We will be launching our newest section of VQM here shortly. There has been some wonderful growth in our company camp. Thanks to a few of our staff members who are expanding on the media aspect we will be adding the Voodoo Queen Digital Magazine to our growing empire. I have to say that 20 years ago I would never have imagined this company being so full. It has been through many changes and we keep moving forward with a positive stride. Nothing has it’s ups without it’s downs so by no means am I saying that all of the progress has been without hard times. Every thing that has happened though has been a learning curve and I do not regret a thing. We have lost some bands along the way due to many factors, however that has allowed us to pick up some new artists with their unique story. You will get a first hand look at some of the behind the scenes photos, interviews, reviews an a little more personal feel of our artists behind the bands and their multi pages on this media highway. We will keep you posted on this as well as many other new pieces of information that will be released prior to Sept 1rst!
The trip started off in Crest Hills IL at a small venue known as Bada Brew! The first show on this tour like any other had its hic ups however overall out of the gate was a good night. As each day passed the band settled in to the performance like a nice fitting pair of jeans. Tight an sleek with nothing but miles an wear an tear to go! Saturday night they hit Peoria IL and made the best out of a show that was having issues from the beginning. Attitudes in check the guys played like they were in front of thousands of folks no matter what the scenario was. Merch sales were kicking off an people were getting pieces of this band as they were moving along through the states. Sunday night, my favorite night out of the whole tour was in St. Louis at Fubar. The bands were solid an did their job by pulling in folks as supporting acts for Beauty In The Suffering. So many staff between IL and MO area there as well as our lovely ladies from OK City out an about. Our roster bands and network bands came out to meet up with these new musicians and welcome them to St. Louis! The lights hit and BAM they hit the stage with a full force and unique style as the crowd started singing the words to their latest release Revielle~ AMAZING is how I saw it…… Monday night we were traveling to Nashville TN where one of our cross promoting companies had put a show together for us..Bonnie from Dungeon Promotions. It was also at a place called FOOBAR. Bands were great an the people were very excited to be apart of the experience. Tammy our VQM staff and Ronnie from Sound Dragon Recording Studio came out an we had a blast…lots to chat about after the show. Each night the performances got stronger an stronger. All the guys by this point are hitting the nail right on the head and finding their nitch on stage. The Wed night show was at The 5th Quarter Lounge in Indianapolis IN. I am proud to say I met a lot of really cool folks there an although the show was lacking in patrons the people who were there blew my mind in support and the way they handled the networking. Thanks to our new found friends…Drew and Marie from The Ninth Circle Symphony we were fed an had a great place to stay that night! Heading to Fort Wayne the next night to show support to our brother band..Anti-Mortem who was on tour with Machinehead was incredible. There was a few members of Anti-Mortem that were in the first video The Crazies of Beauty In The Suffering so it was good to see them live on stage doing their thing and supporting them back! Friday we met up with JB from the Foundry and it was the highlight of the weekend. Great venue great sound….had a band we played with from Buffalo New York called SKINBOUND~ Such a great band an found that we meshed quite wonderfully..they were able to play with us the following night too at the Tangent Gallery in Detroit MI. Had one of our friends an cross promoting companies Anthony Srock come out an meet up for the first time from Full Effect Records..it was good to put the face with the voice on the phone after all this time. Sunday they finished out at the Exit in Chicago and headed home to OK City….trip was full of many things you may or may not see on line. One thing I can say for sure is that the shows were a progressive animal that showed the ability of our musicians in this band and the way they handled things on a consistant level. I was very proud of them for that and look forward to the next journey these guys have. Dietrich Thrall was incredibly solid on vocals and as he became more comfortable with himself on stage the music flowed without force. Jim on base an backing vocals made for a pleasing release to the rythymatic beats. Cory on guitars had not only his talent but high energy that brought the right side of the stage alive. Dayton on drums killed it…animal who loves the limelight! Thanks to our amazing TECH..Josh who was there an ready at every turn to make sure things went off without a hitch. All of our incredible staff in all the places we traveled…YOU all rock!
Final Drive and Beauty In The Suffering will be touring this summer in full force. July 11th through July 26th will be Midwest Dates for the Debut Tour of Beauty In The Suffering as they make their way from OK City through IL, MO,TN, IN, OH, MI back through OK area. Heavy push in these areas for some of the die hard Marazene fans from Dietrich Thrall’s original project who are extremely excited to see this new burst of industrial energy an theatrics! Now July 11th also kicks off the start of Final Drive’s tour dates from July through end of August with the Buried In You Tour for 2014. Working their way in the Midwest as well as down south for this set of tour dates. They will be hitting OH, IL, MO, OK, TX, KY<AR and some other areas as they ramble on with solid hitting showcases and some amazing supporting locals. We know that both of these bands are working long hours not only on the shows and their music but networking and making their contacts and building relationships. Thanks to everyone out there who supports their local scene an in turn helping out those who are working outside of the box an tour from town to town spreading the disease of their music!