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Ozzfest 2002 - Diary Of A Mad Band – Neurotica Tour Diary! 

Get the inside story of Ozzfest from Neurotica's Kelly Shaefer. 

Week Seven

Aug 1 - St Louis, Mo
woke up rather early this morning, as soon as I heard the bass drums kicking on the side of my bunk from the stage, so I awoke , grabbed my smokes and headed out to have a little “OTEP” breakfast, they had a great set, the crowd was vibrant and plentiful. ran into some old friends from Tampa, spoke with them briefly and headed up to get myself prepared for today’s show. we go on at 1:40 today, when “Otep” played it was really nice out side, kind of overcast, but by the time we went on it was “Hot in Herre” (get it, Nellyville) we hit it for what turned out to be one of the funnest shows on the tour, the crowd sang I like it loud and proud, it was hard for me to bond with “rams” fans after they roughed up my Tampa bay bucs football team, but they were all so cool , I put my football mentality away for the day hehehe. headed over for some slammin catering today we had some prime rib, and chicken really good s***, had dinner with moke(otep) and some of the guys from Pulse Ultra along with many crew folks!! bus call is about 1:00 a.m tonight so we have some time to kick it around the show, ill nino was having a big ass bbq over at there bus and we were all just hanging and getting s***ty! about 11:30 the guitarist from adema and the singer marky chavez rolled over on a golf cart, about a bottle of crown royal in the wind, I did not see them get onto Down’s bus, but apparently they had a problem while on the DOWN bus, soon the guitar player from adema was exiting with a bloody mouth and he threw a glass bottle across the parking lot, we were all watching wondering what had happened, I mean everyone was drinking heavily today cause we had a day off tomorrow, even Joe the drummer from “switched” was wrestling around with one of the t-shirt guys from DOWN and it got a little heated and punches were thrown, it was a wild night. all of the sudden all the guys in adema came racing across the parking lot looking for who punched there boy in the mouth, they looked pissed and frankly I thought it was quite “ballsy” of them to come over and challenge the guys in DOWN the guys in DOWN are a large group of guys with a lot of friends out here on the tour, some s*** talk was exchanged and marky was yelling for the guitar player from down to come off the bus, by now everyone from all of the bands were gathered around like some s*** was gonna go down, I was not sure what was gonna happen, Pepper came off the bus and he and marky walked to the side of the bus to discuss some s***, then Phil Anselmo came off, now for Phil to come off the bus at this point was serious!!! I thought for sure it was gonna be an ugly scene, I kind of hoped that the head of security “Big Val” would come and sort of settle it down before people got f***ed up, at one point we were all standing around our bus right by the fight scene, and marky saw our guitar player Shawn smiling, the reason he was smiling was cause he was....well on the “Ride of his life” so to speak, and this was all sort of comical to him, sort of like as Shawn says “HUMAN T.V.” so marky yells at him “WHAT THE f*** ARE YOU SMILING AT”!! Shawn kept on smiling and Kelso and Migwell promptly told him that we are having an entirely different conversation bro!!! He apologized and basically said he was pissed about his guitar player getting punched in the face, and I can respect that they had his back, and he said he was sorry, I could tell he was just a bit hammered, no harm done. Soon Val did show up and I guess it was all worked out, I think it was just to much alcohol, and the fact that Dave Williams has passed has maybe caused a bit more drinking than normal, but at the end of the day it all worked out without anyone getting to f***ed up. it was an interesting scene to say the least, I remember Otep saying “its about time this tour saw some carnage, its getting a bit tame out here hahaha she rocks man, I have a lot of respect for her talent and her character, she is a rock star!!! Oh yeah earlier today, some guy tried to snatch the neurotica poster out of the hand of this girl and hit her in the ass with it and he got it away from her, our drummer Jason was there and he said to the guy f*** OFF! the guy took a swing and Jason ducked it, the guy hauled ass, it turns out he is like the king carnie around here, and many have had a problem with him, so he was shown the f***ing door quickly, it was just that kind of day I guess, but we had a lot of fun, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out, hopefully they will bury the hatchet, see you tomorrow in Kansas should be fun!!!!!! 
(after leaving that night from St.. Louis I realized we did have a show the next day, we  were playing the mainstage so there was no concern on my part for getting up early cause we will be playing at 5:00 p.m. on the mainstage OK!!! 


Aug 20th Kansas

We awake in Kansas on the mainstage side of the venue which means we get to shower in the dressing rooms which is nice and we get to hit catering right next to the bus, but there is so much more activity on the 2nd stage side of the venue. It was a really hot day out from the get go, we figured it would be no prob cause we were on a covered stage, but this venue was not covered at all, it was cool as hell, but not covered, so we went over and had a shower and checked out the stage, realized that we were gonna be baking right in the sun on stage, we had to do a s*** load of walking around just to get to the showers and to the bus etc so by the time we walked around the venue a million times getting ready, we were beat down from the sun, we went over to the jager booth at around 2ish signed a bunch of posters, met a bunch of people and told them to get over to the main stage by 4:20 ironically that’s the time we go on today HOW PERFECT RIGHT???As we walked to the stage Marky from adema came running off his bus and yelled KELLY, KELLY! we were on our way to play and that was the last person I expected to be calling out my name, he came over was really apologetic about his behavior last night, he seemed really sincere, we told him that no one was laughing at him, Shawn was just  smiling from ......well his voyage that he was we chatted for a minute, he felt bad about it all, and we just told him no worries man no worries, we are not violent people unless we have to be, its much cooler to be able have friends instead of enemies. A SIDE NOTE TO LAST NIGHTS FIGHT IS THAT THE GUYS FROM ADEMA AND THE GUYS FROM DOWN WERE ALL EATING TOGETHER AT CATERING TODAY, IT WAS PRETTY INTERESTING!! I wondered how it would all work out, and I was happy to see that they had worked out all of the s*** that happened last night We convinced the jager girls to come over and dance out on the mainstage, so when it was just about time to play we had a s***load of people on side stage, cool thing was besides the jager girls, we had zack and robert from ozzy’s band, evil jay from Otep and Moke from Otep, some ill nino guys and many others , it was cool as s*** to have that many of the guys come over to check out our spot on the mainstage, we f***ing baked it out in the sun for a few thousand of Kansas’s best metal heads, had a few equipment probs as usual , but for the most part it was a solid show, our sound guy Dave f***ing rules so it sounded really amazing through that huge system, they let us crank it out loud as f***, which is really cool of them, had a blast and made our way back to the bus(long ass haul) and decided to move our bus back over to home(the 2nd stage) so we could hang with everyone, we have become good friends with everyone over here and we feel like we are more comfortable over here at the 2nd stage, its a really great group of people. tonight we have a really long ass drive to Denver where we will get yet ANOTHER new driver, our 3 rd driver “Doug” had to get off the road , he had been out for 19 months straight and his wife needed him to get home, so we are getting a guy named Mark who had been out with CRACKER for the last 18 months or so. we had a 10:00 bus call, so we will not be able to watch all of ozzy tonight, but I got to watch most of his set and zack’s solo tonight was the best of the whole tour, he just f***ing ripped some s*** out that was ungodly, this place has really great sound, everything was sounding really good tonight, and when we watched our video tape of our performance we noticed that the guitars were really cutting good in this venue. we had a lot of fun in Kansas, it was a fairly mellow day, but a fun one nonetheless, got ripped with the guys in “switched” today as well, they are some cool ass kids , I like them a lot. 10 rolled around and we were off along side Otep for our voyage to Denver, we had a great truck stop with Otep, we were about 10 minutes from the venue and we all wanted food, so we stopped at a flying j and after we got our food, we all gathered around this park bench outside of the place and had a cig, Otep herself walked over and hung out a bit, we were chatting about smoking and her dislike of it hahaha, she was also talking about a live record they were doing in cali, they are from LA so they are happy to be heading west and so are we, day off in Denver tomorrow, we will just be hanging out all day with nothing to do at a parking lot near you!!! cheers till Denver. Much respect to ADEMA AND DOWN for working out the differences cheers to you both, we roll on again as one big happy metal family!!!!!!!! 

P.S. saw a great review of our album in the oct issue of Metal Edge check it out, also a sweet ass ad for the album in this months MAD MAGAZINE(one of my fav mags) check them out now!!!


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