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Posted on February 19, 2014

ArtistDirect spoke to Gojira's Joe Duplantier, Mastodon's Bill Kelliher & Kvelertak's Erlend Hjelvik ahead of their monsterous Spring tour of North America. The guys were asked a bunch of questions about preparing for tour, first gigs, songs they have written & more.

In respone to the question "What's the first metal show you each attended? Where did it start for you?" the guys had this to say;

Bill Kelliher: My first concert I ever went to was Aerosmith in like 1985. To me, that was metal back then. It wasn't exactly the metal we know of today, but it was pretty heavy for me then. The first real metal show was probably seeing Metallica on the ...And Justice For All tour. That was pretty amazing. Being a teenager and seeing my idols on stage-James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett-was awesome. I had been playing guitar for only a few years, and I saw the whole giant production of "Lady Liberty" with the scales. They had the whole theme going on from ...And Justice For All, and it was in the height of that record. It just sounded amazing. I was in college at the time, and it made me feel like, "I'm wasting my time here. I should be on stage like that doing what they're doing!" Now, twenty years later, it's happening.

Joe Duplantier: That's fucking great.

Erlend Hjelvik: That's awesome. I wish I could've been at that show.

Joe Duplantier: Me too! I'm so jealous. I saw them for the first time on the Load or Re-Load tour. I have a video of the ...And Justice For All tour. I believe it's from 1988. It's amazing.

Erlend Hjelvik: I think the first metal show I went to was Satyricon, but I come from a small village and there were never any shows. That's the first one I traveled out of town to go to when I was 17-years-old. I was too eager. I remember I got super drunk, and I got kicked out after two songs. It was kind of a bummer.

Bill Kelliher: [Laughs] That's great.

Erlend Hjelvik: At least I got to see two songs.

Joe Duplantier: That's a cool story too! My first metal show was a brutal death metal band from Bordeaux, France. Where I grew up there was no scene at all. All of the major tours would never go to this corner of France. So, it took me a long time to see a real professional metal band. I remember this band from Bordeaux. They were from the underground scene, and they were called Disabled. I remember being like, "Whoa! This is what I'm going to do!" It was so dark and powerful. If I were to see it now, I'd probably think it was very sloppy and funny. At the time, I was really impressed so I remember the show. They were your typical death metal band with long hair and fucked up Cannibal Corpse t-shirts. There were like ten people in the club. I loved it! I talked to the guys, and they traveled like three hours to come to the show from their hometown. They were paid like two-hundred bucks, but it was a big deal for them. So, this career wasn't very promising money-wise, but that was it.

Read the full interview right here.


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