Welcome back ladies and gentlemen, rockers of all ages, to our Birthday Music Festival! I hope that you enjoyed all of the bands, and the masterminds behind them, that joined us yesterday! In case you missed it, Reckless Beat, Oblivion, and Jessica Topper (the lady behind Digger Graves) will be hanging around the festival for a few more days. And like I mentioned earlier....we might even be able to pretty talk one of them back today!
You've seen the magic that happens on stage, now lets see what goes on backstage! I'll try to tone down the fan girl and not jump this sexed up, tattooed, rock god when I see him. No promises though.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Digger Graves after his stellar live performance at the RBtWBC music festival to ask him some questions about life of the road. He gave us an exclusive sneak peek of his tour bus and VIP all access into his head!
DG: Happy Birthday…if I had known sooner I would’ve had a cake waiting for you.
RBtW: Aw, that’s so sweet! Thanks for letting us stow away on the bus. Best birthday gift ever!
DG: My pleasure. Welcome to my home away from home! This is Corroded Corpse’s Prevost XLII Entertainer Slide.
RBtW: It’s so big…and so long!
DG: (chuckles) That’s what all the ladies say when they climb aboard.
RBtW: Seriously, do you always let women come on your tour bus…is it all partying and groupies 24/7?
DG: (knuckles his goatee, smiles) Riff Rotten, our lead singer, used to say it was bad luck to bring women aboard, sort of like the old sailing ship superstition. Too distracting, etc. Then again, sailors also believed naked women ‘calmed the sea,’ so…(laughs) We’ve had plenty aboard in our heyday, clothed or otherwise! But no, it’s not always a constant party – this is our home and our office while we are on the road, and we have to sleep some time!
RBtW: Can you share some tour bus ‘rules’ with us? Dos and Don’ts?
DG: Well, the number one rule is crude, but crucial: no #2 on the bus. No one. Never.
RBtW: Ewww! So what do you do?
DG: Well, that leads to rule number two: If you get off the bus at a rest stop, make sure you leave your backstage laminated pass on the driver’s seat.
RBtW: Why is that?
DG: If it’s 2am and the driver’s made a pit stop, he has no idea who’s still sleeping in the bunks and who got out to grab food, a smoke…or to use the ‘loo. If you leave your band laminate on the seat, he will know you’re still out there when he gets back on. I can’t tell you how many times our bassist Sam got left behind in some podunk town and we’ve had to turn around and go back for him.
RBtW: How about a third and final rule to share with our readers?
DG: Do not pass out in the common areas up front, or the back lounge. If you do, be warned: you are fair game. I didn’t make it back to my bunk on one particularly wild evening and woke up with obscenities Sharpied across my forehead. It wasn’t pretty!
RBtW: Do you like the top or bottom?
DG: Come again?
RBtW: (giggling) When it comes to choosing your bunk on the bus?
DG: Right…I prefer top. (winks) Our drummer leaves his stinky shoes strewn about in the aisles so I like to be as far away from them as possible!
RBtW: Can you show us your bunk?
DG: Sure. This bus sleeps twelve…don’t look behind that curtain, luv - that’s Sam’s. He always leaves his dirty unmentionables lying about. Here’s mine – not much to speak of. Some photos of my girlfriend Kat, oh and her daughter Abbey likes to draw pictures for me to hang up while I’m away. And we all have our own TVs, a nice perk when you are rolling for miles in a bed roughly the diameter of a coffin!
RBtW: Has any famous Corroded Corpse history been made on the bus?
DG: Simone’s Song, our biggest hit, was written at 3am in the back lounge of a bus like this one, some twenty-odd years ago. That was a “make AND break” sort of history for the band. But that’s a story for another day…
RBtW: Last question, we promise: Can you tell us what that tattoo means?
DG: What, the misericorde? (slowly unbuttons his shirt to reveal a thin dagger running down the middle of his chest) My lips are sealed, ladies. Riff has an identical one, so perhaps he’ll kiss and tell. But you’ll have to find him first…
Louder Than Love rock star giveaway:
- $10 Amazon giftcard (Louder Than Love is currently $4.74 over at Amazon, and while I don't think gift cards can be used on pre-orders, it could be used on/after 9/17 if they wished to purchase the book for themselves and - for good karma - a copy for a friend. Or for whatever else they covet on Amazon.)
- fake tattoo sleeve
- amazing Molton Brown black pepper candle (smells like Adrian from the book!)
- Louder Than Love pin
- 2 Louder Than Love guitar picks
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Birthday Music Festival Rock Star Giveaway!
The fabulous authors joining us to celebrate our birthday have each donated one of their books in digital format to giveaway to one reader. One reader will receive six rockin' ebooks at the end of our event! \m/ Enter using the rafflecopter below. Good luck!