Rock band My Darkest Days are going on tour and can't wait to go to these places while they're on the road.
Not only is My Darkest Day's new record 'Sick and Twisted Affair' hitting the shelves, they're also on the road with megabands Nickelback, Bush and Seether as of this month. We wondered what it would be like to spend a day partying with a band like this, so we asked what it was like living and drinking on the road.
When you’re playing gigs in America, which cities do you look forward to partying in the most?
Matt: I like playing The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan. There is always a good crowd of people and a ton of hot chicks. I also love Vegas and L.A for the hot blondes who are always dressed up like they’re hitting the clubs.
What bars and nightclubs are you sure to hit up when you’re touring?
Sal: Oh man... There are so many amazing bars and so many stories to go along with all of them. I'd probably have to go with the world famous Sunset Strip off of Exit 69 in Portland, Oregon. That place is ridiculous. 'Porn Star Dancing' definitely opened some doors for us in the club and strip club realm, and what a great realm it is…kind of like home now.
We also love partying at Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto. We've had a ton of memories partying there.
I think we gotta pay homage to the Hollywood classics like the Rainbow and Viper Room. We just shot the video for 'Casual Sex' in LA, and we had some crazy nights at those two clubs.
Doug: The Rainbow in L.A. Cool vibe there! The Whiskey, also in L.A; it’s always rocking and the Machine Shop in Flint Michigan is crazy. Everyone is there to party hard!
Which city has the sexiest girls?
Matt: That’s a hard one. NYC has a lot of diverse hot girls and L.A has got the hot bleach blondes. I’m not picky though, all of the USA has beautiful women!
Doug: I would have to say L.A or Toronto. L.A is where you find your typical blonde Barbie girl and Toronto is where you see a ton of smokin’ natural girl next door types.
What is your craziest story from the road?
Sal: Honestly - the stories go on for days. We're a rock n' roll band in its most traditional form. Yes, the music is modern, but we definitely follow a lot of the old school style of partying; a lot of girls and a lot of drinks! The road is like being in Vegas. You know the saying "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?" Same rules apply to the road. We've been through it all. I've been physically attacked by a fan that ended up getting arrested, we smashed our second bus into a Mexican restaurant owned by a sheriff in Texas, but probably the most memorable story from the road was our bus crash in Idaho.
We had just finished driving through the mountains and the weather was crazy. We were on the highway and snow was everywhere. The pavement was literally a skating rink just covered in ice. I remember being scared when I was in my bunk because the bus kept swaying because of the wind. Then, all of a sudden, BANG! The bus flips over and slides into a ditch. All I remember is Matt flying into my bunk. We were so freaked out, it was crazy. We had just hired a new female assistant who got ejected from her sleeping quarters, and following her ejection was our drummer Doug who was completely naked and ended up with his ass in her face. She was horrified. Not from the crash, but from Doug being spread eagle on top of her! It at least made for some comic relief in a crazy situation.
The best part though, was when the police arrived. They were straight up rude upon arrival, they didn't even ask if we were okay. They towed the bus out of the ditch back into its upright position and then searched it. After they searched it, we were surprised to find $1000 missing from our safe. So - in rock n' roll fashion, we asked the cops where our money went. One of the cops piped up and said "Well, we can talk about the $1000, or we can talk about this” while he held a ziploc bag with "illegal substances" in it. Essentially we were extorted by a COP after a bus crash. Great luck we have right? Moral of this story is - if you've been flipped in a tour bus, before you break out of a window to get out, flush the weed down the toilet!
Are there any places you’re looking forward to playing that you haven’t been before?
Matt: I'm looking forward to playing Madison Square Garden in NYC and the Staples Center L.A!!!
What was your first Playboy?
Sal: I can’t remember my first, but I remember the first one I ever saw. I must have been like 8 years old. One day while I was hanging out with my cousin Domenic he told me his neighbor was going on vacation and gave him the job of taking care of his cats. I was thrilled, I love animals! I begged him until he agreed to let me help the next day. My mom dropped me off at Dom's house and we walked over to his neighbor’s house to feed them. We open the door and all looked completely normal. We whipped out the Purina and were about to leave when all of a sudden Dom says "Hey Sal, wanna go into his bedroom?" We walked inside the room and it was super swank. I remember thinking it looked nothing like my parents’ bedroom. Juvenile curiosity kicked in and we opened his bedroom closet. Immediately a remote controlled vagina fell from the top shelf on to my head and then hit the floor, turned on and started opening and closing like a mouth. We started screaming and laughing. Then we saw the boxes. Inside were piles and piles and piles and piles of Playboys! We sat around and just kept looking through them kind of amazed. Let's just say that day I began to love more than just pussy cats.
What albums or songs are on your tour playlist?
Matt: AC/DC, Audioslave, Katy Perry, Gotye.
Who is your favorite playmate?
Sal: I'm a classy kind of guy, so I'd definitely have to go back to 1953 with Marilyn Monroe. CLASSIC!
Doug: My favorite Playmate is still Pam Anderson. She rocked it back then and she’s still kicking ass today!
Talk a bit about your new tour with Nickelback and what it’s like to be opening for them.
Matt: It's going to be fun. I have been friends with the guys for a while but have never got to tour with them. I have seen their show and it’s amazing, it is a dream come true to be on this tour.
Doug: The new tour with Nickelback is going to be nothing short of amazing. These guys are a great bunch of dudes from the same place that we are from. The tour is massive and we are very blessed to have the chance to tour with these guys! We are the opening band so the pressure is on as we need to show these guys that we are worthy of the opening slot which is why My Darkest Days rehearses for 8-10 hours every day. We definitely can’t wait to hit the road with Nickelback; it's truly a blessing and an honor to be a part of the 2012 tour.
To learn more about My Darkest Days and their upcoming tour go to their site: mydarkestdays.com