A year ago today we launched a kickstarter campaign, to see if there was anybody out there, who'd be interested in reading about my history with, and passion for, Pearl Jam. After a few days Kickstarter wrote, 'you're statistically 63% likely to succeed' (oouchh!) but after just 13 days we met our goal, and people continued to donate through out the entire campaign. Thank you so much to all 250 of you out there, for believing in me and making this happen.
After a whole lotta PJ around the Globe in more than one way, I was ready for a slight break, when Anders Stokholm from Cinemateket invited me to introduce Let's Play Two, and sell some books at a music film festival in Copenhagen.
Once again it turned out to be a great and memorable night. My initial idea was to introduce the film and then hang in the bar, waiting for whoever might be interested in a book. Didn't expect much since I spotted quite a bit of familiar faces, who I knew, already had it.
Grunge. For many years an epithets no one would be associated with, especially the bands that defined it. But time goes by, and many things looks different today. That includes the perception of the genre, and the need for the same, as well as Seattle, the city and area where everything started out in the late 80s. The movement went from a small, local subculture, to a global dominant rock industry in no time, which according to sales alone, hit the absolute top, and at least according to the lexical meaning of the word, became mainstream.
Europe tour, start Amsterdam, almost a tradition. I clearly remember 2014, where I saw both shows at the Ziggo Dome. A lucky guy with +2 to both shows, I was in good company, partly female, and then my brother and an old local college from Amsterdam got to see a show. Things were absolutely cooking outside the Dome, when we reached our destination. An area I mostly knew from Ajax Amsterdam, the famous traditional football club, where many danish stars has blossomed, and still do to this day. Lasse Schöne and Kasper Dolberg from Denmark's troup to World Cup in Russia 2018 are both currently shining stars in Ajax.
"I just wanna scream THANK YOU .... My God it's been so long, I'd never dreamed this would return. But now, here you are, and here I am. Got 249 lovin'' backers on the passenger seat (and the wild silent #250. PJ Europe 18 announced just hours before campaign closure - Timing is everything). No Backspacers. Why go home? 'll ride the wave where it takes me. Happy and humble. Keep on rockin' in the free World," - Henrik Tuxen.
Luck comes to those who seek it out. That’s what soccer managers say after winning on a random own goal after being under siege for 95 minutes. And yet there’s still an element of truth to it; being in the right place at the right time, combined with equal parts curiosity and the ice water in your veins it takes to embrace chance and ride the wave where it takes you. Pure coincidence it may seem, but it isn’t. Why was I in that precise situation, right when those events began to transpire? That’s definitely the story of my life. A string of coincidences, events, people leading to the next. My work and family life appear logical, planned and organized, but nothing could be further from the truth..