DEATHSTARS TOUR DIARY Part II
Day #10 Prague 11-11-2011
Nightmare's birthday. When the bus parked in Old Town, everybody split in different directions. Nightmare and Ewelina had a romantic day in a hotel, Skinny & Vice went out shopping, Whiplasher met up with his mother, father, sister and nephew. Cat had a major sightseeing-day with his parents. Later in the evening the gang met up at the fully packed Harley Bar. They night ended at the exclusive club Darlings.
Day #11 Prague 12-11-2011
It's not so easy to write about the actual show days. Everyday looks the same. We woke up in the afternoon, ate breakfast in the catering, doing interviews, working out, playing the show, resting, showering, eating dinner, watching a bit of the Rammstein show, say hello to fans and finally party like hell.
Day #12 Poznan 13-11-2011
It was a very cold and grey day in the concrete landscapes in the Polish city Poznan. Luckily some of us made it out to actually see the city. We stumbled into a bar called Dragon for breakfast. After ordering a meal each and we were looking forward to the Formula 1 race on TV, a polish gentlemen walks up to us and offers us a drink. Half a liter of whiskey later we get our meal and the race begins. The gang is now officially partying again. Our drumtech Saso and Skinny managed to take a taxi around the block and ended up at the same bar again. We're not sure if they tried to go back to the bus or if they just wanted a quick sightseeing tour.
Skinny managed anyhow to be the last man standing, again. Walking out in the wrong direction he walked into another gang consisting of 14 men with a longhaired, bearded man named Jesus in the middle. Skinny asked him for his phone number cause he thought it would be great to stay in touch. Jesus ended the night with showing Skinny the way back to the bus.
Day #13 Gdansk/Sopot 14-11-2011
First day in Gdansk. Since we're staying overnight and nothing had to be loaded out of the venue, everybody backstage was in a super-ultra-partymood. It feels like we're finding our way around the stage more and more. We changed the setlist a little and it feels really good now.
Day #14 Gdansk/Sopot 15-11-2011
It feels like we really have grown into our dressing room. Everybody has marked their territory and we now consider it home. Skinny has of course set up his gym and managed to persuade Cat to join him. Whiplasher has his office set up with laptop, vodka and boas, Nightmare is writing riffs in one of the corners and Vice has found his place on the toilet due to stomach issues.
We now have a photo shoot coming up with the very talented Carbu.
Day 15# Poznan 16-11-2011
We are starting to get to now this town now. We decided to do something together today. The crew and band steered their way to the city where we found a restaurant called La Scala. It was definitely the best food and wine we had on this tour so far. Whip, Skinny and our sound maestro Micke CD wanted to see more of the city and managed to squeeze in a good amount of bars before the night ended.
Day #16 Leipzig 17-11-2011
"Tight" is what this arena should be called. The backstage is so small that we have to stay in a little red container outside the venue. Luckily we got the power working so that Cat could straighten his hair. Skinny wasn't feeling to well so he deserted to the bus for the first quiet evening so far on this tour. Everyone else did the opposite. Vice was running around in only his underwear, Whiplasher was lifting girls like he was in a strongman contest, Nightmare had a good amount of beers on the bus and Cat went to an Absinth bar with Saso.
Day #17 Leipzig 18-11-2011
Being sick of the little red container we decided to do something about it. We started with cleaning it and arranging the furnitures. Then we put up cheap copy's of old paintings on the walls but the final touch was when Cat came with fresh flowers from the flower market. It turned out to be the perfect thing to do cause everybody got into a great mood immediately. Cat was so happy that he took of everything but his underwear and boots, running around the bus parking looking good.
Day #18 Lichtenfels 19-11-2011
Whip and Saso spent the whole day in the hospital patching up their broken bodies. Whiplasher entered the stage on crotches, but the party afterwards was chaos. Cool venue, but probably the smallest one we ever have played in. Big thanks to Sebastian, who runs the place, for showing us a great time and the die hard fans that took care of us.
Day #19 Lichtenfels 20-11-2011
Everyone has been hanging around the hotel. In the afternoon we went to Pain for Art Tattoo, which is just on the top-floor of Paunchy Cats, where Skinny, Cat and Vice and our crew got new tattoos from this great guy Andy. Skinny got his knuckles done saying REDD NEKK, Vice got a raven on his arm, Saso got a red star on his ankle, Vinnie got hand tattoos and Cat got a big chest piece made in memory of his belated dog Werner.
Day #20 Friedrichshafen 21-11-2011
Whiplasher spent the day with another doctor checking his knee, Vice met up with a girl, Skinny, Cat and Night has been hanging around in the backstage listening to Onkel Kånkel. When the mandatory after-show party started Skinny took control over the music and was DJ'ing the rest of the night, much appreciated.
When the party ended we all moved back on the bus and that's when the real hell broke loose. Skinny, Whip, Cat, Saso and Vinnie started a hip-hop and we were rapping until late in the morning.
Day #21 Munich 22-11-2011
When we woke up we were all very surprised to see our temporary driver Johannes. He had to help out cause our usual driver Scott had an emergency visit at the hospital. Munich is always a good city for us to play in but today it felt extra special playing in a classic arena like Olympiahalle. Especially considering the massacre here in 1972.
Our good friend Mirko from Italy and some guys from the record company came to visit us and the party was a fact. Till in Rammstein took some of the boys to his luxurious suite for some hysterical drinks and that place was just beyond anything we've seen.
Day #22 Munich 23-11-2011
We found out a couple of days ago that we were not doing the show in Vienna that was supposed to happen today due to productional circumstances. So instead we decided to stay around in Munich. We were parked outside the Backstage club and we all split up for different adventures. Skinny, Whip, Cat and Vinnie went to a typical Bavarian restaurant and had Weiner-Schnitzel with Erdinger weißbeer. Nightmare and Ewelina visited the mighty Hof Brauhaus for dinner. And the rest found a cheap chinese restaurant near the bus. In the evening we saw a great Irish folk/punk band named Fat Irish Bastard playing in the Backstage club.
Day #23 Berlin 24-11-2011
Ah, another day off. We've come to the conclusion many times that day off's are very dangerous for us cause the party always starts early and ends very late. The majority of the band and crew left for a hotel in Friedrichshein but Skinny and Vice wanted to stay at a very nice little Hostel called Heart of Gold located in Mitte.
After a dinner at White Trash we visited the exclusive bar Tausend and later the 10th anniversary party at Sage-club.
Day #24 Berlin 25-11-2011
O2 World Arena
We've all been looking forward to this day with high expectations since the show is in Rammstein's hometown. The Arena is brand new and really high-tech in every way. Vinnie took the opportunity to straighten his hair, put on make-up, dress up in Whip's old stage jacket and hat. He got a lot of attention during the show while he was doing lights. We had lots of friends showing up and after the show we went to Festhalle Kreuzberg and the night ended 9:00 AM at the Trink-Teüfel.
Day #25 Berlin 26-11-2011
O2 World Arena
Day two at the O2 World Arena. We all woke up really late due to the party the night/morning before. We had one of our best shows on the tour and like the party animals we are we took off to our official after-party at White Trash straight after the show. Vice's other band Crescendolls came down from Sweden and were playing a set of 45 minutes. So Vice had two shows in one day. 22 people from Sweden also came down for the show and party arranged by Rockflyget (the Rock flight). Madness!
Day #26 Berlin 27-11-2011
Everybody was hungover and relaxing… except from Skinny. I started the day with a long walk around Mitte and then at 5:00 PM it was time for Formula 1 and a couple of beers with my friends at the Hostel. Then I joined up with my friend Damon and we were invited to a belated Thanksgiving dinner at a friends house. Lot's of food and beers later we headed out to a couple of bars before it was time to go back to the bus bound for Hamburg.
Day #27 Hamburg 28-11-2011
O2 World Arena
The arena is located outside of the city so we were trapped in the backstage all day. We haven't had a chance to wash our stage clothes for very long so the smell inside the dressing room was unbearable. Cat and Skinny were shivering from withdrawals and fever and everything felt hopeless. The show started off really good but two songs into the set Cat's guitar starts buzzing and and making weird noises. Saso and Cat tried to fix it by changing guitars, amps and wireless devices but nothing seemed to help. So the mood in the backstage wasn't the best after the show. Some days just everything goes wrong.