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Madhouse: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. I will take a risk and write a few lines in my not so well German. Mein heutiger Gast ist Sänger der deutschen Veteranenband Madhouse, herr DiDi Shark!

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi Metal Jacket & Corona Corner \m/
First of all I have to say thank for your interest in Madhouse.
It’s a very hard time for all of us, bands, promoters, clubs & fans, so we had to stay together, hoping the near future will bring better times for all of us.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Huh, we had to cancel the Metal Gods Open Air in Berlin, where we should play together with Assassin, Macbeth, our label buddies Indian Nightmare & Gun Barrel and of course our release show of our new album “Braindead”.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
After finishing his drum parts in the end of last year, Paul told us, that he will leave the band due to healthy problems. This was a very hard kick into our face. But we had to look forward, so we finished our album and tried to find a new drummer and that´s the prob, how to rehearse in this pandemic times…

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Thank you Facebook, we’ve got some good reviews already and posted them on our site, as well as our 2 new videos from “Never Say Die” and title track “Braindead”.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I hope I can speak in the name of all HM Maniacs worldwide, that nobody, absolutely nobody can imagine to visit concerts or festivals with a mask. All our governments are insecure how to handle this virus and none of us knows, is it a chemical accident or the reason of the the unsanitary requirements of fur-farms. It’s hard to say, but the nature strikes back.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think, we all had to suffer, small shops & stores, bars & restaurants, the music business, the families, everyone. I just had a talk with an old man, he told me, that he had problems with his heart, they brought him to a hospital, where he stayed 10 days in isolation, before they let him out.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Definitely “Braindead”, we need no leaders telling us, what we have to do, telling us, what´s good or bad, we have to decide by our own.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
A good barbecue and beer with friends 😉

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
As I told you in 3. no rehearsals since 2020/01, we sent songs to promising candidates, but due to various reasons, we’re still searching …

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you, stay wild, stay save & take care of you all \m/ Madhouse


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