‘I loved it ‘. Simon Cowell.
‘Fantastic, that’s what I call entertainment’. David Hasselhoff.
‘That was incredible’ Ant or Dec (never know which ones which).
‘Totally Unbelievable’ Scott Mills, Radio 1
‘You have to go & see this if, one day something will go wrong & you will be able to say I was there’ Graham Norton.
‘The Circus of Horrors completely WOWED the audience’ The Daily Mail.
‘A Bloody Great Night Out’ The Times
‘Freaking Awesome’ The Sun
‘Bloody Good Fun - Barnum Would be proud’ Time Out
‘Circus Without A Condom’ The Telegraph
‘Bloody Marvelous’ Edinburgh Festival
‘Blood Thirsty & Burlesque’ The Independent
In 2001 The Circus of Horrors was asked to perform in a brand new Arena at The Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, The Palace of Wonder.
It was brilliant, we played alongside Oasis and Eminem to name but a few and we created a real stir as well as creating history by becoming the first UK Circus ever to appear in Japan.
It took a long 14 years before we were asked to return, we jumped at the chance and in 2015 we designed a new show, or 4 new shows, to be precise.
A round cage like structure which was originally made for an Emma Bunten video was transported to Japan and this became our new home for 3 days.
First we did a show in the 10,000 capacity Red Marquee, which is one of the biggest stages in Fuji and then for 3 days after, we did 4 different 15 minute shows between the bands performing on the stage.
It worked a treat, while the bands were changing over we were Rockin & Shockin in our cage right in the middle of the crowd.
I love Japan and I love the Japanese crowds, they certainly seem to love The Circus of Horrors.
We shared the bill with The Foo Fighters,
Muse & Motorhead, but the biggest thrill was meeting people who had seen us at the same Festival 14 years earlier, still wearing their COH T-Shirts and showing me picture's they had taken with me all those years ago.
'Smash, Thank you, lets not leave it as long next time.
For many years The Moscow State Circus had visited the UK, but never before had the rolls been reversed - until now.
In October 2015 The Circus of Horrors continued it's tour of the world and created history by becoming the first UK circus to perform in Russia.
The 3700 capacity Stadium Live was to become home for Britain's greatest circus export for 5 fantastic days, a great rock venue in the heart of Moscow and promoted by our great friend Albert Arslanov.
To give you an idea of the scale of things, Korn played 1 night in the venue and The Prodigy 2 nights, so for us to do 5 was simply amazing.
There were LED posters the size of skyscrapers announcing our pending performances, the sides of buses adorned 'The Circus of Horrors logo and images.
This brilliant cultural metropolis was buzzing as we rolled into town.
We performed on loads of TV shows and their equivalent of Radio 1, on one occasion 6 TV crews turned up at our press call, then the inevitable happened, a Muscovite MP called for the show to be banned and asked how we were allowed to enter the country, brilliant another media frenzy ensued and the crowds at the shows got bigger and bigger - if the Sex Pistols ran a circus, this would be it!
Aside from the solitary MP, who of course had not seen the show, the crowds went wild from the beginning to the end and at the end of the shows we were getting mobbed by an awesome alternative Moscow audience.
Thanx Moscow - hope to see you all again soon.