Kung Fu Vampire – The Hunger Pains Tour

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Kung Fu Vampire will be back out on the road March 18th 2014. The Hunger Pains Tour will be comprised of “3 Legs” to ensure we are able to reach every corner of the U.S and Canada. This is a Co-Headlining tour featuring Kung Fu Vampire and Wrekonize of ¡Mayday! If these strong acts from Stange Music and Mad Insainity are not enough to make you want to come to a show, the tour will also have performances by Battle Rap Legend, Dirtbag Dan as well as G-Mo Skee. If you would like to see this tour hit your city, tell the Promoters in your area know today!

Stay tuned for more tour news, videos and merch coming at you from Kung Fu Vampire

Burning Man

After only five days home I am back out on the road. This time I am headed to burning man! I have the pleasure to share a stage with some very talented musicians from the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Check us out we are crossroads! If you are attending the burn this year come find us at 9 o’clock and keyhole. We put on a phenomenal show every night at 9 PM. This is the only camp you will see 20 live musicians all come together and make beautiful music. Burn on!

Love Bites Blog #4

It’s been a minute since I’ve found the drive to make a tour blog. Between driving 500+ miles a day, eating, promoting, moving in and out of hotels, setting up and tearing down gear not to mention bringing one of the most unforgettable performances on the road today, it’s difficult to find time to write. Each city is blended together because every city you do the same routine. It is those few moments where something happens out of the ordinary that the city really sticks in your mind. It could be talking to a very grateful fan such as Donnie from Pontiac, MI that had never heard us before but made sure to get her point across how much she enjoyed the show. Getting to explore a city like Chicago creates many great adventures but finding parking for a 20 foot vehicle is not an easy task. We decided to check out the “Beam” which isn’t a beam at all, It kinda looks look a giant polished jelly bean. At first it seemed like a silly thing to go on a trek for but once we found it we we’re able to understand the hype.

It gets harder by the day to summarize what we have been doing. This blog has taken me weeks to find the time to finish but I am determined to wrap it up tonight. The past few shows have been in smaller towns but don’t let the population fool you. Fans come from miles around and are some of the most hyped up, interesting people I’ve met yet on the tour. We went to an after party in Beardstown, Illinois where everyone was hanging around a gasoline fueled bonfire with personal liters of their booze of choice. I have never been around so many party animals at one time! Everyone stood around telling stories so epic one would think they were just made up!

Frankfurt, Indiana is another town that jumped off in its own way. We performed for everyone at an American Legion hall downtown. Before the show we received a copious Thanksgiving meal that truly hit the spot. For me Thanksgiving is about Family, Deviled Eggs and Pumpkin Pie. I got all three and I had the pleasure to perform with my bro’s for a hearty helping of dedicated KFV supporters. Besides the great food we received a bottle of Hennessy, 60+ cans of Faygo and decorated mask by the legend himself “BATMAN”

With less than ten shows remaining on the tour, I must remain focused on the goal. That is to bring a wickedly unforgettable show to people across the U.S.A, shake babies and kiss hands…or something like that! Check back soon for more updates from a drummers perspective of the Love Bites Tour!

Love Bites Tour Blog #3

DiscoPax

Every time we hop back in the van “Turn the Pagestarts playing in my head. The open road is a beautiful place but would be very lonely without the company of my bandmates. The stretch between Spokane and Missoula was only 217 miles which is a cake walk after being on the road for a week. Last time we played a show in Missoula was during the Medicine Bag Tour with ABK. That show was the coldest show on the tour but we still managed to turn the venue into a sweat lodge.

Oct. 25th we made our way to Casper, Wyoming where we were greeted by 23 degree weather and snow. The show was held in a makeshift venue in the local fairgrounds. Soon after arriving herds of people began showing up. It’s always mind blowing to be in a remote location and have 100+ people show up to watch you perform. I don’t care how cold it is outside, it made me feel warm inside. Casper has one of the most beautiful mountain ranges as their skyline. I’d like to think it’s this gorgeous in the summer time but as one of my Instagram followers mentioned, “Everything looks better covered with snow.”

Kung Fu and I have been under the weather the past few days so the motivation to blog and document the trip has fallen to the wayside. It’s hard to take care of yourself while traveling an average of 250 miles a day, being your own roadie, rocking a crowd, documenting the experience, having sincere conversations with people and running my recording studio remotely. Mr. Grey, Paul and Jeremy have stepped it up making sure we get to the next show on time and alive!

Oct 26th was in Rock Springs at the Broadway Theater. I must say this has got to be one of the most enthusiastic crowds so far. Anything the performers wanted the fans to do, they did without hesitation. A few tours back we were stranded in Rock Springs due to our vehicle breaking down. The people here were very friendly and did everything they could to get us back on the road, and for that we thank them.

Salt Lake City is like my second home while we are on the road. We have a strong fan base and even stronger family that always opens their doors to us while in town. The Love Bites tour merged with Andre Nickatina and Brotha Lynch creating a massive show. All the staff at The Complex was very friendly and professional. The hooked us up with earth shaking sound and a light show that you would only expect to see at Burning Man. As always we gained a ton of new fans and had a good amount of time to catch up with old friends.

Oct 28th we found ourselves in Colorado Springs. Right when we walked into the venue loads of locals were watching the Broncos stomp the Saints. I know football is a serious thing but the people at the venue (Union Station) were so into the game that our show got pushed back an hour. It’s all good because this turned into a very intimate show. I felt like I connected with the entire room and could feel the energy in the air. Aside from all the performances, people were gathered in memory of a fallen friend Rebecca. Emotions ran high and as an entertainer I wanted to make sure we observed this tragedy while giving people an outlet so for at least 45mins they wouldn’t have to think about their immediate problems. Our thoughts are with you.

Days off are rare on this tour so when you get them they are very memorable. Unfortunately the whole day was spent watching the destruction currently happening to the East Coast. We have a lot of Friends and Family that are all over the nation and just hope everyone makes it through this Natural Disaster without any permanent injuries. News report after news report kept coming in with negativity and fear embedded in the reporter’s undertone. It makes me sick to watch TV and see negative events exaggerated to the point where it seems the world is coming to an end. Thinking is the most powerful thing people can do. When you have the masses all thinking negatively it makes it impossible for good to happen. The energy generated just by your mind influences others around you and only you have the power to stop those thoughts. I’m constantly trying to spread the feeling of hope, peace and prosperity and hopefully enough of us will do the same so our world doesn’t slip to the dark side. As always thanks for checking out my blog, and fear not, there’s more to come soon!

Love Bites Tour Blog #2

Hey Everyone! We are back on the road after a successful night in Vancover, Washington. Fans came from all over Oregon and Washington to get a taste of the new album, Love Bites. The album releases worldwide on Oct. 31st Halloween but if you make your way to a show you can get it before it’s in stores. The opening acts were very eclectic, my favorite being a local 360 metal band, Unruly Instinct. It’s rare to have bands open for us so it’s a pleasant surprise when it happens.

Kung Fu Vampire fans are the most die-hard fans ever! Some shows we have people buy every CD and every shirt made. Last night we had an underage fan stand out in 40 degree, rainy weather for 8 hours just to hear our set.

While on tour it’s essential to always do a “Dummy Check” before leaving any location. It could be the difference between leaving a microphone at a venue or a toothbrush in a hotel or in our case today having your trailer come completely off your vehicle and rear end you, TWICE! Somehow, the bolt that holds the trailer hitch to the receiver ball failed causing to trailer to come free! It was very unexpected, but if we would have done our dummy check before departing we might have caught this before it happened. Thankfully no one was injured and the vehicle only suffered minor dents in the bumper. ALWAYS DUMMY CHECK!

Oct 21st was an all ages show in Tacoma, Washington at the Backstage Bar and Grill. The show got underway early in the afternoon to accommodate the eight opening acts. The NorthWest has some talented artists, my favorite being Justinsayne N8V who delivered a very rehearsed and passionate performance. You can check out his stuff at www.reverbnation.com/justinsaynen8v. After the show the promoters, LyonPride, invited the band to an after party. A handful of us went to go hang out. The party was decent but drastically overshadowed by the cab ride home. Daniel Sibbett, founder and driver of Aloha Cab “Tacoma’s Original Karaoke Cab”, came to pick us up from the party. Immediately he sang his theme song and soon after I was back up on stage singing “Because I Got High” by AfroMan. Daniel read me like a book as it was the perfect song to play in that moment. When we got back to the hotel we decided we were in need of food! We had almost two hours to kill before the free breakfast at the hotel so we headed to the casino across the street. As soon as we walked in I was asked to leave the premises or surrender my knife. I wasn’t about to give them my money AND my knife so we bullshitted with the security for a few minutes while we finished our free coffee.

Today, Oct 22nd, we headed to Spokane, Washington to throw down at The Hop. Our drive was smooth but we finally hit copious amounts of snow and rain. In the van you find all types of things to occupy your time. I personally like to catch up on emails, discover new technology, blog, eat, sleep, mess with sleeping people and listen to stand up comedy. After a quick setup and sound check the show was underway. Despite being a freezing Monday night there was an exceptional turn out! This city has many talented artists that I have had the pleasure to get to know a bit better. I got a lot of respect for Wildcard, Sikk Boy and Chop Meat Records for holding down the Underground scene in Spokane. We also have MAD respect for the Satellite Diner. For the past few days everyone has been talking about what they are going to eat when they get there. I ordered the Biscuit Stacker – a plate of cheesy hash browns with a biscuit filled with a sausage patty, egg and bacon covered in creamy gravy! So good!!!! I think we are going back for seconds….

 

Till next time people!!!

 

Chris Paxton

 

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