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Thursday, April 30, 2015

BABYLONIAN PANDEMONIUM.....CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, DEATH ANGEL, COC BLIND AND LODY KONG

With the release of the latest CC record, Babylonian Pandemonium, last October, I had to make a tour plan to get the music to the fans. The result is the current package crushing across the States for your moshing enjoyment, Cavalera Conspiracy, Death Angel, COC Blind, and Lody Kong. After 3 weeks together, I can truly say we have become a band of brothers...with 2 sisters...Aggy and me!

You may see our train of buses and COC's Bandwagon, zooming down the highway. The buses and trailers are canvases for the many talented dust drawers we run into at every show! What is it that makes dudes draw men's hang-downs everywhere?? Who do I ask for an honest answer?

CC Bus

Death Angel's bus

COC BLIND Bandwagon

Trailer of Art!
The night starts out with the Lody's 25 minute blast. Damn, I love my Lody Kong. They have grown before my eyes in the last years. Its not easy to develop a band, but I have been fortunate to have....and utilize... the platform to be able to do so. The Art of Touring 101, build a tour and put your new band on it. There is a lot to learn, stage presence, bus etiquette, merch sales, people to meet, dressing room behavior, it's not all fun! It is another life, being on the road, and there are unwritten laws. The best place to learn them....from the road itself!

Lody Kong

Aggy and Igor

Tour food...a necessity... pizza!!!
COC Blind is up next. They perform the Blind record from start to finish and end with Rather See You Die ripping from the lungs of the crowd. This is Southern Hospitality by Karl Angell on vocals and Reed Mullen on drums from the original lineup who recorded Blind. COC is a band that survived by morphing into many artistic appendages. And...these dudes are fun!!!

COC Blind

COC Blind
The Bay Area band, Death Angel, rocks the planet next! They haven't lost an ounce of vigor and truly kick the crowd's ass the entire set! "Tha Kid" Mark Osegueda is like a hopped up cheetah on Red Bull, pouncing across the stage and drawing everyone into him. A Metal legend, what more can I say? Still humble and enjoying the Metal world!

Kevin with Death Angel Crew

Scone sighting...

Ted from Death Angel

Death Angel crowd

Death Angel pirates treasure chest...
Cavalera Conspiracy, what can I say? Brut force from 32 years of music built up inside, layer after layer of hits! A treat for the "I need the reunion" people, the Cavalera people, the new fans, the Tribe! Max fronting the stage, Iggor's Hammer of Thor arms pounding behind him. Flanking is Marc Rizzo, the BEST guitarist on the planet, and bassist, friend and badasss, Johny Chow. The final countdown.

CC guitars

Max's rack

Kenny and Scone do Denver

CC closes the night
Only a week left and I have to say this is one of the coolest tours I have been on in a while. Never laughed so much, and felt so safe! We were all excited before we left home and everything we hoped for was true. Unity through music and lifestyle..can't beat it!
See you in the pit!

Me...self portrait
Class dismissed....

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GROWING UP METAL ....PART 3..

One of the things I get asked quite often was how the heck did I raise all the kids and travel and work at the same time? It wasn't easy! We followed a routine devised to fit our family's lifestyle. We set the boundaries and made it all work.

Igor and Max

The biggest trouble rock families have is where to find a good nanny and how to convince the school to let your child miss more school than the law allows. Trustworthy nannies are difficult to find. Everyone I knew who had children at home and on the road was always looking for a new nanny. The biggest problem is many are fans. Fans do not make good nannies as they tend to be interested in the music and people around them, instead of the children. I was fortunate to have a wonderful nanny and house manager for 13 years! She was a blessing and I was grateful for every day she was with us.

We even got the school to let the kids miss more days than is allowed. Once they realized we actually took the kids to museums, castles, zoos, and yes..even bull fights and concentration camps...they let the kids go. The teachers agreed our children learned more about the world being on the road than they could ever learn in school.

Jason sleeping and playing a game in his bunk...at the same time!

upstairs in the bus' sleeping area

When they kids were school age, we always got a bus for our family. We never wanted any family fights, arguments about staying up late, or food fights to get in other's space. Contrary to some reports, our family is normal, with normal situations and some you may consider abnormal! We like to keep it private. Our extended family is around the world, too! We brought several of the best friends, boy friends, girl friends and nannies around the world with us too.

Igor and Zyon

Zyon

Jason
Committing to being a family isn't always a party, but we tried! Skateboarding the Dom in Koln, razor scooters (wasn't the entire world on a razor for a while?), beanie baby shopping with the Osbourne kids, soccer matches with Rage Against the Machine and Everlast, seeing the Siberian tundra fly outside the frosted Transsiberian Railway window, and we even enjoyed a South African safari....yes, we tried it all! Don't think for a second that I let them slide on homework or reading! They always had journals going for their homework, and books in the bunks. Photography was a big pastime, as well as Picture Time....but thats another blog....

Zyon

Igor

And what are they doing now.......

Lody Kong killing it!!

Jason (Scone) sighting...

Class dismissed.......

Thursday, April 16, 2015

JAMMING AT THE JAMPAD!!!!

I have had a warehouse near Sky Harbor Airport in south Phoenix for nearly 30 years. It started with Sacred Reich, then Sepultura, Soulfly, Incite. and Lody Kong. You could squeeze Flotsam and Jetsam in there as they were inhabitants for many years also.


Max , Mikey, and Joe



The funniest thing that ever happened there was during the time Sepultura kept 2 warehouses. One day, a fire started in a neighboring space and the police and firetrucks swarmed in. When the fire was put out, everyone realized it was a marijuana grow room! There was a casualty, sorry to inform you all! The mummy from the Sep's Chaos AD Tour backdrop was severely burned, wiping him out of his blooming career.



After the Seps took off for parts unknown, Soulfly moved in and has been there ever since. The far corners are piled high with cabs and guitar cases. The tribal Sepultura S still peaking out from cabinets long rolled back; old posters on the wall, couches and rehearsal place intact. A couple years ago, we found many old backdrops stashed above the bathroom...maybe you already heard the noise??

Jeff (front of house)

Rat (technician), and Christina (head of production)

Many records have been arranged here, many photo shoots taken place and many children have grown up in the jungle gym of musical notes and gear. One day, all that remains will be a memory, stories of a legend, music trivia for one and all who chooses to search. If you are lucky, maybe one day you will get your hands on something from this Metal confine!!






Class dismissed....

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SOUFLY ONE.....RELAXING IN MALIBU....PART 4..

It's not all work, when you record. We were very lucky to stay at the Malibu Beach Inn for 6 weeks, during the recording. Waking up to the ocean and dolphins jumping carelessly has a great impact on your vibe! Many photo shots and long walks took place on that glorious Malibu coastline!

Max

Malibu boardwalk

Malibu boardwalk

Lucio, Igor, Max, and Marcelo

Lucio, Igor, Max, and Marcelo

Our family was our companion during that healing time of Soulfly 1's creation. We made several trips back and forth between Phoenix and LAX, ending in the drive up Sunset Boulevard to the Pacific Coast Highway. The beach's restaurants and shops became our real-life fantasies, as we tried to make sense of Life and get back in the normal swing of things. What better aura than the renewal of crashing waves and seagulls gliding above? Every minute off was spent exploring.

Igor and Richie

Igor and Zyon

Zyon and Rox

Igor

The Fam

The result was the birth of Soulfly, nearly 20 years ago now! Timeless music for all ages to enjoy. Lyrics that would inspire the masses; music that would bring out your emotions to a raw point; future pits that would release the energy for all time! This was the creation of Soulfly!!!


Soulfly




Class dismissed....