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paranoidmexican

New Brent Smedler Road rage report!

MAY.08.2008

Hello again my friends and Welcome to the first edition of the 2008 Road Rage reports.

As most of you are aware some big changes have been made since the last report in 2007. We have welcomed back singer Matt Barlow into the band. It’s great having Matt back and hearing his voice again. We have also added Freddie Vidales on Bass Guitar. He is an incredible Bass player and a great guy. I think he will fit into the band splendidly.

The new single is due for release starting June 13. It consists of a new song "I Walk Alone", a crushing heavy grooving jam as well as redone versions of "A Charge to Keep", "The Clouding", and "Setian Massacre” - all with Matt on vocals. The rehearsals for the upcoming festivals have gone well and we are all very excited to be playing for the fans once again.

The first gig of the 2008 season was just outside of Chicago at a place called "The Pearl Room". The promoters here were very helpful and considerate. The dressing room furnishings were like something out of an Austin Powers movie, complete with pink chairs and pink and purple ruffled curtains adorning the walls.

After soundcheck, there was a meet and greet session with a group of fans and sponsors. Some fans traveled from as far as Seattle, New York, Michigan, and other distant places.

There is a great deal of excitement and anticipation for the 2008 tour. This is the first time Iced Earth has played in the U.S. in over 3 years. Many fans were grateful for the chance to meet the band, have their CDs signed, and have photos taken with us. One fan in particular (Rafael) brought us all gifts. Rafael is a member of The U.S. Coast Guard. He gave Jon a certified USCG watch, Matt a replica of a Coast Guard Cutter, a shirt and cap set as well as a bottle of Vodka for me, Troy a bottle of Vodka and a mug, and a coffee mug for Freddie. It was a very nice gesture and greatly appreciated.

So, onto the show! The crowd was absolutely amazing! We were told it was the biggest attendance ever for a concert here. The band played extremely well and the audience seemed to eat up every note. It was a great return gig for Matt and an awesome first gig for Freddie. Several times the crowd broke into chants of "Welcome Matt". Everyone seems to be very pleased with the return of Matt on vocals.

After the initial set we returned to the stage for an encore and ended the show with our trademark closer, the song "Iced Earth". When the show was over we hung out in the club until closing time, seeing many
old friends. One in particular we were all happy to see was Scott Davidson, the owner of Rebel Radio, a good friend who has helped us out very much in the past.

I was also pleased to meet a representative for Trick Percussion who showed me their amazing Bass Drum pedals. After the club shut down a couple of us attended a huge after party thrown in a nearby hotel in our honor. It is great to be playing back in the states and Chicago was an excellent choice for our return!

So stay tuned for more updates as we check in with you from Canada and Germany next weekend.

WE ARE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE!!!

METAL LIVES - BRENT
Dante

YAH.
Tonight they'll play again!!
The Wicked One

it was welcome back not welcome matt
Aggelos Poneros

Hehe, tell that to Brent.  Smile
The Wicked One

Nah its cool. We were pretty loud when we did it but where brent was on stage it could easily been misheard
Black_Sheep

Cool. Im happy that Road Rage reports are back Smile
Masterofice

The Pearl Room is a little place, but really the show there was cool! I tell just in looking at the videos! Bad were the idiots who don't making recording right!
The Wicked One

Masterofice wrote:
The Pearl Room is a little place, but really the show there was cool! I tell just in looking at the videos! Bad were the idiots who don't making recording right!


kinda hard to when you weren't aloud to record. My camera for 1 can't even record audio.
Masterofice

I'm talking about what was recording, was a guy who recorded a glass, the show in front, and another guy recording he even! There are good places to record, but I have to tell really that I would not be and the person best placed to make a film, after all, we are talking about Iced Earth! I want see the show, sing, and banger my head!

Very Happy

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