[kj] Jaz Coleman (Official) [Facebook Post]

Paul dubecho at gmail.com
Tue Oct 16 15:58:19 EDT 2018

Nice one Andreas, enjoy : )

On Tue, 16 Oct 2018 at 20:55, Andreas Misera via Gathering <
gathering at misera.net> wrote:

> [image: image1.jpeg]
> Gig in Munich. Right now. :-)
> Am 16.10.2018 um 21:44 schrieb Paul <dubecho at gmail.com>:
> The Pledge LP box set was cancelled. The CD one is still on track I
> believe. A smaller LP set, including KJ2003, is on offer now at a much
> lower price that the original hugely overpriced LP box set.
> Aye, I too like to hear the tour bus side of things. No doubt there'll be
> more now from the european leg. Some of the band members Instagram pictures
> were of the european tour bus, it looks well comfortable. I was going to
> post them, but did not want to spam the list, but if there is a want, I can
> post.
> I've still not made my mind up where I'm going to catch them, I'd best do
> so soon though ...lol
> On Tue, 16 Oct 2018 at 20:32, Neil Perry <65snoopy at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks for that. Love the stuff about the tour bus and morning routines.
>> I like the new media-free Jaz.
>> (And what happened to the Pledge box set?)
>> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 at 20:56, Paul <dubecho at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Posted by Jaz on FB, posting here for those who don't use it.
>>> https://www.facebook.com/JazColemanOfficial/posts/2177703322248124
>>> Jaz Coleman (Official)
>>> 3 hrs
>>> Dearly beloved Gatherers, Church of Killing Joke and Global Hummers
>>> I am currently taking a deep breath before we begin the European and
>>> British tour in Hamburg this evening. One of the worst things about touring
>>> is when you stop, suddenly the body seems prone to infections and one
>>> appears to lose a lot of energy. If I am honest, prior to the American
>>> tour, I was in a state of dread.
>>> I think my views on American foreign policy are well-known, but the
>>> funniest thing happened: the complete opposite of my expectations. For
>>> example, I never thought I would hear myself say how much I wanted to
>>> return to America, but that is exactly how I feel after what can only be
>>> described as a victorious tour. Maybe it was because I’ve stopped listening
>>> to radio, television and all forms of alternative and mainstream media,
>>> simply because it makes me so fucking miserable.
>>> And what a journey it’s been from Seattle to Lima, nothing short of
>>> mind-blowing. So many wonderful people following us from gig to gig,
>>> hundreds of stories about the power of Killing Joke’s music and how the
>>> music has changed their lives. I met Gatherers who were force-fed Killing
>>> Joke by their parents from an early age and came to love not just the
>>> music, but the lifestyle Killing Joke advocates. I met so many people who
>>> told me how the music got them through their lives and in excess of a dozen
>>> individuals who told me the music prevented them from committing suicide.
>>> In fact, everybody I met had a story to tell about this incredible music
>>> that has been the soundtrack to all of our lives. And I saw surprise also,
>>> surprise on Gatherers’ faces to discover I am a Gatherer too, standing
>>> outside of the band and looking inwards. I tried to make it my personal
>>> goal to meet and talk to as many Gatherers as I possibly could and I feel
>>> so very deeply touched by the significance of our little band.
>>> I loved life on the tour bus, American tour buses have higher ceilings
>>> and larger bunks. At the back of the tour bus is the Bad Boys’ Room, for
>>> smokers and drinkers only. It is also an incredible library, books such as
>>> The War of Art (yes, that’s right, The War of Art), Slave Race of the
>>> Anunnaki, The End of Peak Oil, the poems of Dylan Thomas and the Bhagavad
>>> Gita are stacked up on the shelves (Geordie always liked a tidy back
>>> lounge).
>>> The cupboards are full of vinyl that Youth collects from second-hand
>>> record shops on a daily basis, along with other junk like statues of the
>>> Virgin Mary and antler horns. On days off, I enjoy a premium cigar with the
>>> guys (my last remaining pleasure. Because of the reflux problem I have and
>>> its effect on my voice, tea, caffeine, mustard, chili, wheat, dairy and
>>> sugar are all banned from my diet. Smoking anything that one inhales is a
>>> serious no-no.)
>>> Every morning, Geordie wakes up first and one is awoken by the faint
>>> aroma of Dunhill International! I wake up next, join Geordie in the back
>>> lounge. Big Paul is next to wake and starts his day eating healthy muesli
>>> and making weird smoothies. Lastly, Youth awakes, saturnine and grumpy
>>> until his first cup of tea and spliff, at which point his puckish nature
>>> returns.
>>> The days off in America were normally in obscure towns which are more
>>> like car parks surrounded by shopping malls. This is where I would find the
>>> occasional cigar shop and hang out with some of the locals. We even stopped
>>> in Dave Grohl’s home town and I met someone who claims to live in the house
>>> he was brought up in.
>>> There was a great vibe between band members (compared to some other
>>> tours!) and everybody seemed to support each other, often going out
>>> shopping together or eating at restaurants.
>>> Preparing for a Killing Joke show is a spiritual experience. One feels
>>> like a coiled spring all day, constantly asking crew how many more hours
>>> till show time, measuring one’s energy levels at all times. And then we all
>>> come together in a circle and… invoke that spirit that has sustained us
>>> through the years. After this, I generally walk around alone and collect my
>>> thoughts.
>>> Most of the audience weren’t even born when we put our 10th record out,
>>> but occasionally we would meet an old face from the past, from 1980 (like
>>> Vivian Goldman in New York). I can’t remember one bad gig, they were all
>>> takeover events.
>>> One young lady in Dallas told me her father bought her ticket for her
>>> and so wanted to come but was suffering from a virulent strain of cancer.
>>> So I conveyed this to the audience and was delighted to see so many
>>> messages of love and support for him left at the merch stand. This is our
>>> Gathering of wonderful, loving human beings that after all these years I am
>>> so very proud of.
>>> As for Mexico City and the South American tour, nothing short of
>>> mind-blowing. Hordes of Gatherers at the airport, outside the hotel 24/7,
>>> astonished Gatherers watching these old punks greet everybody as they’re
>>> lining up for the concert. Gigs of such intensity that there were people
>>> crying in the audience.
>>> Life on the road has become so utterly addictive that my thoughts are
>>> with the late Paul Raven, who loved human beings with all their faults,
>>> like I do. And as we approach the European tour, synchronicities are
>>> already starting to occur. We play at Usine in Geneva, almost 11 years to
>>> the day that we held Raven’s wake in the very same building. So at 6.45 on
>>> the 26th October, we will hold a short memorial for Raven. Gatherers who
>>> knew Paul personally will take precedence, other than this it will be first
>>> come, first served and I expect everybody to bring one item that is stolen
>>> as an offering.
>>> The only home the late Paul Raven ever knew was the tour bus and I
>>> empathise with this from my current standpoint. I have decided to leave
>>> Prague and begin a nomadic lifestyle once again. Over the course of the
>>> coming month, I look forward to meeting as many people as possible, sharing
>>> information and stories.
>>> Finally, I would like to thank my brothers in arms for this amazing
>>> journey, and I would like to thank everyone who loves this wonderful band.
>>> Jaz Coleman
>>> PS: Are there any builders who would like to join me in Cythera to get
>>> some cabins up this summer (i.e. European winter)? Please let me know.
>>> PS2: I cannot put into words how I feel about the failure of the box
>>> set. I was not consulted on the details of it (which isn’t surprising
>>> seeing as I don’t take emails) and I only heard about the horrendous price
>>> during the American tour. Clearly, it hadn’t been well thought out, rather
>>> like Symphonic Killing Joke, where no preliminary budget was made. However,
>>> I am happy to say the recording is out of this world and although it will
>>> arrive late, Symphony Killing Joke (or Magna Invocatio, as I call it) will
>>> reach everybody early in the new year (date TBC). Thanks to all the good
>>> people at Pledge, the generosity of St Petersburg Philharmonic (and the
>>> Russian Ministry of Culture), the love of the Lucis Trust, which has
>>> changed my life, and finally and most significantly, this project was saved
>>> by the hard work of Carla Potter.
>>> https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/review-killing-joke-40th-anniversary-tour-new-york-723549/
>>> Photos: Youth
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