The Rockets and Robots tour was one of the most fun tours Dope had done up till that point.
Before that, we had toured with Orgy (which was our first tour-we didn't know our asses from our elbows). Then Fear Factory and Static X-(which was a heavier crowd then we were used to). Then co-headline clubs with Static X and a run with Sevendust.
By the time we got to this tour, Powerman 5000 had a Platinum album under their belt and Static X had just gone Gold. Dope was now a seasoned touring machine and had started to establish fan bases all over the US. Things were looking really good for us.
Which isn't to say the tour was easy.
The tour started with our bus picking us up in NYC and driving across the US to Seattle, where the tour was starting.
It snowed EVERY day of the drive and it didn't look like we were going to make it to Seattle on time. We did. Barely. In fact, PM5K pushed back set times so we could play...but..
It's pretty funny in hind sight, but I'll never forget being out of breath-on stage loading all the cases on stage with our gear, the crowd changing, 'Dope! Dope! Dope!'. I hit the power on my bass amp and nothing.....NOTHING powered up.
It was all frozen from being in a trailer that was driven though an arctic tundra. Not my bass amp, the keyboard rack or drum software. So, we had driven dead head for 4 days straight, threw everything on stage and...didn't play.
But besides that, we all got along great, and most (if not all) of the shows were sold out. We set the crowd up, Static X wound them up, then PM5K hit it out of the park.
This is a shot from Metal Edge, who were always super good to the band and also of Me, Spider, Ken Jay and Preston.