Things didn’t get off on a great note for Twelve Foot Ninja’s first ever tour of the States. Thanks to visa issues, the Australian band’s entire involvement with Periphery’s This Tour Is Personal fall tour was in jeopardy. It was extra hard for us at Metal Insider to see, given that when we spoke to guitarist Steve “Stevic” MacKay about raising $50,000 for a fan-funded video, he voiced his hopes for Twelve Foot Ninja to finally make its way to the U.S. Thankfully the visa issues got sorted out and the band was able to join up on the tour (also featuring Born Of Osiris and Dead Letter Circus) in time to play at L.A.’s famed Roxy Theatre.
I could have easily waited to see the band on the tour’s final stop in New York later this month. However, I wanted the chance to see them as early as possible to not only see Twelve Foot Ninja’s impressions of the States early on, but also to witness the reactions of concert goers watching and hearing the band for the first time. Twelve Foot Ninja found room for me in an extra bunk while they were in the Midwest this past weekend for the Wisconsin and Ohio Metalfests (which saw the band perform along additional acts and for a potentially even larger audience than before). Without second thought, I booked flights, packed a bag with essentials, and made forth to Milwaukee to finally meet Twelve Foot Ninja in person.
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A lot was revealed yesterday in regards to the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. And in addition to performing at the award show with the likes of Metallica and others, Stone Sour will also be embarking on the Revolver Road To The Golden Gods tour.
Stone Sour will be joined by In This Moment for a 30 date national tour. While exact dates will be announced soon, the tour will kick off in March and conclude at the Golden Gods Awards (in case the tour’s name didn’t make that obvious). Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor had the following to say about the tour and awards:
“Me and the guys in Stone Sour are very excited, not only to be a part of the Golden Gods, but also to be headline the first Road To The Golden Gods Tour! The Golden Gods is the only awards show in America that truly recognizes and honors our genre; so to be a part of a tour that they sponsor is something that we are all very proud of. We’re looking forward to the tour, and looking forward to the awards ceremony. We promise we will have something special that no one will ever forget!”
Hot off the heels of releasing House Of Gold & Bones Part 1, Stone Sour is expected to release the second part of their concept album in April (with the four part comic series hitting stands on April 17). Check out the recently revealed cover artwork for House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 above.
Ramming Speed’s Winter tour, which saw them playing across the country for an entire month, has come to an end. However, drummer Jonah will still be sharing highlights and pictures of all the craziness that occurred while on the road in his 2011 Ramming Speed Winter Tour Diary.
What’s up Metal Insider! Last we spoke, our caravan had just finished up with the Southwestern U.S. and was heading through Louisiana, dipping deep into Florida, and completing the loop back up to Boston.
While it’s temping to go into detail on how our van smelled three weeks into this run, or how all of my underwear was covered in mold, I figure the realities of touring in this day and age have been fairly well covered. Between Motörhead’s seminal “We Are The Road Crew” (“Another beer is what I need, another gig my ears bleed”) and the unheralded genius of Modern Life Is War’s “D.E.A.D. R.A.M.O.N.E.S” (“Sore back, sore feet, a ragtag army and we’re sick in the heat / We’re not pretty and we’re not rich, we’re gonna have to fucking work for it.”), most people that listen to metal and punk these days realize that, for your average musician, touring is basically living like a homeless person. This has never been more clear than on Christmas morning when I awoke on a hardwood floor behind a drum set in Orlando, completely and utterly thankful for good friends, a hot shower, and a free meal. Basically, the same shit that would make your average bum psyched on life. And this feeling of elation was well before the acid kicked in. The point is that touring is for those that don’t sweat the little things (see: back/hearing problems).
But this talk of self-flagellation is not what you, the rock and roll fan, wants to hear about. You get it already, and you’re ready for the GOOD stuff. You want to hear about the boozing and sweating and all-night ragers that end in wild vomiting and pirate costumes. The ups, not the downs, are what attracts us to the flying V’s and light shows of heavy metal, and who the hell am I to not give you what you want??
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Ramming Speed are in the middle of a Winter tour that has them playing across the country for an entire month. Along the way, Ramming Speed’s drummer Jonah will be sharing highlights and pictures of all the craziness that’s been happening while on the road in his 2011 Ramming Speed Winter Tour Diary.
I’m bad with deadlines, but love sharing personal experiences and adventures. Thus: welcome to the 2011 Ramming Speed Winter Tour Diary! I’ve been taking notes for the last 12 or 13 days, but lashing something coherent together in between hangovers and load ins has proven to be an interesting task. With that in mind, I’m throwing out the three pages of scribbles in my backpack and starting fresh. Let’s go for themes and general concepts.
For one, bro love. Male bonding and the open road. Beer drinking, chest bumps, ZZ Top singalongs, the occasional rubbing of genitals and so on. Saviours quickly proved themselves to not only be a legendary rock and roll band in the making, but intensely fun dudes to be around while on our European tour last year. However, this time, fun dudes turned into best friends and watching them on stage has been like hearing heavy metal for the first time ever, every night of the week. When we weren’t all urinating in front of a city Christmas tree we were drunkenly nerding out over guitar scales or vintage heads. Scummer romance, alive and well.
As a tour package it was easy to adopt a modern day viking mindset. Dirty warriors packed into white metal boxes flying down the highway, bursting into town just to stomp onstage and tear into our gear with reckless abandon. Drunk on freedom… and plastic bottle alcohol. This image is all good fun, but the reality is that some nights are better than others. Despite good intentions and top tier shredding (and rad openers Fight Amp and Bad Dream), our Philly gig proved tame and uneventful. Chicago was at a great venue (the Double Door) with a helpful staff and great hospitality, but ended up under-attended. That said, the unexpected wildness of Lincoln, Nebraska, the welcoming crowd of Columbus, Ohio, or the speed-fueled madness of NYC more than made up for a slow night here and there. And this is the crux of it all: learning to appreciate the ebb and flow of the road. You deal with the curve-balls and you like it. If you try too hard to wrap your head around the “why?” and “how come?”, you’re bound to get brain bubbles.
Maybe it’s your guitarist half naked in the hallway of Reno’s Cal Neva hotel/casino, screaming like a monkey and waving a sharp blade in the face of a young couple sometime around dawn and after many many hours of madness. Or maybe it’s shooting down the icy corridor between Nebraska and Denver on a long ten hour cannonball run, knowing that your fate rests in the hands of the drunk mechanic who quietly snickered at the state of your van before fixing the brakes at a deep discount three days prior.
Your thirty minute set makes your band, but the singular moments of both weird and special during the rest of the day makes your tour. We were very lucky to have Saviours to dump gasoline on the out-of-the-ordinary every time it reared its head and, after some quick tour tattoos, last shots of whiskey, and a packed San Francisco show (with Kowloon Walled City and SLOUGH FEG!), we are now out on our own. The venues will now start changing from clubs to basements and the tour rolls on…
Our Tour Tattoos
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