On your Fight like a Girl tour what has been the most rewarding aspect of your live shows?
I’ve learned so much, from the audience, it’s definitely been the most enlightening experience in my life, this tour, has been even less of a rock show than anything I’ve ever done and is completely different. There are two things that are particularly world changing. One of them is really sweet seeing this audience with some of whom which have been with us from the beginning to a number of years now. You start out with your minds into Goth music or industrial or rock or metal or alternative or classical for people to come to see.
To this point where we are now, they are a Broadway audience. It’s the same people as well as new people that expect and want that. That has been just a really lovely thing knowing that for awhile. Everything is rehearsal, for this ultimate end point. I can see that people are completely ready for that. These people want this right now. The second thing is the actual concept is the Fight like a Girl song, which is clearly written from a female point of view about female historical issues.
But that doesn’t mean to exclude anybody, when I wrote that I thought I would have some explaining to do. It would suck if I did, since rappers who are saying horrible misogynistic things. Nobody ever asks them “Are you concerned about your female audience that you might have just completely offended,” nobody ever asks a guy that. I thought I would have to deal with at least somewhat answering for it. As well going, “What is your male audience going to think?” Some journalists have asked me about that title about that concept, what about the boys and all this, the thing is that the audience and the plague rats have never asked and never had an issue. Because absolutely our audience is 50% male. There are all of these boys, men, and people of all ages slamming their fists in the air singing I fight like a girl and they are proud of it and it means that they are onto something. I thought they might be a problem with this and they are like there is no problem with this, so that has given me a great deal of hope, faith, happiness and immense love and gratitude for these people. I think men at least the ones that we want around are all on the same side. By us being stronger, doesn’t mean anyone else has to get torn down.
What is the most difficult element of your show to get through on this tour?
The most difficult thing is not giving myself whiplash every night because I am in this wheelchair situation and I run out of it and the girls are holding me and I’m trying to stage dive and they are preventing me and it’s all about just having this non drug induced angry freak out. It’s good that I am wearing clothes right now because I am covered in bruises, you feel no pain on stage because of adrenalin. That’s lovely, but at the time you are flailing around and I have actually hurt my neck in a bit of severe way from headbanging to that song too much and slamming my body on this fucking golden wheelchair, Fight like a Girl is the most difficult song.