Shitty news. My Shows in Munich and Kiev are cancelled. Here’s why:

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Hey everyone.
There’s a good chance this post will have nothing to do with anything you give a shit about but there’s also some shit in here you may wanna know before you learn a lesson the hard way, like I did yesterday.
So a funny thing happened to me at the airport yesterday. I was there to catch a flight to Munich for a show that would have been happening today. As I rolled up to the ticket lady and placed my huge merch filled bag to get checked, She took a quick look at my passport and told me I can’t get on the flight. Wait…what? Surely my passport is valid. It expires at the end of this month. That’s in three plus weeks. Well, apparently, many countries in Europe won’t accept Passports with less than six months left of validity on them. Germany, Belgium, Hungary and france all being places that work under those rules. Also, places I am supposed to play over the next two weeks.I pleaded with the woman with hopes of finding any possible loop hole that could fix this problem. There was nothing. She told me, if I flew to germany with this passport, I’d be turned away and sent right back. She then tried to start booking me a flight for tomorrow like I can just make a new passport appear out of thin air but I stopped her cause it was useless. My show in Munich was/is a wrap. Now, this sucks for many people. The promoters, the people who were gonna come see the show, Dj Cam (who I was playing with) and myself. Aside from putting many people out, losing money of both my own and other peoples, it’s just an all around shitty situation. The whole thing is a fucking nightmare.
I raced home and , with lots of help of from my girlfriend, tried to get info on procuring a new passport first thing in the morning (it was already after 5 pm where I was). Munich was impossible but maybe I could still salvage my show the next day in Kiev. At this point, all the flights I had booked for me via the promoters and tour budget were fucked and I’d be buying whatever flight myself. Well, turns out, in order to get a passport in 24 hours in NYC, you need an appointment. There were no appointments in NYC until december 11th. So that was out. I was pretty much resigned to the fact that this tour I’ve been looking forward to was fucked cause of some random rule that I didn’t know existed. Had I known, I could have easily had a new passport by now. I mean, what’s the fucking point of having a expiration date if that’s not the expiration date across the board? I get they have their reasons but…jesus christ…fuck all that. They could see when I was returning. It’s not like I was gonna stay past that date. The return flight was booked!
But I digress…So, through the brilliance of my girls internet savvy , we found a way to get a new passport via the mail. Only problem is I won’t have until tomorrow morning. Meaning, I can’t leave the country until Friday which means my show in Kiev is also an impossibility.
Where it all stands now is that I’m waiting to get the go ahead to buy a flight to Budapest to do my saturday show in Pecs. Then continue on the rest of week as planned. As far as I know, that’s the plan going forward. Obviously, if these last few days have taught me anything, nothing is guaranteed so even the Pecs, Hungary show could be at risk. I won’t know till I book the ticket and receive my new passport. Can you even book an international flight without a passport? Shit. I guess I’ll find out.

I’ve missed shows due to weather and cancelled flights before and it’s never fun. When things are out of your hands like that, it’s definitely a helpless feeling. But this one stings more cause it was over some bullshit that should never have been an issue in the first place. Not a storm. Not a hurricane or a bunch of cancelled flights. It’s my fault but , at the same time, how the fuck was I supposed to know that was a rule? The whole thing makes me feel sick.
So, to anyone involved in the shows in Munich or Kiev and to the people who were going to attend, as well as DJ Cam and My booking agent , Lothar, I deeply and sincerely apologize. If there was any way to right this I would but the bureaucracy simply makes that impossible. Only in america. The irony is that, even though this rule is being enforced by europeans, had this happened to someone in a european country, they’d have a much easier time getting the super quick passport renewal. Ughh…
All i can say is I’m sorry and , hopefully, I’ll get to make it up to all people who were affected by this. If anything else falls apart concerning this, I’ll surely let people know. But, for now, I just hope to finish out the other dates the best I can. Updates will certainly follow.

22 thoughts on “Shitty news. My Shows in Munich and Kiev are cancelled. Here’s why:

  1. Wow, am so sorry to hear this and of course I give an itsha. After reading your blog yesterday regarding your travels to Europe I was happy for you, people would be introduced to what we already know and love regarding your music. Being a fan and a supporter of you as an artist I’m always happy for your success and new travels. As Tupcac would say, “keep ya head up!” ^^ to the savvy girlfriend, women rock!

  2. Actually, not only in America. I live in Thailand and this happened to my girl a few months back when she was supposed to fly out to Singapore on business. Took her 5 days to get a new one. Naturally, she and everyone one involved were furious. Money was lost. I, of course, had deal with a pissed of girl for a few days. Not fun.

    So, yeah, to all: check you ticket next time. A lot of travel agencies/websites even have a note saying, “International travelers must have at least 6 months’ validity on their passport.” Why the expiry date isn’t the “real” expiry date is beyond me, tho.

    • Not an expert but I’m pretty sure some countries require you to have several months left on your passport because it’s possible that it could expire while you are still in their country leaving you no way to return. Some countries give you a 30day tourist visa when entering and if you passport expires during that time you could get stuck in that country.

      • Yeah it should be judged on an individual basis. Not based on some blanket rule. Airline companies should definitely warn people prior to buying an expensive ass ticket.

  3. Yo Tony, just an FYI. There’s a passport office in Philly if you can get to it and kill a whole day where they will process your passport app the same day. It’s a major PiTA and will probably take you all day, but this lil known secret has saved quite a few people I know handle last minute travel out of the country.

      • This seems like a situation where…well I don’t even know if I can articulate it properly…but it’s like a ….”Fuck fuck fuck I’m screwed” and then after putting it out there going “well, I’ve never heard of this ever in my life but apparently this 6 month rule is something that evvvvveryone has knowledge of/has been talking about in secret and now I’ve only heard of it after I got screwed….” type of thing

  4. Hey BF, that was a really sweet thing to write 🙂 And just as an educational PSA, Chris is right, everybody… Through the navigation of the logistical nightmare that was getting Tony to a state of being ready to ship out, we learned that the Philly office is pretty much the only way to order or renew one’s passport in a pinch workout having to shell out hundreds of bucks. On a personal note, I just wanna let all of you Blockhead fans out there know how devastated he was by the prospect of missing these shows, I’ve literally never seen the man so shook. It truly was a testament to how much he cares about all of his fans. This whole thing was just an epic clusterfuck, and I hope that all you German and Ukrainian peeps will find forgiveness in your hearts for what is truly just the result of the universe, for some reason, conspiring against this tour. It was a real shitty day in our household, and I have the unique perspective of knowing how updating this all has been for Tony. He really cares, y’all!

    P.S. Thanks for the nice shoutouts, commenters!

    Biffy good luck in Pecs!

  5. Man, this is tragic, because it’s based on a lie; you really can get at least a next day passport in NYC without an appointment. I had the exact same problem this past June (tho mine was actually expired; that 6-month rule is a whole nother kind of rough). Called the emergency line, no appointments for weeks, maybe you can go to Philly or somewhere in CT. The thing is, you don’t actually need an appointment. You show up at the office in Tribeca first thing in the morning, you wait on a separate line that is a little longer than the one for people with appointments, and in a few hours you’re walking out of there, and I think you can pick up that afternoon. I did get mine the next day because I had the time, but fundamentally, the “you need an appointment” line is one of the most bald-faced lies anyone’s ever told me to my face. Obviously, other things the federal government is shiesty about are far worse, but the State Department is really handing out bullshit sandwiches on the daily here.

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