My Favorite Concert Memory: Don Slater of Battlecross

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Don Slater of Battlecross, Photo by Emma Parsons Photography

 

We get lucky once in a while on tour. I mean *really* lucky. My most favorite memory comes from playing Nova Rock in Austria. This was one of the shows we played on our festival run in 2014 where our backstage laminates let us go anywhere we pleased. That rarely happens, to be honest with you. With festivals, you’re typically only allowed to go back stage at the stage you performed, and even then with limited access. Not Nova Rock. It started off as any festival does. A little bit of confusion, many faces (some familiar, most foreign to us), and a whole slew of music to be heard. We were to perform on one of the side stages to a very receptive crowd, and as pleasing at it was, I couldn’t get a simple yet nagging thought out of my head. As much as I tried, I simply couldn’t contain my excitement: Black Sabbath is here.

Not on the same stage, or anywhere near us, but the fact they were in the vicinity and performing that evening was tantalizing, to say the least. We finished our set, ate our fine catering, and after some rest (and many beers), it was time. Time for me to see good ol’ Geezer Butler in action. Being a bass player, I’ve always held a ton of respect for him, even before I picked up the low-end guitar. As I aforementioned, our passes were the golden ticket this time around. There’s a common misconception that backstage is the absolute best place to be. Sure, you’ll be seen by your peers, maybe get a thumbs up or a high-five from one of the band members on stage, but I wasn’t watching Black Sabbath to be noticed; I was there to watch them perform with the best audio I could from a live show. That only happens at one place, and that place is where the front of house mixing board resides. That’s where the sound gets mixed overall, adjusted, and quite frankly, you get to witness the whole show.

Black Sabbath in 1970, photo by Warner Brothers  Records

Black Sabbath in 1970, photo by Warner Brothers Records

With all that in mind, that’s where I went. The FOH was elevated, so I had no issues seeing the entire stage, the whole show, every effect and they even had large screens to show closeups of the entire band. I couldn’t take my eyes off Geezer Butler. As much as I wanted to watch Ozzy and Tony tear it up, Geezer’s playing is his own. He plays so hard, but his tone is second to none. I didn’t have to fight sweaty dudes or get crammed together to witness all of this, either. I simply had to make sure I stayed out of the way of the gentlemen that were working. Easy to do if you have respect, you know? As it goes, in recent memory, that was the best concert I’ve attended in a long time. I simply had the luxury of performing it as well. Such an occurrence doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, you’re a fool not to take full advantage of it. It goes without saying that I highly doubt I’ll ever have such an experience again, but if I do, you know damn right I’ll make sure to remember every bit of it.

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Don Slater and Battlecross can be seen on tour on the ‘Summer of Doom’ tour with Crowbar and Lord Dying. Battlecross’ new album Rise To Power releases on August 21st from Metal Blade.

 

The Answer Announce Summer Touring Schedule

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The Answer have released their Summer touring schedule across the US supporting Whitesnake and European festival appearances. They are supporting their latest album Raise A Little Hell, out now via Napalm Records.

THE ANSWER SUMMER 2015
Jun 12: Greenfield Festival (CH)
Jun 13: Nova Rock Festival (AT)
Jun 20: Hell Fest Festival (FR)
Jun 22: Verizon Theater – Dallas TX (w/ Whitesnake)
Jun 23: Majestic Theater – San Antonio, TX (w/ Whitesnake)
Jun 25: Socorro Event Center – Socorro, TX (w/ Whitesnake)
Jun 27: Greeley Independence Stampede Festival – Greeley, CO
Jun 28: Reverb – Omaha, NE (Headline show)
Jun 30: Summerfest Festival – Milwaukee, WI
Jul 01: 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis MN (Headline show)
Jul 03: Freedom Hill AMP – Sterling Heights, MI (w/ Whitesnake)
Jul 05: Hard Rock – Northfield, OH (w/ Whitesnake)
Jul 07: Music Center – Huber Heights, OH (w/ Whitesnake)
Jul 08: Honeywell Center – Wabash, IN (w/ Whitesnake)
Jul 09: ORH – St. Louis, MO (Headline show)
Jul 10: Daveys – Kansas City MO (Headline show)
Jul 11: Myth show – St. Paul, MN (w/ Whitesnake)
Jul 12: Reggie’s – Chicago, IL (Headline show)
Jul 14: Surf Ballroom – Clear Lake, IA (w/ Whitesnake)
Jul 16: Rock USA Festival – OshKosh, WI
Jul 17: Geneva Music Park – Geneva, IL (w/ Whitesnake)
Jul 18: Star Plaza – Merrillville, IN (w/ Whitesnake)
Jul 20: Palace Theater – Greensburg, PA (w/ Whitesnake)
Jul 21: DC9 – Washington DC (Headline show)
Jul 22: Knitting Factory – New York, NY (Headline show)
Jul 24: Burning Cow Festival – Green Bay, WI
Jul 30: Wacken Festival (DE)

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Die Toten Hosen, Slipknot, Motley Crue Confirmed For Nova Rock Festival

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Nova Rock Festival is confirmed for June 12-14, 2015 at Pannonia Fields II in Nickelsdorf, Austria. The confirmed acts for the festival include:

Die Toten Hosen
Slipknot
Mötley Crüe
Die Fantastischen Vier
Beatsteaks
Rise Against
Nightwish
Deichkind
Farin Urlaub Racing Team
In Flames
Kraftklub
Five Finger Death Punch
The Gaslight Anthem
Lamb Of God
Godsmack
Papa Roach
Hollywood Undead
In Extremo
Eagles Of Death Metal
Life Of Agony
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Jennifer Rostock
Lagwagon
All Time Low
Asking Alexandria
Eluveitie
Yellowcard
Fiva
Powerwolf
Callejon
Backyard Babies
Blues Pills
Architects
Feine Sahne Fischfilet
Moop Mama
The Answer
The Sword
King 810

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