Cradle of Filth Announce Headlining Gigs While on Ozzfest

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 @ 2:02 PM

CoF Will Headline One-Off Show

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Menacing Shock Rockers Cradle of Filth Confirm Headline Dates Alongside Ozzfest

Chilling New Video for "Mannequin" To Be Directed By Thomas Mignone

Shock Rock is being brought to a new extreme, as British sonic revolutionaries Cradle of Filth prepare to headline Ozzfest's second stage this year, thus igniting North America with their singular brand of dramatic intense heavy music. In addition to Ozzfest, the band has booked a headlining tour (sponsored by Guitar World Magazine), which will run alongside the roaming festival and infect the rest of the continent like a rampaging epidemic. Having achieved much critical acclaim for the recent release of the Red Ink/Epic debut Damnation and a Day, the band obtained the notoriety for being the first 'black metal' band to debut in the Billboard Top 200 charts, and the album has remained in the Top 20 of Metal Radio charts for 10 weeks running (most band's bow out in 6!).

Musically, the band destroys boundaries and smashes the mold of what defines extreme. Cradle of Filth is indeed a unique entity, implementing the edgiest musicianship and blackened elegance possible, while intertwining a flowing score-like backdrop by employing a 40-piece orchestra & 32-piece choir found in Budapest, Hungary. Entertainment Weekly said of the album, "It's over-the-top and surprisingly catchy; these guys could be the talk of this year's Ozzfest."

However, the band's morbid visions & musical apocalyptic revelations is only part of the band's notorious visage, as Cradle of Filth's name slithered to infamous proportions over the years due to their impious eccentricities. The band has a veritable rap-sheet of indiscrepancies that grows as they progress.

*They were arrested and held at gunpoint at the Vatican for impersonating a priest and wearing an 'I Love Satan' t-shirt.
*They nearly caused the cancellation of the Milwaukee Metalfest, because the governor of Wisconsin tried to ban them from "bringing the Devil's music to the state."
*They have been banned by numerous US radio stations for their 'obscene lyrical content.'
*New Jersey was actually concerned about bringing Ozzfest to the state based on Cradle of Filth's 'suitability issues' alone!
*Their video for "Babalon AD (So Glad For The Madness)" from Damnation and a Day was quickly banned by MTV for its 'suggestive themes.' The video can be sampled here: http://www.cradleoffilth.com/video.php.
*The band is most infamous for their 'unique' & 'colorful' t-shirt slogans, like "Dead Girls Don't Say No," "Desire Me Like Satan" and the most outlandish of them all, "Jesus Is A C***." It was this last shirt that caused the arrest of 3 people (including the band's own drummer), the Provost of Glasgow instigated a police raid to have the shirts removed from Tower Records stores, and the Catholic League of America has even contacted the band's management demanding the shirts be taken out of production. Needless to say, the band will be bringing the shirts on the road with them, as well as a couple new designs.

On the flipside of controversy, the band has reaped remarkable success, as they were the first 'black metal' band to sign with a major label (Sony Music worldwide), and they were the first 'black metal' band to have a full-length video land in the Billboard video charts (debuting at #12, and remaining for 7 weeks). Cradle of Filth's well-versed and highly articulated lyrics were featured in the London Dome as part of a British language special, the band had a BBC Television program made about them, and they have sold over a million albums worldwide.

Red Ink/Epic, realizing the band's shocking visual potential (Filth's unique stage show frequently includes stilt-walkers & fire-breathers), commissioned a new conceptual video for Damnation and a Day, this time for the sinister, romantic track "Mannequin", which will be helmed by celebrated video director Thomas Mignone (Mudvayne, Slipknot, Type O Negative, Sepultura, Kittie, etc.) begins shooting on June 11th. Combining 'live' performance footage with macabre Tim Burton-esque, stop-motion puppeteer work courtesy of George Higham (www.poepuppet.com), "Mannequin" will display the grandiose imagery singular to Cradle of Filth's style.

In a world where corporate pressures have caused the taming of onetime controversial madmen like Ozzy Osbourne and Marilyn Manson, Cradle of Filth exists to ensure that humanity does not remain protected in music entertainment complacency.

Headline performances include:

06/23/03 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
06/24/03 Houston, TX Engine Room
06/25/03 McAllen, TX Villa Real
07/01/03 El Paso, TX Club 101 Outdoors
07/06/03 Las Vegas, NV Huntridge Theater
07/10/03 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
07/11/03 Vancouver, BC, Can. Commodore Ballroom
07/14/03 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
07/18/03 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
07/23/03 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
07/27/03 Tulsa, OK The Other Side
07/29/03 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
08/04/03 Guelph, ON, Can. Club Denim
08/08/03 Plainview, NY The Vanderbilt
08/12/03 Toronto, ON, Can. The Guvernment
08/16/03 Montreal, QC, Can. Metropolis
08/20/03 Norfolk, VA NorVa
08/23/03 Wilmington, NC Marzz
08/27/03 Tampa, FL Masquerade


06/28/03 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
06/29/03 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
07/02/03 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
07/03/03 Chula Vista, CA Coors Amphitheatre
07/05/03 Devore, CA Blockbuster Pavilion
07/08/03 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/09/03 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
07/12/03 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
07/15/03 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
07/17/03 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
07/19/03 Minneapolis, MN Float-Rite Park
07/20/03 Chicago, IL Tweeter Center
07/22/03 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Centre
07/24/03 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/25/03 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/30/03 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
07/31/03 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/02/03 Milwaukee, WI Alpine Valley
08/03/03 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheatre
08/05/03 Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
08/07/03 Philadelphia, PA Tweeter Center
08/09/03 Hartford, CT ctnow.com Meadows Music Theatre
08/11/03 Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes PAC
08/14/03 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
08/15/03 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
08/18/03 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/19/03 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/22/03 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
08/24/03 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/26/03 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
08/28/03 W. Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre


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