Just A Quick Post….


Lately I have been feeling pretty down. Its hard to imagine someone that I looked up to and shared great memories with is gone. I guess I will never get over that. Most people dont get over death, they just learn to cope. I think right now I am in that coping stage. I can find myself being happy as ever during the day and the next moment i break out in tears thinking of Paul. Not only as a human being but also his music impacted me. Having the utmost pleasure of knowing him……it was an honor. I always thought of his laugh as sort of a Butt-head laugh. lol. I find myself jamming to the music as hard as before and yet when its over i feel about as weak and sad as a person that just lost someone.

I think for me I need more closure. I need to go back to visit his grave and say somethings I never got to say before. Things I never got to say before he died. We tend to take for granted the people in our lives imagining they will always be there throughout our entire life then they are gone. Nothing in life ever prepares you for that. Nothing. I always have this macho persona and I keep things bottled up for so long. Lately I think those feelings need to come out. I cant discuss those feelings with all of you. Many of you wont understand or wont even care to understand. Ive tried to talk to some about it but hesitated because i’d probably just get rolling eyes. I really cant talk to anyone about everything because who can really relate to it all? I’d figure only someone that cared for the guy as much as I did could understand. I wish I could be on that motorcycle in Switzerland again taking that 300+ mile journey into the Swiss Alps. Views to die for which I spend moments thinking about these things. I videoed a few parts of those roads for myself and to one day share with others. You all see the beauty of this little country through my camera eye, reference to Rush, but my mind was on other things. Like one instance where I nearly forgot how to brake and downshift on the bike when a large group of people was crossing the street near Interlaken.

I wont rant on and on but to those of you who have loved ones you really care about which should be all of you lol…..dont take them for granted. One day they will not be here. Spend all the time with those people as you can. I wish I could have but thats just not how the cards were played. All I can do is cope with that and hope to god, allah….or who ever that there is a better place than this. Life is too short. Now as I bid you all a goodnight im off to shower, read on the kindle a bit and then go to sleep. Need to buy some Arctic Silver 5 to see if that helps my PC CPU.

Goodnight friends. SOrry I dont have pics to post. I do but since i have been re-working on my system I dont have everything organized just yet.

G’night!!!

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Slipknot Fans Chill Out……Updated Monday 6/27


i just read the biggest load of shit and this really pisses me off that a fan could say this. Give the band time sheesh…. Ok I’m off to sleep a few hours before the day begins in Dessel. I think we are close. Here is what I was referring to……

Night….

The remaining guys in slipknot are fucking traitors to their home country. The first show they will perform after Paul Gray’s death is in Greece…………. They have no loyalty towards their country, the first performance should be in I.O.W.A. And i mean it when i say this , think about it its a stupid gig a euro gig , it’s all for the money not Paul. And i for one am not a U.S.citizen and i think their first show should be in I.O.W.A that would be a real tribute to Paul

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**** In Addition****

People tend to talk shit quickly when their favorite bands do not do things to their liking. So what if Slipknot decided to do shows in Europe before America. Did you personally hear from them that they are quitting the band and that no further shows will happen? Of course you didnt. Give them some fucking time. Obviously if they are doing shows now they will be more inclined to do shows in other areas later. Some people are just too damn impatient. This goes along with my past articles of saying that some people are not TRUE fans of music and dont appreciate it. I say this because out of all my favorite bands if they decided to up and quit touring and writing I wouldnt be upset one bit. Its their lives not ours. You have the music now to enjoy. If they see it fit to never continue that really is no ones business but their own. Look at David Silveria and Head. Those guys loved music but at some point in their lives music was just not a priority. At least not Korn music. It happens to many artists. You play the same things and eventually you get tired of it. Dont think for one minute your favorite artists just love hitting the stage 100%. Some grow away from it but still enjoy it because the fans do. Its not essentially fair to fans that expect a 100% effort on the show but it happens. Factor in touring, traveling, being away from home, loved ones….etc…its not easy. As a tech I have told many to spend a few days in my shoes. Its not as easy as tuning a few guitars, a drumset or throwing some truss in the air. There is much more to it.

Slipknot is looking into doing other events in the future performance wise. They are not looking into another album yet. So please chill out, enjoy the music and give the guys some respect. You cant always have it your way. I’d like to ask the guy that posted that comment if he would get mad if all his favorite bands started tours in other countries instead of his own. Thats just childish bullshit man. Personally I dont give a flying fuck where the band starts their tour. its my job and theirs. This person also says its all about the money. Well yes in many ways it is. You fail to forget as a fan that as a band, it is a JOB. Its what pays the bills at home. It pays for the band members to have a good crew, backline techs, their homes, their kids, their livelihood. If my band was on tour break but was asked to do a string of shows in another country and my other bandmates agreed we would do it and get paid for it. Its just how business is. Bills dont fucking pay themselves and you can bet most people in touring bands dont go to work at the local McDonalds when they are not on tour to make the ends meet moneywise. They enjoy their time off. So seriously give the band a break. Not just Slipknot but any band.

Sade is one of my favorite female singers. She has not toured in ages. You didnt see me posting hate mail on her page about how she needed to get her ass back on the road or complaining because she went to Japan or whereever before she came to my area. Nope. Matter of fact I wont even get to see her on tour because of my own schedule. Sucks but thats life. Bands owe their fans for getting them where they are. For that fame they have acheieved but you as a fan must also remember that these people are human and not robots. They can only take so much criticism and workload before they as well need a vacation. You must also take into consideration that other tours in the US already months in advance had their itineraries booked. In Europe we have been doing festivals. Festivals are huge here in Europe. If you ever get the chance I suggest you attend one. These events are days long not half a day as in America. Also, for Slipknot coming back on tour in Europe they for the most part are not fully headlining. They are on main stage but went on before the headliner. For instance Iron Maiden. We did some shows with them. its a good way for the band to get back into the touring loop after their break and the death of Paul. Headlining puts much extra strain on the band. They are doing a few headlining shows but not all of them. In America fans would expect Slipknot to tour and be the headliner and not accepting Slipknot as support for another band. Hence why the Euro Festivals. for the most part Sonisphere and yesterday we did Graspop in Dessel. I dont even want to talk about the bullshit that happened in Liege beforehand with me. Liege isnt too far from Dessel but enough to cause me fucking problems. Oh well its done and I dont care now. Im tired, I need sleep and im fucking waiting in the airport to fly to Sheremetyevo Intl in Moscow and enjoy a few days off til Wednesday.

Just give the band some time to sort things out. Look at it this way….they are taking the stage once again and its not over yet……So really just relax, enjoy the music you have on CD, DVD, mp3 or whatever and just wait. It takes time to deal with things. My favorite drummer Neil Peart of Rush lost his daughter and wife and retired from the band for many years before deciding to take the stage again with Rush. Dimebag Darrell and his brother Vinnie took some time off to create what was Damageplan but they did take the stage again. I cant speak for the eight but please just bare with them and enjoy the music. If you are truly their fans you will respect whatever wishes they make and thats for any band not just Slipknot.

Thanks

G

P.S.
Sorry for the font on the first half of this post. I posted that from my phone which I guess uses a different font when doing so. I will look next time into changing the font to an easier one or the same as used here……

peace out commrades

2011 Rush & Slipknot Tour Dates


Come out to a show and throw down with the classic Canadian Trio Rush performing Moving Pictures and new material or if your on the other side of the ocean come see the eight in Slipknot perform and dont worry….the bass will be taken care of in Paul Gray’s memory!!!

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 USA

March 30 – Ft Lauderdale FL – BAC Center

April 1 – Greensboro NC – Coliseum

April 3 – Nashville TN – Bridgestone Arena

April 5 – Louisville KY – KFC Yum Center (really there is a place called this?) LOL

April 6 – Toledo OH – Huntington Center

April 8 – Hershey NJ – Giant Center

April 10 – New York NY – MSG The Garden

April 12 – Chicago IL – United Center

April 15 – Cleveland OH – Quicken Arena

April 17 – Detroit MI – Palace of Auburn Hills

April 19 – Hamilton ON CAN – Copps Colesium

April 20 – Montreal QC CAN – Bell Center

April 22 – Baltimore MD – 1st Mariner Arena

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 Europe

May 4 – Helsinki Finland – Hartwall Arena

May 6 – Stockholm Sweden – Globe

May 8 – Malmo Sweden – Malmo Arena

May 12 – Dublin Ireland – O2

May 14 – Glasgow Scotland – SECC

May 16 – Sheffield England – Motorpoint Arena

May 19 – Manchester England – MEN Arena

May 21 – Newcastle England – Metro Radio Arena

May 22 – Birmingham England – LG Arena

May 25 – London England – O2

May 27 – Rotterdam Holland – Ahoy Arena

May 29 – Frankfurt Germany – Festhalle

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 USA 2nd Leg

June 8 – Greenville SC

June 10 – New Orleans LA

June 12 – Austin TX

June 14 – El Paso TX

June 16 – Phoenix AZ

June 18 – San Diego CA

June 20 – Los Angeles CA

June 22 – Los Angeles CA

June 24 – Las Vegas NV *

June 26 – Concrod CA *

June 28 – Portland OR *

July 02 – Seattle WA *

* Denotes Absence

Slipknot 2011 European Tour Festival Run

June 24 – Basel Switzerland – Sonisphere Festival

June 26 – Dessel Belgium – Graspop Metal Festival

July 08 – Amneville France – Sonisphere Festival

July 10 – Hertfordshire GB – Knebworth House

Slipknot Rock in Rio 2011

September 25 – Rio De Janeiro Brazil – Rock in Rio Amphitheatre

Rumors in the Wind


Over the last few days I have read and heard various rumors about Slipknot. Mostly about them making a new album. Who starts this shit? I mean come on. Obviously people have nothing better to do. Im sure the culprit is amongst the Slipknot haters. Wouldn’t surprise me to say the least.

In May 2010 Slipknot lost bassist Paul Gray. He was also a founding member of the band. Late 2009 Slipknot had just finished a string of US and European tour dates. This ended their run for All Hope is Gone. With the band looking to take some time off and eventually look into other projects in the coming year. Corey and James to begin a new Stone Sour project and Shawn with his DLR project. Can’t rule out Shawn E either. Not only is he the Stone Sour bassist but he also is Slipknot’s Stage Manager so he is on tour with the Knot and then with SS as bassist. People, these guys need rest. Some have families, wives, kids…etc. With the death of Paul Gray that brought much to think about. The bands future. Touring, writing…etc…. Its not easy to lose someone close to you as many of you should know. Especially someone you consider like a brother! I know how that goes! Its also not easy to make a transition from being constantly on the road to home life and then knowing soon your going to be doing it all over again. Sort of like your own prison so to speak. Imagine how a man feels knowing he has committed a crime and although may be free he will eventually be off somewhere else away from his family and loved ones. Away from him normal life. If you think rockstar life is normal then you people are pretty fucked in the head. Its not! I can’t relate by means of saying im a rockstar because im not but ive seen it in front of me with my own eyes how they do deal with it. Its not always pretty.

Rumors im sure are spread to sometimes make people have hope. Sort of like Slipknot’s last album with its catchy title All Hope is Gone. Well, All hope is not gone! You have to give those guys time to mourn and think. Its not easy to go back into something so soon after tragedy. The Stone Sour guys managed to do so. Those that went to their shows probably had a great time. For those on the stage it was hell. Losing someone close to you is not just something you can forget in a few weeks or even months. It takes time. When Neil Peart of Rush lost his daughter and wife he took time off. He told his bandmates that he was done. “Consider me retired” Neil said. Rush took many years off. Time it took for Neil to recover his urge for going back to work with the guys as he said.

Its not known how long Slipknot will be out of the loop. Does it really matter? As a fan if you are a fan reading this, you should have much respect for these guys. Corey said on his official twitter page that he is not even sure about the upcoming 2011 tour dates. he has mixed emotions about it. So one would ask why would he not have problems touring with Stone Sour but with Slipknot he would? Well, with Stone Sour its a different band. There was no Paul in that band. There was no constant reminder of what he lost. Besides, who’s to say Corey didn’t feel like doing those shows? Just sayin……With Slipknot there is that constant reminder of #2. His brother. Their brother. Their friend. It stabs you in the fucking heart constantly. I go on with my life everyday but there isn’t a moment that I dont think about Paul or some moment I shared with the guy at least one throughout the day. Something in my daily life becomes a reminder. Its not easy to deal with but it does get better with time. Other members of Slipknot have other projects they might be working on and some are quite apparent. Thats their own gig. Its not Slipknot. Those projects may not bring on the pain of losing their brother but believe me they still feel it. Daily!

Many ask why the family of Paul Gray still keep his burial a secret. Well let me say this. To those of you that don’t know. Some people did find his grave. I did mention as to what cemetery but NOT the location. That information was made available in his obituary so its not like that was a secret. What is kept a secret is where he actually is. Some people found him and in the past months some pretty fucked up fans stole items from his resting place. Seriously people. Do some of you fans feel its ok to steal from someone’s grave? Those items left there were left for a reason and were not meant for YOU to take. THIS is why the family has wanted to keep it a secret. Can you imagine what people would be doing over at Michael Jackson’s grave if they had public access to it? Yes people its a guarded area. Only people of importance are allowed in that area where MJ is.

So in closing I ask those that are Slipknot fans reading this to do me a favor. Well not only me but the band as well. If you want bonafide news about the band then goto their website. http://www.slipknot1.com Thats about the best place for news. I dont have news for you. Neither does any other site. Corey stated that other memebers mentioned things about a new album. Like Joey. Well, it was a pretty shitty thing to say in my opinion when he didnt know for sure that would happen and not even getting with the other guys. Im sure many of the rumors stemmed from his comment. Still though im sure his comment in regards to a new album was meant to ease the fans minds about their future. He was looking out for their best interests but in a way that caused quite a stir among the maggot community. So thats why I ask if your a fan goto the bands homepage for real news. Give these guys time to heal. They need it. You see it from a totally different perspective. These guys made the music that healed your minds. What about these guys minds? They need healing. Its time for you all to give that healing medicine back. Dont rush them or harass them for a new album, new songs, tour dates or whatever. Just respect them and their wishes until the see it fit. If they never choose to do another album or write another song then so be it. Respect mother fuckers! You want it, you got to give it!

Much respect to Sid, Joey, Paul R.I.P., Chris, James, Craig, Shawn, Mick and Corey. You guys take all the time you need and if you come back thats fucking awesome….If you don’t I personally understand. I hope the rest of you can as well……

P.S.

I wear the Slipknot markings for a reason. For the love I have for this band. I may not feel the same way musically as I did back in the late 90s but this band was definitely part of my life for over 10 years and is a part of the soundtrack to my life. I wear the Tribal S, Slipknot in Japanese Kanji and the coveted #9 9-ball. Although musically I dont listen to Slipknot much anymore, they are still part of my life. I remember all the days and stories from the tours. Muscially I have moved on. Away from the heavier metal and onto my roots. Where I started. My first bands to ever hear was Ozzy, Van Halen and Rush. Ive moved away from guitar and onto drums. Learning the style and techniques of Neil Peart. As an owner of one of the rare R30 Drum Kits I cherish that thing. One because its an awesome drum kit and two because a friend that shared his passion for Rush died and left it to me. Its too beautiful a kit to let it sit there and deteriorate so I play it. Musically I have moved on to other styles and back to my roots of old rock and classical but I still enjoy the occasional metal song and Slipknot has etched their spot in that list. I had a discussion with a “friend” before he died about my musical changes and how I felt. He told me to move on and enjoy it. Enjoy the music the way you like it. If you cant enjoy it, you can’t live it. Although at that moment this friend felt like I didnt like him anymore he knew why I was changing. He knew it wasn’t personal. He knew in the end we all evolve. Evolution is part of who we are. In retrospect, if we all look at ourselves now and then go back and see ourselves from our past…..we wouldn’t be the same person. We change. Maybe not entirely but to an extent we change. We do things we may regret and things we are glad we did but in the end we evolve and its our decisions to make in our own lives and not anyone elses……..


Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 Tour Dates Confirmed but Not Final


Rush will be taking their Time Machine Tour back on the road in the USA starting March 30, 2011. Mostly in markets that did not get a stop on the 2010 run. Chicago will see another show at United Center and a string of Canadian dates are added as well.

In May Rush will be taking the trip to Europe with the tour. Many dates not confirmed yet but many are confirmed and tickets sales are already begininng in some markets. Here are the following dates so far.

Time Machine Tour 2011 USA

March 30 – Ft Lauderdale FL – BAC Center

April 1 – Greensboro NC – Coliseum

April 3 – Nashville TN – Bridgestone Arena

April 5 – Louisville KY – KFC Yum Center (really there is a place called this?) LOL

April 6 – Toledo OH – Huntington Center

April 8 – Hershey NJ – Giant Center

April 10 – New York NY – MSG The Garden

April 12 – Chicago IL – United Center

April 15 – Cleveland OH – Quicken Arena

April 17 – Detroit MI – Palace of Auburn Hills

April 19 – Hamilton ON CAN – Copps Colesium

April 20 – Montreal QC CAN – Bell Center

April 22 – Baltimore MD – 1st Mariner Arena

Time Machine Tour 2011 Europe
(not final)

May 4 – Helsinki Finland – Hartwall Arena

May 6 – Stockholm Sweden – Globe

May 8 – Malmo Sweden – Malmo Arena

May 12 – Dublin Ireland – O2

May 14 – Glasgow Scotland – SECC

May 16 – Sheffield England – Motorpoint Arena

May 19 – Manchester England – MEN Arena

May 21 – Newcastle England – Metro Radio Arena

May 22 – Birmingham England – LG Arena

May 25 – London England – O2

May 27 – Rotterdam Holland – Ahoy Arena

May 29 – Frankfurt Germany – Festhalle

France/Portugal/Spain: The Final Euro Ride Stretch


about to leave from Belfort to Lisbon. The entire ride is just over 1,000 miles or 1,628km. Its going to be a scenic trip! I should finish this trip in two days. I am riding from here to Bordeaux and settling in there unless I make great time then I will go farther. In the USA I can ride 1000 miles easy in an entire day into the evening. Here I am not sure what to expect. I will hit up some fast speeds once I get out in the open. If possible I would even ride as far as Madrid but I really would like to take it easy. So most likely will goto Bordeaux and rest up then get back on the road early the next morning for Lisbon. Here is my route by cities listed below. I hope I spelled all the city names correctly! lol

Dijon France
Chalon sur Saone France
Lyon France
Saint Eitenne France
Clermont-Ferrand France
Bordeaux France
Donostia Spain
Burgos Spain
Valladolid Spain
Segovia Spain
Madrid Spain
Talavera De La Reina Spain
Caceres Spain
Badajoz Spain
Lisbon Portugal

From Lisbon I will ride back to Madrid going through the same cities upon arriving in Lisbon. Then from Madrid I will head to Zaragoza then Barcelona. From there I fly back home. Much needed rest and some time to go through my pics and experiences in hoeps to post more on here through blogs, as well as on my personal blog page. I will keep in touch over the next few days!