot NYC i think, i Was Unfamiliar With The Song But Thought You Did An Amazing Job, Then One Day I Was Slaving Away In The Bowels Of Wal Mart Doing My Inventory Thing And I Happened Across That Song On Slacker Radio. My Poor Phone Was Burning Up And Almost Dead From All Of That Metal Awesomeness! Any Hoo, After Hearing That Version And Thinking Back On Your Acoustic Performance I Must Say That I Was Left In Awe Of Your Talents. Thank You So Much For What You Are Doing! Your Time On This Planet Is A Beautiful Thing! :)

  2. Just To reiterate, i may have been mistaken about the song harvest that you did at moscot, i was looking for it tonight to show my husband. we watched your performance at moscot (which almost brought tears to my eyes from the perfection of it) but i cant find it “by Trivium” so my only recourse is that i happened across the actual song by opeth, but i have to say that you did an AMAZING pitch perfect rendition THANK YOU!!!!!!

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