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MPF
06-27-2012, 01:06 PM
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=4916767489459488&id=08443f09f421006f2f733222da198436

Yesterday was one of the best days of my life meeting Iced Earth for the second time.. I got to go on the tour bus and hang out with Jon for quite a while in the back of the bus. He is very informative and let me in on a lot of great new stuff in the works:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2x3x4w2NuE

The interview with Jon Larsen of Volbeat....well you'll be able to tell how it went by checking it out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_r5BzPrNXA

dcmetal108
06-27-2012, 01:12 PM
Nice job man.

Iced Earth one was great and the Volbeat was good to a point.

MPF
06-27-2012, 01:14 PM
Nice job man.

Iced Earth one was great and the Volbeat was good to a point.

Thanks man. I have video versions of both interviews, but my computer is really being a bitch lately (as anyone can tell by recent facebook posts) so I just posted the audio version until I can get the videos working right.

The audio is more important to me anyways.

MPF
06-28-2012, 06:05 PM
I wasn't going to post this story but fuck it. I'm still pissed about it...

I was suppose to be interviewing Michael from Volbeat. at first they told me "5 minute interview, as fast as possible. Volbeat is a very busy, important band."

As soon as they heard that I had a syndicated radio show....

"We want a video interview that you can put on Youtube. You can make it as long as you want. Michael is looking forward to it."

Then comes Tuesday at 1pm. I get into Volbeat's Green room. And they ask what station I am a part of. I list off the stations that are internet radio and FM radio. and over the Walkie Talkie I hear Michael say "If he is not a part of 93X (the local rock station here) I'm not doing it."

So they send in Jon Larsen, who is the drummer of Volbeat, and if you listen to first 15 seconds of the interview, he couldn't have been LESS interested in doing an interview. The whole thing speaks for itself.

Knowing how shitty everything went, my bassist, who is my cameraman for video interviews, said to him how much he loved the Johnny Cash cover they do (which is Sad Man's Tongue....not a cover) He got pretty offended and said "Well a lot of people have said that to us, so we must be doing something right." then after a unwanted handshake and me thanking him for the interview. he stormed off. then I went to Iced Earth's tour bus to interview Jon Schaffer.


Now the part that seems sketchy, why isn't the video of these interviews up yet? My computer sucks ass and for some reason isn't allowing me to convert video to make it fit on Windows Movie maker to synch the audio I recorded on my Zoom H2. So since I do a RADIO show. I care more about the audio, and posted that. And both interviews will be on my show next week.

Fates Guardian
06-28-2012, 06:10 PM
Volbeat came out of nowhere, and that's where they should have stayed. Fuck that band.

MPF
06-28-2012, 06:19 PM
Volbeat came out of nowhere, and that's where they should have stayed. Fuck that band.

The sad part is that I defended these guys to the death. They get a lot of hate from metal fans up here because they are on the radio all the time now. And I would defend them saying they are just a catchy hard Rock/Metal band who can write good music.

I didn't realize how much of an ego a person can get once you get exposure. I still like the music, but fuck it, I won't support them anymore.

Steev
06-28-2012, 06:55 PM
That's weird, I've met Volbeat twice and they were really nice guys when I talked to them(especially Anders)


and Hank from Mercyful Fate is really cool too

MPF
06-28-2012, 07:03 PM
That's weird, I've met Volbeat twice and they were really nice guys when I talked to them(especially Anders)


and Hank from Mercyful Fate is really cool too

Neither of them are Michael or Jon ;)

My only guess is that, they feel differently about press then they do fan. If I met them after the show, they could have been the coolest dudes ever. But since I was doing an interview on a smaller scale, they might not have been interested at all.

Steev
06-28-2012, 07:21 PM
Neither of them are Michael or Jon ;)

My only guess is that, they feel differently about press then they do fan. If I met them after the show, they could have been the coolest dudes ever. But since I was doing an interview on a smaller scale, they might not have been interested at all.

Talked to both of them at a CD signing where they were nothing but nice to every last person(not to mention they showed up EARLY unlike every other band that showed up 10-20 min late)

Maybe they just don't like radio interviews(have you met most radio people in the US? Some can be pretty douchy), hell Jon pointed me out at a show and handed me his drumstick

MPF
06-28-2012, 07:25 PM
Talked to both of them at a CD signing where they were nothing but nice to every last person(not to mention they showed up EARLY unlike every other band that showed up 10-20 min late)

Maybe they just don't like radio interviews(have you met most radio people in the US? Some can be pretty douchy), hell Jon pointed me out at a show and handed me his drumstick

Jon Schaffer threw a pic to me but some guy jumped right in front of me to get it.

Steev
06-28-2012, 07:37 PM
Jon Schaffer threw a pic to me but some guy jumped right in front of me to get it.

I hate when people are jerks and do that

but yeah Volbeat is one of the only bands I've ever seen personally hand about 95% of the picks and sticks they give to the crowd

MPF
06-28-2012, 11:13 PM
Yeah I hated that, It was the pic he used on the song Iced Earth, so it would have been the first one he threw out. Oh well. They will be back, and hopefully in greater numbers.

Andrew from Metal Assault saw my post about this on Facebook and told me pretty much the same thing happened to him about how he supported them since their first US tour, only to be shunned when they got popular. So shitty.

Onioner
06-29-2012, 01:48 AM
Andrew from Metal Assault saw my post about this on Facebook and told me pretty much the same thing happened to him about how he supported them since their first US tour, only to be shunned when they got popular. So shitty.

Same thing happened to him with Opeth and Megadeth since their popularity grew over the last few years. Both bands originally gave Metal Assault interviews and press passes no problem, but now that they do arenas and amphitheaters they don't even acknowledge his emails or in Megadeth's case, they straight up cut us off entirely. It really is bullshit, but what can you do? Hopefully your radio show grows big enough to the point where you won't have to deal with this stuff man. Metal Assault (Andrew to a far lesser extent of course, but me definitely) still has some working up to do.

Steev
06-29-2012, 02:01 AM
Same thing happened to him with Opeth and Megadeth since their popularity grew over the last few years. Both bands originally gave Metal Assault interviews and press passes no problem, but now that they do arenas and amphitheaters they don't even acknowledge his emails or in Megadeth's case, they straight up cut us off entirely. It really is bullshit, but what can you do? Hopefully your radio show grows big enough to the point where you won't have to deal with this stuff man. Metal Assault (Andrew to a far lesser extent of course, but me definitely) still has some working up to do.

Could also have to do with management, the bigger they get the more other people have to get involved(thus making it harder for interviewing who aren't with major stations or publications)

MPF
06-29-2012, 12:46 PM
Same thing happened to him with Opeth and Megadeth since their popularity grew over the last few years. Both bands originally gave Metal Assault interviews and press passes no problem, but now that they do arenas and amphitheaters they don't even acknowledge his emails or in Megadeth's case, they straight up cut us off entirely. It really is bullshit, but what can you do? Hopefully your radio show grows big enough to the point where you won't have to deal with this stuff man. Metal Assault (Andrew to a far lesser extent of course, but me definitely) still has some working up to do.

Wow that really bothers me a lot. You'd think that people would still be there for those who helped them out along the way. But I guess after you hit a certain level it doesn't matter anymore.

Thanks for the kind words man. Right now I am just doing this for the love of music and supporting the bands I care about. And I have made a lot of great connections so far with musicians. I just hope I don't lose any of them if they make it to an Opeth or Megadeth or Volbeat status.

MPF
06-29-2012, 07:39 PM
Here is the video version of the Jon Larsen interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1egqviLtYo


And the video version of my interview with Jon Schaffer. Sitting On Iced Earth's tour bus was one of the coolest moments ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R76Q-uCO4Js

DisasterPiece120
06-30-2012, 01:07 PM
I hate Volbeat so opening up this thread and seeing that these guys are somewhat dicks makes me glad I don't like them. They were literally nobody until fucking Revolver magazine forced them down everybody's throats.

MPF
06-30-2012, 04:07 PM
I hate Volbeat so opening up this thread and seeing that these guys are somewhat dicks makes me glad I don't like them. They were literally nobody until fucking Revolver magazine forced them down everybody's throats.

Metallica also helped with that. But yeah, I like the music but it still bothers me a lot. But you can't please everybody. It could have been a bad day for them, they could just be dicks. Regardless, I was nothing but genuinely nice to them.

And if the opportunity arises again, unless Iced Earth is opening again, I will not be there.

MPF
07-01-2012, 07:38 PM
Made it onto Blabbermouth for the 3rd time for the Jon Schaffer interview. I also think someone from Blabbermouth started following me on Youtube thanks to this interview. Pretty damn excited about that.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=176176