Moonspell Issues New Road Report From Blackest Of The Black Tour
Gothic Portuguese metal band Moonspell has issued the following tour update on their MySpace page:
Kicking back, hanging out, cooling. All these words, which I don't use or practice enough back in Europe, start making sense in the back lounge of the bus, a light smile calling up to the face, a warm breeze from the open window (yes, it's open and the AC is off!!! We don't care, we're from Europe, into the wild), outside the backdoor parking of Scout Club in S.Antonio, Texas. It's a showday today, party was mildly wild last night though it feels we have rocked through it pace'till death. First it was the Foundation Room, the huge American shots, like alcohol artillery making tabula rasa of your insides, then the Danzig bus, then our bus to finally stumble around the oppressive lights of a jumbo Walmart and wake up the next day with pumpkin pie crumbles all over the couch and a hard pressed ultra mega chips ahoy! pack under the pillow.
It's a past night that embodies well the spirit of this tour, that subtracted its little amount of back and forth (what would be a tour without it?), sees everyone hanging out together, delivering the goods on stage and basically at peace with a campaign which is fulfilling its ultimate goal: to pass on this good atmosphere to the crowds which we see pleasingly reacting and giving it all since SkeletonWitch, the first and great band, enters stage with its rabid thrash metal and their American beers; up to the Dirty Black Summer just paints it all black and strong. I see people leaving exhausted but enthusiastic about everyone's shows, I see merchandisers working in every booth, I see that, because, many times I am there, in the crowd, banging heads, drinking beers that people buy me and thank me for drinking (!). Now I remember: last night party begun just left to the pit, and when Danzig was over there was like 4 empty cups, one inside the other, in my left hand. Yes I do the horn sign, right red handed.
On tour, I realize now we have been doing it since 1995, one of the trickiest things to do it's to measure time and then handle it properly. As for me I account with words and pics what's going on and without noticing it some hours are gone. What we don't have at home, time, we have plenty to spare on tour. That plenty can be an abyss or a rainbow, depends where are you going and how sensitive are you to the noble art of waiting. One of the things I learned is to try not to change your habits dramatically, when you switchblade between lives. Take today, for example, I woke up at touring hours, that is never before 1PM, washed my face, brushed my teeth, shaved in the bus (I have all the technique and my skin is smooth as a virgin's pale), made breakfast just like at home (at home I would have skipped the chips, though) and only a few minutes ago have I left the bus to check on the precincts and to take some pics, record some people and whatnot for the sake of a well kept tour diary. So, the secret lies in transferring the energies and habits from home to your mobile home. Hey, it's not that complicated and you go already through some much moments of strange on tour, that is cool to have this bubble inside the bubble.
It all started with a thankfully painless flight trip to Miami, Florida. After a first tortilla chips and corona feast, the tour kicked into life the day after. It was a promising start and allows me space for my first reflection: North America has never been easy to Moonspell. We do have a growing always loyal base of fans, now spread out by the restless work of our street teamers, but those fans have always been to me like those special connoisseurs of old European Metal, who know how to taste a fine wine. That's hearty and wonderful but quite not enough to establish Moonspell in the USA as the band we are in Europe. So we need to operate the miracle of turning us into something more than us a fine, secluded wine. We need to be beer, that's it! But getting back to the reflection I can see that touring here for seven years (being the one first tour in 1999 together with In Flames) was not in vain and that even people that don't know our music, have heard the name somewhere and that's what we want to keep up, at least for the 25 minutes we get to play on the blackest dates and on a basis of merch and CD sales, stats, mouth to ear, hanging out and talking to people and of course to enjoy Danzig's set, things are shaping up.
Yesterday in Dallas we got to see what an American party is all about, and even though photos are somewhat forbidden on this tour, our eyes and memory are still enough to absorb behaviour, difference and the generously breast sized blonde Texas ladies, some of them gracing us with their beauty, some of them with their dancing skills and others, with a fine, fine sense of chatting. Not all is that wild on tour, there are boring days where eating at a Denny's or loosing a piercing on stage sums up to final excitement, but all of it is way different, and for us, Europeans, great to observe and when time is right to take part of.
That was the case with climbing up the Rocky stairs in Philly and to retemper our strength with the finest cheese steak at Jim's/South Street, just before our very first instore in the US; also the case of walking all the way from Grand Central to 4th Street in NY and spend the night marvelled at that incredible city, retempering forces at Nathan's, best hot dog in the fookin world served in the magnificent, somewhat melancholic Coney Island; going to the Laundromat in Chicago after great deep dish pizza; and (my favourite learnt expression on this tour) whatnot.
All of it is somewhat ordinary to all of you, American fans, reading. But for us these folk moments are somewhat magic on all their normalcy and routine, they are like you going to Europe and dine by candlelight, or have a smoke in Amsterdam, royale with cheese…and I strongly believe that a tour should be more than just playing, partying, and going. Should have magic or magic should be found in the small things and on the great adversities. Anyway touring people should know about this, that's what keep us coming back to sleep on a veritable coffin like bunk, to have cold showers when the boiler is gone or some hottie hangs out, and eat scraps of tuna or chicken when time is up and you gotta go.
And the communion with the other bands, the dream and the nightmare shared, the power failures on shows, the partying at Skeleton Witch van, listening to Abigail, the fire alarm going out at Dimmu's set, the old underground chats with Shagrath and Silenoz (Shagrath bought the Moonspell EP in 1993, sent money to Portugal and everything), rocking to Mother on the audience, going for chicken wings with Winds of Plague, and even fighting the crew over the use of AC in the bus (we call it the Cold War) adds up to a great experience, of which I shall account here at least one more time.
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