ROD'S DIARY - LA - MAY 30-31
Sorry guys but a bit behind as have been spending some time with family in Canada and will try to catch up next couple of days. Back to LA last week delving into the mists of time (it seems) long gone!
Got to the show early and met up with some old friends who used to be at Capitol Records, our US label in the 80s. They were a terrific team and we have always kept in contact. Various other assorted mates were hanging out round my beer cooler, Rick Sales, Slayers manager, Andy Gould (Rob Zombie and Axl Rose), Vaughn and Kenny who look after Killswitch Engage, Brian Slagel from Metal Blade (who comes to many of the shows but always buys a ticket so is particularly welcome to share our beers!!) Spent time with our agent Rick from CAA and our LA promoter Rich.
Photographer John with IMTV team Johnny & Dave.
Prior to the show Bruce and I did interviews with Mark Levine regarding Metal and Islam. Mark is a Doctor of Islamic History and recently wrote an interesting book on the influence of music and particularly Metal in the Islamic world. I will put up a jpg of the book here when I get it from Mark. Apparently Metal and Maiden are very influential with the kids from Morocco to Pakistan and he promises to write a piece for this website about it which I am sure will be of interest to all of us. It would be brilliant to play in some of these areas but obviously many would be very difficult but we are looking into it. Dubai, although not at all typical of this world, was interesting last year with fans coming in from all over the Middle East. I am sure we will return there and perhaps look at getting into Morocco some time in the future.
Journo Daniel Lane and photographer Ashley were also there covering the weekend for Kerrang, along with our EMI PR william. Daniel was reviewing the show and also talked to Steve and Bruce for a feature prior to Twickenham. We gave Ashley plenty of access to get some great shots so will all hopefully turn out really well
Both shows at Irvine went very well with about 13,000 at the Friday show and then Saturday sold out to 16,000. with the Forum show in February it means we have played to about 43,000 Southern Californian fans in the last 3 months or so. Like last time the audience was well up for it although of course the rowdy Saturday night crowd had the edge.
K photographer Ashley and journo Daniel.
Most of us hung around backstage after the shows seeing various friends etc. all in all a good weekend there
As I said before the hotel we had for the weekend was really great and I actually got to get some R and R on the Saturday and Sunday, lounged by the pool, bit of gym, read some, etc. We were also fortunate that the weather improved a lot and was nice and hot over the weekend.
Pics for Kerrang.
Fyi - The Boston Celtics qualified to meet the Lakers in the NBA Finals. Interestingly this is the first time the pair have met in the Final since Lakers beat the Celtics in 1987. In the three years prior to that they also each won one championship. So between 1984 and 1987 they met three times and not again since then until now. Reminds me of something.
Back of the stage in LA.
Irvine from on-stage. Note the lawns at the back hold 6000! There are 10,000 seats.