Wacken Open Air Special Interview: Peter London of CrashDiet
In spring they already called attention to Germans and around Europe during the Dark Decadence tour, where they supported Hardcore Superstar and The 69 Eyes.
I think it's time to headline some shows (in Germany) now!
But at this point... we took the chance and asked Peter London, the guy with the beautiful pink bass, a few questions about Wacken and the things around.
You opened Wacken’s „True Metal Stage“ on Saturday.
How did it feel like?
How was the whole Wacken Open Air experience for you?
Peter London: The whole experience was awesome. The Wacken crew treated us like kings, even though we probably weren’t one of the most prioritized bands on their bill :). We’ve always wanted to Wacken Open Air and I’m happy to be able to tick that off now! Hope to be back next year.
In the beginning the crowd was big but not huge but it grew during your set, even the mood was mixed in there all the 45 minutes.
Did you expect so many people on a “hungover, but new day”?
Peter London: Haha... Well, yeah actually I was kinda surprised to see that many people at that time of day. Myself would probably have been too hungover to see even my favourite band. I’m glad we have fans with such willpower :). Keep it up!
When you were confirmed for W:O:A - was it part of the deal which day and which stage to play? Or have you been surprised to be on one of the main stages?
Peter London: Hmmm I think they even changed our slot after we had closed the deal - to the better, I suppose. And yeah, getting the biggest stage was not really what I was expecting either. I think we deserve it though...
During the show Simon asked which song the audience would like to hear – but of course there was no way you’d understand anything.
Personally I’d like to listen to “Chemical” again. Any chance?
Peter London: There is definitely a chance, Chemical is usually included in our longer sets. With only 45 minutes you are obviously forced to cut a few songs...
The official Wacken Merch sold your shirts for €28, much more as you do at your own shows but they seemed to sell out there. I hope you got most of this extra money?
Peter London: Yeah, we sadly had adjust the prices a bit because the wacken merchandise team needs their profit as well. Sorry about that but people seemed happy and yes, we practically sold out. That was probably the biggest surprise of the day, because we competed with bands that are waaaay bigger than us. Thank you, dïetheads! Your support makes a huge difference, for sure.
Did you stay at the festival for a while or have you been there for the gig only?
Peter London: Well we all stayed but I kinda got stuck in the tour bus and missed all the shows. Me and Sweet threw out a Manowar-party instead. A magical moment!
You’ve been headlining your own tours already. How was it to be part of the Dark Decadence Tour?
Peter London: The Dark Decadence tour was a surprise in many ways. We were told we were gonna be co/headlining with Hardcore Superstar & the 69 eyes but when the tour started it became more and more obvious that we were contracted just as an opening act, which of course changed the whole situation. But as always we did the best of everything and we had a blast. We’ve known HCSS for years and the 69 eyes guys was great as well. We had loads of fun.
When I was asking around before Dark Decadence I was shocked how less people in Germany knew about CrashDiet.
Afterwards people were talking about CrashDiet more as about the other bands.
Did you realise the increase of fans during this tour?
Peter London: Yes, we most certainly did, and we’re truly happy about that. It was a really important tour for us. We learned alot and built the foundation for doing our own headlining shows in europe from now on.
In the end of 2011 you’ll support Michael Monroe (with Wednesday13) in England. How comes this combination?
Peter London: Well, we heard about the tour early on and wanted to be the support band for it. All of a sudden, we were :). It fits us perfectly because we are putting some extra focus on the UK right now. Plus Michael Monroe has been my main influence for 10 years or so and his latest album is just a killer - been listening to it more or less every day since it came out.
Will there be a chance to see you together in Germany as well?
Or are there at least any plans for CrashDiet to come back to Germany in the near future?
Peter London: Probably not with Monroe & W13 but we have other plans for Germany, unconfirmed still so I cannot give any details here I’m afraid.
“Generation Wild” was released in April 2010 and as far as I know it’s now released world wide through Frontiers Records.
Are you already working on new material? Can we expect a new album soon?
Peter London: Working on new material is what we do 24/7 at the moment - and yeah, a new album will be released, basically as soon as we possible can.. Just have a few upcoming tours to deal with first :).
Greetz from Peter London, CRASHDÏET.
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