- Quite honestly, I have no axe to grind when it comes to Iced Earth.
We did a short tour of the US a number of years ago, the agent who
booked the tour(The Creep), caused a lot of bad vibes between the
bands. Each of the shows paid next to nothing, and Iced Earth was
charging money for the use of thier speaker cabnets and drums. It was
about 50% of what we were making as our wage! Needless to say it
caused some friction. The guys in Iced Earth were so rock stared out
they wouldn't let us or the other support bands into the change
rooms. Jag Panzer was the brunt of a joke I mentioned on stage, Harry
the singer had made a dreadful mistake and called Columbus Ohio
Cleaveland, and when we went on stage I made a joke of it. The
bassist was livid with me, however Harry was amused, it really wasn't
meant to insult anyone but the bassist took it really seriously. I of
course apologized, and explained that Lemmy did the same thing to me
when we toured England and I made the same type of mistake that Harry
made when I called Birmingham, Newcastle!!! It happens all the time,
when you do so many shows in a row you sometimes don't even know
where you are. Iced Earth may hate us but I won't feed the flame, it
was a difficult tour with many hardships that each band blamed the
others for. After paying for backline use we never helped move Iced
Earth's equiptment, we finished hours before they did and would leave
after we finished playing, this really pissed them off, as well as
being blown off the stage by us and Jag Panzer. By the time they
would start thier set most people had left the club and those that
were left over were too burned out to give a good response. It was a
great experience for Jag Panzer and Anvil, but a living nightmare for
Iced Earth. I really don't blame Shaffer for his resentment. That's
the price you pay for trying to be a headliner in a country that
doen't give a shit about what you are doing............
- HAHAHAHA! Great story!
"Rawk and Rowl!!!!!"
I can hear it now: "How ya fuckin' doing, Newcastle???"
More war stories from the road, please.