Here we go again…
I sit here behind and empty blog post screen on a very un-updated website in the most expensive smallest low end hotel I’ve ever stayed at in my life. My body feels like I’ve been playing multiple times a day in hot hot hot humid parking lots and driving all night in the most unreliable vehicle anyone could dream of driving, the stress level is so high that it is virtually unmanageable, almost 5000 miles down looking at potentially another 10,000 in front of us. Chances are we will be adding more time onto this tour and playing in the Ozzfest parking lots, which will land us back on the Northeast Coast a few weeks later following up with the most insane surreal East Coast tour any band could ever dream of doing. Yes, I’m talking about DEDICATION, what we are doing here is not for the weak hearted, it is not for financial gain, or to gain new fans. Infact, I could not even put my finger on why we are doing this, but I can put my whole fucking hand on it, because there is no way a finger can hold down what is going on right now. Shit is out of control, and every day is different and crazier than the last.
I will individually go through and finish the story between Albuquerque and Virginia Beach, but until then I’ll give you all a run down on how an average day has been going for us on this Music Adventure. It is a lot different than it was at the beginning of the tour, when the only bands we knew were Hatebreed and 3 Inches of Blood, and we did not know for sure if we were going to be fined/arrested/escorted out. Having laminates and being a part of this tour has taken out all the stress of that, which is both a positive and negative thing. For those of you who have seen us live know that adrenaline is prevelant in our live set, so now that we have lost the adrenaline of breaking the law, we can pour even more into our live set, combine that with 110 degree heat and 95 percent humidity, and every day Dano and I are pushing ourselves to the edge of heat exhaustion every time that door opens.
Our goal is to be at the venue by 10AM, park in the back area where they are getting the Jager and Siverstar Stages set up, we meet up with the head of security and are lined out on exactly where and when we can play throughout the day. At this point we also say whatsup to everyone and let them know that we made it one more day, which is always relieving becuase they are happy that we made it there safely and without vehicle breakdowns. Everyone on this tour is like one giant family, everyone looks out for each other, and they all know that what we are driving is duct taped and zip tied together, so every day upon arrival is like making it to the end of the Paris-Dakkar rally, the only thing that is missing is a giant sign that says FINISH LINE!
Then we walk around and see if anyone needs any help, because we don’t have any merch booth to deal with or any signings to do, we have a lot of extra time. Around 12 we drive around to the front of the pavilion, where the line enters the front doors. Since lines usually wrap around and go all directions, there are usually 1000 to 2000 people that are actually able to see the front of the stage, and depending on the time usually another 2000 to 3000 people that are able to hear the music, that find out about whats going on up by the front gates via the telephone game(you know that game where the person in front of them tells the person behind them, behind them, behind them, etc…). Usually we will only play for about a half hour, we have to be done when the doors open, and the line really doesnt start forming until 30 minutes before the doors open. Seeing and hearing peoples reactions to this is truly amazing, especially when we tell them we are from Eugene, OR and we started following the tour around without permission. Its like the ultimate dream of any band, and were living it, they all support us and most of the time pay $20 for shirts not wanting any change back, they know what we are doing is fucking crazy, fucking cool, and fucking expensive. I know this is getting old but THANK YOU to all that support this, you rock!
About 30 minutes after were done raging, which is about when we land from the adrenaline and heat rush that just occured, we drive around back and park by the buses, because that is where our next show will take place later in the day. By now the first band is done raging, or I guess I should say second band since we are truly the openers, playing before the doors open. We grab a bunch of flyers and go out in the crowd to let people know about the I love Vagina and Roadrunner tent signings for Jamey and Randy. In this process we also come across everyone that saw us out front and explain to them the story about the mobile stage, which I never get tired of doing. By now it is the hottest point in the day Shadows Fall is about to start, so we head over to the back to get some ice cold canned water and maybe lay underneath a semi truck trailer for 5 minutes to try and find a cool, breezy area, before watching our second favorite band on the tour. Actually at this point I can’t even really say favorites becuse 3 Inches of Blood, Chimaira, Winds of Plague, In This Moment, Areyu, Norma Jean, any and all crew and roadies either working with the bands or running the Jager and Silver Star stages are all at the same point with us, which is the label “family”, we would do anything for all of these people.
Around 7:00PM the parking lot bands are all done and the stages are being folded up. This is where the Jager and beer comes out and the real partying begins. This is also where I am so fucking hot and sweaty and trying to stay hydrated that I can not understand how anyone could drink anything but water, but then again I’m not really a drinker anymore. Everyone is asking us when were going to rage it, and we usually respond with “sometime between Rob Zombie and Korn”. We actually got in trouble the other night for playing too late, so we are now under the rules that we will not play after Korn is finished, because almost every city has a noise curfew. Its all good, and we do not care at all, because now that we are kind of a part of this we can not break all the rules anymore. It is very hard though when bands you grew up listening to are begging you to rage it at 1 in the morning and you know you can’t do it that late.
Even though we told ourselves we would leave before the main stage bands even started most of the days, because the drives are so long and gueling, we are always there until bus call, following the busses down the freeway until I stop at a truck stop and catch 2-3 hours of sleep. This also gives the van time to cool down and mellow out if it is acting up. It is essentially an all night drive straight to the venue the next day. 500 miles a day, overnight, to the next show. I have gotten used to the whole 2-3 hours of sleep a night, I always tell myself I’lll sleep during the day the next day, but there is no way at all that can happen, try sleeping while listening to Chimaira play 50 feet away from where you’re at sometime, you just can’t do it, you have to go out and rage it.
So this covers an average day in the live of The Music Adventure. We are taking 2 days off of Mayhem because the tour is going up to Michigan and Pennsylvania, then back down to Virginia. So were getting caught back up on sleep, air condiditoning, internet, as well as getting the van checcked up on. Also, we are kind of trying to not do the long all night drives on no sleep anymore, next year were going to have a driver/mechanic because it is the safe thing to do. What do you mean next year? What is next year? Ill let you know this, The Music Adventure Stage is a prototype, typical Athiarchists style we are always thinking about the next thing, it’s how we got as far as we have on this, you always have to be thinking about the next thing, while doing your current thing as second nature, can’t wait to get back to Mayhem in Bristow on Sunday, our batteries are going to be recharged and it’s going to RAGE!!!