Gorefest Checks In With Tour Report
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Gorefest drummer Ed Warby and guitarist Boudewijn Bonebakker have posted the following update on the band's website:
"Yes, we actually did two (count 'em, 2!) shows in a row this Easter weekend! The first one was the annual Paaspop festival in Schijndel, where we were by far the heaviest act on the bill. We arrived around 17.00, in understandably good spirits at the prospect of finally playing live again. Our lovely tour manager Naomi led us to our quarters (one in a row of slightly less than stable trailers) where the first of several interviews were to be conducted. I myself (Ed) was more interested in getting some food, so I snuck off into the restaurant for a juicy steak, after which I assisted my drum tech Sander in setting up my enormous drum kit (some say I'm trying to compensate for something here). I think we were all a bit nervous when show time came around, but as soon as we ripped into For The Masses it was all good. The masses appreciated our efforts enthusiastically, panties were flying in Frank's general direction, safe to say it was a typical Gorefestival show. We had however miscalculated our set time, so we had to skip Tangled In Gore, but we did manage to cram loads of other old favourites into the hour we were given: The Glorious Dead, Get A Life, Mental Misery, Low, etc. And we even did some new songs! Promoting the new album and all, you know. After the show we went back to our dressing room to get changed for the planned signing session. We talked to the fans, had our picture taken, and tried to fit 4 autographs on one single drumstick. After that it was drinking time! Unfortunately by then we had to vacate our trailer for the lusciously long legged Els and her Vive La Fete, so we moved up one trailer to hang out with our mates in Racoon. Throaty laughter, close harmony vocalising and excessive alcohol consumption (platinum selling acts get way better drinks in their dressing room) ensued until it was time to go home. The next day: Noordschok in Groningen! I'll leave it to birthday boy Boudewijn to fill you in on the details of that day...
"Pick up time at three in the pm. Neck muscles still sore from the violent head banging the previous day. The 'tour bus' stops in front of my house and we're on the road again! One ample hour on the way, a loud noise and violent shaking takes over the normal noises of the bus which starts to lean over to the right. 'Oh, that's just the afterburner' says the driver nonchalantly and he ups his speed some more to pass a clean cut family car. Nervous honking on horns of the other road users and a distinct smell of burnt rubber makes him decide that it wasn't the 'afterburner' after all.
"So we arrive somewhat off schedule in Groningen. Ed and JC are already there. Luckily the catering is still open and me and Frank and the crew load our plates with a very good meal. We're ready to take our seats when Sadus' fretless wonder Steve Digiorgio and tour manager Rob Lewis come over to shake hands. It's been a good 13 years since we toured the States together with Death. A lot of happy memories there. Back at the dressing room it's homemade apple pie to celebrate my b'day. Then off to stage to prep the show. Loads of cool bands like Darkane, Textures and Winter of Sin have warmed the venue up and when the machine explodes into transit for the second time this Easter weekend the crowd can feast on our particular torrent of thunderous metal. Thanks to our brilliant sound engineer Pieter, monitor/stage wiz Laurens, drum tech extra-ordinaire Sander, master of all that brings light Herman, tour mistress Naomi and queen of the shirts Talitah. Our crew that kept and keeps on sticking by us through thick. It's you that makes our metal shine!"
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