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Cristina Scabbia Talks About Touring the US, Lacuna Coil Plans Headlining Tour

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LiveDaily.com reports: For Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia, it is not difficult to be a female hard-rock singer in a male-dominated world. She counts on professionalism and respect to earn fans.

"As long as you believe in yourself, you can always do it," said Scabbia, who shares vocal duties in the Milan, Italy-based band with male Andrea Ferro.

"I always thought if you give respect to people, you always get the same respect back. Of course, if you are expecting to be just the female in the band and then it's easy to make it just because of that---you are wrong. You're absolutely wrong. You have to be able to do your job. You have to be able to have balls. But I don't think it's a question of being a woman or a man. It's a question of having the right attitude."

Lacuna Coil, which currently is in the midst of the Jagermeister Music Tour with Stone Sour, is one of the few European hard-rock bands to cross the ocean and make a name for itself. It broke into the US market thanks to a 2004 spot on the Ozzfest tour supporting "Comalies" and a 2006 position opening for Rob Zombie. Scabbia chalks up her band's success to the fact that it is "offering something different from the other bands."

"Our music is not the typical music you listen to every day," she said. We always could care less about cliches and music. But we always try to be inspired by different things, and we created something that's absolutely different--we have two singers, a male and female, but we don't use the voices as the beauty and the beast. We have aggressive parts, but a lot of melody in the music. I think that made the difference. We're successful, too, probably because of the relationship with the fans, as well. We always like to interact with them, which we always thought was really important."

Other European hard rock bands haven't been so fortunate because of the high cost to bring a tour to the United States, she explained.

"There's an ocean in between, so it's really expensive to come here and to bring a lot of stuff, to have a decent [stage show], and it's a question of budget and a question of time, as well. If you want to tour properly in the US, you need a lot of time. It's not like you come here, play for a week and then it's done. You have to be able to touch every territory, touch different clubs--A clubs, B clubs, festivals, as well. It's basically a question of time, organization and budget."

After the Jagermeister tour wraps up, Lacuna Coil will begin a headlining tour in support of its latest album "Karmacode." The first single, "Our Truth," was featured on the soundtrack for the movie "Underworld: Evolution."

"Karmacode" closes with a cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence."

"It actually happened because we were thinking about covering a song especially for the live shows," Scabbia said. "We just wanted a very famous song that everybody could sing during shows. We tried different songs, but we just found out 'Enjoy the Silence' was absolutely perfect for our style, but it wasn't meant to be a [Lacuna Coil] single; it was just meant to be a famous song that people could sing during the show. But then people liked it so much that we had to release it as a single because people wanted it."

By the end of this year or the beginning of 2008, Lacuna Coil will return to the studio to record the follow-up to 2006's "Karmacode," which the band co-produced with Waldemar Sorychta. The group has begun penning new material, but it doesn't have complete songs.

"But we're collecting new ideas, keeping everything together and practicing a little bit," Scabbia said.

Here are the latest Lacuna Coil tour dates:

April 30 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club (w/Stone Sour and Shadows Fall)
May 1 - St. Louis, MO - Vintage Vinyl (acoustic performance)
May 1 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant (w/Stone Sour and Shadows Fall)
May 2 - Omaha, NE - Dietze Music (acoustic performance)
May 2 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium (w/Stone Sour and Shadows Fall)
May 4 - Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom (w/Stone Sour and Shadows Fall)
May 5 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note (w/Shadows Fall)
May 7 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall (w/Within Temptation, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 8 - Knoxville, TN - Blue Cats (w/Within Temptation, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 9 - Columbia, SC - Headliners (w/Within Temptation, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 13 - Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda (w/Within Temptation, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 15 - Quebec City, Quebec - Theatre Imperial (w/Within Temptation, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 16 - Toronto, Ontario - The Opera House (w/The Gathering, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 17 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop (w/The Gathering, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre (w/The Gathering, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 19 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection (w/The Gathering, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 21 - Moorhead, MN - Marguerite's Music (acoustic performance)
May 21 - Fargo, ND - House of Rock at Playmakers (w/The Gathering, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 22 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Garrick Centre (w/The Gathering, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 23 - Regina, Saskatchewan - The Distrikt (w/The Gathering, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 25 - Edmonton, Alberta - Dinwoodie Lounge (w/The Gathering, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 26 - Calgary, Alberta - MacEwan Hall (w/The Gathering, In This Moment and Stolen Babies)
May 28 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Croatian Cultural Centre (w/The Gathering and Stolen Babies)
May 29 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon (w/The Gathering and Stolen Babies)
May 30 - Spokane, WA - The Boulevard (w/Within Temptation and Stolen Babies)
May 31 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre (w/Within Temptation, Kylesa and Stolen Babies)
June 1 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's (w/Within Temptation, Kylesa and Stolen Babies)
June 4 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brew (w/Within Temptation, Kylesa and Stolen Babies)
June 5 - Sparks, NV - New Oasis (w/Within Temptation, Kylesa and Stolen Babies)
June 6 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theatre (w/Within Temptation, Kylesa and Stolen Babies)

Source: Live Daily

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