LAMB OF GOD Drummer Chris Adler - "Our Goal Was Not To Make Money; You Can’t Expect Art To Pay Very Well"
May 20, 2012, 5 years ago
LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler is featured in a new interview with India-based publication, Tehelka. An excerpt is available below:
Q: You have played for much more than a decade, for generations. What is the secret of keeping a band alive and popular for more than a decade?
Adler: "It is not easy. We had our fights, found things boring and had a lot of work at most times. We are not always best friends. But we know, together we do something special and travel the world. All of us know that we can only do this together and not one of us could do what we are doing by ourselves. You have to believe in each other. The hardest part of being in a band is knowing that you won’t make a million dollars and there is no party every night. You have to focus on the music."
Q: Was starting out as a band in the 90s harder than it is now? If so,why? What was it that worked for you?
Adler: "Starting a band then was hard but easier than it is now. The internet was just beginning then and we were distributing all our music online. We would play anywhere we could, at house parties, functions, everything. That I believe is the key to success, to be able to get out and play. Our goal was not to make money, you can’t expect art to pay very well. We didn’t expect to be METALLICA. Things are different now and every kid who has a laptop can make music in his basement with high quality sounds, live with his parents and pay bills. People have to try much harder now, every six minutes there is a better sounding band releasing a track."
Go to this location for the complete interview.
As part of their 2012 world tour, Lamb Of God will film a fan-to-band documentary, which features inspiring stories from fans from around the world. The band has now announced that they will shoot the documentary on the Gaza Strip.
They are currently appealing to fans from the region to make their way down and share their story with the metal masses. The band released the following message via their website:“…If you live near the Gaza Strip and listen to heavy metal music to escape your stressful life, then we are interested in hearing from you! You don’t have to be Lamb of God’s ‘biggest’ fan, but you should have a very inspiring life.”
Fans from all around the world have been invited to send in a 2,000 word or less letter, or a short, three-minute video with a description of their life and how Lamb Of God’s music helps them to cope with it. One fan will be chosen for each stop on their tour and filmed for the documentary.
Lamb Of God’s next stop is in Israel, where they will be searching for both males and females to appear in the documentary between May 27th – 31st. Those interested in participating are asked to contact email@example.com
As previously announced, this summer Lamb Of God and DETHKLOK will join forces for a 34-show North American tour kicking off on August 1st in Seattle, WA. The bands will shred their way through cities throughout in the US and Canada ending September 15th in San Francisco, CA.
Joining the co-headliners at each stop along the tour will be special guest GOJIRA. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, May 18th.
August1 - WaMu Theater - Seattle, WA
2 - Queen Elizabeth Theater - Vancouver, BC
4 - Big 4 - Calgary, AB
5 - Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, AB
7 - Convention Centre - Winnipeg, MB
9 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
10 - LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH
11 - Heavy TO - Toronto, ON
12 - Heavy MTL - Montreal, QC
14 - Delta Plex - Grand Rapids, MI
15 - Family Arena - St. Louis, MO
19 - Midland Theater - Kansas City, MO
21 - Congress Ballroom - Chicago, IL
22 - Compuware Arena - Detroit, MI
23 - Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA
24 - Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater - Charlotte, NC
25 - Constant Convocation Center - Norfolk, VA
26 - Pier 6 Pavilion - Baltimore, MD
29 - Roseland Ballroom - New York, NY
30 - Tsongas Arena - Lowell, MA
31 - Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater - Wallingford, CT
September1 - Outside at the Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
2 - Asbury Park Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ
4 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
5 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
7 - Bayou Music Center - Houston, TX
8 - Sunken Garden - San Antonio, TX
9 - Verizon Wireless Theater - Dallas, TX
11 - The Fillmore - Denver, CO
13 - Comerica Theater - Phoenix, AZ
14 - Gibson Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA
15 - Bill Graham Civic - San Francisco, CA