The Great Crusades

Rock from Chicago

Not Afraid to Bite Tour Diary 2015

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015

Rain, Rain, Snow, More Rain, and Lots of Fun The rainy, rainy (and snowy) weather couldn’t stop us. Here are some memories from the “Not Afraid to Bite” tour. March 27 Moers, Germany – JZ Henri After being greeted by our two-day tour manager Hannah, we were treated to a great homemade lasagna dinner at JZ Henri and got to see our great friends Simon and Christopher at this youth club venue—which was filled with nice, helpful people. Two bottles of scotch awaited us in the backstage room, compliments of JZ Karo’s Mathias Schüller, whose new album features a bit of singing by yours truly. Boy Cries Wolf opened the show and our show featured the talents of Lukas Schlattmann (aka Radio Lukas), who joined us for a cover of “Purple Rain” to end the night. The show also featured our friend Barbara as the first appearance of the “human music stand” for our cover of Die Toten Hosen’s “Here Comes Alex.” Accommodations were at the highly recommended Hotel Moers Van der Valk. The end of the night featured some lovely stories and scotch around the fireplace in the lobby. March 28 Bonn, Germany – Harmonie – Rockpalast Crossroads Festival After a lovely brunch at the Van der Valk, Hannah whisked us away to the big city of Bonn. The boys were very excited to become one of only two bands to appear more than once on Crossroads/Rockpalast since its inception. We played Crossroads in 2003 at Harmonie as well. Fast forward 12 years! We were greeted by the Rockpalast crew and said hello once again to our friend Peter Weber—and our longtime tour manager and best friend Carsten. Then, after a beer and some snacks we were shown to the “dungeon” interview room, where we were interviewed by our dear friend Rembert Stiewe, one of the first persons we met in Germany—in 1999—and one of the main persons responsible for the longevity of our musical career. An acoustic performance by Leach and me followed and then it was on to what Tom Petty once referred to as “the hardest part”—the waiting. Luckily, great food and beverages were provided as well as the chance to meet the kickass band Hayseed Dixie. It’s funny that sharing a backstage area with another band can be one of the best parts of a gig—if the bands get along. And we did nicely—and...

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The Great Crusades “Not Afraid to Bite” Tour – March/April 2015 for appearance on Rockpalast Crossroads show.

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015

The Great Crusades are pleased to announce the “Not Afraid to Bite” Tour 2015. The Crusades will be playing songs from their most recent album “Thieves of Chicago” (available on Blue Rose Records in Europe and Mud Records in North America), a number of fan favorites and a selection of cover tunes. March 27 Moers, Germany – JZ Henri March 28 Bonn, Germany – Harmonie – Rockpalast Crossroads Festival March 29 Norderstedt, Germany – Music Star March 30 Solingen, Germany – Cobra Hat March 31 Ravensburg, Germany – Balthes April 1 Langenau, Germany – Kapilio April 2 Arnstadt, Germany – Kulisse April 3 Surprise Show April 4 Heilbronn, Germany – Red River Saloon April 29 Chicago, Illinois Schubas (with...

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The Great Crusades join the Blue Rose Records family

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014

More big news for The Great Crusades! We’re now part of the Blue Rose family! Welcome to Blue Rose: THE GREAT CRUSADES We are proud to announce the addition of Chicago’s own THE GREAT CRUSADES to the Blue Rose family! After the band’s inception in 1998, the four-piece (featuring singer, songwriter and guitarist Brian Krumm, bassist Brian Hunt, drummer Christian Moder and multi-instrumentalist Brian Leach) has released seven albums, six on the German Glitterhouse label. Now, the band members are putting the final touches on what will be their eighth studio release, Thieves of Chicago. The Great Crusades will join such respected label mates as the Bottle Rockets, Cracker, and Sons of Bill when Blue Rose issues the album in Spring 2014, to be followed by a North American release. Boxing Clever Records (St. Louis, Missouri) will also release a limited edition seven-inch single featuring the Great Crusades in early...

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Posted by on Jan 12, 2014

Here’s the first big news of 2014 for the GCs–Live Shows! Sat., Feb. 8, House of Blues (VooDoo Lounge), West Hollywood, CA Fri., Feb. 21, Martyrs’, Chicago, IL (with Kentucky Knife Fight and Secret Colours) Sat., March 15, Plush, St. Louis, MO (with Dana Anderson and Planeausters). More announcements coming to you soon!

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Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013

Here’s to a happy happy holiday season and a new year filled with rockin’ good...

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Vinyl release on Boxing Clever Records

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013

We’ve teamed up with St. Louis’ Boxing Clever Records for a vinyl release. We’re joined by our good friends The Planeausters. Check out their custom player and fill your ears with new music by their featured artists. All songs are music snob approved for your listening pleasure.

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