7/28 – Hilltop Fortress (West Lafayette), 7/29 (Toledo): After a victorious show in Chicago, it was back to Indiana to play the hilltop fortress. This time in Indiana would be different. But first, there was a pit-stop at Hooters, where the ladies would not leave Joe alone thanks to his good looks.
July 27, 2012 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/Diamond Plate, Smashed Potater, Lich King: This is the show that we all were waiting for, that our entire tour was booked around. We were slated to play the reunion show with the legendary Morbid Saint, and with the unstoppable force that Diamond Plate has grown into since they were even younger than they are now. I was especially fired up about it because I learned that one of my brothers-in-arms, Luke James from FATAL, had just moved to Chicago, and we had made arrangements to meet up.
July 25, 2012 – Hammerheads – Fort Wayne, IN w/ Argonaut, Testimony, Lich King: Driving up to Hammerhead Hall was a brutally long, and corn field–filled excursion through the flat, expansive plains of the rural mid west. Passing through, I spent a lot of time thinking to myself “holy shit this place is AMERICA (yes, I thought that in caps lock) as the stereotypical red barns, tractors, and mill silos lazily drifted by on a green sea of corn stalks. Suddenly, our GPS indicated that we were a minute away from the venue, and the pristine country scenery had not changed at all. Consternation overtook me as I exclaimed: “What the fuck kind of venue would be a minute away from THIS place?” The LK guys gave a smirk and shrug as the seconds-remaining on the GPS dwindled down to zero as we pulled up to a huge, ominous building reminiscent of an old – timey movie theater, abandoned.
July 22 in Brooklyn, NY and July 23 in Philadelphia, PA: Being provided with an excellent place to sleep by the promoter for today’s show, we were well rested yet again even, even after a night of hard partying. Tom from Lich King was fairly insistent that we go to the diner called the Rutherford Pancake House. The breakfast food there was great. Massive omelets and stuffed french toast that tasted like it was stuffed with the cream of the Metal gods themselves. Just don’t get the burgers unless you enjoy being disappointed. I wish I had a picture of the “8 oz” burger for you. I know what a half-pound of meat looks like, and this was not it. (Wish I had a picture for you)
July 21 – Jersey City, NJ. On Saturday, July 21, Sonic Pulse set out on our first tour out of our territory. We already had a slight head start from staying at the Lich King’s lair the night before. Thanks to our touring partners’ hospitality, we hit the road well-rested, well-practiced, and confident.
Montreal: Montreal, what can I say? Easily one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen. Much like Toronto this city is alive at all times. However it had a more relaxed, “have a good time” vibe. We ended up arriving in Montreal late afternoon. Due to pricing and parking we ended up staying across the bridge in Brossard. About 20 min away from venue.
Ottawa: After all the driving we had done the last few days it was a relief we only had a 4 hour drive to Ottawa. We got to Ottawa around 6pm and quickly found a hotel near the venue. We had enough time to find a chip wagon and make a quick stop at the LCBO to pick up some drinks. After a few drinks we headed to the venue.
Toronto: The trek to Toronto from Winnipeg was long, hot and did I already say long? I mentioned in the Winnipeg blog we were delayed an hour due to a crash. That was followed by 8 hrs of driving through storms and winding roads. We made stops in Thunder Bay followed by Sudbury. All in all about 20 hrs driving time. From Sudbury we made our way to Niagara Falls and spent most of the day there before heading to Toronto.
Winnipeg: We hit the road a little later for the 6 hour drive to the Peg. Breakfast was had in the parking lot of a strip mall. We were all feeling pretty good despite the late night. The road from Regina to Winnipeg had a lot more to see which was a nice change to our previous day of driving.
Regina: We left Edmonton fairly inspired & excited about the new adventure that was currently underway. 4 hours later we stopped in University area of Saskatoon to stretch our legs and refresh some supplies. Beautiful area which had some great looking buildings & great looking women.
Finally, we’ve made it to Canada. After nearly two straight days of restless travel, we arrived in Toronto with barely enough time to enjoy our poutine before another few hours of travel. Our time table had us hitting the ground running, as we had to head to Scene Fest in St. Catharine’s not long after landing.