Crimson Glory at Aardschokdag, IJsselhal, Zwolle, The Netherlands – 8th of February 1987.
To stand out as a band you have to come up with something that sets you apart from others. Guitarist Jon Drenning and the band’s manager, came up with the idea of wearing the full-face metallic silver masks on stage as well as for photo shoots. It certainly created a "buzz" and a mystical dynamic atmosphere around this band from Sarasota, Florida (US).
Crimson Glory's debut self-titled album hit the progressive metal scene like a bomb. Record label Roadrunner marked them as top priority, and this stunning release was supported with an extensive touring schedule accompanied by a strong media campaign. Besides of all of this, there were even some plans to release a comic book about the image (imagery) of the band.
Crimson Glory was programmed as the melodic opposite of the many present speed metal bands who were scheduled on this festival. The technical problems that characterized the band’s previous tour had now completely disappeared. The group came across stronger, partly with the help of keyboard player John Zahner. With this expansion, the band was able to approach the convincing sound of their debut album - A very successful revenge. This showed more and more that this band was on the rise with a bright future, and the prospect of their upcoming second album. With a possible release on the major record label, Elektra Records in the US.
During an interview, I asked singer Midnight, how long he thought they would keep wearing these masks, (like KISS), and then pose without them after so many years? - He responded as follows:
“We know our music and vocals are good enough to sustain the test of time, but you should have an image which stands out and sets you apart. The masks certainly do that, and they suit our type of music, and people immediately associate the masks with our sound. It was a great solution, but nothing is for ever. Who knows, maybe after the release of the new album we’ll perform without them”.