In this Preshow Rituals segment, the rock band, Pure Tonic, tells you about what they do to prepare for taking the stage. You can check out their rituals, after the break.
Over the years we have developed some important rituals:
When the setup and soundcheck are done, we go to the backstage area together, make ourselves comfortable and have our first beer. From there on the feel-good part starts, while at the same time the anticipation for the gig increases.
After a few beers, we put on our stage outfit, check our instruments and go through the setlist together. Years ago, our bass player broke his e-string in the middle of the set, so control’s better.
After that process, it’s forbidden to sit down!
Our show is full of concentrated energy from beginning to end. To keep this going on, we have to warm up very thoroughly. Everyone jumps through the backstage area. If it’s possible, we go outside to run a few laps and do stretching exercises together.
– The tension increases. –
We start to jump and scream at each other to get us heated up. The most important thing: Shortly before the show starts, everyone prepares their stage beers.
Right before we go on stage we form a circle, lay our arms around each other and put our heads together. Our drummer Paddi gives a speech in Low German (an old northern German slang) to increase the anticipation enormously and heat everyone up again.
We all jump together in a circle and scream wildly and it ends with a Low German shout out from Paddi. The rest of the band yells back in Low German (what exactly is screamed remains our secret). While shouting Low German we push each other apart and we are ready for the stage.