Another Cradle Of Filth Tour Report From Bassist
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Cradle Of Filth is still on tour in the US in support of their latest release, "Nyphetamine." What's the latest from the road? Bassist Dave Pybus checks in with the following:
Wed 17th Nov - Kansas City, Beumont Music Hall
On the road again... last time we played Kansas was an off-date for Ozzfest 2003, the night before Martin's birthday. He nearly ended up dead that night. Not this time though, as it's Paul's birthday today. He got away lightly compared. Me and James got up at 4am to visit our first Wal-mart since we arrived and bought him a huge chocolate cake (... and me a football, yay) etc. Was kinda surreal, us being the only two people in the whole place at that god awful time. Dawn of the dead creepy. So... later, we gave him the cake that Sarah kindly decorated (and got the numbers mixed up, reading 43), onstage and we played a tight set to a great crowd. I came down with a cold today and had Sharlee from Arch Enemy feed me whiskey 'til the early hours. Made me feel a little better but still didn't sleep much. Himsa and the Bleeding Through guys tried to hijack me and Martin on to their bus for the night drive to Dallas. I managed to escape with my cold at the last minute. Martin wasn't that lucky.
Thu 18th Nov - Dallas, Gypsy Ballroom
Never played here before. Didn't do much today as we had a late sound check. Was nice to have a hot shower. All the usual hurry up and wait, get ready to do nothing fast bullshit. Didn't really have the energy to fight it either. Just floated along. Watched Himsa from out front for the first time. Loud crowd tonight with a smallish stage. Had a few problems but nothing like last night, when my bass cabinet just went off for the last song. Ploughed through it in the heat. Got quite a few bras as the girls here in Dallas don't seem to mind not wearing them. Chilled after the show with Brandon (Bleeding Through) and Johnny (Himsa) while watching some homeless guy moonwalk for Scott's birthday. Gotta say, these two guys are like the most pleasurable frontmen I have encountered in my whole time in the music biz... Ever! We talked about the hardships of life on the road and how, over the years, things slowly change. Starting out in vans, near death experiences, playing small shitty venues to just a handful of people, just enough money for fuel to get to the next show... FOR YEARS! I remember the week before I started session for COF, back in May 2001. I was sleeping on the van floor for ten days straight on tour with Orange Goblin. This was quite common for me back then. These days we command two buses and a great crew. It's easy now to forget those times. But in a way, it doesn't get easier. It just means you can stay on the road for longer periods of time and put more energy into the show. It's usually the downtime that bores you to death now.
Fri 19th Nov - New Orleans, House Of Blues
The venue where we first played with Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Sworn Enemy at the start of the Ozzfest tour. Our good friend Sammy Duet (Ex-Acid Bath/Goatwhore) came down early and took me and Sarah out for dinner and to show us around some cool stores in the New Orleans french quarter. Had to let him leave us early due to a hangover. Kinda funny, when we arrived there was a swingers convention going on next door to the venue and groups of middle aged drunk women with large cleavages kept trying to get on the bus. This show was a bit of a debacle. Heads down for most of it. Quite a few bra's on stage though. After show was better. Met up with our friends again and went out. Bourbon Street was nuts! Our super hero Damien Storm showed up when we returned to the bus at 3 am. The drive to Austin was broken up by our bus being sideswiped by a truck and (only) losing it's wing mirror. Close. Are we destined to die out here?
Sat 20th Nov - Austin, Back Room
Last time we were here it was over 100 degrees inside the club. Worse news was, it was like 110 OUTSIDE, so there was absolutely no escape. Today was a little better. Same club heat, probably the hottest show so far on this tour, but cooler outside, thankfully. Bit tired from the last three shows but it's a packed house tonight and we managed to get it together for a great show. It's way too small for any kind of production so it's down to us performing good. Not really any technical problems tonight which helps us immensely and we collect a tour high seven bra's in the process. It was Derek, the drummer from Bleeding Through's birthday and a girl I met earlier turned out to be a lap dancer so he got a nice present. My good friend Lally showed up too. Tomorrow is a much needed day off. The show days are pretty physical and intense. You don't seem to notice how run down you get until you actually stop and get a day room to shower and have a proper hot meal. Even the days off fly by.
Mon 22nd Nov - Denver, Ogden Theatre
Halfway point of the tour already. Played here before, although last time in Denver was with Type O Negative at the Fillmore down the street, a venue I seem to have no recollection of. Signing session at the store next door to the theatre after sound check. The queue didn't seem to ever get any shorter but I only missed Himsa's first song. Me and Martin went in the crowd at the front and we later joined by Marta. No one bothered us, except singer Johnny. He seemed happy to see us. Quickly went out for Chinese food and caught some of Bleeding Through and A.E. on our return. Tonight was pretty packed and when we hit the stage the crowd seemed a little laid back. Maybe tired? The sound onstage is always weird here, like quiet, so it makes us feel a little isolated and the audience at a distance. If they don't make a lot of noise we feel lonely. On top of that, not a single bra hit stage! But it wasn't bad... far from it. We had a little drink afterwards with Chris from A.E. as it's his birthday tomorrow and we won't see them until the day after as we will drive straight to Tempe.
Wed 24th Nov - Tempe, Marquee Theatre
I turned up late from the hotel on purpose knowing there was nothing around, but no way as late as James who'd been missing since the day before having his first tattoo, done by Evil Dave (Incision tattoos). He ended up missing
sound check. We played here last year and I was excited to be in a good venue again, even though the shower was bust. Had fun watching all the other bands rip the crowd to pieces and when we hit stage all hell broke loose. We had technical problems form the start which became a major distraction for the show and so we came off a little deflated. The crowd was good though and
still loved it, thankfully sparing us. Was a bit of a downer to also find that Himsa and BT had left early and so didn't hang out much. And guess what... no bras!
Thu 25th Nov - Los Angeles, House Of Blues
We were woken at 8am by our tour manager Big Martin to the news that our bus had broken down 40 miles outside Pheonix and a new bus was arriving shortly. So, we swapped buses in the middle of the desert after only 3 hours sleep
and carried on towards LA as soon as possible. Obviously, the crew arrived before us and so we had a late sound check. Bam and Brandon from Jackass suddenly appeared totally out of the blue and the other good news was tonight had sold out. I hung around and saw great sets by all the bands before us and I was nervous we were not gonna be able to keep up after last
nights onstage shit. But... I was totally wrong. This could have been the show of the tour (I can't say right now 'cos its not over yet) and we came offstage on a total high. We had a laugh for once afterwards and some great people were there to witness it. I stayed over in LA with friends.
Fri 26th Nov - Anaheim, House Of Blues
Tonight was sold out over 3 weeks ago. Bleeding Through's "Home town" gig. Arrived on time for sound check and a chance to chill before tonight's show started. The venue's security seemed a little confused with our passes which
meant us and our guests kept being hassled the whole time. Some of our friends didn't even make it in. Missed some of Himsa tonight as I fell
asleep on the bus before. Shit. I was kinda feeling a little lazy before we hit stage but once we got on all was good. Managed yet another blinding gig with Dani being on top form, mid set pulling some of my missing underwear out of his pocket to get a cheap laugh from the crowd. Bastard. I invited some fans backstage who had made this their third straight show at the front
and were even making tomorrows! Now that's dedication. Hung with the Himsa guys and Sarah until we pulled out at the usual 3am leave. I'm still ill :-(
Sat 27th Nov - San Diego, Soma
Never been here before. The venue was a huge old cinema with below par facilities. Another day with no shower. Didn't eat all day either. Bummed out zombie state was strong today. Did do a little toy shopping though at a flea market near by. The positive was, the ticket sales was approaching 2,000 and all the bands took advantage of the enthusiastic Saturday night
crowd. Great show for all. We had a little party afterwards which finished with us getting kicked out of the venue. It then moved onto Bleeding
Through's bus, ending with Martin and Thomas (B.T. Merch guy) having a belt whipping session. I was shocked. I mean, what's wrong with a kiss? I guess I'm just old fashioned. Set off without Sarah so she had to run after us down the street. We left early as we had to change bus again the next day. Wow, must have been good tonight, seven bras onstage!!!
Sun 28th Nov - San Francisco, Fillmore
Thought we'd been here before but I was wrong. Met the guys from AFI before the show, which was a pleasure. Also got to hook up with my old friend Ghost of G.G.F.H. Watching from the balcony I noticed a pretty violent pit tonight for Bleeding Through. Big guys just running into each other and punching anyone who came near them. Even girls are in there. I don't see the sense but hey, I'm onstage. It looks dangerous. We got news today of someone who was seriously hurt in Denver I remember at the end of our set as we walked off stage, lots of security
guards went into the pit and I instructed our tour manager to check it out, as I was concerned something had gone seriously wrong. I saw a couple of fans jumping into the pit from above before the end of the song and thought it was way out of line. I want people to know we, as a band, do not condone anything like crowd violence. We spend a lot of time and effort trying to entertain our fans in other ways. It's a shame when something like this happens and we hope the person injured is ok. Anyway, back to tonight show. We did our fourth straight good gig to another sold out audience. Pretty hot
without a shower, yet again. Thankfully, a day room tomorrow half way to Seattle to try get back to being human again.
Source: Roadrunner Records
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