Staind, Limp Bizkit, Five Finger Death Punch and Skillet Talk "Epicenter"
Mon, 19 Sep 2011 09:26:54
The Big Four has been decimating stages worldwide for over a year now.
Of course Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax are the titans that sparked the thrash revolution of the '80s but what about the late '90s and early '00s hard rock revival?
There was something of a "Big Four" then too. Think about it, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind, and Linkin Park could very well be the turn of the century's answer to that concept. They certainly sold enough records and wrote enough radio hits. Instead of getting all four though, Epicenter 2011 treats us two of them, Staind and Limp Bizkit, as well as a bevy of other modern rock heavyweights—some who have been around for the past decade-plus like Papa Roach, P.O.D., and Puddle of Mudd. Epicenter also showcases the saviors of modern metal, Five Finger Death Punch, just before they drop their highly anticipated new masterpiece, American Capitalist due out October 11. It's bound to be one hell of a festival living up to its tagline of "Southern California's Rock Festival".
In this exclusive feature, Staind, Limp Bizkit, Five Finger Death Punch, Skillet, and Puddle of Mudd talk to ARTISTdiret.com editor in chief and Dolor author Rick Florino about Epicenter and their excitement about playing the festival.
Are you excited to play Epicenter 2011 on Saturday September 24 in Irvine California?
Mike Mushok of Staind
Mike Mushok: It's going to be cool! To be on a great bill like this should be a ton of fun. We've been practicing this week and playing the new songs. They're a blast to play. We're playing an hour or so there will be two or three new songs in there.
Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit and Black Light Burns
Wes Borland: It's the 1999 throwback show at Epicenter [Laughs]. All of your favorites from the late nineties are all assembled in one place much to the chagrin of most Southern Californians [Laughs]. We're doing our thing, and it's not like it was then. In some ways, I think it's better. In some ways, it's more focused. We're old farts, but we're not so old that we can't still have muscular control, be in shape, and put on a really great show. I think that our shows have gotten more intense in a positive way and less intense in a negative way, which is great because I don't like all of the injuries, death, and stuff like that. I'm happy to have that go away. Now, it's just fun. I don't know what Epicenter is going to be like. We played maybe 12 shows in the U.S. last year. We've been mainly sticking to Europe and Asia. Here we go. Let's go play L.A. [Laughs] Let's see what happens.
Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody: Every musician knows this. Anytime you play California, there are certain markets where you show up with your A-game or you shouldn't have shown up at all. Epicenter is going to be one of those shows. There are a few that we've already marked on the list. Every single show counts. There are certain dates that we look forward to weeks ahead of time. I can't wait to see the expressions on people's faces after they check this shit out [Laughs]. Aaron Lewis of Staind is one of the nicest guys on earth. He invited me up on his bus. We were sitting there and chatting away. He's so mellow and cool. When I sat down with him, he was just a genuine guy. He doesn't regret anything he says, and he's absolutely conscious of who he is. I really have a deep respect for those kinds of people. There's an admiration that comes with those characters. I'll definitely be watching Staind. I'm going to see if Aaron will let me sing "It's Been Awhile" with him [Laughs].
John Cooper of Skillet:
John Cooper: We really don't come out to Southern California a whole lot. I'm very excited about the show because it's going to be great to play in front of a lot of new people. I'm a little nervous. I'm not sure how many people know us there and how many people don't because we don't come out a whole lot. I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be great. I only heard of the date recently. The owners of that festival own some other ones. We played a date that they did in North Carolina called Carolina Rebellion. I came off stage and one of the owners is somebody I've known for a long time. He said, "We're thinking of doing one in L.A. We're wondering if we can get you guys out". I said, "Yeah, we never come to California! It'd be great!" It was nice it happened that quickly. He's been a believer in us. There have been a few believers out there who have given a lot to see us do well. Del Williams is his name. He's one of those people. I'm always appreciative of those people. It's an amazing bill. I'm excited.
Paul Phillips of Puddle of Mudd
Paul Phillips: I'm stoked about it! It's like our return to L.A. It's cool because the first tour we ever did was with Staind. I haven't seen those guys in forever. I'm sure there will be a lot of catching up and reminiscing. I'm looking forward to it.
See our full interview with Mike Mushok of Staind here!
See our full interview with Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit here!
See our full interview with Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch here!
See our full interview with John Cooper of Skillet here!
See our full interview with Paul Phillips of Puddle of Mudd here!
See our full interview with festival organizer Gary Spivack here!