DARKEST HOUR guitarist Mike Schleibaum has announced that he will be inviting fans backstage on this summer's inaugural Thrash and Burn tour to answer their "Ask the Dude" questions in person.
Launched earlier this year, www.askthedude.net is a free band advice resource for all you dudes out there. Drawing on 15 years of life in the band, eight years of life on the road, and a little-known degree in social work, Mike answers questions ranging from surviving life on the road, starting a band, guitar shredding, song writing, or really just ANYTHING that's band or music related.
Mike comments: "When the idea of doing 'Ask the Dude' live came up, I was far beyond stoked (catch the PANTERA reference?)! Meeting new people at shows and making new friends all over the world is probably the single most fulfilling thing about being a touring musician. It seems that the more hardcore, punk, and metal gets swallowed by the mainstream, the more the true connection between artist and listener is lost. I hope to make some new friends, hold some killer parties, and hopefully maybe even help some dudes out this summer!'
If you would like have your "Ask the Dude" question answered live by Mike, submit your question to [email protected] Please include your city and date when DARKEST HOUR will be in your town this summer (tour dates listed below) in the SUBJECT LINE of the email. If your question is chosen you will receive two spots on the band's guest list with instructions on how, when, and where to meet Mike the day of the show.
Remember you can also always submit your questions directly to the dude at: [email protected] to be posted on the "Ask the Dude" website! Check out "Ask the Dude" in print in this August's issue of Alternative Press (issue 241).
Thrash and Burn 2008 features DARKEST HOUR, PARKWAY DRIVE, MISERY SIGNALS, WINDS OF PLAGUE, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, ARSIS, ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, and AFTER THE BURIAL with special guests SUICIDE SILENCE, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, EMMURE, VEIL OF MAYA, BROTHER VON DOOM and more on select dates.