Christie bass player
Kevin Moore writes about the band's first gigs in Estonia,
a country which loved the band after watching the historic
Sopot show in 1970.
Rocking in Estonia
IN 1970, the people of Estonia, a Baltic
state then trapped behind the Iron Curtain, witnessed something
very strange indeed via Polish television. They saw their
first ever long-haired Western pop group in the shape of Christie,
at the Sopot festival.
And in November 2011, 41 years later and for the first time
ever, Christie played two live shows in Estonia in
Tartu, and the capital Tallinn.
Over the decades, a host of Estonian
bands have covered Jeff Christies songs, as evidenced
by the reception all of the singles received when we played
them, Iron Horse almost on a
par with Yellow River.
Our promoters in Estonia looked after
us splendidly, with the ever-helpful Laurie making sure everything
ran smoothly. It was fascinating to visit a new territory
as always, and we were actually very lucky with the weather.
Mid-November, Estonia is usually blanketed with snow, but
we had clear blue skies for the most part, and cool, thought
not bone-chilling temperatures.
We explored the old town of Tallinn,
which was a mixture of Russian and German architecture, and
quite beautiful. Some of the buildings dated back as far as
the 14th century, and the architecture alone silently told
the story of Estonias chequered history as an occupied
On the morning after our arrival,
Jeff was interviewed in the lobby of the hotel by Estonian
television, such was the interest in all things Christie,
and in particular how significant the landmark televison appearance
in 1970 was.
The first show entailed a three-hour
drive through the heart of the country to Tartu, where we
played in the town concert hall to a wonderfully appreciative
It was a long day, as we had to drive
back to our hotel in Tallinn that night. The following night
saw us headline at The Rock Cafe in Tallinn a great
gig and a great crowd. There was already talk of us going
back in the summer to perhaps play a festival, and we really
look forward to that. A great country, and great people.
We still had some time on the final
day for another wander around Tallinn, and Jeff and I were
given an interesting insight into the Estonian mindset, culture
We left the hotel around 3pm, fairly
civilised compared to our usual touring standards which
often entail us leaving at 3am! But it was still a long day
ahead, stopping off in Frankfurt for a three hour layover
as it turned out, just escaping the noise restriction deadline
and being grounded in Germany for the night. But it was certainly
worth all the effort, and we hope to return to Estonia in
the summer of 2012.
Jeff interviewed for Estonian TV
Coping with airport food
at Kevin's blog.