I'd tell ya. The BIOHAZZARD
dues sure get creative with their backstage artwork. i've seen
complete murals on some of these dressing room walls where we've
April 15 Trier
Today, people back home
in the U.S. are going crazy paying taxes, and here we are messin'
around in Europe! Today also begins about 8 or 9 shows in Germany.
It should prove interesting. See ya after the show...
I met a whole load
of cool people today! All sorts of killer fans but especially
Nica an Jason a couple of American kids whose folks are in the
service. They bought me a bottle of Apfel Korn (Apple Corn), an
absolutely rulling booze from Germany, so yeah, got a bit tispy.
They had a few friends with them and we all just hung out all
day and had fun.
April 16 Munich
This venue was crazy!
It was a terminal of an old airport! We played this place two
years ago, but I just learned today that this was the airport
from the movie "Goodfellows" -which was a true story!
Godly! "Goodfellows" is one of my favorite flicks! The
show went killer! Man, Bobby (who is the first guy to get sick
out here) and Kelly are shreddin'. The both are completely ruling
and I'm glad they're with us! Each show is getting tighter, as
we knew it would, and we're quickly becoming a well-oiled machine.
"Yield while we Wield", dammit!... Poor Bobby is sick
as a dog though. This was not a slamming crowd. It was a headbanging
one! There was this huge cable running front the stage to the
mixing board out front, thereby preventing a pit, so everybody
banged! We went to a Rave after the show...Trippy.
April 17 Stuttgart
Ah, the Longhorn. A gigantic
German country western bar. Go figure. I switched back to tennis
shoes on stage. Those boots might be made for walkin', but not
for drummin'! Hell, I'll get back into 'em, I just gotta get back
into touring first. I made my first major screw-up on stage tonight.
I read the set list wrong and started playing "In Human Form"
instead of "Zero Tolerance" Thank god it started off
with drums, so I kinda faked like I knew what I was doing. We
were laughing about it after the show and Chuck said, "Wow,
I was thinking to myself, "Bonus! Gene's wielding a drum
solo!" Yeah right. Gene was wielding a big pile of stupidity!
April 19 Nurnberg
Well, how do I put this?
History has shown me that Nurnberg, Germany is the one place on
this planet that just happens to be a bad luck place for me. To
make a long story short, some dude in his brand new VENOM shirt
decides he doesn't like us, so he moves right in front of Chuck
and proceeds to flip him off. Hell, that happens, but this is
Nurnberg, so it looked like it was time to do some "regulating"
from the stage. We don't care if you hate us, but if you decide
to throw something at us -like this guy was about to do, I will
personally kill you.
I alerted Evil Steve
that shit could get ugly at anytime and before you could say
"Welcome to Hell", this guy has so many pairs of eyes
watching him,he should have charged admission. Uncle Danny and
everyone who happened to be standing around backstage were ready
to kill if needed. This guy was walking through hell with gasoline
underwear! But no blood was shed, no dough was lost and everybody
else was really cool, I'd say today was a victory!
April 20 Hamburg
I tripped around the
Reeperbahn and then I arranged to have my laundry done. Yippy.
I would like to say that our catering gals rule! Linda, Ann
and helen are all Gods! They have definitely looked after us
and I feel they should be commended! As well as Subsy, the PA
company's stage manager. He's ruling too. I will miss them all
21 Berlin HUXLEY'S NEUE WELT
Ice cream day! There's
this killer ice cream shop at this venue. We're kinda playing
the central shopping district of this area, and the venue is
connected to this mall sort of thing, pretty kooky. Berlin is
a wild place, the most decadent party city in Germany. The whole
DEATH clan walked around for quite a while looking for some
grub -at a place that would hopefully take American Express,
'cause today lunch was on Chuck! But to no avail. Hell, srew
the 'Party City' thing right then. I wished Berlin was the most
American Express friendly city in Germany. Ain't gonna happen.
The set now is totally stormin'! We're really loose on stage
now, and that makes us thighter (what a dichotomy!) The shows
are shreddin' and, as always, I wish this tour wasn't coming
to an end the day after tomorrow. Ah, but at least we're ending
April 22 Chemnitz
East Germany. A beautiful
warm day. One step closer to Poland. We said goodbye to the
catering ladies today. It was a tearful parting... There goes
our guts. Also to Gorefest, 'cause Jan-Chris' wife is having
a baby... good luck dudes!
April 23 Katovica
We have arrived! Ah, Poland! Plaing Poland always rules.
The venue is great and the people are GOD! Everybody is totally
into it here. They'll tear you apart if you get too close, but
that's just 'cause they're an exited and starve for metal! I'll
tell ya one thing, Poland is love. We've been told that as many
as 10,000 people may show up, but I'd be happy with half of
that! See ya after the show.
God, today ruled!
It was this glant all day Metalfest, featuring bands from all
over the world. It had already started by the time we got there,
so when Kelly and I went out to get the first look at the crowd,
there were already about 4,000 people there. Crazy! There were
cops and Polish National Guard everywhere. There was this section
with a barricade, so we could go out and sign stuff without
getting killed -but it got real crazy, real fast. I was escorted
by Uncly Danny and two national Guard dudes with guns! But after
about ten minutes of autographin', it just got too out of control
and the National Guard dudes made me go backstage because people
were starting to get hurt. I spied a couple of girls who were
just crying their eyes out and clutching and screaming and I
thought, "Wow, it's like 'Beatlemania' and then before
I knew it Uncle Danny was pulling them over the barricade..
because they were getting crushed!.. What a jerk I am! Super
Uncle Danny to the rescue!
The show was cookin'...
literally. Two years ago this was the first, and only place
where I played in pantz and a long-sleeved shirt 'cause it was
so cold. But today was nothing like that.. .it was boiling!
We all definitely gave everything we had tonight. It was great!
The crowd was still raging, even after about 13 bands had already
played! It was so awesome! "Pull The Plug" was of
course the encore, and I'll tell ya, I have never beaten my
drums harder than that song tonight. If Zildjan saw what I put
their cymbals through, they would absolutely freak!... Not one
of 'em died! Amazing! Evil Steve was cheerin' at the whole carnage!
major end of the world ending to the set! Judas Priest would've
been jealous! Chuck jumped into the crowd -with his axe- (he's
been doin' that a lot lately!) and the place went nuts! Poland
rules! We can't wait to come back soon! We gave Poland a big
wet kiss and wielded ourselves back to our bus and headed for
home. Crazy tour... crazy, wonderful, memorable tour.. and after
a 26 hour bus ride, and a 13 hour flight... we finally made