The Beyond The Barricade Tour

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Your heart beating at the pace of the kick drum pounding through the speakers. Sharing the same pulse as everyone surrounding you. Sweat pours down your face and melts away every burden that may be crushing you. You completely surrender to the energy and emotions that envelop the air you’re breathing and the space you’ve squeezed yourself into. You can fully embrace who you are without a shred of fear of criticism or segregation. You are part of something positive. You are alive, and when you scream….. someone can hear you. For a few hours, nothing in the world matters but what is happening right there. Right in front of you at that very moment.

THAT is exactly what this tour is about. This is about restoring intimacy. It’s about breeding that unique connection that is one part fan and one part band. Something you walk away from remembering for the rest of your life.

I want to leave the stage each night of this tour soaked to the bone in sweat, spit on my face and with the ability to fall asleep knowing that when I looked into the eyes of someone screaming my words back at me, we have a mutual understanding of what it’s like to truly feel the heart and passion that this band has always been about and have thrived off of since day one. 

Go beyond the barricade, get in my face, and lose yourself.


healyshegemony said: Hey Cassie! First of all, I wanna say how much I love Malec (definitely my favorite relationship and two of my favorite characters.) It’s nice to see a canon gay couple whose defining characteristic isn’t “homosexual.” I was just wondering two things. First, where did you get the inspiration for the characters/couple? Also, what do you think was the weirdest thing that they did on their vacations together? Will they continue traveling together after CoHF? 

Usually there isn’t one inspiration for a character or a relationship — I knew I wanted to tackle the fantasy classic ancient immortal/young human dynamic that goes back to the gods of Ancient Greece, and that I really wanted to dig into immortality and mortality and what they meant, and age and experience versus youth and the perception of impermanence: whether that which is going to die loves that which will never die, and vice versa. 

Lots of people have asked about travel! Absolutely they will travel. I am not sure about what the weirdest thing they did on vacation was. It could have been the incident in Budapest with the pigeon that Magnus thought was a spy.

When I was little, there was this story I’d heard over and over, about this kid that was playing on train tracks and was just barely saved by his mother, who happened to alert the boy just before the train passed.

The story goes that the kid hadn’t heard the train coming, but his mother did and only had enough time to blurt out the words “GET DOWN” before the train was about to crash, and the moral of the story was that the unquestioned obedience of that kid was what saved him. If he had questioned her or thought twice, he would have been roadkill. 

This was a story told to me and many kids where I’m from, possibly still being told now, on a regular basis, as an example to children of how important listening to your parents are.

There was always something that bugged me about this story, even when I was a kid, I knew something was awfully twisted about this.

A decade and a bit later, I finally figured out how to put it in words.

Our parents had always used this story, and many other, call it proverbs or whatever the fuck, as an educational pretence with the underlying intention to use it to manipulate, and to an extent, brainwash kids into being obedient. 

This was emotional manipulation at its finest, on an everyday basis, and adults don’t even realise how toxic and dangerous this is.

Those kids were never taught the context of the story.

They were never told that in a healthy relationship, the boy’s trust towards his mother must first be earned by her.

They were never told that the moral of this story wasn’t a threat for them to be blindly obedient on the price of their life, but to highlight the importance of a healthy and trustworthy relationship.

They were never told that parents are not always right, and not every parent would save them from a train wreck.

They were just taught to not question the story. Like I was, growing up. 

You’d be surprised how much burden little guilt-trips like that can amount to, whenever I was told I couldn’t be textbook-perfect on the smallest matters. With the difference that I was lucky enough to only have this proverb thrust at me when I refuse to wear a dress. 

When it could’ve been much worse.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you’re still young, and you’re getting ‘moral stories’ like this pushed into your face as some sort of leverage from your parents, to make you feel obliged to do things that make you feel uncomfortable - Question it. Question everything.

Look at it from multiple angles. Think about context and circumstances. See the characters as humans with flaws, just as we all are.

There are some nice stories, with nice morals out there. But those stories should not be abused by parents, intentionally or not. Don’t let them.

When life hands you a moral from a guilt-trip story…

Break that story apart and build something new from it for yourself.


Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

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