Photos by: Miz
Foreword (and afterword) by: David Necro
The outdoor rock festival has been a UK (and European) tradition for almost 4 decades. Year after year, some of the greatest, (and most diverse) acts on 1 bill. To most American fans, these are truly "dreams come true." With 60,000 (in the case of Reading this year) rabid fans in front of them, any band worth their salt are truly inspired. The Reading Festival is 1 of the UK's (and Europe's) biggest and most grandiose of them. Over the last 40 years, a who's who of rock n' roll has played there including The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Sisters of Mercy, and more. Being the type of magazine we are, we could not go wiithout covering this. Especially not this year, as on day 3 of the festival (the final day) you had interestingly enough, 3 artists that have changed the face of rock and metal as we know it, and span 3 different generations to boot. They are Iggy and The Stooges, Marilyn Manson, and Iron Maiden. Of course there were more bands available for public consumption on the bill that evening, however these 3 were the meat and not the gravy. Time was of the essence in covering this, as since we are based in the USA, we have not yet established an overseas staff. So, I combed the London Dungeons for creeps who would be interested in covering this for us. It was not too difficult of a task considering our readership is very big in the UK, and we love them to death for their support. Anyway, where was I? Ah yes...So, in my search of the most fiendish UK correspondent, I recieved a very sympathetic vibration from the undead fashion plate herself, a sleazy rock n' roll junkie ghoul known as Miz. Who is Miz, you ask? Well, rather than tell you myself, I'll let her do the honors. From her myspace.com profile: "I'M A THREAT TOO ALL MONSTERS....MADAME TRASH.. covered in glitter added with a dash of glam.. the creation of Miz. Obsessed with Music, enjoys wearing her everyday mask of make-up, JD crazed, Platform Boots&Pale White face with bright red lips. I'm vain, sometimes rude, an agony aunt, funny, obsessive, sensitive, short loud&proud, a tease, messy, spoilt brat, rowdy when drunk, heavy smoker, scared of the dark, immature, perfectionist, I can be selfish.I got a bad potty, I like to be noticed.I AM infact a proud owner of a vagina. I come across as a shy girl.... not all the time.... I can be someone you love, or you hate, just don't piss me off. ++PRETTY ugly, PURRFECT, LICK ME, TEASE ME, HATE ME, LOVE ME.++ I look like a bitch, act like a bitch, but infact.. I am not a bitch. You gotta get to know the real Miz, to call me a bitch. Sweet on the inside & a bitch on the outside. I lie..i am a bitch..."
...and this is her story of what went down at Reading 2005. Read 'em and weep. -DN
Right, here's as much as I remember!
The Stooges :
Soon as i leave the Aftershock tent from drinking 10 shots to myself, soaking wet, very drunk and make-up all down my face, we left for the crowd of thousands of people, in time for Iggy and The Stooges, i got straight to the front, everyones adrenaline's running and everyones jumping up and down. This being the second time (very ghoul! -DN) I've seen Iggy and The Stooges was the best i've seen, closer the to the front, and great view.
Although I had to rush my boyfriend to the emergency room in an ambulance with paramedics where i'm crying my eyes out due to the fact i'm so worried about him (it appears she does have a heart...I think -DN) I could still hear Iggy very clearly, which was amazing, its not something that happens to you everyday!
Iggy was amazing as usual, and I'd definitely love to see him live again!
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We get right into the crowd, the curtains being put up on stage. I see one of my idols in a green dress and hat on the left side of the stage, Manson's other half, the beautiful Dita Von Teese! 5 minutes later, the curtain drop's down, smoke comes blasting off the stage into the crowd and Manson walks on singing the Willy Wonka boat song. I rush to the front for a better view, gripping onto a coke bottle ready to hit anyone that gets in my way and gripping onto my boyfriends trousers so i don't lose him, the crowd is already going nuts, mosh pits to the left and right of me. Being out in an open field, with fresh air... it's still very hard to get some air into your lungs. Just as i was tryin to get closer to the front for manson, some twats was in my way, so i shouted "GET THE FUCK OUTTA MY WAY" It does in fact work! (of course it does, you've had years to perfect it! -DN) Just thought i'd share that with u.
Miz: Get the fuck outta her way.
I'm already drenched with sweat and water by the 2nd or 3rd song, feeling very faint but still very pumped up and excited. Seeings everyones pushing, moshing ect, i'm having to stand on my tippy toes in 4inch platform boots to get the slightest gasp of air, it was fucking nuts. But i enjoyed every bit of it.
Myself and my boyfriend end up feeling almost dead (almost? you're already dead, remember? -DN) from it all, so we try and find our way out, this includes, pushing, shoving, cursing A LOT, espescially when your about to faint.
We finally then get out of the crowd and fall flat out on the floor for a rest.
Its pitch black out by now, and all you see is small fires people had made on the field for some heat and the main stage lights...still listening to the incredible Marilyn Manson, who was infact absolutely amazing live, a lot better than i'd seen on t.v and what i had imagined.
I hadn't been a massive Manson fan beforehand, I still really liked them, but since seeing them live, I'm more into their music. I'd definitely see them anywhere, anytime! They fucking rocked! My life is now complete. You haven't lived a life if you haven't seen Marilyn Manson. -Miz
That was, as you say over there in the UK, "bloody good," Miz. But, unfortunately boils and ghouls, we did not manage to obtain coverage of Iron Maiden at Reading 2005. Miz had more important things to attend to, and...well, really she demanded a whole laundry list of items, and I wasn't about to give in seeing that I couldn't find an electric dildo made by Chanel at 3 am...yes even in Las Vega$! But, it's safe to say, from all reports, that Iron Maiden levelled the audience and put a crack in Big Ben. Nevertheless, we will present to all of you a review of their performance at Ozzfest 2005. And no, they didn't have to worry about eggs du jour courtesy of Chef Sharon Osbourne and her kitchen staff! At Reading or at the Ozzfest date we covered. Because you see, we haunted the Phoenix Ozzfest! Maiden Arizona, motherfuckers. Oi! -DN
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