Archive for June, 2004

Hello all,

its been a day. And first I have to address the situation in Athens.

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We just received news from the club in Greece that our show has been canceled. We were actually on our way there from Milan when our booking agent called us to tell us the bad news. We were really upset because we were looking forward to the show in Athens. Thing is, this cancelation seems suspicious to us, and we are hoping everything is on the up and up with the promoter- but our booking agent was told he is in the hospital. We have been unable to reach the promoter and we never got any word from him directly, instead the club informed us the show was canceled. To all our Greek fans- please understand, this has nothing to do with Cruxshadows. We did not cancel this show. All of this is something going on in the the scene in Athens- and my booking agent has assured me we will get to the bottom of things. We are looking at possible ways to book future shows in Greece currently. Again- CXS has never in 12 years canceled a show. The organizers canceled this one… not us. If this situation upsets you- let them know.

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But on brighter news, between shows in Spain, France, Germany, and Italy (so far)- we managed to work on a new music video. We shot it with Jochen Schoberth whose music and video credits are too numerous to list, and hopefully when all is said and done it will turn out pretty cool. Either way, it was fun to do. Jochen worked on the recent VNV Nation DVD, and I think we are very fortunate to have his talents on some of our video work.

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Tonight we are at a hotel in Munich (München) and some of the band is at the Dark Night Team’s Nerodom club. We hung out there a short while when we last played in Munich, and it was a nice way for the band to unwind after a stressful day. We did manage to go sight seeing in Venice while we were in italy- So yes- we took a gondola ride- I know, I know… very touristy- but whatever, you only live once right…?

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We also played a show with our friends in Mesh and Das Ich- called the Secret Garden Festival. Unfortunately George’s guitar pedal completely broke and stopped producing sound. Well, we did what we could but suffice to say it was a very synth oriented CXS show- but the best part of the show was when George plugged directly into the board -dry- and played a unaffected, undistorted version of Marilyn- acoustically- including a solo that was unbelievable. The crowd erupted in applause. It was amazing… if anybody had any doubts about George- well, rest assured he took the worst situation and made it into something really cool and original. The problem was fixed and the other shows have gone off without a hitch in performance.

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ok, enough for now. More news soon! I have not had email access in a few weeks so I am sorry to those who have written with no reply. I will post again soon;-)

much love-

Rogue

Ok- finally a second to breathe. We made it to Europe with little to no problems, which is strange… although the flight was a little on the bumpy side and our take-off was delayed at JFK due to the heavy rain- OH YES- ALSO- our equipment was a bit damaged when we got to Germany (Nothing broken beyond repair). But the trip went smoother than usual. We made it to our first show in Karlsruhe. And despite having to make a number of adjustments and repairs, the show went ok. I say ok, because our power converters for whatever reason fell off the backside of the stage shutting off power to some, and then all of the instruments. But the crowd was enthusiastic and kept calling us back for encores. All in all, It was not a bad first show for our tour.

We made some adjustments and then it was off to Wave-Gotik-Treffen, One of the largest Darkwave events on earth. 50,000 black clad individuals in one place at one time is something to see. We played on Sunday night, in an airplane hanger called the ‘Agra Halle’. Unbelievably, It was filled to capacity. The room holds 12,000 to 15,000 people, and security shut down the entrance because too many people were trying to get in! WOW! The audience was absolutely spectacular, and this year the stage security was really helpful- one of the guards held me up as I walked the crowd barricade. I guess they knew better what to expect when I went into the audience this year 🙂

The energy in that room was just amazing, and if nothing good ever happens to CXS again, then we have been more than fortunate. It was very exciting for the band. So, to WGT and all the fans- Thanks!

We did have some relatively minor problems however, and a guitar string broke during the show… leaving ‘Deception’ a little odd sounding, but George was able to hold it together and somehow transcribed some of his guitar parts up onto another string. This was a really good night. And one I think CXS will not soon forget.

We are off to France next. And this tour looks to be a long one- between 40 and 45 shows in Europe.

Another cool note. We will be the first band from the Darkwave scene to play in Belgrade(YU) since the Sisters of Mercy played in 1990. And The first American Darkwave band there… EVER! So, I’ll try and let you know how things go as they unfold.

Much love to you all-

Rogue