Couple of interesting snippets of information:Will you consider to play that long track ever live?
(laughs) Well, it will be difficult obviously. It definitely will not be performed at the festivals, but we are playing the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise and we are going to play five minutes of it. We have to play two shows: one show on the way out on the cruise and one show on the return journey. On the way out, we are going to perform the first five minutes of ‘Barghest’ and on the way back we are going to end the show with the last five minutes of ‘Barghest’
. So, that is already ten minutes of it, should be quite nice. It is just a difficult song to play live. If somebody should not like it, they have to do something else for half an hour. We can introduce it in parts in the show, but is unlikely to do the full song all the way through, but you never know.That 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise must be something special, isn’t it?
I never heard of it before until earlier this year and I thought: that’s kind of strange. But we spoke to some of the other bands who played there and they all said it was great. It is quite common for bands to fly over and do the shows in Mexico first, because lots of bands doing the cruise ship will also play in Mexico. You fly over, do Mexico, join the cruise, have a day off at an island in the Bahamas and then you get on the cruise ship back to Florida. Very unusual, I am not sure how the dark music of My Dying Bride is going to work, but we will see. There are many European bands, I guess it is a good way to see many European bands in one time without going to Europe for American people. The bands are very diverse, so we deliver what we can deliver and hope that people will like it.