Archive for November, 2004

VERY IMPORTANT! The Show in HOUSTON is CANCELLED. Due to problems beyond our control occuring on the USA/Mexico border (after our show in Monterrey)- CXS will be unable to play in Houston on Sun. Nov.28. Please help us convey this important announcement to anyone who is planning to make the show. We are very sorry, We are very disappointed… thanks.

Just a few short announcements,

I need to let all of our fans know that after careful thought, Chris has decided leave the Crüxshadows. He has been with CXS for a number of years, but felt that the time was right to settle down and focus his time and energy on his family and personal life. The remaining five shows of our tour will be his last with the band, and we encourage all our fans within reasonable driving distance, to show up to our remaining 2004 performances and let him know that he will be missed. We wish him all the best, and much success.

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Earlier today we received some good news from our label. CXS can now be found in some Wal-Mart stores. Not ALL Wal-Mart stores mind you, but enough that we now are pretty much the first band from the scene to gain a foothold in the retail giant. We also will be available soon in many Sam Goody stores. CXS CD’s of course are still available from Hot Topic, Virgin Mega-stores, Tower records, Amazon.com, Isotank.com, the itunes store, and many other independent retailers in the US, as well as Media-markt and Saturn stores in Germany.

This weekend we will play for the very first time in the nation of Mexico. To be honest, we are a little nervous as none of us speaks Spanish or has ever been ‘south of the border’. The show is in Monterey, we will let you all know how that goes;-) We would love to see you there.

Echoes and Artifacts is available now through dancing ferret. What this means is this disc will now be more widely available (IE through retail outlets, online stores etc.) If you do not own a copy, it really is a “best of” & “rarities” disc representing the period between 1994 and 2001. Many have asked for it to be available in stores… and now it is.

On a very somber note, one of our fans – Michelle M. – also known as”littleblackbat” online, who was announced missing in December 2001 has recently been identified as a body found in late 2001. Police only now, three years later made the connection between the missing person report and the girl they found. She often sent us emails and was a very big supporter of CXS. It is with great sorrow that we offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to her friends and family. There is nothing that we can say to bring Michelle back, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with her and the loved ones she left behind. May God go with you.

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I will post soon what we have in store for 2005, so stay tuned.

live, love, be, believe…

Rogue

Hello everyone,

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted.

The tour has been going really well overall. We moved through the west coast, down across the southwest USA, and headed back to the southeast. Most of the shows have been really well attended, and I just wanted to say thank you for that. We are almost finished… we will play our hometown (O.K., none of us are really from Tallahassee- but its where we live when we are not on tour), New orleans, Austin, Monterey Mexico, & Houston- and then we are done! A very long tour… starting in Europe back in May. But its almost finished.

We all had a couple of days off. I would be happier about that if I had not come up with FOOD POISONING!!!! Nasty stuff. But I seem to be getting over it. I just finished a short interview for Sonic Seducer… they asked me to reflect on 2004. It got me doing just that, and I have to say this was a difficult, yet important year indeed.

We had some personnel changes, major equipment changes, a new cd, another re-mastered cd, a very long tour, and worked on our upcoming DVD. All kinds of things happened behind the scenes… from a flooded studio to the death of my grandfather, lost luggage and broken down touring vehicles- and we still somehow managed to pull through. We got our music into the itunes store, went to several new countries, and added backup singing with the dancers. Even after one of our dancers left us on very short notice, we quickly found a replacement and lost no momentum. It was hard. I think that sometimes people have no idea the toll that doing what we do takes. But I have to say, with some degree of satisfaction, that we did it.

I really believe the difference between succeeding and failing is often vision, desire, & resolve. By hook or by crook, we have stayed on target. Now I am not saying things will get easier, or that we have hit the zenith or anything- or that there won’t be issues of people coming and going… but I think given the dramatic stumbling blocks we faced, that it is clear that as long as we believe, and as long as our fans believe, there is a high probability of our continued success. To that end we will give our most, and try our best.

We have some great plans for 2005. A new album perhaps, a dvd, another European Tour is being booked as we speak. I think that CXS will take some stabs at higher profile media coverage, a higher profile tour (although maybe shorter in length), and with our fan-base continued support… well, anything is possible. We will be continuing to improve our show and our music, as well as update our equipment.

Aside: In fact we have replaced the ibook we used as a master computer with a high end apple powerbook. The gains to our capabilities have been… well, impressive.

Anyway, Thanksgiving is almost here. CXS will spend it on the road, traveling between New Orleans and Austin. I guess the thing I am most thankful for is the support of the fans, the dedication of the band, dancers, & crew, and the opportunity I have had to make a positive impression (hopefully) through music and art. I would ask any of you who want to let Rachel, Chris, George, Jessica, or Sarah know that you appreciate what they have done for the CXS, please feel free to email them. The letters of support from our fans really does mean a lot. I know it sounds kinda funny- but morale can drop a bit when you are out on the road for so long… and I think its important that the band remembers why we are on the road in the first place.

I guess that is all for now. Obviously i am in a strange mood, perhaps more introspective than normal. But it is the tours end- and before its over- i want to say with all sincerity, THANK YOU to all our supporters, friends, fans, & families. You make it all worthwhile.

Live, Love, Be, Believe

Rogue