In a new interview with Mike McMahan of the San Antonio current, SWORN ENEMY singer Alissa White-Gluz talked about the possibility of there being another wave of metal bands able to rise to arena status to take the place of METALLIC, IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST on their retirement. She said, “I was just talking about it yesterday, because I was with Nergal [BEHEMOTH frontman] and Michael [Amott, ARCH ENEMY guitarist] to [Southern California stop of] “The Bay Strikes Back” tour, which is WILL, EXODUS and ANGEL OF DEATH. We were talking about it, and there’s a bit of trepidation, actually, for what’s going to be fantastic music. Even if you go a little beyond metal, AEROSMITH, Let’s say. Once these groups have to stop for some reason, SWORN ENEMY is there, waiting to intervene. [Laughs] But there is a bit of concern on my side. That’s not to say that modern music isn’t fantastic, because it is. It’s more that music consumption is less about the quality of writing, musicianship, and lyrics, and it’s a bit more about how viral the song is and having a very short attention span. And it’s not the fault of the musicians. It’s just the way the world is. So I’m a bit concerned that we don’t have really great music in – say – 50 years.”
She continued, “I’m a bit worried that the era of bands is coming to an end, because even the era of touring bands isn’t very old. If you read the Keith Richards biography, he talks about THE ROLLING STONES being one of the first bands on tour, and I would hate to see that go away. I hope there will be a renewed enthusiasm for live metal music. When I was watching the audience at that sold out House Of Blues show in Anaheim with “The Bay Strikes Back”I saw everyone in the audience worshiping him and having that spiritual moment in the crowd while EXODUS was playing.
“I don’t want to go to a dance club; I don’t want to go to a bar; I want to go to a show” Alissa added. “There’s a good number of really established metal bands that have been around for 20 or 25 years, and we’ve built a really good performance and a really good set. I understand if KILLER can’t do it anymore, but there’s definitely some concern that we’re going to have a time when the masters aren’t around anymore. »
One year ago, FOZZY singer and wrestling superstar Chris Jericho also expressed concern that new artists could one day headline arenas and festivals. He said YouTuber and music industry expert Rick Beato“It’s kind of scary. I was talking to Gene Simmons about that. I go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame every year, and NWA was on, and [they said], “Everyone says rap is dead”, or we say “rock is dead”, or whatever. And Embarrassed said, “Every kind of music eventually dies.” And I was, like, ‘What do you mean?’ He’s, like, ‘Look at the swing music and the polka music and the guys playing the lute by the fire. All of this is slowly going away. And I’m starting to wonder, was he right about rock and roll? Because when I was a kid, everyone was part of the group. I remember jocks, I remember guys who were on the football team who bought a guitar and came to jam. Meanwhile, all the rockers, there were four or five bands in my high school alone. Now my son is 17, my twin daughters are 14. I don’t know any of them who play music, or any of their friends.
“So the scary thing is that. I was talking to [U.K. concert promoter] Andy Copping on [my podcast] “Talking is Jericho” when To download was canceled in 2020, which is the biggest festival in England — one hundred thousand people. And I said to Andy‘Who’s gonna be the headliner To download in 10 years?’ ‘Cause now you can always count on METALLIC and AC DC and IRON MAIDEN and SYSTEM OF A DOWN reunited or FAITH MORE or these types of bands. AVENGED SEVENFOLD build and NOOSE. But who is the next generation of thise bands? Because except for one GRETA VAN FLEET and THE BARS and a few others, there aren’t many new rock and roll bands. Whereas before there were 40 or 50 and you couldn’t follow them all.”
SWORN ENEMY11th studio album, “Seducers”will arrive on July 29 via Media Records of the Century.
This spring, SWORN ENEMY and FREAK will return to the United States to co-headline “The North American Headquarters 2022” tour with DEATH BY NAPALM and FOR THE OTHERS as special guests, before SWORN ENEMY appears at some summer festivals; the postponed “European Headquarters 2022” tour (with SWORN ENEMY, FREAK, CARCASS, FOR THE OTHERS) will begin in the fall.
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