Tattoo the Earth: The First Crusade Set for Release October 24 on 1500 Records
Featuring Live Tracks from Slipknot, Sevendust, Slayer and Others That Appeared on the Inaugural Rock-and-Ink Tour
September 21, 2000 Just as the ink barely begins to dry on the Tattoo the Earth tour
(which wrapped up August 13), 1500 Records is set to release a live CD that
captures performances from some of the hottest heavy bands in the country
who appeared on the inaugural rock-and-ink traveling festival.
Due October 24, Tattoo the Earth: The First Crusade features songs from artists including Slipknot, Sevendust, Slayer, Sepultura, (hed)pe and Mudvayne. Various band members are also scheduled to make a special appearance on the nationally syndicated radio program Rockline on November 6.
The CD serves as a document of this summer's Tattoo the Earth
tour, hailed as a "diabolical experiment." The first
alternative lifestyle festival tour to combine top hard music bands with
world-renowned rock-and-roll tattoo and body artists, Tattoo the Earth
created a unique, intensely visceral day-long experience for music fans and
tattoo aficionados alike. "At our first show in Portland it was obvious
that the mad experiment worked," states Tattoo the Earth creator Scott
Alderman. "The camaraderie between the musicians, artists and fans was
remarkable, and the music and art that came out of this first tour was
In addition to garnering critical praise, the tour also caught the attention of bands including Stone Temple Pilots (who performed on the kick-off date in Portland, OR) and Metallica. The latter teamed up with the festival for a special sold-out New York-area show at Giant's Stadium where the New York Times praised the tour's ability to "illustrate a longstanding concept in rock: the steadfast commitment of serious devotees to life beyond the norm. Heavy rock is an outsider's pleasure, and tattoos are permanent
emblems of the soul's insurrection" (Ann Powers, 7/22/00).
In addition to offering two stages and over 15 bands, Tattoo the Earth also
featured a festival village which included acclaimed tattoo artists like
Paul Booth, Sean Vasquez, Filip Leu and Jack Rudy as well as body piercers,
body painters, henna artists, temporary tattoos and plenty of cool
alternative vendors. "Nothing represents the counter youth culture like
music and body art," says Alderman. "It is a statement of purpose and a
passport to another way of living. We're simply creating a venue where it
can be expressed." In a recent interview in Alternative Press, Slipknot's
#6 talked about the band's interest in the tour and tattooing: "We're really
into this theme. It's another form of artistic expression...There's the
live music, and then there's art beyond the music. I don't even think you
need to be a tattoo lover to really appreciate it."
"The first tour exceeded our expectations and we will only get bigger and
better from here," says tour producer Paul Zukoski of Front Row Productions.
"We're already working on Tattoo The Earth 2001 for the U.S., as well as
tours for Europe and Australia. This crusade is going around the world."
The track listing for Tattoo the Earth: The First Crusade is as follows:
1. Slipknot "Liberate"
2. Slayer "Stain Of Mind"
3. Sevendust "Waffle"
4. Sepultura "Choke"
5. Hatebreed "I Will Be Heard"
6. Slipknot "Surfacing"
7. Mudvayne "Dig"
8. Slayer "Chemical Warfare"
9. (hed)pe "Waiting To Die"
10. Sevendust "Too Close To Hate"
11. Nothingface "Can't Wait For Violence"
12. Workhorse Movement "Keep The Sabbath Dream Alive"
13. U.P.O. "Dust"
14. Nashville Pussy "Go To Hell"
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