Dog Toffee: Up Yours Delors
A gig in Rennes, France, was interrupted within just 10 minutes of commencement by gendarmes, demanding the Dogs turn down. As they say, the Old Bill may as well have been “asking the Pope to condone contraception”. During the last song of their set a 12-man riot team, armed to the teeth and accompanied by fierce-looking dogs, arrived to send them on their way to the next gig in Bordeaux. After that show, firearms were drawn on them by French cops who made them unload their gear, turn out their pockets and hand over their cigarettes. After police-free gigs in Spain, they crossed from Switzerland into Germany.
“Again, we were stopped and searched at gunpoint,” say the band. “Customs didn’t believe we were a rock ‘n’ roll band, even though we had a van full of musical equipment. Our passports were confiscated and we were made to sit at the kerbside under guard for several hours. Eventually our passports were returned, but with no explanation or apology. We think being British had something to do with it.”
And so onto the Netherlands border, the crossing of which was civilised and took only a matter of minutes. And whe band’s advice?
“In Europe, the people are great, but the police in France and Germany are prejudiced against the Brits so don’t drive on a British registration plate, hire a car over there instead.”
Take it from a band who know!
Dave Ling – Metal Hammer