SHADOWS FALL Frontman Comments On 'The Art Of Touring' DVD

The highly-anticipated new SHADOWS FALL DVD, "The Art of Touring", is set for a November 15 release via Century Media. The disc effectively documents the rise of one of today's most influential and dominant metal bands. Brian Fair (vocals) describes what the DVD release means to him and how the band strived to create something special for their fans that would stand out from the pack: "This DVD will give viewers a quick look into the madness that is SHADOWS FALL on the road. It is not always pretty or perfect, but hell, neither are we. Everything you see on this DVD was filmed by either a band member, crew member or close friend. It is raw, unscripted and pure chaos.

"This DVD was filmed when our lives were changing dramatically as 'The Art Of Balance' was beginning to pick up steam and we were zigzagging across the world on a break neck schedule of tours. We were a band trying to leave our mark on the world and get our hands on as many free drinks as possible. The only footage that is not from that era is the tribute we put together for our departed brother in arms 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott. The six weeks we spent on tour with our boys in DAMAGEPLAN were some of the best times of my life. We were lucky enough to share some of his last days on this earth and we wanted to share some of those memories with the fans that loved and respected him. This footage is proof that the man lived everyday with a smile on his face and a drink in his hand.

"We wanted to capture the mindset the band was in during this period, which was full steam ahead, kicking ass and taking names. There are no overproduced multi camera shots like you see in most DVDs these days. We didn't want to add one more glossy DVD release to an already over-saturated market. This was our attempt to re-create the vibe found on home videos like 'Cliff 'Em All' by METALLICA and 'Oh Say Can You Scream' by SKID ROW. Those were videos that showed a band in its purest form. That is what 'The Art of Touring' is all about. This is bootleg-style guerilla film making fueled by alcohol and lack of sleep. As dizzying as some of the editing may be, trust me, this is almost exactly how we saw the world over these two years."

"The Art of Touring" features over two hours of on-the-road antics and live performances filmed from 2002 through 2004 on "The Art of Balance" album touring cycle while on the road in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Also featured here are all six of the band's promotional videos to date, from "Thoughts without Words" to "Inspiration On Demand". Several guest appearances, rare cover songs and a special tribute to Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott that features a live jam of the classic PANTERA track "Walk" (performed by DAMAGEPLAN and SHADOWS FALL in the fall of 2004) round out the DVD.


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