Thursday, July 20, 2006
ATHEIST drummer Steve Flynn has posted the following update/review of their recent live performances:
“I’m sure everybody in the band will respond in their own words, but first, just let me say it’s an understatement to simply say thank you to all of you who came out to see and support ATHEIST. The reception we received from the concert promoters/organizers and the fans was simply incredible. I know I speak for everybody in the band when I say Thank You!! I can’t tell you what it meant to us to see such incredible and overwhelming support from so many people.
The details are starting to slowly circulate, but nobody would believe what we went through. None of us in the band has ever been through such a cluster fuck of travel fuck-ups in our combined lives. There was not one leg of our journey that went smoothly. EVERY flight was plagued by delays, missed connections, and/or lost luggage – except for our return flight on Virgin Atlantic THEY FUCKING RULE. Every other travel leg was, simply put, a fucking nightmare beyond nightmares. Nothing, and I mean nothing, seemed to go right from a travel perspective.
However, the hours spent at the venues performing and meeting people were some of the best we’ve ever experienced as a band and made the whole thing more than worth the effort. The outpouring of support was simply amazing and, again, thank you is not strong enough to express our gratitude.
As many of you already know, all of our equipment was lost by dumb-ass airlines. Sonny and Chris had no guitars and I was missing my drum equipment. The promoters at both shows did a great job to help us, but we were simply stuck. The equipment we were given caused us many technical problems, but Sonny and Chris played on in spite of it all and delivered.
I’ve read what several of you have posted regarding our actual performances and THANK YOU!!! again. Things like the sound/mix are out of our control but seemed to get better as the performances went on. However, those things are inevitable, despite not having our own equipment. We are unable to bring our own soundman and thus have to rely on people to mix our music who probably have never heard our music and don’t understand that it’s complex and needs to be mixed a certain way.
The show at Evolution was going great – as we all had our own equipment (minus my drums) and we were playing very well – until Tony fell through the stage injuring his arm and destroying his bass. Though, he sprung back and completed the set in fine fashion despite the pain. We even did a little bass/drum jam session. Not only that, after the show, Chris cut his head open on the big SAXON metal bird prop that was hanging backstage. Kelly was standing back stage after the show and saw Tony taken to the ambulance after the show only to see Chris being brought in a few minutes later on a stretcher with blood streaming down his face. Kelly was like “what the fuck is going on????” Nothing is ever easy for us..
Special thanks to Micah for enduring his own long travels and doing a spectacular job of taking pictures at Bloodstock. Though, he stiffed us on the Indian food. We ordered some Indian food to be delivered at our hotel, and Micah said he’d pick up the check…. I ended up paying.
Just kidding….I don’t think he even ate any….though it was quite good, as there was nothing open in Lichfield at midnight.
We’ll post more on the shows later. I’m also anxious to see the pictures that everybody took, video and such as well.
Prague and Wacken in two weeks. Please pray, or do whatever it takes, on our behalf so that these next journies go even a fraction smoother.”