(10/17/13) - A string of bad luck has haunted Filter frontman Richard Patrick when he's come to Flint.
The Machine Shop owner Kevin Zink says Filter has played The Shop twice since 2008, and Patrick has been sick both times.
Patrick can't wait to get back to The Shop this Saturday to give the crowd the show they deserve.
"I've got two reasons why, cause I always feel like I owe them and I love the people so much," Patrick told the ABC12 Mid-Michigan Music Scene in a Skype interview earlier this week. "I had a really messed up throat and I had to cut it short. I had a packed house and I literally played six songs and it was really frustrating. Cause you know, you get sick and your throat gets swollen and you can't really do your job."
Patrick says it was even more frustrating because he feels like he has a deep connection with the town.
"I feel on many levels that Flint is a rock town, and The Machine Shop is one of those places that's made specifically for our genre. Flint has a very rugged personality."
That rugged personality reminds Patrick of his hometown, Cleveland, Ohio.
"It's a very similar town, it's a very rugged town," he says. "There is a lot of (musical) heritage when it comes to this part of the country."
Filter is playing The Shop Saturday as part of their Self-Inflicted Tour along with Grammy nominated Nashville rock band Red. Richard says with Filter coming off a tour as the opening act for the new lineup of Stone Temple Pilots, he knows how much of an impact having a solid supporting band can have on the headliner.
"When we were on tour with STP, Dean (DeLeo, guitarist of Stone Temple Pilots) pulled me aside on the first night and he says, 'Hey dude, I don't know if this is gonna go the distance. You're blowing us off the stage, man. Stop doin' that,'" Patrick laughs. "I think he was partly kidding, but we always want to make it so the bands after us really have to work hard. And we want to be on our toes too."
Filter, which is best known for the 1995 single "Hey Man, Nice Shot" and 1999's "Take A Picture," has gone through a variety of lineup changes over the years, with Patrick being the only constant member. And the rotation continues to this day, with the departure of bassist Phil Buckman just before the start of this tour. But Richard says so far, new bassist Tim Kelleher has really clicked in his new position.
"This band, I'm gonna cross my fingers, not that I'm superstitious, but this band has really risen to the occasion."
And Patrick credits his guitarist, Johnny Radtke, with a large part of the creative resurgence of Filter.
"Stylistically, Johnny rises to the occasion. He understands that I came from Nine Inch Nails and he understands that I was always into industrial and I look at the guitar very differently. Instead of just playing a guitar part, I want to drop it down an octave and turn it around and convert it inside the computer and mess with it and take it away from just sounding like a normal guitar. But at the same time Johnny can still do all those other things."
But Richard says, it's not always about how he sees the band at a moment in time, but how the fans are reacting. And from what he can tell, it's been a success on that front as well.
"The fans that I talk to after shows and what I read online say this is a show not to miss. And when you hear that from the fans, you're very grateful."
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