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Pit Stories: Smooth Move In Germany

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We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Swedish classic heavy metal band Astral Doors sends in a story about how keyboardist Jocke Roberg got his nickname:

This story takes place about 4 years ago in Southern Germany. We were the support act to the fantasy metal heroes Blind Guardian. I can't remember what town we played in, but that's not really important.

Some headline acts treat their support bands like crap and don't allow the technicians to do a proper job. How many gigs haven't you attended where the sound during the support band's actual show has been terrible? In this case however I must pay my tribute to Blind Guardian and their crew: they gave us everything they had, every night. For two months we were treated like kings and the technicians and the rest of the crew did an amazing job for us; night after night. We filmed all 37 gigs, so it's documented:) Thank you Guardians!

Ok, at the gig this particular night, our keyboard player, Jocke Roberg, had a really bad stomach. He was running in and out of the WC before the gig...doing his thing. The show started and everything went really well the first couple of songs. During song four or five, he felt it was time again. He started to sweat and the panic was close. When it was time for one of our most popular songs, “Evil is Forever”, where we use a recorded organ-hymn-kind-of-intro, which he normally plays along to; he took his chance: he ran behind stage, found a bucket and did the big one. We wondered where the hell he went and we were quite prepared to play the rest of the gig without keyboard. However: just as the recorded intro was finished, Mr. Roberg was back on stage. He completed the gig and everything went great. Ever since that day we call him Jocke Bucket!

Astral Doors' "Best of" collection, "Testament of Rock - The Best of Astral Doors" (reviewed here), will be released in North American on January 25th. You can hear the new single, "Victory," on the band's MySpace player.

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1. n0thinghead writes:

fvcking epically priceless!!!! LMFAO!!!!!!!

# Jan 20, 2011 @ 8:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Diamond Oz writes:

You might say that story was... crap? Hohoho!

# Jan 20, 2011 @ 9:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
n0thinghead's avatar

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3. n0thinghead writes:

^^^ i say sir, i do believe that was rather pun-tastic!

# Jan 20, 2011 @ 9:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Diamond Oz writes:

Cool to see they're still going though. An incident like this could result in a band... kicking the bucket.

# Jan 20, 2011 @ 9:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. brandedcfh420 writes:

maybe it was on his "bucket" list

# Jan 20, 2011 @ 9:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Diamond Oz writes:

Like it Branded!

Now that I think of it, publicity like this can really open doors for a band... Astral Doors.

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n0thinghead's avatar

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7. n0thinghead writes:

i don't believe this story. i think it was all just... a bucket of sh**.

# Jan 20, 2011 @ 10:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. RTB writes:

to quote lips of anvil
" thats dedication pal"

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