Thirty shows—Across both America and Canada. That’s quite a test of human endurance—especially when you do it in a van and you’re almost fifty years old.
Our recent tour with Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot and Pyrexia was a non-stop merry-go-round of driving, shows, lack of sleep and constant pressure to kill it every night. In short, this tour amounted to long hours of boredom punctuated by a half-hour of playing our brains out.
We owe a great deal of thanks to all the people behind the scenes in the IB camp who helped make this possible and we also must thank our fill-in dudes, who did an amazing job keeping up with everything by integrating with the band and being a part of this great experience. Cheers to you Chris McCarthy, Peter "Blue" Spinazola and Angel Cotte — we couldn't have done it without you.
Now, instead of writing a long-winded missive on the tour, I’ve made a few top-three lists that gives you a little overview of the tour.
Three Best Shows:
Three Funniest Moments:
Three Lessons Learned:
Finally the bands we played with were just dynamite human beings. That made life on the road a lot easier for everyone. Special thanks must go out to Derek Boyer and Terrance Hobbs for making sure that we always had some beer and booze. Because when you are on the bottom of the list during a tour, your catering budget only has enough room for some food. Terrance and Derek went above and beyond to keep us fortified with alcohol. If you ask me, that’s a true sign of friendship and camaraderie.