Angela Allan (Music writer for Rolling Stone, Fairfax, Penthouse, FHM) has written an entry on her blog "Mascara and Monsters" about our long time stage left guitar tech Brian, one of the hardest working guys in the business. Here's an excerpt, click the link below to read the whole blog. Nice read!
"...Now we get down to the nitty gritty of what it’s really, really, really like on stage with the master of darkness, Alice Cooper. Brian is such a trooper; he shot the video (below) a couple of weeks ago, which shows what he faces with pythons, knives, a guillotine and swords on stage. Not all at once, of course.
This is just one example of a knife/sword-throwing incident that Brian deals with every night when Alice performs Halo of Flies. Brian and the drum technician usually leave the area, but Brian decided to video the throw, and the drum technician decided to squat down out of the way.
If you watch really closely, you see Alice come up to a mesh screen, which Brian is behind, and as he throws the knife, you can see the knife whiz right past Brian’s hand (see that little bit of hand movement, that’s the knife). It was about 6 inches (or 12 cms) from Brian’s hand and the camera. 12 centimetres, people! That’s not a lot between your hand and a knife. A very sharp knife thrown by Alice Cooper. This happened because the knife slipped as Alice let it go.
After Alice throws it, he runs off stage for a wardrobe change. So Brian picked up the knife and took it back to the props guru and Alice’s assistant. Brian said to them, 'I think Coop is upset with my performance.' They asked why.
Brian said, 'Because he threw this knife at me and ran away'."
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