It had been such a great weather in Porto Alegre Brazil since I arrived here on Sunday afternoon three days ago. Then on show day it got cloudy, and by 6pm, as I was about to go to the show half an hour away from the stadium, it started pouring down. A true rain shower. I had my poncho so no worries.
I have half an hour to walk to the stadium, and the same distance to walk to the center of the old town. Today Monday Feb. 29 is working day. I spend the day working in my hotel room. Boring at times, especially on tour, fun at home, but I must do it, as it pays for my bills and keep me on the tour. Then in the afternoon I take a break and walk to the city.
The flight from São Paulo to Porto Alegre takes one hour fifteen minutes. Arriving at 3pm Sunday afternoon Feb 28, it seems like everyone in Porto Alegre is enjoying the Sunday off in the parks. I walk to the stadium half an hour away from mmy hotel, some 2,5 km (1,5 mile), and check it out. It is impressive with a great look and design. Then I walk to the old town, many great buildings, and I find my favorites.
I arrived into São Paulo Sunday a week ago. Now it is Sunday Feb 28 and it is time to leave. I have come to like São Paulo. It wasn’t that monster big ugly city I could not understand. Behind all those large buildings, on the Berrini street and all the smaller side streets, there were parks, cafes, bars, people, not just suit and tie people, but ordinary residents, painters, workers of all sorts.
It is São Paulo and Saturday show day Feb. 27. No heavy workload today. I am free to plan the whole day with 100% focus on the show tonight. As a control freak, with my stupid “walk the city” all day before the show on Wednesday, today it will be all different. It will be “business as usual”. Like I use to do it.
São Paulo Brazil Feb 24, 2016 and it is show day! The first time The Rolling Stones will be performing in São Paulo since 1998. It took 18 years for them to return. I have been working all day Monday and Tuesday, and wanted to see the city with some hours walking in the afternoon. Showday. Not recommended…
The Rolling Stones at Maracana Stadium Rio De Janeiro! It was a large crowd and a large stadium. The band used the wings and the walkways a lot, due to the size of the venue, so even if I was not center stage, I got to see Mick, Keith and Ronnie close up many times. Even Charlie with his “Brazil” inspired bright yellow shirt was easy to spot.