DEATHSTARS TOUR DIARY Part III
Day #28 Bremen 29-11-2011
Judging by the beer that comes out of this city we didn't really expect anything good to happen this day. NONE of us like the green Becks beer and honestly we've never heard about anybody who does. It's always the last beer left behind at party's. Well, despite from our spite of this horrible beer the day turned out really good. Comfortable dressing room and the show was a lot of fun. Can you guess how the night ended? Well, yeah everybody got wasted again… fun!
Day #29 Groeningen 30-11-2011
The great thing with clubs and venues in the Netherlands is that they are always nice and you get really well treated. We finally had time to put our stage clothes in the laundry machine which was well needed. They must have some really good coffee around here cause every time we are here people come back giggling after sightseeing around the coffeeshops. After the show we were partying with some aircraft mechanics who offered their services for us, if we only could remember where we parked the private jet.
Day #30 Strasbourg 01-12-2011
Really cool and good sounding venue. Our friends at VeramMnis Music showed up to take pictures during the show and to party… and what a party. The after show party was so hot and there was not ventilation anywhere. People where hanging out in the hallways and it turned out really messy. Cat and Till had a slapfighting contest and Cat actually did pretty good even though we all know who the winner was. (It was like Thor the thunder god hitting a little girl.)
Day #31 Luxembourg 02-12-2011
We've been to this venue a couple of times before, but then in the smaller hall. It's a very good sounding venue cause it's almost acoustically perfect built. Whip came back from the supermarket happier than ever with two plastic bags filled with vodka and gin, screaming: "It's super cheap here, you have to go and shop". And everybody did.
Since we now have been in Luxembourg three times and only have seen the venue and the supermarket nearby. It was really good that Skinny ran into a tourist guide later during the night who promised to show the band around next time we come here. Great success!
Day #32 Bochum 03-12-2011
Headlining show-time in Bochum. We've been here so many times before but never in this venue. Last time we were here the bomb squad came with the whole artillery, dogs and shit since it was a red alert bomb-threat. Anyway, we were really amazed when we walked in because of the nice stage, backstage and catering. We found out that it's really a legendary place for bands to play in and they celebrated 30 years as a venue a couple of weeks ago.
We had a really fun show and directly after our gig the place turned into a hip-hop/dance/techno party. Perfect for us that will say, we were dancing until our shoes were burning. Whip and Skinny hung out with some lawyers and bad ass criminals, which felt like a paradox that we can identify ourselves with. It was great.
Day #33 Düsseldorf 04-12-2011
Day number one, maybe not the biggest dressing room in the world. But what the hell, we're playing a big f***ing stage every night so not really something to complain on in this kind of situation. I would like to talk so much about this night cause it really was one of the best party's we've ever been to. But for the sake of the 100 people involved it's maybe better not to. Like our busdriver Scott put it: "BEST NIGHT EVER". Let's us just say that it was a luxurious yet depraved "penthouse-party", in every aspect of it.
Day #34 Düsseldorf 05-12-2011
Aouch! Bad hangover for everybody except from our lighting-guy Vinnie today. Everybody was bullying him for having a quiet night the night when everybody else had the most fun. It's really strange and bad for your mental health to be locked inside a small dressing room with a bad hangover. We thought we wouldn't be able to do the show at one point cause everyone was feeling really sick but amazingly when we got up on stage it turned out to be a really fun show and everybody got there energy back.
Day #35 Düsseldorf 06-12-2011
Today it was lighting-Vinnie's turn to be really hungover. Apparently he had a good after-party at his hotel room. He only had two hours of sleep before it was time for him to check-out. He was still so drunk when he came back to the Dome that he was bouncing of the walls trying to find the "little" dressing room. We really appreciate that kind of behavior in a light-technician. I don't know how many people was at Vinnie's party last night but I could see a lot of hungover people in the crowd. This was also another successful party. Skinny was DJ'ing and Cat danced with everybody in the after party.
Day #36 Frankfurt 07-12-2011
We parked the bus right next to a hotel not far from the Festhalle. We feared for our lives when we woke up in the morning because of the storm outside the bus, it literarily felt like there was an earthquake going on. Nightmare and Ewelina got a room and who knows what was going on in there. Skinny spent the whole day and night in the lobby trying to catch up on the tour diary and 100's of emails, while the dance captain of the Frankfurt Opera kept buying him drinks. Whiplasher went downtown to watch the El Classico game in an Australian sports bar. He joined up with some Swedish soccer professionals who promised to come to the show tomorrow. Then he got kidnapped by a cabdriver who took them to a sleazy vodka bar with naked ladies.
Day #37 Frankfurt 08-12-2011
We googled some of the arenas before the tour started and this was absolutely the one we got most excited to see and it didn't disappoint us at all. A hundred year old hall with the structure of an old train station, cool. The show was one of the best on the tour so far and the cause crowd was really into it. After the show Whiplasher's new friend Jessica Landström (forward in the Swedish national soccer team) showed up in a happy mood. And the party started again. Shirts off, dancing, pouring drinks all over the dance floor and ourselves… just an average night.
Day #38 Frankfurt 09-12-2011
We really thought it would be hard to top last night because of yet another successful party. But it turned out to be an even better night both on stage and at the after party. We've come to the point of the tour where the regulars at the after party's expect Skinny to DJ every night and we all know Skinny can't say no to attention or booze. Simultaneously in our dressing room the iPig was having a party for some people who despise the disco-hits that Skinny usually plays. Unfortunately the pig was working so hard this night that he was seriously injured. The next day he couldn't make a sound and we're thinking he'd be better of retiring from this tour circus.
Day #39 Stuttgart 10-12-2011
Woke up and the first thing we saw was this big-fucking-world-tour-snowboard-big-jump-thing, and the immediate thought was - what did Vice provide our driver Scott with - LSD? it wouldn't be a surprise. Anyway, on the other side was Porsche Arena Schleyer-Halle, and next to it a Palm Beach Sports Club. Perfect since it was Champions League, so straight after the gig - which was cool, sweaty and sexy as always - some of us went to Palm Beach, ordered Long Islands on big platters, but then it turned out they were streaming the game and the transmission sucked - so we left without paying the bill and then went bank to another hysterical backstage party with Rammstein. It never fails.
Day #40 Romagnano Sesia 11-12-2011
Rock n' Roll Arena
Our last headline show on this tour. When Skinny and Cat woke up in the morning they both go a Deja Vu, saying: "We've been here before". They recognized the parking immediately cause the did a show here in april playing guitar for the cult sleaze rock band VAIN. Well inside it turned out to be a mini festival going on this evening with 5 bands including us. Since we where playing last we struggled with not drinking too much before the show. It sounds silly but the biggest threat on tour is all the waiting, because if you're stuck in a dressing room with no internet and lots of booze you eventually gonna start drinking. Luckily we had some interviews and and friends from Milan showing up. The band right before us where a Finnish sleaze band called Reckless Love and we all really enjoyed watching them. Our show was a lot of fun but kind of punky because of bad monitors but the crowd was really enthusiastic. The night ended with a really decadent after party and we all agree on that Saso won the drinking contest this night.
Day #41 Zürich 12-12-2011
Definitely the smallest dressing room on this tour. The ceiling was not higher than 150 cm and the room was not bigger than 4 square meters. On the way to the catering we ran into Red Hot Chili Peppers who told us they where gonna play here tomorrow. We think that's why there was no after party tonight, because the venue wouldn't have enough time to clean up the mess we usually leave. Well, we never give up. We brought all the drinks we had and stormed Till's dressing room where family and friends where gathered. It only took half an hour and one bottle of Tequila before someone pulled the table cloth off the table with all the drinks on it and everybody started undressing, wrestling and hanging from the ceiling. Yay!
Day #42 Lichtenfels 13-12-2011
All pretty worn out from yesterday and trying to relax during the day, as much as possible. We all hung out in the hotel. Whip was really sick and rented the SPA and sauna, which even got him in a worse state. Nightmare also burned from fever and didn't do much for mankind this very day - well, he isn't much for mankind anyway. Skinny, Cat and Vinnie went to Paunchy Cats for some kind of crazy x-mas party with Jinx and the rest of the staff of the club.
We all agree that Vinnie won the drinking contest this night. We had to be 3 guys to carry him up to his top-bunk.
Day #43 Berlin 14-12-2011
O2 World Arena
Back in the O2 World. It's starting to feel like our second home. Two days ago in Zürich Whiplasher fell in-between the stairs on stage and hurt him self pretty bad but didn't think much of it. Today when he got dressed before the show we all noticed his bruising, mmm.. yummy!
Rammstein and crew took us out to a big Biergarden after the show where they fed us with food and drinks. Of course we couldn't end the night there when they closed, so we went to another bar called Nemo. Well in there, Skinny realizes that he doesn't have any cash and goes hunting for a Geld Automat. After a while he bumps into Christoph " Doom" Schneider and asks him if he knows where to find one. He says: No but I'll be your cash machine tonight" and hands Skinny a €50 bill. Big mistake, cause he spent most of it and needed help to find the way back to the bus from Whiplasher and a transvestite.
Day #44 Berlin 15-12-2011
O2 World Arena
Skinny spent most of the afternoon trying to puzzle last night together when someone reminds him about the loan from Christoph last night. So he walks up to Christoph in his dressing room and hands him the money and thanks him for the loan. He says: "what loan"? Obviously he was pretty intoxicated too. We really appreciate that kind of behavior in a headline act.
Everybody was super excited to do the last show and we used all the remaining energy on stage. This was absolutely the greatest show so far. Oddly enough everybody walked off stage with a lot of energy left. Of course we used that on the last after party.
Day #45 Going Home 16-12-2011
With mixed feelings we woke up in the south of Sweden on the bus bound for Stockholm. The tour has been the greatest experience for us ever. Everybody treated us so well and we've really been in a good mood most of the tour. We've been so lucky that no one but Vice got seriously sick on this tour. We all fear the withdrawals and possible cold's, flues and other sicknesses that will come back to us now when our immune systems are really on it's knees. But it's gonna be so good to come home and get back to reality before the next leg of the tour starts.
A big thanks to Rammstein and Crew for all the help and for giving us the opportunity. Also thanks for all of you who joined up on the shows.
See ya soon!