I got lucky as i got to meet Nigel Glocker and Biff Byford as they signed my copy of Crusader
Around 5pm am group of teenagers walked past me. Most of them were wearing Denim vest like what I had on. One of the guys (James Grant) remembered me from the Ozzy Osborune concert in March that year.
There was a pair of Identical twins (Luke and Josh Bennett), a guy called Daniel, a tall bloke called Dean and an up and coming guitarist Tim Sheppard
I introduced myself and told them about how long I had been waiting there.
4 months later I met the same group of guys at the Olympic Park McDonalds. Tim and Dean were taking part with the “Double Pounder” challenge. I walked in and made an appearance saying that “I was from Saxon?”
I overcame my suicidal tendencies because I wanted to live to see my friends band Forgery. I thank Stevie Nicks Bella Donna LP for saving my life. I was on the "Edge of Seventeen" when i was 23.
2009 came and I had to change my way of life if I wanted to live and no die of a heart attack on the job. I was getting Panic Attacks on the job because the two managers fired the old Spanish dishwasher Marcel. So everytime i came into my washroom at 4pm there was a load of stuff everywhere and I was the one who had to sort it out
One thing that kept me sane in the first quarter of 2009 was Heavy Metal. On the day Saxon and Kreator released their new albums “Hordes of Chaos” and “Into the Labyrinth” i went to Utopia record to buy those 2 albums. Kreators “Hordes of Chaos” struck a chord with me because those opening rifts would make me so angry.
“If you’re sick and tired of Delta Goodrem why not try Forgery”
“Forgery: KILL POP MUSIC”
“Listen to Forgery”
I would go around Sydney town sticking all these Forgery stickers in location such as Central Station, The Metro Theatre, Train station, The botanical gardens and even outside record shops and all. I never got caught and some of my sticker stayed up for some time.
I was doing the same type of marketing “Rat Skates” was doing in 1980 to `promote his band Overkill
I was still having a time at Tequilas on Main and I was still getting Panic Attack that would force me to leave work early.
2 weeks later I got out of my shitty job at Tequilas to go watch Death Angel and Armored Saint. I had to ask permission from Ricardo Vila for anytime off. 2 days before the concert I rang Ricardo to let him know I had to go to Canberra on the weekend to see my mates band
The other manager David was being a jerk as well. He said to me “You got to be working here more instead of being out there you can’t be seeing band all the time Martin”
I had not seen any bands at all from the time I saw Def Leppard 10th November 2008 till the time I saw Lamb of God 24th February 2009. 3 months without going to a fucking concert
I gave the stamp to Tim Sheppard as i walked into the night sad that some so called Manager or bodyguard of the band had to be a total jackass to me. I didn’t feel like going to Canberra.
I had to go back to my job to hear my boss Ricardo rant at me for calling his mobile. He called my mobile once so why can’t I call him for anything.
The next day I went down to Canberra on the Greyhound bus leaving Central Station at 8am. I was in the Australian Capital at 11am as its a short 3 hour ride to Canberra.
I ended up walking to where the Diplomatic Missions are and nothing had changed in the last 2 years since I went to Canberra. I ended up giving someone directions because I was holding a Canberra Gregory’s I borrowed off my mate Adam.
I went up north of Canberra to visit my friends Chris and Ivan. I have known Chris since I was 5 years old and their parents were like 2nd parents to me. They let me stay the night in their wonderful house.
The gig was held in a small pub in Canberra called the Phoenix. It was in the civic center of town not far from where I would have stayed if I was in a hostel.
I was in my everyday clothing as I really didn’t feel like going to this concert after the issues I had with Dominic. He was there and I did my best to stay clear from him. I sat next to Luke, Josh and Tim and I apologies for being a jerk at Death Angel. They were glad i was here
I local metal band from Canberra got up on stage but as far as I remember they never really made a big impact.
I helped the guys by putting Tim Sheppard guitar on stage as they hit the lights around 9pm
From what i remember the set list had a whole bunch of Originals and some of them ended up on the Hellbringer EP that was released in December 2009
“Spawn of the Void”
“Unleash the Dogs of War”
“Storm the Rapture”
and there was also cover songs of Sodom “Outbreak of Evil” and “Witching Hour”
I shook hand with Luke, Tim and Josh as they thanked me for attending their gig. I didn't bother sticking around to see “Reign of Terror" as I had to get back home to my friend’s house
I was so glad that I went down to Canberra to see Forgery. They were the best band that ever came out of Canberra and maybe they didn’t become media highlighted unlike Alchemist but they went overseas.
2 weeks after the Forgery gig I went to work, chucked a spaz at the Chilean Immigrant Prick Chef Maria, tore off my Appron and Hat and walked the fuck out of “Tequilas on main”. I spent the next 2 years drinking FREE COFFEE at Tequilas on Main before I moved on from a Restaurant that is falling apart.
Times I saw Forgery/Hellbringer Live
#1 14th March 2009 @ The Phoenix bar in Canberra; Supporting Reign of Terror
#2 30th April 2009 @ “The Leiwsham” in Lewisham: Supported by “Hazmat” and “Altar of Scion”
#3 31st October 2009 @ ANU Bar in Canberra supporting Darker Half at Metal Evolution Halloween gig
#4 23rd January 2010 @ The Sando Hotel in Newtown for the 2nd Under the southern Cross festival
#5 6th Febuary 2010 @ Krave Nightclub a headlining gig
#6 26th March 2010 @ The Lewisham Hotel in Lewisham supporting Hazmat (Last time I saw that band under the Forgery name
#7 17th April 2010 @ The Lewisham Hotel for the Hard & Heavy Festival
#8 10th July 2010 @ Manning Bar Redfern for Utopia Records Birthday Celebration W/Mortal Sin, Darker Half, Killrazer, Switchblade, Anno Domini
#9 24th July 2010 @ The Landsdown Hotel Broadway Supporting Rampage W/Teratornis
#10 17th September 2010 @ The Bald Face Stag supporting Black Majesty and Darker Half
#11 6th November 2010 @ The Bald Face Stag supporting Cauldron Black Ram
#12 26th March 2011 @ The Bald Face Stag supporting Taberah
#13 Friday 13th May 2011 @ The Vavle Bar Tempe HEADLINE GIG with support from Kill for Satan and Teratornis
#14 3rd May 2013 @ The Valve Bar HEADLINING GIG with support from Bastardizer
#15 28th September 2013@ The Valve venue Supporting King Fate with support from Bastardizer
#16 19th April 2014 @ The Bald Face Stag supporting Backyard Mortuary