Five Finger Death Punch, Devildriver and Like A Storm Share Favorite Thanksgiving Memories
Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:22:38
When you think about it, Thanksgiving is a pretty rock 'n' roll holiday. It's all about overindulging in the fruits of the earth—both of the liquid and solid variety! In some ways, it's the OZZfest of holidays. You've got the Turkey which is like the headliner—Ozzy Osbourne—then there's the stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn, bread and everything else rounding out the side stage. Given everything that Thanksgiving has in common with the world of rock 'n' roll we asked three of our good friends from various bands what their favorite thanksgiving memory is.
Jeff Kendrick of Devildriver, Matt Snell of Five Finger Death Punch and Matt Brooks al had quite hilarious and unique recollections of turkey day. All of the bands have incredible upcoming and current projects too! DevilDriver is set to release their fifth masterpiece, Beast, on February 22nd 2011, while Five Finger Death Punch just dropped their must-have box set for The Way of the Fist the "Iron Fist Edition." Like a Storm is still promoting their fiery debut, The End of the Beginning. All of these will make perfect gifts for another holiday on the horizon…
Check out these rocker recollections of Thanksgiving below and have a safe and fun holiday!
Jeff Kendrick — Devildriver
I think my best Thanksgiving memory was probably being at the House Of Blues with Gwar in 2005. We stayed up all night drinking the night before and did not sleep at all. We ate a half-assed dinner to try and recover before the show and then ended up puking before the gig even started. I was just completely SHOT! The show was absolutely packed. I remember barely being able to make it through the set and people laughing at me because I was in such bad shape. Sorry, Mom [Laughs]!
Matt Snell — Five Finger Death Punch
I guess the "funniest" thanksgiving memory for me would be a mix of two things. First would be my absolute and total loathing of Thanksgiving. I really just don't like Turkey Day dinner. I hate everything except the potatoes. Stuffing is nasty. Turkey is boring and don't even get me started on that red crap in the shape of the can! It's all dog food! Not to mention it falls on my birthday every two years or so and as a kid, it took the attention away from me, which every kid needs on their B-day. So that's also disappointing [Laughs].
One year, we decided to do fondue at the house. Being that my family is a drinking, "happy hour" family we all proceeded to talk, drink and enjoy the day. Everything was going well but with the extended time it takes for a large group to cook and eat their food. A lot, and I mean "a lot" of libations were ingested! During the dessert portion of the meal, my grandmother managed somewhere between martini numbers seven and eight to put the fondue fork right through her hand. I mean, it went right through the meaty party between the thumb and forefinger. She was staring at it for a minute before she finally asked for help! Not screaming—thanks to the martinis, I think—but just looking at it. My father and I put her in the car to go to the emergency room, and I just remember walking back towards the house. Once I got back in and close the door, everybody started laughing so hard. We have a warped sense of humor in my family. Maybe if we do a Christmas feature, I can tell you about people knocking over trees [Laughs]. But that's for another time!
Matt Brooks — Like A Storm
Growing up in New Zealand, we never really celebrated Thanksgiving. But since moving to North America, we've had Thanksgivings everywhere from Vancouver, Canada to LA! One Thanksgiving that really sticks out was the one we spent in LA, while we were making The End of the Beginning. We took a break from recording to have a few drinks and celebrate at our producer Mike's house. The irony is that between all the Kiwis, Canadians and Russians, not a single one of us were American! But we celebrated the US holiday all the same, and we all paid the price for our thanks the next day...
What's your favorite Thanksgiving memory?
Watch our "Rogue on Rogue" Monster Mash featuring Jeff Kendrick of Devildriver with Riki Lindhome of Garfunkel and Oates and Tyler Mane [Michael Myers in Halloween & H2] and Derek Mears [Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th] here!