Sunday, July 29, 2007

June 29th 2007

Hello everybody,

Michaela here. I'll be giving you all a good look into the world of Die Mannequin with photos, videos and stories from the road. So you better be paying close attention.

We are currently on the road with Vancouver's Pride Tiger. We absolutely adore those guys and it's awesome to see them play every night.

On the first leg of the tour we visited the towns of Windsor, Guelph, London, Ottawa, St.Catherines and Oshawa. .

We took part in this years NXNE in Toronto where we opened for the always entertaining White Cowbell Oklahoma. It was a great show and lots of old and new faces came out for it. (Theres lots of cool pics up in the pic section)

After the show in Guelph, Care made it to the pre-MMVA party "Rockstar Hotel". The party took over the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto and was filled with lots of free swag, booze and "rockstars".

The following night Care went to the Much Music Video Awards to do her thang. Meanwhile Pat and I were having our own fun with the other rejects at the blink party. I have a good story about a bottle of hypnotiq, security guards and running but I think I'll wait for another time to tell you about that.

After the pre-parties were done we all met up at the after parties. Now, after parties can be really pretentious and boring, not to mention that the woman's washroom reminded me of a scene from a softcore porn movie. However we saw old friends like Magneta Lane and Billy Talent which was cool. We also did a little photo shoot on the red carpet.

Besides all that and seeing the occasional industry schmuck getting groovy on the dance floor that's all I can report from the evening

So, right now we are finishing up the second and last leg of the Pride Tiger tour. We will be in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto this week. We are also taking part in Woodstock en beauce which will be really cool and messy I'm sure.

Next week we will be leaving for West Coast Canada to do a show in Kelowna, BC and kick off a cross-Canada tour with the Deftones. We are very excited for this next venture and the band has been getting ready with new songs, merch and other surprises.

Till next time,

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Michaela's report on stolen goods and delirious drives

July 24th

Hello people,

Quick update of what we have been up too.

The Saskatoon show was cancelled last minute so we ended up in Calgary for an extra, extra day. We got our party on, on our last night there at some local bars with Chino and our lovely friend Eveie (Deftones tour mama). We danced till the early hours of the morning and the next day we made our way to Regina.

In Winnipeg between the hours of 3am-9am our van was broken into and a few of our things were stolen such as ipods and tony’s bass. It left us with a real feeling of violation and anger. But we did what we needed to do and made our way to Thunder Bay for a late night show.

We are now in Montreal, again.

The first show was last night and in my opinion the best show of the tour. I’m from Montreal and I never saw a crowd react to a band they’ve never seen before so positively. Lots of faces in shock!

Tonight is the second and last show here. Our last show with From First To Last. Tomorrow the band plays Sport Pig in Toronto. Chino will be DJ’ing as well as many others. Then on Saturday the band plays Wakestock. Hopefully we will see many of you at these shows.

I'm out,


Sunday, July 15, 2007

Michaela's Chopped Chicken Liver Recipies and road report

July 15th

Hey everyone,

We made it across the country! It was a long long drive but not as horrible as we expected. We saw lots of animals (pics to come!). And I gotta say that Canada is so beautiful it was hard to complain about anything.

Immediately after the show in Vancouver on Thursday the band jumped a flight to Toronto to play the big Billy Talent/Alexisonfire show at the ampatheatre. They were in the city for less then 24 hours but pulled off a great set and made it to Edmonton in one piece.

Im now sitting at the Univisity Of Calgary venue listening to the Deftones in the backround.. Weve done about 5 shows with the Deftones and From First To last and everything is going great. From First To Last Dudes are fun guys who weve gotten to know well. We went to see Transformers the other night and it was a real bonding experience. I cant say too much about the movie though.

The Deftones band and crew have treated us extremely well and from day 1 they have been watching from the side of the stage and giving the band the up most respect. If the band could continue on this tour for the next 2 years they definitely would.

This being the first time the band has toured out west we weren't sure what to expect. But the reception has been awesome and we will be making our way out west very very soon again.

We have the day off tomorrow and then off to Saskatoon! Lots of pictures of videos to come.

Peace out

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

July 4th, 2007

Hey kids,

Today we are leaving for the west coast of Canadaland to play our last show with Pride Tiger in Kelowna, BC and then kick off the cross Canada tour with Deftones and From First To Last. I'm STOCKED as well is everyone in the Die Mannequin family.

A quick re-cap of what went down last week.

We made our way to Quebec City where we were greeted with a glorious storm, nasty security guards and HUGE hills that leave your gas tank empty. But I gotta say for every bitchy security guard there are 3 extremely awesome people to make up for it. Such as the folks who let us crash at their place on their last night before moving out. And for every steep hill there is a beautiful view when you get to the top. Quebec City is a truly beautiful city.

The next day we made our way to Woodstock en Beaue. It was a really great show and a cool scene to see. Tons of people rocking out, drinking beer, camping and having fun. Some of us wanted to stay all day but we had to get back to Montreal.

We got to spend a good amount of time in Montreal and it was probably one of the busiest days we've had on tour so far. We started off Friday morning getting new gear for the band. It was really exciting for them and watching their reactions as they saw their new stuff was sweet to see.( If you thought they sounded good before wait until you hear them with the new stuff.) We then went to CKLO to do a short studio session for the Concordia radio station. The show was at foufs which is a venue for music, dancing and drinking. Always a good time at foufs!

The show in Toronto was amazing. Tony, Care and Pat were so on that night that it brought tears to some of our eyes. It was so cool to see the band play Lees Palace and get such a great reaction.

We then got a few days off to rest and charge our batteries for the upcoming tour. Check out the tour dates and we hope to see you on the road. Don't forget we got new merch so come visit me at the merch area and check it out.