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for October 23, 2002


When Life Brings You Tomatoes...
by Your Diva, Robin Pastorio-Newman

Your Darling, Your Diva, Your One True Love receives piles of scented emails. Bless my buttons, a girl could spend her whole life pondering which delightful new bands to see, hear and do. Occasionally, however, a letter arrives that smells a little fishy. Read on.
 
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Dope headlines Jagermeister's $12 Riot Tour feat: Dope, Primer 55, Skinlab and Society 1.
 
With the reality of $50 tickets to Ozzfest and $45 to go see Korn, the cost of going to a concert is not cheap anymore. With that in mind Jagermeister and the band Dope have come together to give something back to kids for once. "I wanted to make sure when I put this tour together that the tickets were cheap. We were really upset that our last album was 18 dollars in the stores and it reminded me of how the kids keep getting ripped off. I know that if the bands are willing to do what they have to in order to keep our costs down, we can deliver a killer show to the kids for next to nothing," explains Dope frontman, Edsel, when asked about the cost of tickets for the tour.
 
Introducing the $12 Riot Tour featuring Dope, Primer 55, Skinlab and Earache Records latest signing Society 1.
 
After the critical success of Dope's second album, "Life", the band has entered the studio to record their 3rd album. "Life" placed high in journalists year-end lists and showed the band had grown past their debut, "Felons and Revolutionaries", into a new more dynamic beast all-together. Taking a break from the recording of their 3rd record, Dope has managed to come together and embark on a month and half long tour with 3 incredible bands. "We are pretty deep into recording our 3rd album now and we were so frustrated with the lack of touring we were able to do to support our last record."
 
"It's important to us to get out and do one more tour before we finish up recording and start promoting our 3rd album." Explained Dope's frontman. Dope are no strangers to the road having toured with the likes of Sevendust, Powerman 5000, Static-X and Kid Rock in the past. Destroying stages is what the band does best and this tour is sure to give audiences those jaw dropping performances once again. "Dope is a touring band and our music is best when its loud and in your face. I love the idea of being able to play brand new material in front of our fans."
 
Primer 55 is fresh off the road as headliners and back to help support Dope for this tour. Touring almost non-stop since their sophomore effort, "(The) New Release", was issued last year. The band has quickly evolved into a critical and fan favorite since their debut.
 
The resident road dogs of the hard rock scene, Skinlab, have joined the tour to provide everyone with a bay area beat down. Touring in support of their 3rd effort, "The ReVolting Room", on Century Media, this is a band that shines in the live setting and performs harder than anyone out there.
 
Earache Records newest act, Society 1, is ready to get their feet wet on their first major national tour. From pornography, poetry and film frontman Matt Zane has always pushed boundaries and lived to the extreme. It is with this philosophy that Matt brings to "The $12 Riot Tour" in an attempt to convert members into his new society.
 
When asked about the line-up for the tour Edsel replied with "I think we have 4 bands with 4 distinctly different things going on and somehow we all jell together into a big pit of destruction. It's gonna be out of hand! We've got Matt Zane's Society 1, Skinlab, Primer 55, Dope, and then I want to do a big "Fuck Tha Police" all star jam at the end of the night and put like 10 of us on stage."

 
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"Fuck tha Police"? You mean Ice-T's anthem, which he outgrew on his way to playing cops on TV? How daringly retro!
 
Your Lavendar Bottle checks into these things. Curiously, these bands have websites, and all list these dates in common, but no list terms this "The $12 Riot Tour." Perhaps this is an old email, a failed plan? Well, the email itself is about two weeks old. That's plenty of time for rising rock stars to decide they despise one another and hate you, too. Your Lilac Pillow doesn't know what to advise except this email is out there, the bands will play across the country, and if you go, you might wish to take some extra cash with you. Say, $45 apiece.
 
Last week on the Channel 11 morning show, we found Las Ketchup. They're touted far and wide as having the single that's destined to become the next dance craze. The "new macarena." Out paraded 3 very beautiful women, accompanied by three slightly less beautiful backup singers - who, by the way, sang their hearts out. Our debutantes weren't precisely sure when to start singing. They certainly weren't sure when to stop. Their alleged craze looked an awful lot like the chicken dance. Only ... less. When the music stopped, the singers were surprised, and people in the studio didn't even have the presence of mind to lie. Nobody bounded forward and said, "Hey, that's great! You can pick up the CD at..." A full second of confusion later, the show drifted into commercial.
 
Breakfast is your most important meal, and great spat at the TV!
 

©2002 Robin Pastorio-Newman

All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.

 







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