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  SEBASTIAN BACH KICKS STORMZONE OFF UK TOUR: BAND'S STORY IN FULL
18th June 2012

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Stormzone have delivered a lengthy Facebook post detailing their experience on the road with Sebastian Bach last week.

The band were midway into the drive from Glasgow to London when they received a call that Bach wanted them off the tour.

Here's Stormzone's story in full...

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"Hi everyone, now that we're home and the dust has settled we'd like to thank absolutely everyone for their words of support and encouragement over the last couple of days. They made a 20 hour round trip via bus and boat to London much easier to endure and although it would probably just be best to 'let it lie' we think those who took the time to wish us well deserve an insight into a day on the road which may or may not shed some light onto yesterday's developments.

"Tuesday night was fantastic, a Belfast show in front of friends and the benefit of having a great soundman giving us everything at the venue's disposal to help our delivery and a lighting guy generous with his effects. Both, of course, were already familiar with Stormzone so we had an advantage there. Our cramped stage conditions were no cause for concern, we were after all just the support band and grateful for any opportunity to play to a guaranteed packed house. So Tuesday was incident-free, even to the extent of being given our full agreed performance fee by the Limelight organisation.

"We asked them if they'd met Sebastian and the reply was: 'He's a cock!'... we then said, ok, so you have met him then? to which the response was: 'No, his crew told us'! After the show we spoke briefly to the only member of Sebastian Bach's band interested in any contact with us and he (bass player Jason Christopher) congratulated us on our performance and told us he really liked us. After the show we filled in the couple of hours before heading to get the boat to Scotland by talking to a lot of people in the bar. It was just a brilliant night and no indication as to what lay ahead next day.

"We made our way to the boat. By this time it was 3.30am and during the sailing we bumped into Sebastian who was making the same journey. We were clearly still buzzing from the show, and expected him to to express his own satisfaction with it, but he didn't share our enthusiasm, complained about the monitors, discovered we had nothing to smoke and made off mid-sentence. Nothing wrong there, it was early hours of morning and it's really only people from our place who can seem to smile through tiredness, but of course we were excited about doing two more UK shows.

"We arrived at our Glasgow hotel at 9.00am and they very kindly alowed us an early check-in, so we managed to get some sleep before leaving for Glasgow's Garage venue at 4.00pm. Nothing about our initial arrival hinted that there should be any cause for concern.

"The Garage crew helped us in with our backline and we entered the venue to see that, as expected, Sebastian's backline and drums had already been set up. However they had not yet begun to soundcheck. So we sat around for a while, built our gear on the floor ready to be able to get it onstage once the main band had completed all they had to do and we waited, and waited. So after an hour or so we decided to put our bags backstage in our allocated dressing room, which was when the first alarm bell rang.

"The Garage staff apologetically told us that we no longer had a dressing room as the Sebastian Bach tour manager wanted a room for himself and his laptop, so we could either get changed in our van or in the hallway area outside where our room was being occupied. We were kinda miffed but not too annoyed, we've changed in worse places.

"The venue provided us with some water and beers, but of course the fridge was in the dressing room, but it's still better warm than nothing! The doors of the venue were due to open at 7.00pm with us hitting the stage at 7.30 for a 40 minute set. At 6.30, two hours after our arrival, Seb's band had still not soundchecked.

"Again we know we're only the support band so we sat patiently and absolutely silently waiting for the arrival of the young guitarist who was apparently holding things up. Jason Christopher treated us to some Maiden tunes on bass, almost apologetically, knowing something wasn't quite right.

"The guitarist wandered in around 6.40 and they began to make some noise, eventually apparently satisfied, without Sebastian Bach's participation, at 6.50 that everything was in order. They left the stage and we immediately went into action knowing we had only ten minutes to set up and soundcheck before the doors were to open.

"Instructions were issued that absolutely nothing currently onstage was to be touched. Fine, we understand our place! The stage was even more narrow than the Limelight's the previous night so there was no way Davy could have put his drums in front of theirs so we made the decision to squeeze him into the only space available on the very right hand side of the stage. Again that's not an unusual thing and many support bands have to do it. It meant though that Andrew's cab and amp would have to be right beside Davy, so our sticksman was going to require a lot of drums in the monitor as Andrew's gear was going to be deafening him.

"To edge away from Davy a little Andrew went to move a monitor beside the drums that was on it's side and not plugged in. Seb's stage manager immediately shouted at him to leave it alone. Andrew explained that it was unplugged and therefore useless, but apparently it had to stay there because Sebastian needed it to set his bottle of water on top of it! Ok, fair enough, let's leave that and get on with it.

"The in-house soundman approached us, a really great guy, but something seemed to be making him a little uneasy about talking to us. We then discovered that, under instructions from Sebastian Bach's tour management, we were to get one monitor, one vocal microphone each and only one microphone for Davy's entire drums, a cheap little thing (the mic, not Davy's kit, lol) which was to be unceremoniously thrust into his bass drum and that was basically the sum total of what was going to be heard out front.

"We were to get nothing of our instruments through our monitors, just vocals, so Davy was going to be blind to us at the far end of the stage and playing on instinct as he would hear absolutely nothing of the backline! Please bear in mind that although realisation was beginning to dawn on us that we were being given one up the arse we just kept our heads down and tried to make the best of what we had to work with as, by this time, the doors were two minutes from opening!

"We did make a quick enquiry to one of the stage hands as to whether this was because everything was lastminute.com, to which the astounding response was 'Sebastian Bach's organisation said this was what you got last night, and what you're to be given tonight!!!'

"At that stage we knew we were getting shafted but still had to plough on. Davy Bates knows how to be a gentleman and said nothing, but it was beginning to get a little emotional for us seeing a wonderful guy and drummer being stuck in a corner with one mic on his kit to fill a packed venue with sound. This is a guy who was a major influence on a young Lars Ulrich ffs.

"Steve Moore quickly stepped in and donated his vocal microphone which the soundman quickly added to Davy's snare. It made a difference and we jammed through half a song and left the stage quickly as the first wave of the audience was coming through the door. Twenty minutes to get changed in the alleyway, a huddle and a combined determination to go out there and deliver a Stormzone set with added intent and absolute commitment to ignoring what was potentially to be a piss-poor sound and do our best!

"The soundman and monitor guy seemed to rise to the challenges they both were faced with (both drafted in at 2.00pm when the original experienced in-house engineer mysteriously went absent), and with them having only our best interests at heart (at this stage Seb's team had no more influence over proceedings) they made us sound as best as they could.

"We played as if our lives depended on it and the Glasgow audience showed their appreciation for us in a similar way to the response we received in Belfast the previous night. We left the stage and we were met by Seb's bass player Jason who shook each of our hands in congratulations almost looking relieved that we'd come out of things not only unscathed, but victorious! Now it was time to get dried off, get our gear off-stage and into the van, grab one of our (warm) beers, do an interview with the very excellent planetmosh.com, watch Seb then get back to the hotel for some sleep before the next day's long journey to London.

"We got paid, HALF of the agreed fee, still no moaning or bitching, we were just too damn happy to have still played well under the given conditions. We went to a great noodles bar for some food, ate and were then ready for departure. Some of the guys left the restaurant first to get into the van ready for the off, a couple of us were finishing off our meals when the Seb Bach tour bus appeared and parked in front of the only exit from the back of the venue.

"One of our guys had had enough by this stage and had some heated words with one of Seb's crew about moving the bus a little to allow us to leave. A scuffle took place but to all intents and purposes is was supposedly handbags at dawn, quickly and easily resolved, apologies given and handshakes made with a gentleman's agreement that everything had been settled.

"The tour bus was moved and just before we were about to leave we did our usual round of thank-yous to anyone involved with Seb in the vicinity which included their tour manager. He shook our hands and stated categorically that the next night in London we would have absolutely everything we needed to make us sound as best possible, more microphones and monitors would be at our disposal and we left feeling very happy with ourselves and looking forward to playing again Thursday night.

"We were up at 7.00am next day and began the journey from Glasgow to London. That's when it all went wrong! We were a huge majority of the way there when a call came through from Sebastian's touring agency informing us that he wanted us off the tour! We were given the tour manager's phone number and asked to resolve it ourselves, but upon contacting the guy, the same guy who the night before had promised us London would be far better than Glasgow, told us 'sorry guys, nothing I can do, Sebastian wants you off the tour' and hung up!

"He had just enough time to inform us that Sebastian didn't think we were 'appreciative enough of everything they had given us in Glasgow'! An occupied dressing room, one drum microphone, a two minute soundcheck, no monitors, and half our fee, and in actual fact we were still totally thankful! People who know us know that we're not the kind of guys to be in any way unappreciative of anything! Granted we probably didn't help our cause by one of us taking the bait during the tour bus incident, and that probably gave Sebastian the ammunition he needed to make his decision, but even that was apparently nothing, it had been resolved and moved on from with what turned out to eventually be a mis-placed promise of better things for us in London.

"One thing that is definitely unacceptable is the fact that the order was given that morning to axe us from the bill and yet we didn't get a call to that effect until we were a stone's throw from our destination much later that afternoon. If we had been told while still in Glasgow we could have made our way straight to Stranraer which is only a couple of hours away from where we were that morning and maybe we'd have been home yesterday afternoon. Instead we had to make our way all the way back up through England to make an 11.30pm sailing which meant we were home in the early hours of Friday.

"So there you go, the tale of 24 hours, the shortened version, lol. No future dates with Sebastian Bach! We'd just like to end this by thanking you all again for your concern and support, it's not the end of the world by any means and as someone pointed out, it's quickly gonna become yesterday's news.

"We're fortunate that for Stormzone incidents like this are few and far between, we've toured with many a legend over the last few years and always been treated with respect. This is a one-off and we've certainly lived through it to fight another day.

"One last thing and a huge thank you to our very own Steve Wright who tirelessly works, drives and councils us, mate, we are fortunate to have you! See you all very soon.



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In the downtime between Absolva projects, Chris Appleton applies his skills to solo album 'Restless'...

out and loud NAPALM RECORDS ANNOUNCE LABEL NIGHT AT OUT & LOUD FESTIVAL 2015
The German festival gets off to a quality start with the warm up night on July 3rd featuring a fine cross-section of the label repertoire...

jeff loomis ARCH ENEMY WELCOME JEFF LOOMIS AS NEW GUITARIST
The ex-Nevermore guitarist will debut for Arch Enemy on the European tour starting November 26th as Nick Cordle's replacement...

wildfire WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE
The two day showcase promises to give Glasgow a Rock and Metal party to remember...

periphery PERIPHERY ANNOUNCE DUAL ALBUMS FOR 2015
There will also be plenty of touring in next year, including a stint on the road with Devin Townsend Project...

anathema ANATHEMA ANNOUNCE 'RESONANCE' SHOW AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE IN APRIL 2015
This special show will be a celebration of the entire history of Anathema music...

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of COF's dark, enigmatic history..."

yardbirds THE YARDBIRDS RETURN TO LONDON WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SOME VELVET MORNING
The Yardbirds will play Bush Hall on November 21st, fifty years after the release of the seminal 'Five Live Yardbirds'...

marilyn manson NEW MARILYN MANSON ALBUM 'THE PALE EMPEROR' COMING JANUARY 19th
The album is available for pre-orders now...

udo UDO, ONE OF GERMAN CLASSIC ROCK'S GREATEST, ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
'Decadent' is mastered and due for release in January 2015...

fozzy FOZZY LAUNCH VIDEO CLIP FOR 'DO YOU WANNA START A WAR'
"Fog, slow motion camera shots, and chicks in military uniforms. Touchdown!..."

phil rudd 'PROCURE TO KILL' CHARGE AGAINST AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD DROPPED BUT OTHER CHARGES REMAIN
Rudd is on bail and is scheduled to reappear in court on November 27th and still faces one charge of threatening to kill...

blind guardian BLIND GUARDIAN TO RELEASE 'BEYOND THE RED MIRROR' IN FEBRUARY 2015
"A story between science fiction and fantasy. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost..."

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY LAUNCH LIVE VIDEO FOR 'AS THE PAGES BURN'
Arch Enemy are about to start a major European tour with Kreator, including seven UK dates in December...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST BEGIN RECORDING NEW ALBUM
"We have written a very dark yet melodic album but this time many songs definitely have a Death Metal edge..."

rainbow RAINBOW RELEASE 'THE POLYDOR YEARS' - 8 CLASSIC ALBUMS IN 1 AMAZING VINYL BOX SET
All the classics are here - relive the very best of the era in the box set released on November 24th...

nothing more NOTHING MORE TO SUPPORT THE PRETTY RECKLESS
The passion and relentless sonic experimentation of the live show comes to the UK this November...

phil rudd AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD ON NEW ZEALAND MURDER PLOT AND DRUGS CHARGE
Michael Browning, AC/DC's former manager told Daily Mail Australia it was a "bit of a shock, but there you go"....

hrh 9 HRH 9 ON TRACK FOR A XMAS SELL OUT
Due to huge demand the last batch of rooms are on sale for November 2015's spectacular event...

engel ENGEL RELEASE ALBUM TEASER FOR 'RAVEN KINGS'
The eagerly awaited release from the Swedish Death Metallers is nearly upon us...

blackberry smoke BLACKBERRY SMOKE UNVEIL NEW ALBUM 'HOLDING ALL THE ROSES' PRODUCED BY BRENDAN O'BRIEN
The album will land in February 2015. "The plan for this record is to go out and play as much as we can, and just take it to the people..."

broken chords BROKEN CHORDS TO HEADLINE SECOND STAGE AT HARD ROCK HELL
The band have been grabbing attention thanks to the Bernie Tormé tour, and look to build on that with their appearance at HRH...

linkin park LINKIN PARK ANNOUNCE 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH RISE AGAINST AND OF MICE AND MEN
'The Hunting Party' goes on the road for nineteen dates in January and February...

skarlett gus tour THE SKYS HEAD UP ANOTHER BATCH OF PROGTASTIC BANDS FOR HRH PROG 3
Another five quaity bands will join headliner Rick Wakeman in next year's prog extravaganza...

ramblin man fair BREAKING NEWS: SCORPIONS, GREGG ALLMAN, CAMEL AND MARILLION ANNOUNCED FOR RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR 2015
The Rock Collective and TeamRock are proud to announce a brand new UK festival...

skarlett gus tour MACHINE HEAD REVEAL SECOND TRAILER FOR THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM, 'BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS'
The album will be released on November 10, 2014 on a variety of formats. "It's been a heck of a ride, but man, this album is a milestone for us..."

skarlett gus tour SKARLETT RIOT CONFIRMED FOR GUS G UK TOUR
Skarlett Riot will open for the four UK dates of the 2015 headlining European tour...

wayne static WAYNE STATIC DIES AT 48
The founder of industrial Metal band Static-X died on November 1st...

emigrate VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE, 'EAT YOU ALIVE', UNVEILED BY RAMMSTEIN GUITARIST RICHARD KRUSPE'S EMIGRATE
The second Emigrate album 'Silent So Long' is set for release via Spinefarm Records on November 24th...

slash GUITAR LEGEND SLASH AND THE UK'S BEST LIVE BAND BIFFY CLYRO SET TO ROCK GLASGOW AHEAD OF THE 2014 MTV EMA
The rock show will kick off the MTV EMA weekend at The O2 Academy on 7 November...

devil you know DEVIL YOU KNOW PULL OUT OF UK AND EUROPEAN MACHINE HEAD TOUR
"The business side of this industry is very ugly at times and this is one of those unforeseen instances where the band has to suffer..."

cavelera conspiracy CAVALERA CONSPIRACY RELEASE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR TRACK 'BABYLONIAN PANDEMONIUM'
The video's imagery conveys the raw emotions of Brazil's impoverished people percolating just beneath the surface of the country's natural beauty...

rock goddess ROCK GODDESS CONFIRMED FOR HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR 2015
Rock Goddess join Masterplan, Blitzkrieg, Iron Angel and many others at HOA...

monument MONUMENT RELEASE NEW LYRIC VIDEO
The video for 'Renegades' features artwork by the band's exclusive illustrator Stan W Decker...

dog house WEST LONDON'S NEW ROCK BAR OPENS
The Dog House has opened in Acton, the first new rock bar for many years in the W post code area...

western sand WESTERN SAND ANNOUNCE NEW EP RELEASE, 'CUT YOU DOWN TO SIZE'
The band's second EP is released on Monday 17th November through Believe Digital...

lawnmower deth LAWNMOWER DETH ANNOUNCE CHRISTMAS SHOW
Join Lawnmower Deth at The Underworld on 13th December with Evil Scarecrow, Savage Messiah and Bull Riff Stampede...

giants of rock BLACK STAR RIDERS ADDED TO GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL
The first opportunity to see the band live in the UK in 2015 will be at Giants Of Rock, in a line-up which includes Slade, Magnum and many more...

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