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…

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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

Me­tal­lica’s James Het­field: Hard­wired to selfie-con­struct

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Joe Du­plantier shows the strain while mak­ing riffs rain

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