The Salt City Goes Goth for Fetish 7
I first became aware of Voltaire a few years ago through my good friend and guitar player Justin Wortman. Justin would often wander through Armory Square in Syracuse busking for tips. Among his repetuare were three songs by Voltaire: Vampire Club, When You're Evil, and God Thinks. The songs were some of my favorites. I began to check out some of Voltaire's other material and loved it.
Voltaire made his first live appearance in Syracuse at Trexx Nightclub for the seventh annual Fetish Ball. The show also featured live performances by DJ Darkwave, DJ Dante, and my friend DJ Electric Jesus.
For the show, my housemate Clarke Smith, (whom I recently turned on to Voltaire), got the cab company he works for to pick up him, Dawn, and myself and drive us to the show. We arrived at 10 PM and made our way inside. I was on the list for the show and when I arrived, Electric Jesus gave me a pass and took me back to Voltaire's dressing room where he was tuning his guitar and warming up for the night's performance.
Dawn and I spoke with him for about ten minutes and snapped a few photos. I gave Voltaire a few of my buttons and stickers. He laughed at the "I Gave Tom A Dollar To Go Away!" slogan and pulled out a dollar to give me. I tried to refuse it, but Voltaire insisted. But before giving it to me, he pulled out a Sharpie, signed it, and transformed the picture of George Washington into a caricature of himself. After that, Dawn and I thanked Voltaire for his time and headed for the bar for drinks.
While we waited for Voltaire to play we checked over the wares being displayed at a sex toy booth, and listened to DJ Dante. During that time, the club filled with people dressed in various costumes and bondage gear. It was a fantastic looking crowd. Finally, midnight came and Voltaire came onto the stage.