Hail! Issues Lebanon Show Road Report
Hail!, the band comprised of Andreas Kisser from Sepultura, Ripper Owens from Judas Priest, David Ellefson formerly of Megadeth, and Paul Bostaph from Slayer, has issued the following report from Lebanon:
"We're here! After several months of planning and 25 hour flights, we arrived in Lebanon last night. Long flights but we made it and everybody is in good spirits. Our hosts from RockRing, Roy Naufal and Maher Mardini, were very excited to greet us and I'm not sure they actually thought we were real. LOL It took a lot of work to pull this all together and it's proof that when everybody works together as a team, good things result. The hotel is really nice, large suites overlooking downtown and the ocean. The layout of the coastline is very similar to Santa Monica/Malibu.
"We went out to dinner with our 'entourage' and had a nice meal and nice conversation as we were warmly welcomed with open arms. After dinner we went to a small rock bar and the drinking continued. After a few rounds we moved to another bar and did some shots of Jagermeister and more beers. It was great to have Paul out with us - he's obviously a ridonkulous drummer and a great guy. He understands our HAIL! mentality and fit in immediately. Welcome aboard mate! We got a 3:00 am tour of the city and coast and (after a brief yack stop for one of our local friends LOL) we got back to the hotel where Andreas and I chilled on the balcony with some more beers until about 5:00. Beautiful evening.
"On the flight over I got to watch the Iron Maiden Flight 666 DVD (thanks David!) and Maiden is just sick! They have conquered the world doing things their own way and they remain the blueprint of success and the epitome of credibility. Thank you for being the backbone of all metal, your relentless hard work, unwavering purpose and enormous success is a true testament to the way it should be. It is our honor to pay tribute to you, without Iron Maiden none of us would be here. HAIL! Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers, Nicko McBrain, Clive Burr (our support always) and Rod Smallwood. Check out brand new video clips from the HAIL! VIP party in Beirut Lebanon."
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