Oct. 17, 2012 - Issue #887: Dedfest
Touring can be rough business, or so Scythia bassist Terry Savage found out. Prior to the folk-pro-metal group's show in Edmoton, he told Vue how a stop in Red Deer was the start of a downhill spiral involving tooth pain, food poisoning and marathon bathroom trips.
This war story happened on our quick western Canadian tour we did this past May. We were camping in Red Deer and the temperature dropped down to –8C. We all froze to death, but my gums receded due to cold and my wisdom tooth broke through the gum. I woke up and the left side of my face was swollen and in intense pain. I was super miserable until we could get some numbing gel on it, and even then I was still miserable.
Then to make things worse, I got food poisoning two days later. I spent hours on the toilet and the eight-hour drive to Saskatoon from Edmonton was made even longer because I had to use a washroom every 20 minutes. At our only free meal on the tour, I couldn't even force soup down and visited the washroom at least 10 or 15 times in the space of an hour. I spent the next few hours with a fever, huddled under my jacket tucked between the amp cabs and a bench. The show still had to go on and I dragged my butt onto stage when the time came and played a mediocre show. My fever broke a few hours after. The frequent stops to the toilet didn't stop for the rest of tour though. V
Fri, Oct 19 (8 pm)
With Mortillery, Mongol
Rendezvous Pub, $10
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