|TOUR JOURNAL PART 1
||[Jun. 2nd, 2006|09:35 am]
Its been a damn good while since I last updated this crap. Ive just been writing in my Myspace blogs about tour, but figured I would combined what I have for the Live Journal world!|
Tour Journal - Frankfurt, Germany 5/25/06
The weather is overcast and rainy. I was told there would be sunshine!
We first got situated at the singer of the band Cold's flat. He gave us a place to stay when we arrived in Frankfurt. He has a really nice two story house with a large studio in his basement. We even got to rehearse a bit.
We got some killer Thai food in the morning. It was amazing!!!
We then picked Patty with additional merchandise and headed to the club
Again we played the club Nachtleben located in the heart of the city.
This was the 3rd time that we have played this particular club. I like this club a lot other than the fact that the backstage is the size of a closet!
The place was pack solid with 250 people, but it took the audience a good while to loosen up. This is typical for the German crowd.
I think everyone was on drugs!
We played a pretty good set for the first show of the tour. Usually it takes a few shows to really warm up and get into that tour zone.
Some "Chicken Heads" tried to steal my drum sticks!!! Matt layed down the law and regulated those girls.
"Chicken Heads" - girls with goth hawks
Patty coined the term "Chicken Fever" lol good stuff!
After the how around 3:00 am we got some tastey fallafel down the street.
We headed out to a local hostle, where Dan, Matt, Dolores and I drank in the staircase hall and harassed some random teensmaking noise. At some point Matt ended up walking in some random persons room, which turned out to be those kids I think and he even took pictures of them sleeping for some odd reason. I surprised he didn´t get his ass kicked by the manly man!
Tour Journal - Bochum, Germany 5/26/06
Weather is still rainy.
Bochum is located 3 hours from Frankfurt. We played club Zwischenfall, another familiar club. This was my second time playing here.There was about 200 people attending this gig. For those that don't know this is where they do the infamous "Pagan Love Songs"I can't remember the band that opened up for us. We usually don't even have time to watch the other bands. We were accomponied by Ralph & his new girlfriend. The promoters prepared another awesome spread and numerous alcoholic beverages. Our performance I thought was better than the previous night. After the gig we picked up more Fallafel at small joint down the street. So far we are all still abusing Back To the Future quotes in the typical perverse way. I don't think it will ever die.I almost had my gear accidentally taken away from me. My cymbal arm attachments were packed up away with the rented drum kit. It's such a pain in the ass to constantly have to retreive your gear immediately after the show in fear that it will be stolen or misplaced
Tour Journal - Waregem, Belgium 5/27/06
Belgium is such a cute little place with literally nothing to do!
We played a pretty large club called the T'Steeple. It had the capacity of about 500. The staircase to the back stage area was the steepest staircase I've ever seen. I'm just glad that I didn't get too hammered and fall. The sound engineers were really good and were easy to work with. Clear English as well. It was nice to be able to communicate. The rented drum set was a really nice Pearl birch kit. It sounded great! The thing is that I never know what I'm going to play on. It's a grand ol surprise! We played with
Eat Your Makeup and Scary Bitches! lol The French contingent greeted us at the door when we arrived at the club. Dedicated fans they are! There were 300 presale tickets! I was told by Patty that there were over a total of 400 paid entries. We hung out ata our hotel for awhile before making the run over to the venue. The hotel had a slick roof that you could run and slide on!
This crowd was a lot of fun I think. People were really into it and kindly displayed their appreciation for our performance. After the show was over we hung out backstage, ate some left over food and drank a little scotch.
Some fans greeted us upstairs and we took photos and what not.
After checking out all the tagging on the walls back stage we noticecd that someone had started a little game of placing someones name in a glam/metal band name. Here were some of the names:
Hopefully someone will carry on this trend!
Tour Journal - Alphen ad Rijn, Holland 5/28/06
The weather was even more rainy than the last days in Germany!
There are several Moats, Lakes and little streams running the coast of small towns in this area. Totally something out of a fairytale.
Our hotel was located in this area. This was mostly countryside. All kinds of farm animals frequented the these parts. The hotel was also right next to a little quaint dinner.
The club we played was called Het Kasteel. When we arrived ata the club the whole sound staff was waiting and ready to get things moving. I forgot that people in Holland speak such great English. It is mandatory that they all take it in school. This made things so much easier! The sounds engineers were very helpful and polite. More than 150 people attended this. People must have been high at this show, but that might just be Holland or that just might be the Goth scene in general! lol I cant remember 2003! I was too drunk 24/7.
If my grammer or punctuation is off its because of these damn Euro-keyboards. Theyre different in every country!
Oh another funny thing.....The drumset I played on did not come with a drum throne, so I had to sit on a hard chair with a block of styrefoam as a cusion. This actually worked well, but at one point when I got up and sat back down I almost fell because it slid off!
After the gig The one of the owners of the club had be autograph the piece of styrefoam that I sat on. My butt prints were in it. He said that he wanted to hang up signed items in the hall way and this would be the first. Wow! my ass! lol
We then preceeded to hit the smaller room next door where they were playing music and had an open bar. We drank a little and hung out with people we knew and met nice people.
Living in Holland wouldnt be so bad!
Tour Journal - Erlangen, Germany 5/30/06
Rainy weather still follows us like a curse from hell! It was really cold and there was actual talk of snow. This never actually happened! =)
The club was called E Werk. This was my first time playing this club,
but Cinema Strange played here in 2001 I think. This Venue was a fairly large room, but the stage was tiny. The sounds guy was hilarious. He had a great sense of humor and got a kick out of the Omnichord. he siad "That thing is silly, I like that!" No more than 100 people showed up.
Doc and his sister came to the show as well as super industrial star P.A.L. I actually met him for the first time and had no idea he was a Cinema Strange fan! I got him to sign something for Mary and I. A really nice guy he is.
We didnt do much after the show being we had a 12 hour drive ahead of us on our day off. A drive to Rome! We ended up staying at a super comfortable hotel where Daniel, Matt, Mike and I drank beer and watched the show Animal Planet dubbed in German. It was amazing!!!
Tour Journal - Rome, Italy 6/1/06
On our day off yesterday we drove for quite sometime. I think about 6 hours maybe. From Erlangen and through part of Austria we then stopped somewhere in Northern Italy. We stayed at a nice hotel after consuming large quantities of Pizza and Beer!!!!!! We ate at a few really nice restaurants. We watched a soccer game...... Italy vs Switzerland!!!
We woke up at the hotel around noon and drove all day to Rome. We pretty much picked up where we left off. This took about 4-5 more hours. On this wonderful drive we drove through the Alps driving through tunnel after tunnel. We passed mass countryside and large vinyards! There were a few lakes we passed. I had no idea if any were significant. This took forever and as soon as we hit the city it was bumper to bumper traffic just like in LA. It was like that in 2003 too! Only I remember NY style driving!!!!
The club scheduled to play was called Circolo Degli Artisti.
When we arrived at the club we jumped quickly to do a sound check.
We then ate out at a fancy Italian restaurant. A gentleman named Pepper was out host for the evening. I had a killer Vegeterian Pizza w/ Peroni to drink.
Due to there being limited power at this venue, we couldnt use samples or triggers, so it was mainly a punk rock show. Just balls out rock and roll!
The sound was horrible on and off stage, but never the less we had a good time and the crowd did too. People we dancing and circle pitting. Wow I dont remember seeing this at a goth rock show before! ok I take that back Mexico had a lot of that!
Drunk Italians rule! There were about 300 kids there.
After the show we hung out with some people, drank a little and took photos then promptly left to go to the hotel where I now type this entry. Its almost 5:00 am and Im an ass! Mike was pretty drunk tonight. Too much Whiskey on stage. He was running around our hotel room and woke up an angry Italian wearing speedos! lol Goodnight!