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Friday, April 20, 2018

I WOULD SUFFOCATE A RABID LION FOR TERRANCE HOBBS!!

In May of 2016, Soulfly took Suffocation, Battlecross and Lody Kong on a North American run. It was a Metalhead's dream package! As a manager, I enjoyed the professionalism of all the bands!!




Max was super happy because the bands all jammed Ace of Spades at the end of the night. Sometimes, Terrance would play Max's guitar and Max could go full force on stage! To be able to hear classic rippers every night is a big perk of traveling on the road.


I will say, everyone certainly devoted time puffing the magic dragon, and some pretty strong friendships are cultivated that way!!! I'm sure you know who I am talking about.....






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Friday, April 13, 2018

LIVE FOR TODAY!!! LET'S GO TO A WEDDING PARTY!!

Igor was my 7th child; my 5th son, also known as Cgor and sometimes Puerto Rico. He inherited my love of books, writing, deep thinking and Max's art. That isn't just one word...it's playing guitar, bass, drums and writing edgy lyrics all rolled up in one. When he was born, Dana said he would be the doctor and Zyon was worried he was getting the green hair that Z was gyped out of!





Igor never wanted to go to school. He was full speed ahead, let's hit the road Jack! At the age of 16 he had enough. Max took him to the principle, said we were moving to Portugal (!) and that was it! Igor came home and promptly started writing a book. Ok. Let's give it a try! If touring was his fascination, he had plenty of opportunity. So, we made our way to Buenos Aires.....

I was the first person in our family to meet Aggy. This tiny, vivacious spitfire caught my eye immediately. Bubbly, exotic and interesting to talk to, Aggy stood put in the crowd. I knew immediately that when Igor would meet her, he would be attracted to her...and he was. He joined me shortly after I met her and struck up a conversation. Anyone whose aka is Aggy Fleshgrinder surely would send rockets his way!



Shove Time forward 6 years and here we are, packing for a bash!! It will be a rare time that most of our family will be together. Aggy's Dad and Mom have flown in with their family and Vania is on her way as I type. I may as well let the cat outa the bag....I ordained Max as a minister this morning and you can all guess who will be joining these Metal Ravens.... Yeah, you read that right! Now, let's hit the road!!! Live Life Large!!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

A FIRE EATER ON STAGE AND 3 PUPS BORN IN THE BUS!!

In 2004, Max and I decided to get a family bus on the US tour. It was a run right before school started and the kids were hyped to go. We decided to take our newly pregnant Silkie Terrier, Sofia, and her rambunctious boyfriend, Spanky, with us. Moses and Christina were also with us. One big family...... We had taken Sofy to the vet and he assured us there was no way she would give birth before we got home.




The first gig was Las Vegas, only a short run from Phoenix. Early in the morning, I was awaken by Sofy squealing nervously next to me. I turned my head to the left and next to my ear was a tiny, black, 4 inch long, shiny furball! It took me a second to register...I let out a call to Roxanne, in the bunk right past our room. Like a bolt of lightening, she unzipped a bag and out popped a huge leopard designed St Bernard bed! WTF? I guess she scored an A on disaster planning!




Two more furballs made their entrance, and we were springing into action. We could see Sofia was trying to keep Spanky away, so we hooked her up with a private area in a lower bunk, and confined Spanky to the front room. I admit he gnawed at a few visitors and barked like he was a watchdog! It took quite a bit of action to get through this first few days, until we got a routine down. When the dogs got a bit bigger, we got a plastic tub and kept them in the front lounge. Spanky was hiding and lurking around because Sofia was keeping her eye on him as much as she was watching her babies.



These were the early days of Chunk, Rick James and Ciquita, sharing their newfound existence with Marc Rizzo joining Soulfly. He was still ninja kicking with his backpack full of mojo! I admit, I snuck it on once, and rocked some air guitar in the bus! Right after the fire eater spewed his gas fueled flames in the air on stage! Tour life!


Class dismissed....

Friday, March 23, 2018

SOULFLY'S POINT BLANK C'EST LA VIE!!!!

As we near the final North American finale of the Soulfly Point Blank Tour, i wanna give a shout out to the Tribe who came to the show, walked out all sweaty, wearing the Nailbomb hoody and knew they had just witnessed a Metal Rarity!! We all know how underground Nailbomb is and the impossibility of getting your hands on some official cloth! The cds have long since disappeared and only never, do items pop up online for collectors.







With the absence of Alex Newport, Igor took the responsibility and the pressure of the press comparing this and that, and pulled it off!! Since Nailbomb was so embedded in the family, it wasn't like just anyone could fill Alex's shoes. Since Igor was at Nailbomb's 2 historic shows, however in vitro, it all made sense. When we did the shows eons ago, we had to utilize 3 drummers to make it all work, but now there was Zyon, blasting the entire set away.



We knew that the fans at the shows were true fans. They weren't waiting for the Soulfly/Nile tour. They all knew that this was soon to be obsolete and if they wanted to see it, they had better get their torsos in the club. I decided to concentrate on 300 seaters, and keep the shows as raw and in your face as possible. Canada was an experience! 3 weeks crossing Canada had been a dream that I can now cross off my list! Of course it was February and we may as well have toured the North Pole with all the snow and minus temps!





There are a few more territories outside the US that may get a taste, as I am silently planning our future surprises!! Coming up this week...Memphis, Oklahoma City and Gallup, New Mexico!! See you in the pit! Keep it RAW!!









Class dismissed......

Friday, March 16, 2018

THE NAVAJO NATION, A COUNTRY WITHIN A COUNTRY

Several years ago I did my first show at the Navajo Nation, in Tuba City, Arizona at the Warrior Pavilion. It was during the Navajo Fair. I recall in those days the advertising was spray painted on a sheet and hung on a fence on the side of the road! The town was small, with no fast food restaurants and tiny motels. It’s come a long way.


Since then, I have returned many times. I even met the Navajo Codetalkers at a show! Max has appeared at the Toys For Tots event at the high school, sang with a Navajo band at the Rock the Canyon weekend, done a meet and greet with our son, Igor, to raise money for medical bills of a local family and we were even blessed with a Navajo blessing!! That night Igor sang Roots with his Pops,a super memorable evening!









We have made it a point to take our grandkids to the Nation. I am a firm believer in knowing the world’s history and America’s is a complicated past. It’s easy to weave fun with education and I am always trying to leave the young minds full of information. Good Life Decisions blend hand in hand with knowledge and experience, so I try to provide as much interaction as I can and still keep things fun!




We call the Navajo Vice President Johnathan Nez a friend. He has made it a point to reach out and often pays a visit to us when we are in Tuba City. I have a hope to work with him in the next couple years on a project that as yet is still a dream in planning. When Max recently recorded percussion with some locals, the VP stopped by. You guessed it!! There will be some Navajo surprises on the upcoming Soulfly 11!!








If you get the chance to travel to the Grand Canyon or Monument Valley, don’t forget Tuba City! Fry bread, local souvenirs and T Rex tracks await you!!!!


Class dismissed......