Volker just joined the 21st century and got a MySpace page. If you use MySpace, go friend him and say hello.
Personally I hate MySpace: I dislike the layout, I dislike the way it keeps lagging out, and most of all I dislike the people who own it – the very right-wing News Corporation, who also run Fox News in America, and pump out propaganda for the Bush administration. On the other hand, it’s important that we have a presence there in order to get our message out. It still makes me a little uncomfortable though.
While looking for the link to the Schwarze Seiten interview from 2002, I stumbled across this… Let’s Go To Europe on MTV! In case it wasn’t obvious, Patrick broke his arm just before the shoot, which is why it’s in that horrible white sling. We really should have shot around it, but for some reason the director decided to show it. Sigh.
Someone’s posted a couple of audience camera videos from WGT on to YouTube. Second Shot and Moscow Idaho. They look pretty good for cameraphone vids. Hopefully we’ll have some of the real ones ready soon, Keith’s editing them right now.
I’ve been out of touch for a couple of days while playing the WGT festival in Leipzig, Germany. This is a great festival, but it’s not open-air like most places. Basically for four days they take over every venue in the city and run non-stop concerts and parties. We were headling the Kohlrabizirkus venue on the last day of the festival, in other words, the top spot.
There were around 25,000 – 30,000 people at the festival, but the Kohlrabizirkus only holds around 4,000. That meant that it was filled to capacity several hours before we were due to go on, with hundreds (possibly thousands) of people getting turned away at the door. Even when it was sold out, the line of people outside trying to get in stretched all the way down the street!
I was seriously nervous seeing that as you can imagine, especially since we hadn’t played in five years, apart from the couple of warm-up shows in the past couple of weeks. But once we got on stage it was… incredible. We had a new light show set up for this one, with an 8 metre by 2 metre LED light wall that we had programmed for the songs. It was blindingly bright, but amazing to see. The audience went nuts from the beginning, and by the end the entire place was dancing and screaming for more. I even ended up crowd surfing…
We did a three camera video shoot as well, so you’ll get to see some of it once we get to editing some footage. For now, here’s a pic of Volker during Nightfall…
Soundcheck in the morning. Those LEDs were HOT. The crew were great, one of the easiest and best soundchecks we’ve ever had.
Outside the venue before the show. It had already been sold out nearly an hour before, but people were still queuing in the vain hope of getting in. Unbelievable.
That red ribbon round my neck holds the key for Cubase, which is the software that runs our drum tracks and some of our synthesiser sounds on stage. Without that key the show grinds to a halt, which is why it’s on a bright red ribbon and never leaves my side.