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Sabbat Check In With Tour Diary

UK thrash band Sabbat have posted an extensive tour diary on their website. A few excerpts from the diary are available to view below.

By the hand of fate and the alignment of planets it came to be that we were finally able to "Bat Into America". With our 'stage set in a suitcase" and the promise of all other equipment waiting for us we were at last on our way to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Martin had already flown ahead ,experiencing a 24 hour delay in Chicago, to hook up with long time friend John Snelling who was to handle our merchandise on all four dates. The rest of the band and soundman/vampire James Dunkley flew out to New York a couple of days later. Tour management and guitar teching were to be in the more than capable hands of Andy's long time friends Richard Ward and Mike Martin (of the bands Stuck Mojo and Fozzy).

Next day, Sunday, was showday and we got some fantastic views of the New York cityscape and skyline as we journeyed in to the centre and BB Kings Blues Club. Nerves were on edge prior to showtime but there was no need to worry; we are playing better than ever and the fans are baying maniacs who have waited nigh on 20 years for this. We did not aim to disappoint ! Cautionary, Hosanna, Clerical, Crooked Cross, Dark Horses, Eye 4 an Eye, Best of Enemies, How Have the Mighty, Church Bizzare, Wildfire and For Those Who Died; the numbers sped by and all too soon its over and we're celebrating our first US gig like the kids we started out as. We spend as much time as we can meeting fans and sharing some beers. Eventually, we get back but without Gizz. He is very kindly being driven back to the hotel by a fan who has the same directional dysfunctionality as our taxi driver and eventually has to leave Gizz at a garage in order to get another taxi back to the hotel. Kin,ell its only been 24 hours and we nearly a man down already!

Tuesday and it's showday in Mokena, near Chicago. We breakfasted at a great pancake place and our waitress, who was no stranger to supersizing, was guestlisted for the show in appreciation of her great service. Collectively we thought " she'll never show". The Pearl Rooms is a real metal venue, big stage, drum riser and great facilities. We are full of anticipation for this one. I personally love a big stage as Sabbat has always been quite a mobile band onstage and we can career about like lunatics. Unfazed by a dressing room that as Martin puts "looks like an Australian brothel" we hit the stage and its electric. Band and crowd are feeding off each others energy and everyone's lovin it. A great show methinks and after we meet the fans in the unbelievably plush Green Room. Some of these guys had driven interstate for between 6 to 10 hours and their appreciation was humbling. I was later informed that in the crowd was our very own pancake waitress; toetapping and all.

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