Trespass America: Five Finger Death Punch Blog 7
We’ve been getting updates from the Metal Hammer Trespass America Festival thanks to the Five Finger Death Punch boys, and here’s blog number six from bassist Chris Kael as the tour wraps up.
“Well, my Metal Hammer friends reading this blog, we are rounding the corner and heading towards home here on Trespass America! It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time flies while out here on the road. Seems like just yesterday that Zoltan, Brandon and I stayed up to seven a.m. putting together the final touches on the video content on the massive onstage video screens! Now, here I am near the end of the tour giving myself a concussion on that very same stage!
On this blog, I’d like to reflect upon the friendships made on tour. These summer tours really do turn out to be a sort of heavy metal summer camp for (somewhat) grownups. Six weeks into a seven week tour and I can reflect fondly upon many nights of parking lot grilling parties and the occasional shared Crown and Diet with those I now call friends.
Friends like the boys from Detroit, Battlecross. Tis been an amazing experience for me watching these guys nightly. Such a great way to start off Trespass America with the most metal frontman to ever appear in Crocs, Mr. Gumby himself, Kyle. The windmills, the beard, and those amazingly well crafted bass solos! I look forward to keeping an eye on these guys as they continue to grow and flourish. Great people, great band – Battlecross.
Friends like New Jersey’s God Forbid. Those of you who know me, know that I’m a social networking addict. I first made contact with Doc (@doc4bid) on Twitter and have shared many a post show cocktail over some pretty deep, philosophical conversations. Even discussed the possibility of our someday running together for office – he’d be the policy guy and I’d be the public face getting shit done through kissing hands and shaking babies!
Friends like Emmure from the state of New York. I first met drummer Mark Castillo last summer on a few radio dates when he was playing with Crossfade. Definitely glad to see this guy happy again playing music he enjoys. And Frankie? A very soft spoken incredibly kind guy. Twas great singing with ya at the bar in San Antonio my friend! And Jesse and Matt – always a great hang my friends. Hope to see you guys out again soon.
Friends like Michigan’s Pop Evil. We got some online slack about bringing these guys out with us; but, fuck all of those people – Pop Evil writes some really great, catchy songs and brings it live with an incredible presence each and eveyr night. Not to mention, one of my favorite people on this tour is the bassist, Matt Dirito. Truly, other than me (ahem), one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met on the road. From seeing him take care of Liad, God Forbid’s merch girl, by literally carrying her back to her van after suffering a sprained ankle early in the tour to shooting handguns in Knoxville, definitely one of my favorite people on this tour.
Friends like Florida’s Trivium. Lots of discussions with Matt about black metal and yoga; many a cocktail with Nick and Corey; and a discussion with my other bald tourmate, alongside Doc Coyle, in regards to the frequency of our head shaving. Twas great seeing and playing with these guys again and I’m sure we’ll see em out again. As a matter of fact, I hope to catch them on a couple of their upcoming European tour dates with one of my favourite bands ever, Upon A Burning Body.
Friends like the mighty Killswitch Engage. SO many fond memories of hanging out in the heavy metal parking lot with Adam, Joel, Justin, Mike and Jesse. One night in particular stands out in Canada when a conversation with Adam and Corpsegrinder from Cannibal Corpse about the intricacies of death metal spiraled into a night of Jack Daniels, beer, and Jager; a full frontal view of a crew guy pissing while incredibly intoxicated from a trailer; and Vegas style gambling on the over/under that it’d take for yet another drunk to make it to his feet (the over under was 3 and a half minutes – the money came in on the over at 4:33). Good, good times indeed!
And, lastly, good friends like my brothers in Five Finger Death Punch. We put this festival together and did it our way – just like this band has always done and will continue to do. I’m proud to have done this together and will look back on this tour fondly. As for specific memories? My friends, my readers – you’ll simply have to wait for the book…”