DOMMIN frontman Kris Domin has checked in from the road again to fill us in on the shows the band played recently in Hamburg & Aschaffenburg! It seems he’s been battling with his health out there, but the show must go on, as they say…
We arrive in Hamburg and it is noticeably colder than it was in Berlin, where we didn’t need so many layers and the sun shone on our faces for the first time since the beginning of the tour. Now we were back in the snow. And what do you know, I’m sick again. But this time it’s a bit more serious.
We play the show and I notice that I’m pretty exhausted after the 1st minute. But we all get through the set somehow. I walk offstage and literally feel like I’m dying. The other bands and crew can definitely see it on my face. But we make it out to the merch area and greet some people. One couple told us that they had never heard of us but that we were the highlight of their night. How does a compliment like that not make you feel good. We load our gear out in the snow and it feels much more dangerous to my health than usual. I fear that I may have to cancel Aschaffenburg.
We wake up the next morning with a 6 hour drive ahead of us. And I immediately hear what my body is telling me. I ache from head to toe. I feel it in my bones. I’ve got an infection. Its turned into full blown bronchitis.
I tell George, our tour manager, and the next thing I know, he’s got me an appointment with a local doctor. I get my finger pricked for a blood sample and hit it off with the doc as he shows me his very extensive album collection in his office. I can definitely appreciate it as I have some of the very same albums: a Louie Armstrong collection and Billie Holiday boxset are among the many. I sit in a waiting room awaiting the results amidst children coughing and German banter. I feel very foreign. But the doc comes back to tell me that its a good thing I came in because I was only a couple days away from full blown pneumonia. However, I should be okay to do tonight’s show. I feel a bit vindicated having something seriously wrong with me and not feeling like I was coming across like a sensitive nancy. 🙂
I manage to play through the set without sounding like a 12 year old boy going through voice changes. But the highlight of my night and I think the entire band agrees, we met some U.S. Soldiers stationed in Germany who were out to catch Lacuna Coil. One of the guys was from the Los Angeles area. There is something so nice about finding familiarity so far away from home. Not to mention how much respect I have for the military. It was certainly a great night. I’m just hoping the medication I got today starts to kick in. I really feel like I’m not doing myself, the band or the fans any justice with not being at 100%.
Here is to a better tomorrow