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Lacuna Coil's Andrea Ferro Comments On U.S. Tour
January 6, 2007
Lacuna Coil male singer Andrea Ferro has issued the following update:

"Here we go again, back to North America for more 'Karmacode' promotion...

"This time around we've done some different kind of touring (split in different sections). We started in the West Coast of the States as part of the 'Blackest Of The Black' package, invited by Mr. Glenn Danzig himself. The other bands featured were Asesino, Belphegor, The Haunted. It's been a really good experience also because we have met again our party brothers Kenny and Johnny from Type O Negative (on duty with Danzig) and they've let us listen to a couple of rough mixes from their upcoming new album 'Dead Again', really cool stuff 100% TON! The tour has also reached some places were we never played before like Spokane, Santa Cruz, Tucson, Fresno all of these shows have been amazing and the people reacted with awesome energy. The atmosphere of the tour was very relaxed and we've made a lot of new friends like Steve Zing (ex-Samhain, bass for Danzig), the guys in Asesino, Dino Cazares, Tony and Emilio and also the other bands and crews, they were all really nice and friendly dudes. Since we were playing right before the headliner we had a lot of free time every day, the weather was great and we took many chances to walk around places. We've been to the Bodies exposition, the Tenacious D movie, Six Flags amusement park, Casinos in Las Vegas, Sickworld warehouse in San Diego (where we get a lot of funny t-shirts) not to mention the many shopping malls were we went crazy under the Christmas presents fever. On one of the aftershow nights, me and Cristina [Scabbia, vocals] had the chance to hang out with Glenn and we have discovered that he is a big comic-books collector and he got a lot of the Italian ones we grew up with. At the shows in Vegas and L.A. the original guitar player from Misfits showed up and played a couple of songs with the guys and amongst the many guests we had Rob Zombie and Blasko with their ladies, Warrel and Jim from Nevermore, Big Dave and the crew from Ozzfest, it was a big pleasure to meet all those guys again. The next day in Santa Cruz, Danzig cancelled the show ('cause their equipment got stolen in L.A.) and we had to step in as headliner for the last gig of the tour. Altogether a really cool experience! Straight after that, we drove again to Los Angeles and fly to Mexico for two headliner shows really packed with lots of people and a 'first-class' treatment. We hadn't played here since 2001 (when we opened for Theater Of Tragedy) and the crowd was really waitin' for us. The first day in Monterrey we did a signin' session that lasted two hours, in the end we had to run away with some crazy fans following us all over the streets grabbing our hairs and screaming, we've felt like The Beatles in the '60s! In Mexico City the next day everything was in a rush and we haven't relaxed untill the aftershow, when the promoter took us to a traditional Mexican restaurant full of delicious food. Both shows were truly amazing and even if the technical conditions were not really appropiate the crowd just lifted us to a magical level. It's always incredible to see how much this people appreciate the fact that you are goin' overthere to play for them and how much fun they can have in a concert... Thanx again to the organizers for the great time! The day after we were already flyin' to the east coast of the States to start a two-week tour with our European buddies In Flames. On the bill there were also two new and really interesting bands, The Sword and Seemless, check them out! Most of the shows were fantastic and I was really surprised by how well the crowd of the two bands matched together. A special mention goes to the people in New Jersey and Canada where we had the wildest shows of the tour, even if I have to say that all of them were pretty exciting. In Cleveland we had a nice surprise when the guys from Chimaira showed up and drunk some beers with us. The 'hot topic' of the tour has been the heavy nighttime jam-sessions with the videogame 'Guitar Hero II' a friendly affair between us and the Swedish.

"That has been it for our touring in 2006, I wanna personally thank all of the music fans that have showed up and shared their evenings with us, keeping rock music alive! There will be more to come in 2007 stay tuned and see ya all on the road again!!!"
 
 
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Lacuna Coil's Andrea Checks In From The Road
December 10, 2006
Lacuna Coil just embarked on a U.S. tour as direct support to In Flames, with The Sword and Seemless opening. The group recently completed a highly successful run on the annual "Blackest of the Black" tour alongside the legendary Danzig, labelmates The Haunted, Belphegor and Asesino. This is their group’s third U.S. run in support of 'Karmacode', their acclaimed new album; it wraps up a highly successful year with numerous highlights such as a main-stage Ozzfest slot, a sold-out tour with Rob Zombie, a performance on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and a Top 30 Active Rock hit single, "Our Truth".

Andrea Ferro (male vocals) checks in with the following report: "Blackest of The Black was a good experience, and we were especially excited to have a chance to tour again alongside our party bros Kenny and Johnny from Type O Negative, who helped out Danzig on this tour. We also had the chance to hit some places we never played before like Spokane, Santa Cruz, Tucson and Fresno, which were all amazing. The people’s reactions were simply awesome. The last day in Santa Cruz, Danzig cancelled so we had to take the role of the headliner, which was all together a really cool experience. This led us immediately into two really packed headlining shows in Mexico, where we were met with first-class treatment. We haven't played there since 2001, when we opened for Theater Of Tragedy. We did a signing session the first day and stayed for almost two hours. Eventually we had to leave, and the fans were following us grabbing our hair and screaming. We felt like The Beatles in the '60s! Both shows were truly amazing, and even if the technical conditions were not really appropriate, the crowd brought everything to a magic level. It's always amazing how much these people appreciate the fact that you come to their country, they always have such a great time.

"We just began the final portion of our touring for the year after joining up with In Flames, Seemless and The Sword. The first gig in Norfolk was very good, with a lot of people jumping and screaming, so things are already off to a really positive start. Rock on, and we will see you soon."
 
 
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In Flames To Use Session Guitarists For N. American Tour
December 4, 2006
Sweden's In Flames is preparing to launch a North American headlining tour in support of its critically acclaimed album 'Come Clarity'. Support on the trek, which will launch on December 5, will come from Lacuna Coil, The Sword and Seemless.

As the Swedish metal titans prepare to depart Europe for the tour, the band has collectively issued a statement as to the temporarily modified touring lineup that will be in place for the headlining jaunt:

"For the upcoming North American tour, Björn [Gelotte, guitar] will be sitting out as his wife is due to give birth to their second child. Substituting on guitar will be our good friend Henrik Danhage from Evergrey. We initially planned to have Jesper [Strömblad, guitar] with us as always on tour, but as previously reported, he is taking the rest of the year off due to personal reasons. As a result, Niklas Engelin (Passenger, Engel) is filling in for him all the dates through December 20. So to clarify for those who might be wondering, In Flames is in no way breaking up, nor are these changes anything but temporary. We simply didn't want to disappoint anyone, including our loyal fans, so all shows that were booked prior to these circumstances will be done with the above-named session guitarists. New shows/tours are being booked for next year as we speak, featuring the five of us, so stop worrying (speculating, gossiping) and we'll see you all very soon."
 
 
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Seemless Comment On Upcoming Tour With In Flames
November 15, 2006
Hard-hitting Massachusetts quartet Seemless have announced North American tour dates alongside Swedish metal titans In Flames. Seemless has been added as special guests on the In Flames tour, which will kick off on December 5 in Norfolk, VA. The Sword and Lacuna Coil will also appear as support on the much-talked about package tour.

Seemless, who continue to tour in support of their critically acclaimed new album 'What Have We Become', announce the tour with In Flames fresh off a highly successful jaunt alongside Trivium. On the topic of the forthcoming tour, Seemless drummer Derek Kerswill states, "All of us in Seemless are big In Flames fans, so this is a huge blessing to us. Coming off the Trivium tour, which included some of the greatest shows we've ever played, it looks as if this In Flames tour will be even bigger! And we're psyched at the fact that our brothers in The Sword will be out with us again", while vocalist Jesse Leach comments, "We are bringin' the rock 'n soul metal blues back to the people".

Upcoming Seemless tour dates:

December 5 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
December 6 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
December 7 Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
December 8 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
December 9 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
December 10 Burlington, Vermont - Club Metronome*
December 11 Montreal, QC - Metropolis
December 12 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
December 13 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
December 15 Detroit, MI - Harpo's
December 16 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
December 17 Chicago, IL - Metro
December 18 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
December 19 Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club

*The Sword, Seemless Only
 
 
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The Haunted Launch YouTube Video Channel
November 7, 2006
Swedish thrashers The Haunted have launched their own YouTube video channel at this location.

The Haunted's video for the song "The Flood" has been posted online at this location. The clip was directed by Roger Johansson (Arch Enemy, Hammerfall, Soilwork) in Sweden. The track comes off The Haunted's new album, 'The Dead Eye', which came out on Oct. 31 via Century Media Records. A "making of" feature for the "The Flood" video can be viewed here. An e-card featuring two tracks from the CD — "The Medication" and "The Drowning" — can be accessed at this location.

The Haunted will embark on a U.S. tour alongside Danzig and labelmates Lacuna Coil later in the month.
 
 
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