we unveil next year’s Bloodstock Festival headliners
AFTER this WEEKEND’S METAL EXTRAVAGANZA, BLOODSTOCK HAS ANNOUNCED NIGHTWISH AND Gojira AS 2018’S HEADLINERS. WE SPOKE to joe duplantier to Find out more…
HEY, JOE! GOJIRA ARE HEADLINING BLOODSTOCK IN 2018. THAT MUST FEEL PRETTY AMAZING, RIGHT?
“We feel great! It’s almost hard to explain because it’s our everyday life and we work hard to deliver a perfect album and perfect show – that’s our goal! So to see our name at the top for next year is a very special thing.we’ve played a few times now. It’s a beautiful festival – 100 per cent metal and there’s real identity behind it, and there’s real people behind it, not some huge machine. It’s very organic, which is why we can headline it.”
YOUR LAST Uk VISIT HAD LOTS OF PYRO, AND AT DOWNLOAD FRANCE IT RAINED FIRE… WE’RE EXPECTING A CAREERDEFINING SET!
“There’s a great chance you’ll be seeing a lot of fire – there’s a responsibility when you headline these things! Obviously we get paid more – but there’s an agreement between the festival and the band like,‘okay, here’s more money but you have to come with a show and a production!’ It’s a challenge we embrace. We will bring the fire!”
YOU’RE HEADLINING A FESTIVAL OF BLOOD… SO WHAT’S THE MOST YOU’VE EVER BLED?
“One time I had an accident with Mario’s china cymbal. I was stood on his drum stool trying to fix something on the ceiling in our rehearsal space. This must have been 1997 or 1998, so a very long time ago.the cymbal started to fall so I tried to stop it, but somehow it came back to my upper lip, exactly right in between my mouth and nose. I had to run to the hospital because I was bleeding so much. It was insane, there was blood everywhere.”
HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN BLOOD?
“Yes I have, but I can’t remember… it’s kinda blurry. I remember being in a tent where they took some blood for some cause. It was really unexpected, I remember not planning to do that, it just happened. I can’t remember when it was, it must have been nearly 20 years ago, but I can’t actually recall which country or what circumstances (laughs)! I think I was going to the grocery store and just thought I’d give some blood!”
YOU’RE CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH METALLICA. HOW HAS IT BEEN AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?
“I’m watching James Hetfield every night communicating to the crowd, which he’s been doing for 36 years now! He speaks very loud and clear, in a direct and articulate voice that everyone can understand. He doesn’t mumble. It’s the little things like that.and this tour has been extra special because it’s all stadiums and only stadiums – these gigs are all massive football and baseball venues! It’s pretty insane for us… the other day in San Diego, we played one of the biggest baseball stadiums in America and our dressing room was where the announcers sit, where there is a perfect view of the field.”
YOU MUST HAVE BEEN CHUFFED WHEN METALLICA SHARED A SELFIE – PICTURED RIGHT – OF JAMES HETFIELD GRINNING WHILE YOU SOUNDCHECKED?
“We ended with Vacuity, which is a song James said he really liked.we started playing it and this tall dude with a cowboy hat showed up taking pictures. I thought,‘holy shit – it’s James Hetfield taking pictures of me!’”
“THERE’S A GREAT CHANCE YOU’LL BE SEEING A LOT OF FIRE!” Joe duplantier, Gojira
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