Date: 4th Feb 2017
Lineup: Doyle, The Dead XIII, Def Con One
Venue: O2 Academy 2, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
DOYLE is Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein's solo band, which has CANCERSLUG frontman Alex Story on vocals. This tour was to promote their debut album, Abominator.
Now, I am a massive fan of Cancerslug. I fucking love them. They're not incredibly well-known (unfortunately) and therefore only tour round the States. The concept of seeing Alex in person was pretty much unfathomable to me unless I shelled out the big bucks to go to America which is, uh, not really feasible. Skip forward to when tickets are announced for Doyle, and I damn near lost my shit. Tickets were dirt cheap, too!
I was lucky enough to get to the front, which is ideal for me because if I was any further away I probably wouldn't have been able to see.
I don't have a massive amount to say about the first two bands that played, their sets were pretty decent and when I had a wee chat with them after the show, they seemed like decent lads.
The only issue with getting to the barrier the second the doors open is that I get tired of standing, and I can't nick off somewhere because then someone will steal my spot. First world problems, huh.
Now, here comes the exciting part. After spending more than I should have on merchandise, I got the chance to meet Doyle and Alex after the show. There was a queue of people who had also gotten VIP tickets, so I slipped to the back of the queue so I could spend the most time with them.
I got a few things signed too. One being my copy of Alex Story's book - The Slugcult Bible.
Words to live by. Thank you, Alex.
I also got a couple of CD liners signed. Unfortunately, because Abominator was a Digipak (side note: every Digipak on the planet will be destroyed when the revolution comes), the ink ended up getting stuck on something before it could dry, so it's a little smudged and some of the paper has come off. I'm sure I'll live, though.
I'm sure a few Misfits fans will be on my ass for having Famous Monsters as my favourite album. It's one of my favourite albums of all time.
I also got a glossy photo of the two them that came with the VIP package signed too. Doyle expressed his artistic flair by enhancing Alex's, well, 'physique'.
Doyle is not the talkative nor smiley type, but he was grinning like mad while doodling on this. I suppose Alex's nickname 'Dick Solid' has to come from somewhere!
I got my hands on the openers' setlists, but not Doyle's. The guy next to me in the VIP queue was nice enough to let me nab a photo of the one he got.
Lots of Misfits songs on the Doyle list, which is to be expected I suppose. Most people at the gig didn't even know Doyle had a solo gig going, they just came for Misfits. :(
Also managed to grab these too.
Def Con One and Doyle's plectrums, respectively.
To round off this post, here's the merch I got. I love pin badges and I only wish I shelled out for the other ones they had there.
Doyle also toured this year too, but they came nowhere near where I live, and I had already spent way too much within the past couple of weeks to travel to another gig. Maybe I'll get to see them again one day.