MA - Yeh it sucks, with Sabaton we had a lot of touring plans that we had to cancel this year. Almost three weeks in Russia and the festivals in Europe. We were planning on going to America together with Judas Priest. We were the planning to go to Australia as well but that was postponed till next year. We had some shows with Majestica planned that we needed to cancel as well, that sucks.
TM - What's your favourite festival you have played and why?
HN - I would have to say, all the festivals we have played have been awesome and they take such good care of you. I think my favourite was when we did RockHard in 2008. That one special because we are friends with the guys from the magazine. We have known them since we have been growing up in this business, so it was a real honour to be at that festival.
We have friends who played it as well and the day we played UFO and Saxon played, so that was awesome. UFO is one of my favourite bands of all time and they played after us.
TM - If you could collaborate with any band who would it be and why?
MS - I'm very satisfied in the direction I'm going. We have a show called Rock Meets Classic every year, for the last 12 years. It is a symphony orchestra. We invite classic rock bands, the legends from history and we have been doing this tour for the last 12 years. I have played with Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Toto, Paul Rodgers and Status Quo. I'm ok with that. I'm looking forward to my next tour in April 2021, there will be Joey Tempest of Europe and many many more and my fanboy heart is fine with that.
JH - Roadburn Festival was really good, we played to 3000 people. The following week we played in a small German town with no PA and no lights and there were 50 people there but thats all the venue could hold. At that point you can only rely on you your music and your band, you can't rely on the lights or the PA you have to go with the motion.
TM - Both videos are awesome, everyone should check them out. What is your favourite memory of watching a different band perform live?
JJ - My favourite band when I was Growing up with a band called Stick To Your Guns. They were headling a festival and I got to meet them and become friends with them. I got to go up on stage and do a song with them, it was an amazing moment.
JS - I had just joined Vader when the festival season had started up and I got to see a lot of bands for the first time, including Exodus and Judas Priest. I got the opportunity to see all these bands. I had never seen these bands because I was always busy. It was cool because the first time I got to see all these bands got to see them from the side of the stage and it's just a blur. I got to see so many killer bands and getting to see almost every band I wanted to see was awesome. I went to brutal assault and that was pretty cool. Seeing Kreator or Trypticon and meeting them after the show solidified the experience.
TM - Since we are talking about KISS I have a question from one of your fans. What is your favourite KISS album?
CB - My favourite KISS album is probably KISS Alive. When you are that young and see that album cover you just take it in and that's it. They had a bunch of great songs and the production on the album was killer.
TM - Have you tried to do something live on social media?
DV - Yeah we did one on Saturday. A lot of people are setting up their iPhone and doing an acoustic set, which is cool. It is great and everyone's bringing people music in the time when most people need it. Except in typical The Wild! style we are setting up production with lights and backdrops, full stage, Amps, guitars and multiple camera recording and soundboard recording. It is going to be pretty mega and we are looking forward to it. Everyone that couldn't come to rock, we brought the rock show to them. What a better way than to start your day with rock and roll
A few years later I was doing a project with "Stone Temple Pilots" and we had a bunch of music that we recorded but we didn't have a singer. The guys from the "Stone Temple Pilots" found the singer from "The Union" and they said "I knew him" and I was like "what do you mean". They said, "he is the singer from The Union, that open for Whitesnake". We all ended up writing and recording a record. After we did it the "Deleo Brothers" went back to "Stone Temple Pilots". Pete and I decided to write our own album and it became Silverthrone.
TM - What is your favorite memory of watching someone else perform live?
BS - The last time we were in Sydney we were on a boat and then we found out we would get tickets to the Foo Fighters to show, We were an hour late but we still got see 2 hours which was really cool and we saw all the songs we like.
TM - What was your favorite memory of watching someone else peform live?
TR - When Slayer was playing The Clash of the Titans tour in the early 90s. This guy got on the top of the speakers and jumped and he should of died and he lived, he was fine. We are talking 12 storys at the top of a sports Arena, it was the craziest thing I have ever seen and everyone cheered.
TM - You joined Sepultura in 1997 after the departure of Max Cavalera. How have you enjoyed the experience and how did you come to join the band?
DG - Once the singer left they were looking for a new singer and holding auditions. Basically what that entailed is, they had one tape with no vocals and the person and the singer could do their ideas for that song vocally. I did that and then they asked me to come to Brazil and I flew down to Brazil. I met them and rehearsed with them and after about a month they asked me to come back to Brazil and join the band and then I moved there for 20 years to San Paolo.
TM - I was about to ask you about K.K. Downing, how was it performing with him at Bloodstock?
R - That was amazing, the whole thing leading up to it, the show was fantastic. We had a great time, it was really good. It was wonderful to see K.K. out there on the stage, I love playing guitar with him and we had a blast together.
B - We have played some good club shows too. We played a show in Louisville Kentucky, it was sweaty and Crazy. There were people all over the stage and people having fistfights on stage. I felt like I was in a movie. It is on the crazy list.
We played with Children Of Bodom in Japan in 2003, and it was crazy. You could barely hear what you are playing because the crowd is so loud and they sing every word.
TM - What is your favorite memory watching someone else's perform live, can you tell us a story?
JT - We went to the Rio hotel and Prince was performing there. I went there with my wife. They had a 1,200 people capacity. It was unbelievable, he is an extraordinary talent. It was one of those shows I'll never forget.
TM - What is your favorite memory of watching someone else perform live?
JB - In 1995 I went to a festival in Sweden that was held in a forest and I saw Pantera for the first time. They were throwing monitors all over this stage. Then he said into the microphone, this microphone is f****** destroyed and threw it into the stage. My friends and I thought it was cool and then at midnight slayer came on stage.
HB - You are finishing up the European leg of your current tour, what was it like to play Wacken and Sabaton open air?
Jacob - Wacken is easily the biggest and best festival we've ever seen. You can tell they've been doing it for 30 yrs because everything is organized to a tee and the staff are all extremely friendly and love what they do. It was impressive and humbling to be a part of something so big.
TM - That is cool man, I love your creativity. Can we expect a new album anytime soon?
DF - Absolutely, we have been nibbling at that more than anything else. We have a few ideas on songs already and we have already written a few. As the Festival season finishes we will be at home writing and recording. Hopefully, we will have something released by September.
BDR - It is funny because I started this lie told everyone that we are going to open up for Black Label Society. Black Label Society had no clue who we were, except the tour, had been talked about so much that Black label society's manager rang my manager and said: "Hey, what's up with you guys and talking about how you are going to tour with us". We ended up doing eight shows with themBDR - It is funny because I started this lie told everyone that we are going to open up for Black Label Society. Black Label Society had no clue who we were, except the tour, had been talked about so much that Black label society's manager rang my manager ...
TM - What is your favorite memory of watching a different band perform live?
W - I got the honor of introducing the original Alice Cooper band at an awards ceremony in 2011, it was the original group that wrote "School's Out and No More Mr. Nice Guy". They performed together for the first time, in a long time, 1975 I think.
TM - You have had a lot of amazing artists play on the new album, Jeff Loomis played on it.
MS - He did, Jeff is on a song called "Better Part Of Me", that is actually the song that we are going to release in the next few weeks. Oddly enough I have a lot of guitar players picked out for the album. Jeff reached out to me on Instagram and said check out your DM and I did. He said I'm a big fan of Stryper, I would love to play on your album and he did.
DF - This is about 12 or 15 years ago when they didn't have all the cameras installed. Me and my wife were on the tour and we snuck away. Let's just say we got some and we came back and joined the party. We were leaving and we got out the gate by the street, my wife's undies fell right onto the street. I said leave them by Elvis. I would like to think Elvis would be proud of me right now and especially of Anastasia, for leaving her panties on the street. He would be like "All right Mama".
TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs, which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?
J - I would have had Damageplan cover one of our songs, because of our Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell connection. We knew them on a personal level and always had a good time with them. We always hung out with them.
TM - You gave Metallica and Anthrax their first shot, how did this come about?
JG - We were organizing a tour in 83 and Johnny, the promoter called us and said we have the biggest band in San Francisco to open for you. We said what Y&T are going to open for us. He said no, Metallica and we said who. we ended up getting the cassette for No Life 'Til Leather. We thought that it sounded like Motorhead being played at the wrong speed. We thought oh ok that sounds cool and that happened to be their first tour.
T - Maryland DeathFest, we stayed up all night and didn't get any sleep. We went on stage and we crushed the place. It was amazing to see the expressions on people's face. People appreciated how loud it was and how it was something completely different. When we turned the amps on, you knew it was going to be something completely different because you could feel every bone in your body rattling.
TM - You got to play Wacken Open Air, what is your favorite memory of playing it?
FP - Every metal musician dreams to play at Wacken Open Air. When you play Wacken, you start to feel a little bit of pressure. Playing rock and roll so deep strong is emotional. I do not even remember it when I look at the videos and pictures I think "s*** I have done it". You realise it is only a starting point. We played Wacken after six or seven years of opportunity.
TM - You recently released 50 years on Earth, what made you want to release that and if bands haven't heard it what can they expect?
JORN - It was for my 50th birthday, it shows the journey I have had and how lucky I am to have had it. I grew up with more contemporary Style music, I felt like it was a good time to release it after doing so many albums and working in the heavy metal scene. I felt it was time to do something different. The singers I grew up with are always writing the same material, I wrote one album called heavy rock radio a few years ago. We did a cover of the song Hotel California by the Eagles, I also did your the voices in the box set.
TM - You got to induct diamond Dallas into the Hall of Fame, what was this like for you?
EB - It was a very rewarding experience, Diamond Dallas and I are very good friends, we have been good friends since the early 90s and to be part of something that was so important to him that's a great experience and I am grateful for that.
TM - What's your favorite memory from playing Gefle Festival?
MA - It's in Sweden so it is really organised and you can jump in your car and go home afterwards, which is a really nice thing. The Swedish crowd is like if you would have a musical police force, they are always standing in the back with their arms crossed saying I can do that better and faster that. That is what it is like if you're a Swedish band playing in Sweden.
TM - You have two podcasts so can you tell us more about them?
DJ - I have been doing The Danko Jones podcast since 2011, it is up to episode 192 and it is a weekly podcast. I also have a weekly podcast of the 1970 sitcom Three's Company, I do that with my cousin and we talk about each Three's Company episodes every week in chronological order.
JB - I think it is one of our best albums yet. Possessed is a kind of love-hate band, some people love us some people hate us but that is the rate of death metal. Some people do not understand it, as the first death metal band not bragging. I want death metal to be a whole bunch of things, I believe in subgenres of death metal, the wider broader and more versatile sounds. It sounds a lot like our old stuff except it has elements of our new stuff and 2019. I think people will be surprised, we moved the vibe forward and made it a more modern sound I think everyone will like it.
TM - What are you most looking forward to doing in Australia?
CF - We have three days off in Adelaide before the Adelaide show. I'm not sure if there is much fishing there but I do know it's a coastal spot I will probably get a charter to do some deep sea fishing.
TM - You do some Productions work with other artists, what inspires you to do this work and how does it affect your writing style?
JFD - I started this against my will when I was younger. The first band asked me to produce their work. The second band was in my area and they heard was doing production, they needed something done so I went in the studio and produce their album. I didn't really know what I was doing and it turned out decently.
TM - What was your writing and recording process for Hexed?
HB - Alexi laiho writes the riffs and then we all normally work on the song from there, but this time it was a little bit different because we actually went back on the road now writing songs. We would have a few songs ready and then go on the road and then come back to the song as we had written it was actually quite refreshing.
We write and get all the stuff ready by ourselves then we record The guitars and bass guitar at our own studio and get all that ready. Then when we get that done and we take it to Mark Woods who has a studio in Nashville then he records drums and vocals and re amps the guitars. We have recorded and mixed and masters it took 3 months to do the whole album.
AN - Absolutely, yes it's been a long road to get to this point. I don't mean just for us, there is a load of boring stuff that just has to get done, booking the flights getting all the paperwork it's almost here now and that's less than a week that we have to take off so finally coming there.
We were lucky enough to come to Australia in 2017 for one show so it's nice to come back do some watering and see some more of the country we are really excited.
EV - Probably intensity that is our first impression the most intense album, that is what it feels like to ourselves. We also have musical developments, we grew as a band and the album is a result of what we did of writing the lyrics. This album is dealing with Celtic mythology and other albums.
SAMI - I really hope we have some time because it is a really short trip. We are in the middle of a touring cycle so there will be no chance on having a holiday there, which would have been very nice. I am a weird person, I really like koalas. They are my spirit animals so it would be awesome to see some koalas.
EZN - All the rock stars came out for those shows, it is great out there everyone seems to root for each other. Ace would come in every day give me a hug ask me how I was. I'll see where my dressing room was then go to his dressing room it was a pleasure working with Ace and his crew and because of that tour, we ended up going on a tour with Jack Russells great white last year which was pretty successful.
It was interesting we got a image of her that was copyright free morning. I open my emails and get messages saying "Andy do you know you are in the Washington post today because they've written an article about a British post punk band who have Ivanka on the cover" and pretty much every single news outlets in America repeated that story in various ways I wasn't expecting that in any way.
TM - you've also toured with bands such as Metallica Slayer and Anthrax so how was that?
HK - It was great, Metallica are awesome guys and took care of us took us. They took us out to dinners and parties and that's awesome of them to do. We got to go to the World wired tour with them and did four parts of touring. It was over 7 months or something like that, so it was awesome to see them play every night. I don't know how many shows so that was cool. It was the same with Slayer and Anthrax, we toured with them with my old band Kvelertak. They were nice to us to and it was a lot of fun. It was really fun to do Jager shots with Kerry King backstage after the show, he is super friendly and great guys it was a lot of fun.
TM - What's your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?
DS - I have a couple of great memories. I was a music fan first and that's the great part about this job, you get to play with bands you're a fan of and you get to watch music you love from the side of the stage. I have a top 3 that are seen live and they are not all rock music.
I don't want to say I take it for granted but you see so many rock shows and non-rock shows. A stand out for me is Elton John's red piano in Las Vegas, It was amazing. I took my parents to see it in 2009.
TM - What's your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?
JS - When I was younger the San Francisco music scene was so prevalent and there were so many great bands to come out of San Francisco. Probably early Carlos Santana when he had the Santana Blues Band, they were amazing.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be what song would it be and in your style or their style?
RF - I'm influenced by so many different genres. I would love someone to take it and put them to reinterpret my song. Probably anyone, but I would probably have a minor heart attack if Devin Townsend did something with one of my songs.
TM - What was your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?
S - The first time I saw Saxon live back in 81 on the " Wheels of Steel" tour. It was my very first concert and I remember everything. I went to the front row and was surprised how well the base punched in my belly. The first one is always the best. I have seen a lot of bands and go to a lot of festivals. I have so many great memories, Judas priest is great as well.
TM - What's your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?
TK - I think the most memorable show I have ever seen was in 1983, I got to see DIO in his very first tour, the Holy Diver tour. I was standing in front of the stage, it was cool I wish I got to tour with them.
We also played on the Motorhead cruise before Lemmy died.
L- I went for my audition as the singer and they said we might keep you but you have to prove yourself. They wanted to be sure that they trusted me. They told me, we are going to play Waken and I had never played there but I had always wanted to. It was a dream come true, we were official openers for the festival and the tent was super crowded. It was my birthday so it was a great day.
TM - What was it like filling the huge shoes of Chris Olivia (R.I.P) with his stint in SAVATAGE and would he be part of a SAVATAGE reunion if it was to ever happen again?
AS - It was a huge honour but a sad occasion. I wish he didn't have to be cold to do that but it was an honour to do that. I was a fan of Savatage from the very first recordings and it was a huge honour to play Chris's part. I can't really answer if the band would reunite it hasn't happened but a lot of us thought it would of happen since so many bands are reuniting. Testament is most of the original line up but I think it's definitely up to the founder. Jon Oliva and I haven't been in touch lately so I'm not sure where his head is at. I know if he wanted to do it it would definitely happen.
TM - Your drummer Dave came back from Machine Head, how did this come about?
TM - That would be awesome have you seen them live?
JM - Yeah, in 2013 Metallica hosted a barbecue for all the bands that were playing Soundwave. I have seen them more then any other band. Lars was walking around at the barbecue but I kind of hid because I was too worried about being a nerdy fan so I didn't meet Lars. I meet James side of stage watching Ghost.
TM - What's your favorite memory watching someone else's perform live, can you tell us a story?
BC - The first concert I ever went to was AC/DC when I was ten years old. I remember seeing Angus Young running around everywhere. That was so memorable and so influential for me. That concert influenced me to play the guitar. I always find it fascinating there must be so many other kids at concerts, where that was the defining moment, where they decide they want to be a singer, bass player or drummer. What is it about certain personality types that draw you being in a certain part of the band. I find it fascinating.
TM - What's your favorite memory of watching someone else perform live?
RT - I watched Red Hot Chili Peppers a couple of years ago on the side of the stage and I was watching them smashing the s*** out of everything. He accidentally hit himself in the lip and his lip blew up and started bleeding everywhere.
TM - You worked with Kirk Hammet on a song, what was it like working with him?
MS - He is a fan and we became friends. One day I said "Hey Kirk, do you want to do a song on our album" and he said, "Ok Michael, let's do it". He came to a show our first leg of the United States show and jammed with us it was good fun.
TM - If you could have any band perform one of your songs, which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or there style?
WES - That is a tough one, I think I would like to see bands that helped get the fire started for me cover a song. Most likely either Alter Bridge, Hammerfall, Nightwish, and or even Tremonti. The song would most likely be either Cause of My Distress, Riptide, Beneath the Surface, or Never Back Down. It would be great to see it covered the way in which we recorded any of the songs, but it would also be pretty cool to see something covered in their style of playing.
TM - If you could collaborate with any artists who would it be and why?
BSR - Ace Frehley has been my idol since I was a child and I was able to play on an album and last year. The other day I was listening to some Danzig albums and I thought I would love to do something like this. Hopefully, I'll be able to do something with them sometime.
TM - What can fans expect from your new album Talviyö?
TK - I would like to think it's in line with the other albums. The production is slightly different, it is more organic mostly because it was recorded with the drum and bass at the same time. This album has a more old school style, you can hear the difference in the Rhythm Section because we are playing together in the studio.
GH- It has been a great tour. I have some time off right now so I'm back in San Diego and back on tour on Tuesday. We played a bunch of festivals like Grasspop and Hellfest, it was awesome. We played on the same day as Slayer. I normally go and help the video directors with the slayer set and it is pretty fun. I know all of the slayer music and where the solos are in the set, so it makes it easy to choose the camera I want to use. I can also go online after and check out my work, which was pretty cool.
TM - What can fans expect from your Album "Born To Perish"?
S - This time you can expect something different because we have a new lineup. We have a new drummer and a new guitarist so there is more shredding on this album. We have composed the whole album to fit two guitars, it creates a little extra rush and thrill on this album. It is brutal, loud and has a lot of details, especially in the guitar compartment.
TM - What was your writing and recording process for your new album?
JG - lots of ideas were recorded while I was in Europe. I recorded them on my MacBook and a lot of the ideas started 2 years ago. I have been writing on this record for two years. Some stuff was recorded in Detroit Michigan and California and all over the country. All the videos were recorded in Idaho and we mixed it in Burbank. I'm really stoked about this record and there are a lot of good messages and good beats!
TM - What can fans expect from your Australian tour?
LT - We are really excited to come to Australia and it is our first time in 20 years. It has been our first possible opportunity to come over there. It is going to be amazing and incredible. The country is incredible and the landscape gives us the inspiration to write lyrics of mother nature, natural landscapes, and creation. I have made whole albums about these subjects. When we come over there we really have the feeling of being in heaven and it is amazing. The fact that we get to meet our fans and play our music on top is just incredible.
TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?
PS - I like the band Apocalyptica and I think they have a really cool take on the songs they cover. They have already done one of our songs. Apocalyptica had the day off and when we playing in Madrid, so I went down to see them and asked them to cover one of our songs and they did it. They had a lot of ideas for it. I think our fans will be looking forward to seeing them at Sabaton open-air festival.
TM - What is one of your favourite memories from touring?
NY - I will never forget the time we went to Singapore, and I thought there were only going to be 50 people at the gig. I thought to myself if there are 50 people it would be mind-blowing. We walked out on stage there were thousands of people, it was mind-boggling. We couldn't stop smiling on stage and it was insane as there were so many people.
TM - If you could have any band perform one of your songs which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style all their style?
KWS - There is one of our songs that recently got recorded by Five Finger Death Punch it is called Blue on Black. We did a collaboration where they recorded a song and I did the guitar on it. A country artist, Bailey Gilbert sang on it. They also got Brian May from Queen to play guitar on it. That was really cool and unexpected.
TM - What are you most looking forward to doing in Australia?
TR - Last time I was there it was a great experience. I am crazy about sailing old wooden boats and I found the guy that has an old wooden sailing boat from Sweden. I contacted him and said I would like to see the boat and he invited me on a race on a Thursday. I saw the city from sailing into the harbour in Sydney, it was one of the best tours I have ever been on.
TM - How did you come up with the idea for the song "The Good Doctor"?
RJ - The good doctor is set in the 1950s in a psychiatric ward, the album is set in that time. We looked at all the experiments that they use to do on people back in those days. The good doctor was based on that stuff.