Lacuna Coil – Cristina Scabbia at Gigantour
Article By Brat
Big Top Luna Park, Sydney 2007
You have to wonder about the inner workings of promoters who put on a 5 band festival for an 18+ audience and start it at 5.30 pm on a weekday…the second night of Gigantour in Sydney had no age restrictions and that was the night when I left work 2 pm to get to Luna Park Big Top, situated under the north side of Sydney Harbour Bridge, in time for LACUNA COIL playing second.
$100 for a 30 minute set is pretty rich but after a 6-year wait to see them live at Wacken this year, I wanted to see them again and on a smaller stage and was rewarded with a performance that didn’t diminish in anything for the smaller everything.
Opening with To The Edge LACUNA COIL’s was big from the start. The Italian passion coursed through the band’s veins with big sounds, big voices and big movements.
There’s not that much to cover for such a small set other than the stage was kept in almost complete darkness during 3-song photography allowance except for an occasional red and dark blue light. I just don’t understand that type of mentality behind the ‘power play’, after all, it’s only the band they’re disadvantaging!
LACUNA COIL also performed Swamped, To the Edge, used an old song, Heaven’s a Lie, to get the early comers and mostly youngsters in a sing-along.
Break the Silence, the Depeche Mode cover, received a surprisingly warm response for such a young crowd. They must be flavour of the year with younger generations as a few metal bands have been covering Depeche Mode songs lately.
After the show, I got to chat with Cristina Scabbia and ask her some questions…
Welcome to Australia.
I hope you’ve had a really good tour.
Very good tour so far very good experience. Just like wandering around and we actually went to the zoo today. We saw koalas and kangaroos, all the typical Australian things. At least what we get from Europe.
Was that Taronga zoo?
That’s the big one.
It was awesome.
Did you get to touch a koala?
They didn’t want us to touch. I mean they don’t allow anybody because they said that they don’t really like it. So it was like okay, let’s respect. I mean it’s cool to take pictures. We don’t want to bother them.
That’s a shame.
I was just curious to see how…to feel how they are. But we’re going to go to Brisbane where there is a koala sanctuary and actually you can touch them.
Yes. In Queensland there’s different handling laws and you’re actually allowed to hold them properly and you can pet them and they sit on your arm.
Aww….I’ll freak out.
Let’s talk a little bit about Gigantour. What’s it been like for Lacuna Coil to be included in this tour?
Well first of all it’s our first opportunity to see Australia, to play in Australia. We’re not a very, very known band and respected band like Megadeth, so it’s the best way to start something good. I’ve got say, the other bands that are on board like Devil Driver, Static X are friends with us, especially Devil Driver because we’ve been touring together in the past. So it’s like an enlarged family. You can totally feel the good vibe. I think it’s a great package and the crowd is having fun. Everything is going great to be honest.
What’s been your favourite city so far?
Well you’ll probably say ah okay you’re saying Sydney but no, to be honest it has been Sydney. I don’t know if it’s just because we had the chance to be tourists for a little bit because when you’re on tour you don’t have a lot of chances to go around to see what’s around. You just have a small walk around the venue and that’s it. But this morning we woke up early. We said “Okay, lets get a ferry boat, let’s see something touristy and we loved it. We loved it. So far it’s been Sydney. No offence for the other towns we visited so far.
How have the audiences reacted to you on this tour because you are one of the first bands to come on?
Amazingly! I don’t know if it’s because we did a good show, I hope so! I think that there’s a lot of people who’ve been waiting for Lacuna Coil for so long because we never played here so I can see that there’s a strong bases of fans and I love that because they’ve been so patient and I totally appreciate it.
How was the crowd last night because last night was an older audience, today it’s been a younger audience. How do they compare?
Well to be honest they were great yesterday especially because we had some technical problems. So in the beginning the first rows couldn’t really hear what we were saying because there was a problem with the microphones, so they reacted in a very, very good way because they totally understood that there was something going on and it was not us and they enjoyed the show. At the end everybody was like waving hands and everybody was cheering for us so it was a great reaction. And tonight was great. I could totally see that. Tonight it was…I don’t know why.
Last night was only for over 18.
Ah….I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that but to be honest they were great yesterday and today too.
Where does Gigantour go from here?
Well we’re just playing with them for the Australian part so I don’t know if they’re finishing in Australia or playing somewhere else but we are going to be on board just for the Australian part because we want go back home and write new stuff for the new album.
You’ve kind of answered two questions because I was going say you’ve been touring a lot in the states lately. The last couple of years you’ve been spending every summer touring the States. Has there been any major reason for that?
Probably the biggest reason is that it’s a very good market for us. They’re really receptive. They love our music. Billboard, we’re on the covers of magazines and stuff so we’re going good in America. But probably for our kind of music, now the moment is perfect for America so we’re working. And then the distances in between venues are definitely larger over there so if you want to do a proper tour you have to stay there at least a couple of months, if you want to do a proper one. Of course you can do a quicker one but it’s not the same.
And you’re talking about the new album. Do you write that on tour or is it too hard? You write it afterwards?
No. We never really did it so far. We like to be back home and to be in our own environment and to be focused on the album. That wouldn’t really happen if we wrote something on the road because we distracted from so many things. You know, like meeting the fans, going out to drink with them or just sleep as much as you can. The show… sound check.
Because I was wondering with Karmacode, there’s a lot of Middle Eastern influence in the music and I thought that maybe that could have been picked up on tour. Where has that come from?
I don’t know. Maybe a tour but also because we’re really open to listen to every kind of music. We’re not the kind of persons that are “okay, we play rock metal so lets stay home and just listen to rock metal”. We listen to everything. Today we just got a CD from a guy, an artist guy that we saw on the street. He as playing a didgeridoo with a kind of a weird kind of a weird ambiance background. It was really interesting just to listen to it.
Like new age music?
Yeah. Kind of new age and then there was some weird techno. It was just interesting cause then we went “whoa”. So I didn’t say that we’re going put this in our music but it’s always interesting, you know, to be open minded and to listen to everything that music can offer.
Depeche Mode seem to be the flavour of the year. A few metal bands have been including Depeche Mode songs. Are you a fan from way back or…?
To be honest I always liked Depeche Mode but it wasn’t a tribute as fans. We simply wanted a song that was very well known song and we put it in the album as a last song. Not because we wanted to get a single out of it but we just wanted people to sing it with us. And that’s how it usually happen here in the show cause everybody knows the. Everybody knows the song. But it wasn’t a tribute, we weren’t really expecting like a huge success so we’re surprised when people started to pick it up. I’m like “okay, it’s good”. So….
Taking you back to Wacken this year, six years between playing Wacken. What was your reaction this year?
We could totally see that there was more people that knew the songs and the music but I can say that we completely changed on stage. I mean you can totally see that we have some more experience and we’re more confident on stage and I mean that’s what everybody say at least. (laughs) So that was probably the biggest difference, the confidence that we have now.
Yeah, and I mean it looked like you were playing to 40,000 people.
There were! There were! Probably more. I heard that there were sixty, something like 68,000 people but I mean some were camping or…it was amazing. I mean it’s great to be on stage and to see this huge amount of people in front. It’s insane.
Why has it taken so long for you to play there again? I mean you played in 2001 last.
Because we’ve been touring somewhere else, because we’ve been playing somewhere else. I mean usually you don’t play every year at the same festivals unless you…I don’t know, unless you know the promoters or something because of course people want to see different bands just to keep it fresh. So it just happened that we did OzzFest and OzzFest is a summer tour, for example in 2004 and 2006. In other years we did other festivals, other summer festivals. It just happened.
What would you say would be about the biggest crowd you’ve played for?
Either Wacken or OzzFest. But even Download was insane . Download in the UK was probably the biggest.
I just have one last question and it’s a personal question for you. Do you see yourself as a role model for female metal heads, because it’s a fairly sexist, biased industry?
I don’t want to sound like I’m seeing myself like I can be the role model, you know, like in a rude way or pretending to be somebody more important than I am but I think it’s good if young girls can look at me as somebody normal who did it, somebody that just believed in the potential that I have. And I think that that would be good because I can see that, especially in the latest period, a lot of girls are just like looking at the TV and they are getting examples from the TV just because “okay, I can do anything that I look good so I can make it”. I hope that they can work on themselves, on their potential, beauty as well but to remember that they can make it. So if they look at me like that I will be happy.
Well that’s all my questions. Thank you so much for your time and hope you come back to Australia soon.
Absolutely and enjoy the rest of the shows.