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Ever get to open for someone famous?
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So this is happening, and am super excited about it!   My band Ov Moros is on a local bill to support Raven!   :whoohoo!:

These guys inspired the Metallica's and the Anthrax's and brought them along for their first big tours way back at the Dawn of Thrash.
While my band would certainly not be considered "thrash"  (we play slow and are driving in the Progressive/Epic/Folklore Doom lane; we've been described as "Candlemass meets Cathedral at a kegger party with Sleep") :lol:  it is an absolute honor that the promoter included us regardless on a bill featuring some Living Legends.   I had 2 albums of theirs back at one point, but need to get acquainted with a lot of their other albums now.  lol 
If I heard correctly, the band Mobile Deathcamp features an ex-member of GWAR (Beefcake Almighty?) as well.  This is gonna be a FUN night for sure!   Will let you know how it goes! 

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Re: Ever get to open for someone famous?
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Raven
Blitzkrieg
Angelwitch
Hell
Pagan Alter
Diamond Head
Portrait (toured with them)


and probably a few others I can't remember because I don't like them that much.  The first three bands I mention above are all that have actually had a big influence on me.  Particularly Raven.

Had to turn down an offer to do their UK tour as well this year because we already had our own tour booked!  So disappointed.  But may be we get to play with the legends again some day.
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"whadda ya want? we want Heavy Metal"

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Re: Ever get to open for someone famous?
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So awesome Kim!!!

Back in the day we got to local support for a few good gigs at an old grocery store that was converted into a music hall.  We were the 7:30 band while people were still tailgating. lol

White Lion
Winger
Trouble
Manowar
Howe II


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Re: Ever get to open for someone famous?
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Few big names there Samuraipanda :thumb-up:
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Back in the day we had the pleasure of opening up for: Triumph, Lynch Mob and Quiet Riot. I got the best  tips on playing from George Lynch, but the heaviest partying was by far Quiet Riot. What a blast!
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Back in the day we had the pleasure of opening up for: Triumph, Lynch Mob and Quiet Riot. I got the best  tips on playing from George Lynch, but the heaviest partying was by far Quiet Riot. What a blast!

Jeez, partying with bands you opened for!!  These day's you're lucky if you get to exchange a sentence with them.

The most dialogue I ever exchanged with any big name who we were playing on the same bill as was Pepper Keenan.  He kinda latched onto our van driver due to his ability to get drugs and that meant then he was in frequent company on numerous occasions with us.  Seemed pretty cool, a bit crazy.  But I aint a COC fan what so ever.

Angel witch barely acknowledged my existence  :lol:  Diamond head guitarist said "hello"  which is more than some, he seemed ok.

Raven's John Gallagher introduced himself to us during sound check, super nice guy.

Got to sit with Blitzkrieg the whole night,  not exactly partying though.

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"whadda ya want? we want Heavy Metal"

Guitars:1986 Westone Dimension IV, 1989 Korean Squier Fat Strat Silver Series, 1998 Korean Squier Fat Strat, MIM Fender Fat Strat - FR, Squier Stagemaster Deluxe - Thru Neck x 2, Squier Stagemaster 22 Fret - 1st Gen, 1999 Squier Showmaster - Anniversary Edition, Squier Showmaster, Tokai FV40 Flying V

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During the late 80's 90's we (The Queue) got to support a variety of bands coming through Canberra, partly because we had so many original songs and they didn't want cover bands.So these are very Australian oriented and predate all the metal stuff you guys are into:AngelsThe SaintsHodo GurusStevie Write (he was not well  :facepalm: ) lovely guy though.Ian Moss (Cold Chisel fame)SwaneeKevin BorichThere are many more just can't remember them, I also worked on many shows like Dire Straits farewell tour (with Hothouse Flowers), Hunters and Collectors (mixed them), Deck Chairs Overboard (did the fold back, my introduction to West Wylong NSW Australia  :facepalm: and a triple 4 way PA just when the world was changing from pin 3 hot to pin 2 (whyyyyy, so stupid, oh the US and Japan want us to  :facepalm: ) on XLR plugs, anyway this had many challenges.... particularly after a full day in Sydney followed by a 10 hour drive in a truck to West Wylong, load in to showground, set up on 2 semi trailer backs, sun comes up and then we work all day, pack up, get to bed at 4am
Spent most of the day with Joe Satriani (as his runner/driver), very nice guyMet Michael Hutchence (INXS) at a venue in Sydney, lovely guy, he still had really bad pimples/Acne back then.Of all the musicians I've met over the years, the better they are seems the nicer person they are, they have nothing to prove and are happy to give you the time of day.  The alsorans, and there are many, are generally painful (and their crew tend to be even worse).
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