A few hours before the show, I was able to talk with the bassist of Killswitch Engage, Mike D'Antonio. I walked onto their tour bus and was greeting by a sweet pitbull that was travelling with the band and I found out a bit later that it was Adam's girlfriend's dog. We started toward the back of the bus and I got a bit claustrophobic walking through the sleeping bunk area. It's a really tight fit and I'm a skinny guy. No wonder I have heard it referenced as "coffin alley" by my bassist/tattooer friend "El." I can completely understand the reference now. There was a small room at the back of the bus that was a bit cramped. It had the small shower and bathroom sink with a seating area in the back. A quarter of the seating was taken up by the dog crate lying on top of it. The two light fixtures on the wall on each side of the bus had a carved totum of the three "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkeys with a candle inspired light coming out of the top of it. It was a small and interesting detail that made me wonder if anyone else that had been on the bus ever noticed. Here is part 1 of the interview. Part 2 coming next week.