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The Return Of The Kiichi-kun II

It was a short van ride to Saitama from the Tokyu Excel for Loud Park; when we finally arrived, we all grabbed our bags and stage clothes and headed to the dressing rooms. 

Like pretty much everything else in this country, Japan really has the dressing room situation figured out; not only figured out, but basically has all things hospitality, nailed down better than any other country could even fathom. Each band has their own large private space, a decent rider in their room, temperature controls for your room (you’d be surprised how rare this feature is typically), a clean bathroom and showers nearby (a rarity in some countries to even have a shower or toilet), world-class catering (with Japanese food), and really pro backstage crew (including stage crew, caterers, hospitality, security, press, etc.). Japan, just like in everything else, does the backstage world better than anyone else. Continue reading

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6l3BMxxUPU (Video of “Creeping Death” performed by Trivium, Corey Taylor, Robb Flynn)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNrrgo2IRlo (Video of “In Waves” by Trivium)

Revolver Golden Gods Weekend (part IV)

Los Angeles

(w/ Robb Flynn, Corey Taylor, Trivium, Slipknot, Machine Head, Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandira), John Moyer (Adrenaline Mob/ Disturbed), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Lizzie Hale (Halestorm), and everyone from the Metal and Rock universe)

Full of good times and good food, we headed back to the area by the award show and parted ways for the time being. Ashley and I prepared to head over to the Golden Gods and eventually met up with Trivium band and crew and management and label. The concept of the “Golden God Awards” is one that originated in the U.K. with our friends at Metal Hammer magazine. The Golden Gods in the U.K. is essentially primarily for all things Metal. It’s an awards show with performances and readers and bands and celebrities who all gather once a year to pay tribute to artists who deserve tribute according to the readership. Metal Hammer U.K. is one of my personal favorite magazines on Earth – it’s always stuck to it’s guns of being whole-heartedly metal. It’ll delve here and there around the Metal-genre, but is always at heart… about the lifestyle of Metal.