2003-06-20 Palace Of Sports, Kiev, Ukraine
Here are the diary entries from DaveGahan.com:
Morning! Time for a little stroll with Simon, our trusted leader, down what I have been told is 'Main Street' Kiev. Some fabulous buildings, and what seems to be a fairly cosmopolitan city. Not that I expected horse and ploughs, but hey that's what you see in some parts of Canada when your on tour, why not the Ukraine...Eh!.
Getting into the gig was mental! Must have been a hundred fans swarming Dave, the security surrounded him and we were sort of left behind. I barely got in, a large guard grabbed me and was not letting my bald head pass. Luckily Simon was in front and gave him an earful....I was promptly released.
I have never seen so much security at a gig. It looks like a bit off all the agencies. Police, army, National Guard.....there must be hundreds of uniformed folks in the arena, I hope the fans are well behaved.
Another day, another flight.
Well last night's gig was amazing. About 7000 people, all going mad for David. From my vantage point on stage, I get a good look at them, and I am amazed at the amount of people not only singing along with Dirty Sticky Floors but also all the album tracks like Black and Blue, Stay etc.
I hope to come back and play for these folks again....a truly great audience. After the show we were taken out for Chinese food by the promoter, it was about 11:30pm so we were all quite tired, poor Dave was greeted by a table of sponsors and their guests, a bit much after the past few days and at that time of night. Once again Simon to the rescue...food arrived promptly, a couple of pictures , kiss the baby and we were off for a nights sleep with a belly full of Peking Duck.
Today we are in Budapest, plan is ....little sightseeing and then to find a traditional Hungarian restaurant. Must have some Goulash (whatever that is).
Друга река was the support act.