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Iced Earth w support at Worldwide Plagues Tour 2014 – European leg at Lilla Vega Copenhagen, Denmark

April 16th, 2014

 

 

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Iced Earth – headline act

Worldwide Plagues Tour 2014 – European leg

Warbringer – special guest

Elm Street – support act

Lilla Vega

Copenhagen

Denmark

16/2 – 2014

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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The American heavy metal act Iced Earth is out on a European tour supporting their latest album PLAGUES OF BABYLON. Unfortunately the band leader Jon Schaffer didn’t manage to keep the line up from the last album DYSTOPIA intact and new members in the band are Luke Appleton on bass and drummer Jon Dette. The show in Copenhagen was one of the last ones on the tour then the band heads down to Australia and South America before the tour continues to America. The support act Elm Street comes from Australia and as special guests we find the labels mates in Warbringer.  I was really impressed by PLAGUES OF BABYLON and I was really looking forward to see Iced Earth this night. The club where the bands was going to play is called Lilla Vega and is located in downtown Copenhagen. The club inhabits about 500 visitors and I was quite surprised when I saw the choice of venue. I thought that Iced Earth would play at larger venues than Lilla Vega. Strangely were there also tickets left to the show. The doors opened at 8:00 and Elm Street was scheduled to begin the night at 8.30. Not many people was waiting in line outside the club when I showed up but the ones that was there seemed happy and was looking forward to see Iced Earth. A few hardcore fans had bought tickets to the meet and greet and they were already inside the club when the rest of us was let in at 8. The Danish crowd usually turns up when it’s time for the headline act to play and this night was no exception to that rule. Therefore there weren’t many people to see the first act.

Elm Street

The show kicked off as soon as the members showed up on stage. The band consisted of four guys from Australia that play heavy metal. Two songs were played after which the singer thanked the audience for the applauds and said that the band was really exited to be in Copenhagen. Band members are:

Ben Batres – lead vocals, guitar

Aaron Adie – guitar

Tomislav Perkovic – drums

Brandon Farrugia – bass

The band thanked both Iced Earth and Warbringer for an amazing tour and Batres said that they wanted to see a circlepit in the next song which was “Heavy Metal Power”. Before that had songs like “Heatracer” and “Barbed Wire Metal” had been played and even though the crowd was small the ones that was there made their best to support Elm Street. I thought the band did a good job and time flew by quickly. Suddenly announced Batres their last song and asked if we were ready for Warbringer. “Face The Reaper” ended the 30 minute show and Elm Street’s time in the limelight at Lilla Vega was over.

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The clock was now 9 and as soon as Elm Street went off stage began the crew the work to prepare the stage for Warbringer. Warbringer used the same drums as Elm Street and the change of gear went pretty fast. There were no photo pit in front of the stage and now had people began to show up. I understood pretty soon that it was going to be a bit hard to take pictures because the Iced Earth fans always use to be a bit wild. Already at ten past nine was it so time for Warbringer to take on Copenhagen. The lights went out and suddenly stood the band there.

Warbringer

All of the members but the singer began the show and as soon as he showed up the band kicked off the show with “Scars Remain”. It was full speed ahead from the very start and the fans seemed to love it. “Iron City” followed and singer Kevill thanked the fans so much for their support before it was time to kick off “Severed Reality”. Warbringer are:

John Kevill – lead vocals

Carlos Cruz – drummer

John Laux – guitar

Adam Carroll – guitar

Ben Mottsman – bass

Kevill ran around like a maniac on stage during the show and took over the small space that was on stage. Warbringer’s music can best be described as thrash metal with hints of grindcore. Kevill said it was nice to be in Copenhagen and asked if the fans wanted to hear more. He also wanted to see a circlepit in front of the stage during the next song which was “Living Weapon”. A few brave fans tried to create a circlepit but it didn’t go so well. Most of the fans stood still and watched the band quite calmly. Kevill seemed to be frustrated of the lack of circle pit and said that the fans the next time could come and see the show with their parents and that they maybe could teach the fans to do a proper mosh pit! The show continued with “The Turning Of The Gears”, “Total War” and “Living In A Whirwind”.

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Kevill said that only Sweden remained on the tour before the band was done with the European leg of the tour and that the tour had been a blast. “Demonic Ecstasy” and “Hunter-Seeker” ended the show and Kevill thanked Iced Earth so much for letting Warbringer be a part of the tour. As soon as the last song had ended took the band off their instruments, thanked the crowd and walked off the stage. Another 40 minutes was gone and soon was it time for the headline act. Warbringer did a great job warming up the crowd and had a great set list that included both older songs as well as more current ones. The only negative thing with the show, and the same goes for Warbringer, was the poor lights. The sound system worked great but it was worse with the lights.

Set list

Scars Remain

Iron City

Severed Reality

Living Weapon

The Turning Of the Gears

Total War

Living In A Whirlwind

Demonic Ecstasy

Hunter-Seeker

A huge drum kit at the back of the stage was revealed by the crew and soon we could see a huge back drop with the cover of the new Iced Earth album on it. On each side of the drums hung smaller backdrops with parts of the new album cover on them and it was pretty crowded on stage from all the gear the crew put out. More people had arrived to the club and with them also more excitement. The temperature began to rise and a positive vibe could be sensed. And after 30 minutes of waiting was it then time for Iced Earth to conquer Lilla Vega and Copenhagen.

 

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Iced Earth

While the intro played the band entered the stage and the first song out for the night was the title track to the new album “Plagues Of Babylon”. Singer Block rushed on to stage during the intro to the song and the fans gave he and the rest of the band a really warm welcome to Copenhagen. “Democide” followed and especially the fans at the front of the stage went totally crazy. Block moved from side to side of the stage connecting with the fans and it seemed like he really appreciated the support the band got from the fans. The line up of Iced Earth is:

Jon Schaffer – guitar

Stu Block – lead vocals

Troy Steele – lead guitar

Luke Appleton – bass

Jon Dette – drums

Block thanked the fans and asked if they’re doing fine. It was time to play a song taken from the previous album and the song was “V”. Block said that the next song had Schaffer written to his grandfather and it was the beautiful song “If I Could See You” taken from the latest album. Contrary to the two previous bands was the lights working in favor of Iced Earth and the crowd followed the bands moves and sang a long in almost every song. “The Hunter” made all of the fans scream like crazy and the band seemed to be having a great time together on stage. They felt solid and tight and everyone knew exactly what to do on stage. Block have grown like a front man since the last time I saw them live and I think the did a great job fronting the band. The constant touring did the band good. Block asked if we had energy left and pointed to the fans up on the balcony that they had to scream more because the fans down on the floor were beating their ass. It was now time to head back in time and to the album SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and the song “Burning Times”. Block wanted everyone in the club to sing a long with him in the middle of the song.

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The next song “Red Baron/Blue Max” was taken from the album THE GLORIOUS BURDEN and I couldn’t but be impressed by how great Block sang the older songs. Even though he have some similarities with both the old singers Matt Barlow and Tim Owens he managed to the songs to his own and totally blew my mind. Block went off the stage in the middle of the song and it was time for bandleader Schaffer to do a lead guitar show off. “Blessed Are You”, “Vengeance Is Mine” and “Cthulhu” continued the night and it felt like the audience had listened to the new songs because they sang along in them as loud as they did in the older songs. Schaffer looked as always really cool and he and Appleton backed up Block on vocals and again, it felt like the band had a great time. “My Own Savior” followed and it felt like the band had a bit of time pressure on them. Block didn’t do much talking in between the songs instead they kicked off every song pretty fast after each other. Block had the fans to scream and cheer  and the crowd seemed to love every minute of the show.

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Block once again disappeared from the stage and instead Appleton and Schaffer took the center position and fired off “The End?”. After the song handed Block out the mic towards the crowd and wanted them to scream for him. He said it was time to go back to the album THE DARK SAGA and the beautiful song “A Question Of Heaven”. Block let the fans sing the first chorus and Block sang the rest of the song with great passion and feeling. That great song ended the ordinary set of the show and the band went of stage. One hour and fifteen minutes had gone since the band kicked off the show but that was not enough for the crazy fans, they wanted to hear more from Iced Earth.

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Iced Earth shortly returned to the stage and Block wanted to see some hands in the air while they fired off “Dystopia” as the first encore. From the album SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES came the next encore in “Watching Over Me” which Schaffer wrote about his friend who got killed in a motorcycle accident. Block said that song was very special to the band and that the song is one of his personal favorite songs to sing. He wanted everyone to sing a long in the song with him. And this was also one of the fans favorite songs and everyone sang along throughout the song. Block urged the crowd to give a warm applaud for both Elm Street and Warbringer for opening for Iced Earth and then was it time for the last song for the night. Block counted 1-2-3 and the fans scream ICED FUCKING EARTH! but Block wasn’t happy and encouraged everyone to scream louder and after the third attempt he was happy. Of course followed “Iced Earth” which always is the ultimate ending of an Iced Earth show.

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The show ended after 1.40 at 11.55 and both the fans as well as the band seemed to be really happy and satisfied with the show. I have nothing negative to say about the show, everything was great!! It was an amazing set list and even though I lacked a few of my personal favorite songs the set list was great. The crowd was dedicated and brought out the best of the band. It was nice to see that Block had grown and matured as front man and he is a brilliant singer. The only thing that could be better next time is if the club can fix a photo pit, it was really hard to take pictures amongst all the waving hands and banging heads. This was an amazing evening in every possible way and I really hope that Schaffer can continue to keep this line-up solid.

 

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Set list

Plagues Of Babylon/Apocalypse (segue)

Democide

V

If I Could See You

The Hunter

Burning Times

Red Baron/Blue Max

Blessed Are You

Vengeance Is Mine

Cthulu

My Own Savior

The End?

A Question of Heaven

Encores

Dystopia

Watching Over Me

Iced Earth

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Interview with JON DETTE – Iced Earth, Animetal USA, ex- Testament, Anthrax, Slayer etc.

December 17th, 2013
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INTERVIEW WITH JON DETTE

John Dette is a recognizable name amongst the metal fans. For the first time his name popped up in the mid of the 90′s when he was playing in Slayer. Later on he has sat behind the battery for such bands as  Testament, Anthrax, Heathen and now he is on tour with Iced Earth. It was about time to sit down with John Dette to talk about his works in various bands and his current jobs with Iced Earth and Animetal USA.

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN


Metal-Rules.com: First of all, welcome to Finland.

Jon Dette: Thank you. Yes. I believe this is my first time to Finland.

Metal-Rules.com: It is.

Jon Dette: Yeah. I was just thinking of that, the other day I was like, I have been Oslo and Kristiansand, Norway, but never to Finland. I think. Yeah, this is definitely my first time.

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Metal-Rules.com: Let’s start with this most current thing, the Iced Earth tour. This was another last minute call tour for you, right?

Jon Dette: Definitely last call; it’s just kind of been the theme of my year it seems like. But it’s great, Iced Earth contacted me. I believe it was about two weeks before this run started and asked me if I could do this arena run with Volbeat. And I was introduced to them through our mutual friend Rob Caggiano who is now playing guitar for Volbeat. And so, that’s how that connection started. So, yeah. They contacted me. I spoke to Jon Schaffer and they gave me 12 songs to learn on a very short amount of time. So, it’s where you get into a room you start wood shedding and go, “Okay. Just take a song a day or two songs a day burn it into my brain.” It’s memory retention really. So, and it’s been going great. Everybody seems to be enjoying themselves having a great time, we are definitely drinking buddies. But I think for the fans that are watching Iced Earth on stage, the reaction I get is that and just from the reaction also from the crew and people that are also watching from the side of the stage that they seem to think that it feels like a unit and it seems very solid. So, the response that I’ve gotten has been really positive. So, I guess that means I’m doing my job.

Metal-Rules.com: So, how familiar you were with Iced Earth’s material before this gig?

Jon Dette: Honestly, I am not familiar with the older stuff. I’ve known about Iced Earth and I’ve heard a few songs over the years, but I’ve never heard an album that I could remember from its entirety.

Metal-Rules.com: Were there any songs you could name, you know?

Jon Dette: Honestly as I said, there were songs I knew. The one song that I actually really liked was the song called, “The Reckoning Day” and I believe that was when Ripper Owens came into the band, he was singing on it. And so, yeah. I’m somewhat familiar with that, but as far as the back catalog not so much. So, it was literally learning material from scratch. Where the thing about, Slayer and Anthrax is that I’ve been fans of those bands since I was 13 years old. And so I’ve not only, I knew all of the songs that I was playing for those bands before even played in those bands, just because that’s how I played when I was growing up as a teenager. So this is, with bands like Heathen and Iced Earth, it’s a different situation for me, because I haven’t had their back catalog. So, it’s a lot of stuff to learn in a short amount of time.

Metal-Rules.com: Actually I was about to ask, it must be one hell of a job for you to start learning the songs that you are not familiar with and you have to learn them very quickly before going out to tour?

Jon Dette: Yeah. Well, and again it just goes down to, you’ve got so many songs to learn and you have so many days to learn it. So, as opposed to going bombarding myself with all 12 songs or… Monday I’m going to do this song and this song. And I’m not even listening to anything else. So, I guess it’s almost calculating it out and figuring out the parts. I can hear everything that’s going on. So, it’s really again just a question of memory retention. It’s like cramming, studying for a test. So, where you just play the song over and over and over again until it gets burned into the brain. And I know when I have the song, well I’m happy with it because I can play the song completely from memory with where I’m not playing to tracks or I’m not playing to a guitar player. I can actually just sit in a room with the drum set and nothing else and I can play the songs. And I made a couple of videos for John as well; that I played from once I had them to memory played them. Just so, they could see. Okay, “Is he hitting the parts right?” I think they wanted to make sure as well. So, yeah. I did the song, “Pure Evil” which is a pretty intricate song. And then a couple of songs off the new record, which were actually much more straight forward and laid back. But I think they wanted to see how I could perform both the extreme side and then the more laid back side. So, I played with clique tracks, but that’s it. There was no guitar or anything in my head, but once I get it to that point then I move forward to the next one. So, yeah. And it was definitely a long days, so I will say. And yeah.

Metal-Rules.com: It wasn’t the first time?

Jon Dette: Yeah. It’s not the first time, but this is one of the few times where again I’m listening to something completely new and green for the first time. So, that presented its own challenge. The other bands that I have played for surely its challenging music, but the last thing that I needed to do was listen to the song for memory retention. So, if I had to listen to, I don’t know, an Anthrax song that I had never heard before or Slayer song I had never heard before and it was like for all of them it probably be a much different situation going to those bands.

Metal-Rules.com: You said that you made a deal with the band to make this tour but do you have plans to carry on with the band in the future?

Jon Dette: Well, that’s being discussed right now. Right now the band is set up to; they’ve got a lot of touring ahead of them. Their record is going to be released in January; I think it’s going to the first or second week of January depending on what country you are in. So, the next step from here is actually Iced Earth is coming back to do their own tour in Europe, January and February. I believe that ends in Moscow, March and then they go to Australia, in New Zealand, then head down to South America and then straight to the States. I believe then it will be the festival runs in summer of 2014. So, we are discussing that right now and my point is open right now. So, as I said I’m getting along, great with the guys and we seem to be enjoying ourselves on stage. So, if it’s something that they want to move forward with, then I would definitely do it for them.

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Iced Earth 2013

TESTAMENT TALK

Metal-Rules.com: One of the bands you have been working in the past is Testament. What is your opinion about the fact that Gene Hoglan is now back in the band?

Jon Dette: Gene is a phenomenal drummer. I actually aside from when I was growing up as a kid listening to Anthrax and Slayer and Metalica and those were my main influences. Gene Hoglan, Dark Angel, DARKEST DESCENDS. I mean, “Perish in Flames” and “Burning of Sodom”. And it was just like those, he was going so fast… He was like, he was doing fast stuff back then and it was so precise and so amazing. And every time I see Gene I’m like, “Perish in Flames”. I’m like, “So fucking awesome.” He’s like, “Thanks.”

Metal-Rules.com: Dark Angel are doing  shows together again with LEAVE SCARS line-up.

Jon Dette: I didn’t know, awesome. Yeah, Gene is an amazing drummer and he is a perfect fit for Testament. I think they sound great together musically, I think they click as people. Gene has been in and out of Testament. I remember Gene did an amazing record with Testament back in ’97 called DEMONIC, which I wind up doing a tour. Because Gene had just started that band, Strapping Young Lad, but as it turned out Strapping Young Lad was actually the support band on that Demonic -tour. So, was awesome to be able to watch Gene jam every night still. But I think it’s great that he’s in Testament and I wish nothing but the best for Gene and Testament.

Metal-Rules.com: Did you ever have a chance to make recordings with the band with exception of the LIVE AT FILLMORE album?

Jon Dette: We actually, we started… I started jamming with Eric at the end of the Demonic -tour, on songs that he was starting to come up with ideas for the next record. And there was a couple of songs that we had worked on. It was more ideas at that point that wound up on what sounds like the GATHERING record now. But I want to say, the last song on the GATHERING record, “Fall of Sipledome”, is that the name of the song? Yeah. I definitely remember working on parts of that song with Eric, but we never as far as recording stuff. The only stuff that we recorded was the live record and then the actual acoustic tracks that were a bonus to that record. Which is, “Return of Serenity”, “The Legacy” and “Trail Of Tears”. So, those I actually went into the studio and recorded with them. But I’ve never had a chance to record original material with Testament.

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John Dette

WORKING IN BUSINESS

Metal-Rules.com: Yeah, it is funny that it was Dave Lombardo who finished the GATHERING album. So it seems that there are always the same names popping up everywhere?

Jon Dette: Well, it’s like the little… I don’t know. I think because those bands have toured together for so long over the years that they know each other. They know each other skills; they know each other’s people. So, things happen in bands as they normally do. And they are looking for somebody. You have to feel comfortable with someone; it’s not just the skill. A lot of people, it’s really easy for the public to make that assumption. Like get this person to play for your band, this person. Because all they know is they skill, and they don’t realize like, you guys are traveling on a bus together. It’s not a 9:00 to 5:00 job; you don’t see this person for four hours in the morning and go to lunch, and then four hours later. And then everybody leaves for the weekend. You are with people constantly. It is like, it’s like a relationship. And so, and that said it’s a very important factor when bands are looking for people or artists are coming together to do this. So, it’s not. I always tell people, it’s about who is the best person for that particular thing and it’s like having a relationship with the girl. You could see the most physically beautiful woman with the biggest tits and the nicest ass. But somebody that’s married, could look at that woman and think if his wife as physically beautiful. But there is something more way beyond. What I’m getting there is a lot of things involved to make it work in a band rather, not just the skill set. Bad analogy, big tits and ass. “Laughs” Sorry.

Metal-Rules.com: Right, many guys who we have interviewed have said that being in band is like a marriage.

Jon Dette: Absolutely, and it can be the littlest things. You could have four guys in a band that are chain smokers, and one guy who has the most amazing skill set in the world, but he hates cigarettes. Or vice versa, you’ve got four guys that don’t smoke or don’t drink and then you got one guy that just loves to party his ass off. Who is right and who is wrong? There is no right and there is no wrong, it’s only what’s right for that situation. But if you have people that have habits that are conflicting each other, social habits, whatever it is. It’s not going to work out in the long term.

Testament: Live at Fillmore

Testament: Live at Fillmore

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SLAYER AUDITION

Metal-Rules.com: About Slayer, a little bit more about that… I remember when I saw this video, “I Hate You’ where you were playing on. I remember thinking; “Hold on that not Bostaph, who’s that guy?” But how did you get the job with Slayer, replacing Paul Bostaph in ’95?

Jon Dette: That was in November. I started talking to Slayer, September ’95, is when they originally contacted me. And I was actually contacted by a mutual friend of the band. And they had mentioned that Paul was going to be leaving the band, and they were going to start auditions. And that I should audition for the band, which of course I would love to. So, as it turned out, my attorney was also Slayer’s attorney at the time. So, my attorney handles contracts and all that stuff for bands, entertainment Attorney. And so, I called him, I said, “Hey! So, I heard Paul is leaving the band and I’d like to audition.” And he said, “Well, you know I can’t talk about my other clients, Jon.” So, I said, “Okay. Well, I’m sending down an audition tape. If they are looking for somebody, consider myself available.” And I got a call the next day from their management, and that’s how I went down to audition. And actually they had heard my name from a couple of different sources, and I think they wanted to try everyone else out and then try me out last, or second to last. Actually Gene Hoglan was the last person they tried out after me. And they sent me a list of songs, and they said learn side one of DECADE OF AGGRESSION, which I already knew all those songs because I’ve been playing them my entire since I have been drumming basically. And then they said learn DIVINE INTERVENTION, and I was like, “Oh man.” Because I hadn’t really listened to DIVINE INTERVENTION too much. And Bostaph is just like psychotic on that record. And at the time when we were talking, I was going to be auditioning with them in two weeks. So, I’m like, “Okay. One song a day. Let me just dissect this thing.” And that’s what I did, I started with “Killing Fields”, “Sex Murder Art”, “Fictional Reality”. I just boom, boom. I was just going through all the songs. Two weeks came, “Well they are not going to be ready quite yet. It’s probably going to be another two weeks.” “Okay, great.” Now I get another two weeks to polish this up even more. And so, when it finally turned out for me to audition, and the management called me the day before and they said, “So, you learned the song “Divine Intervention”. Right?” And I said, “The song?” I’m like, “No, I learned the album, DIVINE INTERVENTION.” “No, no. You don’t need to learn the album, just that one song.” That information would have been helpful. But as it turned out that was one of the great things about the audition, because when I set up and I was warming up. I warmed up to the entire DIVINE INTERVENTION record, and they were in the room next door listening to me while I was warming up. And after I went through I think the fourth song, my drum tech told me later on because he was in the front, Jeff Hanneman. They are playing with their guitars and playing along with me and they said, “We don’t need to try this guy. Already knows all the songs, let’s just go to the bar now.” But they did come in and jam and again it felt great, we jammed for two days and Kerry took me to the bar at the end… We went to a bar after the second night, and he said absolutely nothing about joining the band. It was all just small talk and then, the bar is getting ready to close and I said, “Well, I guess I’ll just wait to hear from you guys.” And he said, “No. We already decided you are the guy. You will get a call next week and will go roll the details, see you later.”

Metal-Rules.com: And that was it?

Jon Dette: Yeah, literary two sentences and that was it. So, that’s how that went down. And then my first show with them was actually, we did a small club in Miami for American Records. But my first show with them was actually Dynamo in ’96. I think so.

Jon Dette

Jon Dette

THE FUTURE AND ANIMETAL USA

Metal-Rules.com: The year has been really hectic for you; first you toured with Anthrax, then Slayer, then Heathen and now Iced Earth. But you also have your own things, music and bands, going on at the same time I believe so?

Jon Dette: Well, as you said. This last year has been, this is my fourth time to Europe in one year. I was here this time last year with Anthrax. And then I was back here again with Heathen in May and June, then I was back here with Anthrax in July and August and now I’m here with Iced Earth. I really, honestly I haven’t had time to do anything else, it just been those bands have been keeping me pretty busy. And I actually started working with Slayer after we had gotten back from Australia. We started working for demo and music for their new record. And then obviously what happened with Jeff passing away, that changed some things. But it was definitely moving in that direction for me to be working with Slayer. But as I said there are just some things that changed with that once Jeff passed away, and I think ultimately they felt more comfortable with ‎Paul Bostaph, just because Paul have been in the band for longer. I think it was not going to be as much of a shock to their fans, because first Dave is gone and now Jeff has gone the band it’s now down to two original members. And who have clearly dealt with a lot of it, closely over the last couple of years. So, if Paul makes them feel more comfortable and at home, then more respect to him and I wish them the best with that. But that’s the only other thing that I was potentially moving forward to working on, aside from the Animetal USA project which I have been involved with Chris Impelitteri, Rudy Sarzo and Mike Vescera. So, they’ve been talking about doing a record and they are wrapping up a deal now with Warner Brothers. So, if I’m available to do that then I’ll do it. But as I said, it’s if I’m doing the Iced Earth things then I’m going to commit to them. Then it’s just going to be keeping me busy for quite some time now.

Metal-Rules.com: The Animetal thing, it’s not too well known here in Europe. But it’s known it’s a huge thing in Japan.

Jon Dette: Well, the Animetal thing has really been specific towards Japan and the Asian market because it’s completely based on Japanese anime, the costumes that everybody wears. They are not necessarily based off of; they are not actual figures from an anime cartoon. But the songs are all anime cover songs, every one that they’ve just, they’ve heavy metalized into songs. The songs are actually legitimate, they are well structured songs. It’s challenging to play, but as far as the whole costume thing and all that, I think it’s something that maybe North America, maybe Europe aren’t ready for something like that. I don’t know. My thought is to keep it specific to Japan just because they get it, they understand that’s their music, they know the songs. I played with Animetal at Loud Park Festival in 2011, and Animetal was the opening band at the Saitama Arena that day. And the Arena was completely full, and everybody in the Arena was singing the songs like we were a headline band that had been around for years, because they are Japanese covers songs. Well, the songs are sung in English, there are certain parts that are still Japanese vocals.

Metal-Rules.com: Yes, because Mike can sing in Japanese.

Jon Dette: He can because he used to be in Loudness, right. So, it’s pretty crazy. There is some footage of it on online. You can just see the whole crowd singing with us. It was like; “This is the first show ever that this band had played at that point?”

Metal-Rules.com: The first Animetal album was released in The States as well. How well it was received in there?

Jon Dette: It came out later in the States, yeah. But I don’t know how it did in the States, how well received it was.

Metal-Rules.com: But again, it would be amazing to see you guys doing shows in Europe as well. I think that there would be a great demand for bands like Animetal USA?

Jon Dette: Yeah but as I said, if Europe is ready for it. I mean, there is just certain logistic things that need to happen with Animetal, because of the costumes and the make-up, there is more of a production that goes into that show. I don’t know, will just have to see. Either way, if it’s something that can happen if Europe wants it, if they are looking forward to something like that then it will happen. The other thing that was discussed was the possibility of Mike, Rudy, Chris and myself doing an all original band. Where, yes we are an Animetal but just us, as an original band. Just completely different band. But us, just an original band but that’s something that we’ve been discussing and it’s still in thought process right now at this point.

Metal-Rules.com: Yeah, you’re really busy guys. I know.

Jon Dette: Rudy has been really busy. He’s been doing the Queensryche thing and Dio Disciples and… I don’t know what Mike has been doing but I know that he is really busy producing. He actually does a lot of producing of records. So, and Chris is just, Chris is Chris. He’s like the Mr. Business mind always doing something business related, really intelligent guy and he’s always busy and something. But yeah, as I said if it’s something that will happen great. But my personal thought is it would be better served to be specific to Japan and the Asian market, just because even though it’s a little more boutique that way. It’s, I think just the way that it’s been marketed. That’s going to be the best outcome for Animetal USA. But that’s just my opinion.

Metal-Rules.com: Okay Jon, our time is up now. Al the best with tonight’s gig with Iced Earth and see you there.

Jon Dette: Thank you guys. Metal Rules!

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