Thanks go out to all who have helped out so far, you've all earned your places of honour on the thanks list!
We've run out of space!
The archive has hit it's storage limit with Webs.com, so for the moment we're unable to upload anything else. The situation is in hand, and once we're fully paid up and ready to rock there will be a lot more content hitting the site. Plans include hosting our own downloadable content, so hopefully we'll avoid the Megaupload debacle repeating itself. Stay tuned!
Thanks go out to everyone who has continued to contribute. Please don't think we've not included your contributions for any reason other than we have no space!
MORE LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2013
In the most exciting news this year, Die Kreuzen have anounced they will be playing two more shows in addition to the Roadburn sets in April.
May 25th and 26th 2013 sees the band playing:
Chicago - Double Door - Saturday May 25th
Milwaukee - Turner Hall - Sunday May 26th
(Unless I win the lottery I'm unable to attend these shows,
so if anyone goes and tapes, please get in touch!)
Roadburn has now sold out. See you there!
Finally, there is a true, official, day-to-day Die Kreuzen site!
Dealing with things as and when they happen, and allowing Counting Cracks to perform it's function as an archive, our big-sister site, created and maintained by Martin Lafette is the place to go for the more recent goings on regarding the band. There you'll find some excellent links to the various interviews and articles conducted and written in the build-up and aftermath of Lest We Forget, along with a ton of great pics from the night, a discography that actually tells you what was on the releases (yea, I know, our discog will be a more 'Record Collector' kinda anally-retentive thing, eventually) along with some neat links and other cool stuff.
Lest We Forget Rules!
As usual, we're a little after the fact, but here at Counting Cracks we're so pleased to be able to tell everyone just how well Lest We Forget went. The show was a sell-out, 1,000 people filled the Turner Hall in Milwaukee to witness not only the first Die Kreuzen show in 20 years, but a whole host of classic Milwaukee/WI bands pulling off some great sets.
Of course our bias is with Die Kreuzen, and boy, did they deliver! Any doubts people may have had that this was not a true reunion due to Brian's abscence will have been comprehensively blown away by Jay Tiller's axe-mastery. Hand in glove Jay, and the pair were a perfect fit. Brian's old Kramer guitar and Marshall half-stack made an apperance, but hat's off to Mr. Tiller, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and it sure tasted good from where I stood! We watched a band play that night, a unit, a group.
There's a plethora of footage available on YouTube, in case you needed further proof. (Is our word not good enough!?)
For Weldermatt the weekend was something of a personal odyssey. Being an Englishman of certain years, seeing Die Kreuzen play had always been an impossible dream. With the announcement of LWF that dream was suddenly a possible reality, and, having been given persmission by Mrs. Welder, the plunge was taken and a flight to the USA booked. Living the dream...
The weekend was amazing. The people were amazing. The band were, you've guessed.. Amazing.
It's difficult to convey just how kind, warm and generous everyone was. I was lucky enough to take in the band rehersing at Dans' place on the Friday night, then on to catch his current band Enemy Star. Many beers were consumed, and the dying art of conversation had new life breathed into it, way into the small hours of Saturday morning. Keith and Janet Brammer had a fridge full of Newcastle Ale, along with English muffins and morning tea to help make me feel extra welcome!
Saturday and Sunday were equally magnificent, the show was rocking, and the 'after-show' at The Best Place was a nice opportunity to catch up with folks and round off the weekend.
(Who needs the Chippendales when you have us!?)
Sincerest thanks and "hellos" go out to everyone I met; Keith and Janet, Dan, Jay, Erik, Dave, Darren, Randy, and everyone else who helped make it such a special weekend. By the time Monday came around, my hand had been shaken to death, I'd been hugged flat - and I'm all the better for the experience! Thankyou.
NEW DIE KREUZEN SHIRT!
Yes, a proper, official shirt! Lovingly produced by drummer/cartoonist/artist Brian Walsby.
These shirts are strictly limited to 300, mine's on the way, get yours while you can!
Dan will be selling these puppies too and donating the cash to a local Milwaukee charity, so if you want to look good and feel good too, go give him a shout on Facebook...
DIE KREUZEN ENROLLED INTO THE WISCONSIN AREA MUSIC INDUSTRY (WAMI) HALL OF FAME
A little recognition after many years, and thoroughly deserved.
The whole band were onstage together at old stomping ground the Turner Hall in Milwaukee for the first time in twenty years to receive their induction into the Hall of Fame.
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If you have any Die Kreuzen stuff that isn't listed here, please get in touch.
Anything is of interest, not just live shows, but flyers, photographs, articles, interviews,
even your own anecdotes...
This is NOT the Die Kreuzen 'Bible'...
As accurate as the information here tries to be, there will always be something not quite right.
If you have any corrections, shout up!
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