Filter Psyched for ShipRocked 2012 Cruise
The ship sets sail Nov. 27 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and makes stops in Key West, Fla., and Nassau, Bahamas, before returning on Dec. 1. For information on reservations, the itinerary, the performances and much more, check outÂ GetShipRocked.com.
When we spoke to Filter frontman Richard Patrick and guitarist Jonathan Radtke, they talked to us about last yearâs rocking cruise, during which they shared the boat with some elderly vacationers, and also expressed their excitement for this year’s ShipRocked trip.
Describe the Shiprocked experience last year?
Richard Patrick: Itâs like youâre on a ship and every time you go out â boom youâre hanging with the fans, as soon as you step out of your cabin you have to know that people on the boat are fans so thereâs not a lot of privacy but itâs a lot of fun. Everybody is super respectful. To us itâs like this fun paid vacation where we get to rock ‘n’ roll so itâs not even a big deal, everything is completely taken care of and youâre hanging out with people that just adore you, how hard is that.
Jonathan Radtke: And you get to hang out with bands that youâre friends with, weâre really close with the Buckcherry guys.
What are you looking forward to most for this year with Shiprocked?
JR: Well I think theyâre going to a new location this year, the Bahamas.
RP: And itâs the entire ship. I feel so bad for the people last year.
JR: Half of the ship last year were paying customers who werenât affiliated with ShipRocked, that were just going to Cozumel where we were going. So when they saw the boat was literally being overtaken by rock people – I remember this old couple, literally as the boat was still in port and the boat was about to take off and I donât know if they were aware of it and you literally see thousands of people with tattoos and drinking. The first band was Hellyeah or something like that or Hinder and this poor old couple had their hands on their ears like âWhat is going on?!â
RP: âOh my God is this what weâre in for?!â
JR: So apparently this year the entire boat is reserved for ShipRocked, which is even better.
RP: Theyâre going to build scaffolding like a real stage and this whole thing because youâre playing in all these little arenas and these little places and weâre playing and the f—ing speakers are swaying. I remember playing and feeling like I was going to sprain my ankles, itâs a good time. The bands are amazing Five Finger Death Punch, Sevendust â I got a picture of me and Lajon [Witherspoon] just hanging on the beach from last year.
No motion sickness for you guys last year?
RP: I was telling you earlier about my problems with roller coasters but I was fine on the boat last year. You know what is really interesting though, if youâre too wasted and youâre belligerent they will leave you there.
JR: Yeah because you do get off the boat at certain stops and do activities and stuff and there were a couple of people we heard stories about – that a couple guys had a little too much and werenât allowed back on the boat, they pissed off the ferderales and got in trouble.
RP: Dude youâre stuck in Mexico â and a lot of these people itâs just something they did and you donât know if they had the money to get back and theyâre so wasted.
All of the shows are held on the boat itself, do you rock out on the sandy beaches at all?
JR: Yeah all of the shows are on the boat, each band does like two shows.
RP: Thereâs music going on all over the place, thereâs different levels of bands, thereâs some weird clubs they have on this things. They have all of these little different departments of strange, thereâs night clubs and casinos. Thereâs not a dull moment â itâs a lot of hanging out, sunbathing, swimming during the day and then as soon as you eat dinner, you start playing. It starts at 4pm and just goes all night long, people are playing âtil like two in the morning.
JR: Us and Buckcherry, we did our theater show and went on at like 1 am â I remember taking a nap and waking up at 11:30 pm.
RP: Dude I remember waking up and the people next door were like, âWho is that Steven Tyler?â [Laughs] Iâm in there warming up and theyâre like âI think itâs Steven Tyler.â Those poor old people. They had this one guy teaching them how to dance and he was Italian. I felt so bad because he looked over and there was this dark cloud of heavy metal and rock fans.