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Towers of London @ Leeds 2005

26 August 2005

We caught up with Towers of London singer Donny Tourette backstage, fresh from his second performance of the day - helping out the singerless Rakes - to rip up the bacon and vent some beef!

'It's a big family of love back here!'

Virtual Festivals: How do you rev yourself up playing so early in the day?
Donny Tourette (pictured third from right): We don't need to rev ourselves up cos the crowd are brilliant. When you're playing to people like that you don't need anything to get you going. There's a lot of people doing it, but there's only one band who can really do it. Who's that? I ain't saying, but I think you know!

You were very polite during your set. Where's all the anger gone?
Man, we get all this stuff about ripping shit up and our reputation, but we only get mad if people give us shit, like little kids in hoodies about our long hair. The crowd were so good today that we just wanted to play with them. We didn't want to give them any aggro because they were so cool. But if people give us shit, we'll rip 'em like a pound of bacon!

How does playing Leeds compare to Download?
Ooooo - Download stank, man, really stank. There were people just wanting to fight us, and nick our hairspray from our sky rockets [breaks into song] 'Sky Rockets at night, afternoon delight' whoo... that could be the best song lyric ever [us neither]. Ooo it was nasty. Oh no, actually it was alright but we weren't around for long! Still, a load of neanderthals.

Moving on... who are Towers of London listening to at the moment?
We really like Selfish C*nt and The Rakes.

Are you good mates with The Rakes then? How did you end up going on-stage with them today?
Because they're good guys, man. Really like them. That Bloc Party guy's cool, too. It was the first time I'd met him today and he was cool, definintely. It's a big family of love back here!

Is there anyone you don't like at the moment?
[laughter] Yeah, I've got beef with that Nasty Nick [from Big Brother]. He's always on my case. I'm gonna whoop him like a pound of bacon. Actually, I did. He was waiting at the side of the stage when I was going to go on with The Rakes, and he wanted to go on instead of me, so I whooped him like a pound of bacon. [nose grows by several inches]

Any surprises for Reading?
Yeah, one fucking big one, but we ain't telling you!

All may or may not be revealed when Towers of London perform on the NME/ Radio 1 Stage at Reading on Sunday.



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