Pit Stories: Fear The Witch
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We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories from metal shows. This week Nils K. Rue of Pagan's Mind shares a story involving his psychic friend and a witch. Read on to see what that's all about:
A friend of mine is a psychic person, and sees both future, past and what's going on presently. He is deadly accurate in a lot of his visions, and I have proof for that. He also finds lost keys, missing persons etc. It may sound like bullshit to some, but there is evidence you just can't refuse to look past. He has helped me in a lot of matters, but since “the images” he gets in his head also is mixed sometimes into his very vivid and dramatic fantasy (and sense of humor), I have learnt over the years to filter out what he probably read in dungeons and dragons book or saw in a horror movie and what is a fact.
The first year I knew him, I didn't realize that some of his sayings were part of his fantasy, so he scared the hell out of me regularly – until I learned how to understand him and interpret “his language.” It could be like “there's an old man standing behind you right now, he is your grandfather (and he described him perfectly)” stuff, to “you will break big next year with a song that goes with these chords: E, F, G, C etc. Well, that didn’t happen…
The first year I knew him, we headed out for a three week European tour, and my friend said he would send me strength and stamina during the tour to stay healthy and focused. Three days before the tour, he called me and said we needed to meet because he had an important message for me. Something really bad would happen during the tour, and I had to be cautious. He dropped by my apartment the same night, and told me that on a certain date at a certain venue a witch would be there to attend the show. This so-called evil person would be there to give me something, which would be a stone soaked in blood. If I accepted this stone, it would put a curse on me forever that would follow me for generations to come. Devastated I bought it, but needed to know what this witch looked like so I could hide from her. He described the person vaguely, but said he had to work more on getting a true image, and come back to me. Two days later, day before our departure, he came by with an image he had printed out from the internet, this was the woman I should fear and keep away from. He kept on repeating that she was very dangerous and was there to harm me.
On the date that he had foreseen, on that particular venue and city, we arrived (half-way out in the tour) and I was scared the whole day if his “prophecy” would be correct. I was staying in the nightliner bus as close to the show that evening as I could, I didn’t want to expose myself to fans more than necessary that day. I grabbed a couple of beers backstage just before showtime to cool off my nerves. The intro started, and the band started playing. I usually enter the stage just before I am supposed to sing, that's my “entrance.” The moment I started to sing the first lines of “God´s Equation” and felt the roar from the crowd, I suddenly recognized the face my friend had showed me just one and a half week in prior, just in front of the stage barrier.
It was her. It was the witch. She stared at me with a big smile through her witchglasses. I was so scared and nervous I almost shat my pants. I think I never did a lousier job in front of a crowd ever. I felt strangled, and was short-breathed and dizzy from the shock of seeing her so clearly on the exact same date and location as my friend had mentioned. If this was true, so would the curse be. Every time there was an instrumental part, I ran backstage and tried to get myself together, and to hide. Finally the show was over, she stood at the same exact spot during the whole show, with the same big smile.
However, I had informed the band about her and showed them the picture so that they could warn me if she showed up. After the show we had to do signings for the fans in the lobby at the venue. I sent out Jørn Viggo to look if she were among the fans waiting in line for an autograph. He returned and assured me that the coast was clear. Nervous I entered the lobby and did signings for about half an hour. I rushed back to the backstage because I wanted to wash some clothes in a washing machine they had at the venue before bus call. The laundry room was through some dark corridors in the fourth floor in this enormous venue, and not easy to find. Half-way into the washing program I was reading a magazine waiting for the washer to finish.
Suddenly the door was opened wide, and she stood there staring at me with the same intense glare and smile as during the gig. She said nothing, just stared and me and smiled. My heart jumped over a couple of beats before fury, rage and panic rushed through me. I jumped up, clenched my fists and screamed: “Get the hell away from me you witch, before I call security!!” Must be the first time ever I was about to punch a woman. I was really so out of myself and all the fear just came out as rage at once. Anyway, she turned and left pretty saddened. I picked up my clothes and went into the bus to hide again. When the bus finally left, I could see her through the window running after the bus with a pen and a CD in her hands. The other guys tried to calm me down and said “you’re out of danger now,” “were on the road again.”
That same night I received an SMS from my friend: “I know you met her tonight, good that you didn’t accept the cursed bloodstone.” “It's over now, relax my friend.” It was a very scary experience, but a couple of days later I received an email. It was from a woman that said she was trying to approach me getting an autograph at the gig I feared. She was a longtime fan, but her English was not good, and she also didn’t dare to talk to me directly. She was sad that I got so angry when all she wanted was an autograph, but apologized so much anyway and hoped maybe for a signed CD next time around. Needless to say, it was her, and over the weeks following I learnt that she was actually a totally harmless, music-loving woman with no cruel intentions. I learnt that my friend again had mixed his sights (which was correct to person, date and place) with his fantasy, and made a horror story out of a poor fan that wanted my autograph. I am quite superstitious, but I have learnt from this not to believe everything you hear.
Pagan's Mind recently signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and will release their upcoming album, entitled "Heavenly Ecstasy," on May 31st in North America.
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