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Gorizia, Italy was something of a disaster: it was, at once, one of the best and worst shows of the tour. On one hand, we had so many technical issues that we almost forgot about how ridiculously hot it was; on the other hand, it was a packed venue filled with very excited, passionate fans banging their heads and singing along to every song. Ultimately it was a great night, but the entire day leading up to Cynic’s set was a nightmare.
When I stepped out of the bus and saw the Swiss countryside, I thought we must have stopped somewhere for gas or for our driver to rest. Then I realized the little cafe next to our bus was actually the Bad Bonn.
Before I even had a chance to sit down, the bartender offered me a drink and said that food was on the way. Bad Bonn was quickly becoming my favorite stop on the tour.
I recognized the plaza where The Nachtleben was immediately, having been there almost ten years ago while visiting family here in Frankfurt. I thought it might be fun to come back to Frankfurt, but didn’t expect to actually remember anything.
The venue was basically the basement of a cafe on one of the corners of the plaza, a small room with an even smaller stage and a bar. It was a small place, but seemed to be the premier venue for metal/rock bands. I saw stickers in the dressing room for everyone from Anekdoten to Katatonia, as well as posters and listings for such artists as Dick Dale and Jello Biafra. Continue reading
I woke up in Paris to Markus, our tour manager, telling me it was time to load in. Once I stepped outside and saw how nice the weather was in Paris, I forgot about how tired I was and was happy to load in gear first thing in the morning.
The venue, smaller than the one in Lyon, was a pretty cool club–imagine a French version of the Troubadour in L.A. with chandeliers a la the El Rey (where Cynic will be starting their headlining US tour on July 22nd). The techs there were pretty cool and we got everything set up quickly and easily, a first for this tour. During sound check the lighting tech showed me some cool stuff on the three boards I had to work with tonight. Continue reading
We arrived in the miserably hot morning for the Lyon Metalfest, the second show of the tour. It wasn’t really any hotter than Toulouse, I suppose, but the venue feeling like a sauna made it seem far worse. Our tour manager nearly fainted while running the merch booth upstairs.
This was Cynic’s second time at this venue. The last time they played there was during their tour with Opeth. Continue reading
Today marks the first show of the tour, the Toulouse Metalfest at Le Phare. Alongside Cynic were Gorod, Paradise Lost, Soulfly, and Loudblast, who Sean and Paul toured with in 1994 while still members of Death. This was my first time running lights for the band outside of rehearsal, as well as my first time running lights for a concert, ever. Needless to say, I was a little bit nervous.
Because of the restrictions of the venue, I had to do the lights from the side of the stage, hence the camera angles. It wasn’t too bad, though; that was the view I had at the first few rehearsals, anyway. It was a little hard to hear the band over Sean from
back there, however.
After the initial panic and the communication disaster with the venue’s lighting engineer, we got the show started smoothly. Because it was a festival, the guys only played 40 minutes of their full 90 minute set.
It’s now several hours after the show and we’re back in the bus on our way to gig #2 at the Lyon Metalfest, where Cynic will share the stage with Loudblast again.