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Coale: So tell me about the "Headbanger's Ball Tour",
How's that going?
D Randall Blythe: Great man, we
leave in a week for Canada first dates in Toronto I
SMC: How's the revolving headliner
DRB: We all get 45mins every
night, I believe. It's split up by whatever night it
is, which is really cool. So, no ego trips, nothing
like that. All 5 bands are really good friends, like
Shadows, us, Unearth, God Forbid, and Killswitch.
It's all really good, God Forbid is doing half and
Unearth is doing the other. And we're gonna make sure
they're totally taken care of as far as sound. But
they'll get a 'lil bit shorter set cause of the
SMC: Tell me about the DVD coming
DRB: Tuesday. We go to NY, CBGB's.
This is a dream of mine actually, close down CBGB's
for 2 hours during CMJ. Open bar, full catering. To
premiere the DVD. It's called "Terror and Hubris,"
after one of our songs on "Pure American Gospel".
And it will be available on our website before
SMC: You guys just signed to
Epic, are you going into the studio any time soon?
DRB: Our plan is, after this
tour, (which is 6 weeks), take 6 months off, go home,
write the new record. If we're happy after 6 months
with what we've written then we'll enter the studio.
If Epic is happy with what we've done in the studio
they'll release it. If Epic is not happy with what
we've done and tells us to do some bullshit then
we'll get dropped and go somewhere else.
SMC: It's not like you'd have a
problem getting picked up.
DRB: naw, It's just very
important to us to maintain what we want to do. I
don't think Epic really has a clue. I mean they have
SMC: Ya, how are they gonna know
how to promote you?
DRB: I think our management is
going to instruct them on how to promote us. And I
think it's good for us. Man, I practice 5 nights a
week, we're outta town all the time. I can't have a
real job. I have no money, I live in a small rented
apartment. We're not Rock Stars, we aren't out
driving Lamborghinis or anything like that. But I
can't do the band full time and survive.
SMC: Are you planning on
singing more or just sticking to the same 'ole,
DRB: It's gonna be the same but
better, stronger. I'm not planning on busting out
the Pearl Jam vocals anytime soon.