TRIVIUM guitarist Corey Beaulieu has posted the following report from the band's North American tour with CHILDREN OF BODOM and AMON AMARTH:
"Well, the BODOM tour has been a great tour! The bands and crews are some of the nicest people we have been on tour with.
"We want to thank all the fans for coming out and making the shows so great and thanks to the new fans we made on the this tour we appreciate all the support you have given us!
"As everyone knows [Thursday] night December 8th, 2005 was the one-year anniversary of the tragic and heartbreaking death of one of the best musicians of all the time, Dimebag Darrell. Like all of you, we are and have always been fans of Dime's so we wanted to express our thankfullness and appreciation to Dime for all of his inspiration and all of his amazing riffs that millions of kids learn every year and will continue to learn for many, many years to come.
"We decided out of respect we would make last night's show in Washington, D.C. as special as we could and for the show we did a tribute by playing 'Domination' and part of 'Walk' to show our respect to a man who inspired everyone in the band so much!
"To top if off, Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita brought us two guitars Dime played on the last PANTERA tour to play for the show last night, I played the rebel/confederate Washburn and Matt played the diamond-plated 'Reinventing the Steel' written up the fretboard Washburn, those guitars play so fucking sweet and we are beyond words and overwhelmed that we had the honor to use them.
"We all would like to thank and give our respect to Rita for being so generous and kind to us and for coming out and spending time with us on such an important day in her life.
"I can confirm the blacktooths were flowing and a couple bottles of Crown were drank in honor of Dime, Thank You.
"We are looking forward to some time off and then hitting the road with IN FLAMES in January, tickets will be hard to come by for this run so pick 'em up when and where you can.
"We will be taking some time off starting next Friday and then begining in January we will hit AudioHammer Studios with Jason [Suecof, producer] to begin pre-production on our next album, titled 'The Crusade'. We have been writing a ton of riffs so we will get some of our ideas down and work on them before we head out on tour at the end of January, we are really excited to be able to finally write some new material and look forward to letting you hear it!
"Anyway, thanks for everything this year was really great, we learned alot and meet some great people along the way, 2006 should be great and we are all looking forward to it."