Outside the Civic Hall, lines to see heavy metal legends Judas Priest were so long that many had missed out on opening act of the night Rival Sons. Though these people were in time to catch a half-hearted set from Queensrÿche, the more memorable of the two bands before the headliners were Rival Sons, whose dose of blues rock and hard, heavy funk were more than enough to bring on a wave of fond nostalgia for the sounds of the late seventies when Judas Priest were starting out in the West Midlands. Continue reading
Knowing of the growing fame for the likes of Mael Mordha, Cruachan and self-described “dark metallers” Primordial, Ireland seems to be gaining more notoriety for its share of “serious” folk metal bands. Though it is tempting to dismiss Celtachor as a band who are eager to catch the same boat as these names, doing so would ignore their place as an example of their country’s promising, underground metal scene. Continue reading
Yesterday during an interview – I won’t say who with – I found that the musician I was speaking to was in an interesting predicament where although he’s a key part of his band, he’s unable to go on tour abroad because of his day job.
Seeing as how jealousy comes naturally to myself and others upon hearing of the great times usually had when friends of ours go to festivals overseas, I can only imagine how someone in such a situation would feel about not having the opportunity to travel with their bandmates to promote their own music.
Thus, this has led me to wonder how much touring abroad means to the active members of a band.
If you ever found yourself unable to go on tour with your cohorts to another country, how would that make you feel? What if you were even unable to go play a live show on your home soil? What then?