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Clawfinger Frontman Reflects On Azkena Festival

CLAWFINGER frontman Zak Tell has posted this message on the band's official website:

"We survived, just barely! Of course it turned out to be a pain in the ass as expected, nine hours, four airports, three flights, one crew member short, a broken guitar and two smashed guitar cases, too much beer and not enough sleep all contributed to grumpiness and dissatisfaction, arriving at the (Azkena Rock) festival only 50 minutes before the show didn't help much either! Just to make things worse we also paid nearly 600 euro in overweight, yipiiii! Furthermore I managed to break my microphone cable (sort of on purpose!) and drop the mic on Bård's guitar pedal, turning it off, exactly at the same time as André's bass bummed out, leaving Jocke and Henka as the only two members actually creating any noise on stage for about 10 seconds! From what we'd heard we were also supposed to be playing the next best slot of the evening and there was apparently a press conference planned. Well we played a 45-minute set at 17:45 and there wasn't a journalist in sight!!!

Anyway regardless of what happens to us before and afterwards the show must go on and once you see the happy smiling faces in the audiences you tend to forget all the shit you've been through earlier and it was a fun crowd. People seemed to be having a really good time and you could smell the sweet scent of marijuana in the air everywhere! It was kind of early in the evening and I think quite a few people probably saw us for the first time as we don't visit Spain very frequently anymore but I also know that there were some old Clawheads there cos' I could see those fuckers singing their hearts out! Anyway thank you all for rockin' out with us! It was a nice festival, the weather was good and the vibe was relaxed! Henka and me went out into the crowd after the show and checked out the different stands selling t-shirts and stuff and people were coming up to us asking to take photos which means we must have done something right.

We stayed on for quite a while, I saw a bit of Mooney Suzuki and we hung around in the Gibson bus and the backstage area drinking beers but in the end we realized how tired we really were after haven gotten up at 04:00 in the morning to make the first flight! Also we knew that we had 10 more hours, three flights and four airports on the way back the next day as well so we decided to make our way to the hotel to get some sleep. Of course Jocke and I ended up sitting in my room drinking beer and talking until about 02:00 which only left us with five hours to sleep. Anyway, but hey that's nothing new, it seems like we never learn... I guess cos' we don't want to."

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