Imminent Sonic Destruction Checks In With Road Report
Imminent Sonic Destruction has checked in with the following road report while out on tour with Pain of Salvation:
"Last we spoke, NYC was in our rear view mirror and the alluring moose call of Canada was beckoning. If you've been following along, you might think we're making some of this up, but seriously you guys, there has been craziness every single day of this tour. And we wouldn't change any of it. Well, maybe one or two things.
"Crossing the border was expected to be an issue for 3 bands from 3 different countries with 2 buses and 2 trailers full of gear. Oh, and due to our loss of a driver in NYC, we didn't cross until 3:30am. However, we only ended up waiting about 30 minutes before being sent on our way to the land where everyone lives in igloos and eats only what they can kill with their bare hands. At least, that's what we thought. Turns out we had a lot to learn.
"First up was Quebec City. Right about the time we were crossing into the city, we got a call that the show was cancelled due to Daniel from PoS being very ill. While this was bad news, we knew he needed rest so that a string of shows wouldn't be cancelled. So now, what to do? We're already in Quebec City... With a night to kill. One word answered our questions and put us on the one way road to unmitigated joy and intestinal distress: POUTINE! A local pointed us to the best place to get it, so we had a great first sample. really good, you guys. We strolled around the beautiful downtown area, ended up in a little local bar to watch Montreal and Ottawa for a period, then headed towards Montreal for the next night's show.
"Montreal. Holy shitballs. I can't figure out how to describe it in a way that will convey it's pure awesomenessitude. So I'll just say, it's kinda like if all the good things in the world were stuffed into a rocket ship and blasted directly at your face while an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo blared from 10-story speakers.
"The show itself was easily the best of the tour so far. Great people with incredible energy, which fed the bands and made everyone step up their game to make it an amazing night. Also, Poutine. I'm just throwing that out there. Maybe it's unrelated, but maybe YOU'RE unrelated.
"Also, we had some time to spend sightseeing in Montreal, and recommend the hell out of it. We took a cab to the Old Port area and our cab driver found out we were musicians, so he spent the entire time singing us selections from his Calypso cd and laughing (ha-HA!!) at every other thing he said. Hilarious. CALYPSO!! Ha-HA!!!
"Next up was Toronto. I have to say, we all decided in the least few days that Canada might be our favorite place to play. Such great cities, appreciative crowds, it's been incredibly cool. After setup we wandered through Little Italy looking for a place to grab a quick beer.
"Side note: Canadian beer? Yeah. They know what they're doing. I recommend St. Ambroise.
"We found a place called the Hogtown Pub and sat at a table on the sidewalk. Met Darryl the owner and chatted with him for a while, great guy. Also Christine, our waitress, was super cool. Metal head and huge Rush fan, bummed she had to work and couldn't come to the show. Darryl, it turns out, plays golf with Alex Lifeson on occasion. All in all, it was a pretty pleasant way to spend an evening. After our show, we went back there to grab a bite and he bought us all shots. Are you starting to see why we love Canada so much? I'll give you a hint in case you're really slow. THE PEOPLE.
"So now we're on our way to Chicago, and we're hoping that the US crowd brings it's "A" Game, because while we were floored by the reception in Canada, we have pride in our country. So if you come to the show tonight, get there early and scream until you lose your voice. Show these bands how we can bring it in America! By the way, I recommend doing your screaming after songs played by the bands. If you just show up at like 5:00 and start screaming nonstop, you'll most likely be escorted out."
You can still catch the band live:
5/10/2013 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
5/11/2013 Station 4 - Minneapolis, MN
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