DANKO JONES Celebrates Official Podcast's 50th Episode With LESLIE FEIST
July 3, 2013, a year ago
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Toronto rocker DANKO JONES celebrates his official podcast's 50th episode with LESLIE FEIST and BRENDAN CANNING to talk about BRUCE COCKBURN, A.C. NEWMAN, performance tricks, MASTODON, RON SEXSMITH and kidney stones. Check it out below:
Danko Jones is best known as the mouthpiece for the Toronto-based rock trio that bears his name. He writes songs admitting that he thinks bad thoughts about your daughter, that maybe just maybe he has a regret or two in life, and that rock n’ roll can never be too loud. When he’s not on stage somewhere in the world or locked in the studio, however, downtime beyond his private life extends to the realms of an online blog, the official Danko Jones podcast, and keeping the fans informed on the state of the world via Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else he can think of. Call it a working vacation from his daily grind.
“I really cut out all the time-wasters in my life,” he says of pulling off this Olympic-level balancing act – “I don’t watch too much TV or movies, I don’t drink and I never really did so I don’t go to bars, I don’t sightsee, so that’s how I can do it. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. When I’m walking around, the things that are going through my head are the things you’re reading on the Huffington Post or wherever.”
Case in point this past April, when Danko took the unusual step of expressing his disgust for what he considered a poorly written and unfair concert review posted on Beyond The Watch. Yes, he took it personally and ripped into the journalist that wrote it via his Huffington Post column:
“I fucking skewered them so hard (laughs). And then you posted it on Brave Words, so it was even more hammering on those guys. My whole thing with pointing them out is because it wasn’t just a blog or a writer, it was people from our home town. It was a more sensistive place to write a review. You can be from Toronto and put us down, but you should know why and how you’re putting us down because we’re from your home town and we’ve been doing this for 17 years. These guys are mid-20s probably, so they’ve grown up seeing our videos on MuchMusic. There’s kind of no excuse. It was a Toronto blog so I figured that fair’s fair.”
“Trust me, on that VOLBEAT support tour, we read stuff online where people just carved us,” he continues. “People would tweet me saying how much we sucked. That’s fine. Those people don’t really have anything to go on, and they just see this band they’ve never heard of. For a guy in Idaho who’s there just to see Volbeat, and then we hit the stage, I understand the negativity. That doesn’t bother me. It’s the Toronto thing that bothered me. And I thought we got a great reception. I walked off stage thinking ‘Now THAT was a Toronto crowd…’”
And when he’s not feeding people with his columns and podcasts, or commenting on the state of the insane world we live in via Twitter, Danko has no problem with using the internet to be completely self-serving. Prior to the Soundwave festival tour in Australia in early 2013, he posted a message on YouTube addressed to ANTHRAX, saying that he wanted to meet the band to get one of the records in his collection signed. It was a shot in the dark but he got his wish.
“Joey was super cool. I met him the first night. We knew some of their crew, and they came up to me saying ‘Joey wants to meet you.’ I’m like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?’ On the last day I met Scott Ian. He actually came up to me and I just stared at him like a freak (laughs). I asked him if he saw the video and he said ‘Yep,’ then I asked him to sign the album, as a fanboy does (laughs).”
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