KILLING JOKE Frontman Talks About Touring With MÖTLEY CRÜE

J. Bennett of Decibel magazine (web site) recently conducted an interview with KILLING JOKE frontman Jaz Coleman. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Decibel: KILLING JOKE did some touring with MÖTLEY CRÜE in 2005. What was that like?

Coleman: [Laughs] What was touring with MÖTLEY CRÜE like? It was about 140,000 pounds — for doing five half-hour slots. [Laughs] You know, that tour, I had such a fucking laugh. The management made the first mistake by putting us in a really expensive hotel in Glasgow for a week's rehearsal. I think Geordie's room tab was 12 grand. You should've seen the road manager's face when he had to fork out. [Laughs] But the tour itself was great. The army of KILLING JOKE fans just got bigger every night. At first, you know, I didn't really want our fans to come because I thought it was a rip-off to pay vast sums of money to see us play for half an hour. But Cardiff was amazing. We must've had about 5,000 people in the audience chanting, "Joke!" By the time we got to Wembley, they put us on about two hours on before them. There were no two ways about it — we were definitely nicking a lot of their audience. When we were in Manchester, our manager went and saw Tommy Lee — and they tour a bit differently than KILLING JOKE, let me tell you: They were all staying at different hotels, they each had their own limousines to the gig, and then they were told by their different tenders and sub-managers when to go to their little tents by the side of the stage. They wouldn't speak to each other; then they'd go onstage, do the show and go back to their little tents. And they were charging 150 quid for people to go back to the tents, meet the band and have them sign posters. [Laughs] Fucking hell! We didn't meet them, but their crew was really nice to us. That was a funny adventure.

Decibel: So what happened when your manager went to see Tommy Lee?

Coleman: Tommy goes, "Right — KILLING JOKE. I love those guys. I've got like six of their albums. What are those guys doing these days?" [Laughs] He didn't even know we were on fucking tour with him!


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