Tag: Gig

And in support… Johnny Depp

We both sleep very well. Neither of us heard the nightclub downstairs, but that may be because it was Sunday night. Perhaps tonight will be different…

Breakfast is served on the ground floor in the hotel’s conservatory. There is a small selection of cooked food – sausages, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, baked beans, green beans and ham – along with continental breakfast items like cheese, ham, salami and salad. There is also a small selection of cereals, cakes and a bean-to-cup coffee machine.

Having already visited Prague once this year, we decide to have a lazy day at the hotel. Which provides an opportunity to say a little more about the hotel.

This is our fourth trip to Prague and the third time we’ve stayed in a Bauer Hotels property. On previous trips we used the Hotel U Prince, located on the Old Town Square, even scoring a free upgrade to a suite once when staying for our wedding anniversary.

If you like you like clean, minimalist design, the Bauer Hotels are not for you. If you like dark wood, odd paintings in heavy gilt frames and various metal sculptures and oddities, you’ll love it.

Top tip: When staying at the Hotel U Prince, see if the attic room is available. Yes, there are stairs to climb and yes, the ceiling is low, but the views from the dormer windows are spectacular. You can see every one of Prague’s main sights from the room.

This latest trip to Prague is something of a last minute thing for us. Linda wanted to see Johnny Depp (and Jeff Beck) perform and we both wanted to see Kiss one last time. By some good fortune, both are performing in the city within a few days of each other – which is why we are here.

After a quick (somewhat overpriced) meal in the hotel restaurant (goulash for me, gnocchi for Linda), we set off for the Jeff Beck gig. A short walk to Mústek station and six stops on the ‘B’ metro line gets us to Českmoravská and the O2 Universum.

The venue itself is brilliant. Spotlessly clean, well-priced and a world away from the O2 in London. Flushing urinals means that the place doesn’t smell like piss – unlike it’s London-based namesake. Food and drink is also extremely reasonable; a beer costs 55CZK (£1.90 – cheaper than our hotel). You can even get a giant slice of pizza and a drink (including beer) for less than £5 GBP.

The show is opened by Czech Rock n Roll Hall of Fame member Michal Pavliček, his set is almost entirely wordless. It’s actually pretty good.

Jeff Beck then comes on stage and also performs a wordless set – again, pretty good. The show then shifts up a gear as Johnny Depp makes his appearance. The crowd – including two guys in full Pirates costume go nuts. Depp roars and snarls lyrics from their forthcoming album ’18’, and actually does a really good job. ‘Death and Resurrection Show‘ is a barnstorming finale.

After the show ends we stop for a beer to avoid the crush at the doors. Then it’s back to the hotel for some sleep.

Crazy, Crazy Night (or not)

We’re heading out to see the Kiss concert in Prague tonight, so we decide to take it easy again today. After breakfast and a film, we go for a wander to grab a beer – the weather is quite warm. We wander over the (crowded) Charles Bridge and grab an outside table at Restaurace Gotika. It’s nice to sit by the water and watch the boats going up and down the river Vltava.

After a few more hours lazing and doing nothing, it’s back on the ‘B’ metro out to the O2 Arena. This venue is much bigger than the Universum, and regularly hosts ice hockey events, alongside larger concerts like Kiss.

Just like its smaller brother, the Universum, the Arena is clean, well-priced and doesn’t smell like piss (still looking at you London). Again, beer is just 55 CZK (less than £2) – in London it is nearly £7 per pint.

Kiss are predictably awesome. Our seats are stage side so we don’t have the best view – but we can feel the heat from every fireball and pyrotechnic effect. This is the second time we have seen the band and they are just as good as they were pre-Covid.

Something strange happens at the end of the gig though. The band play their encore and disappear. A message flashes up on screen (‘Thank you Praha’) and God Gave Rock and Roll To You begins to play on the PA – but the crowd is frozen. No one quite knows whether the show is over because they haven’t played Crazy Crazy Nights.

But the show is over and we leave feeling somewhat cheated.

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