9/29/2004 - interview by Trainor
Superjoint Ritual. What's in a name? Obviously a lot, considering a super joint was the first thing I was handed as I stepped into SJR's tour bus as it sat idling outside the Howlin' Wolf in downtown New Orleans.Consisting of seasoned metal veterans Phil Anselmo on vox, guitarists Jim Bower and Kevin Bond, drummer Joseph Fazzio, and Hank Williams III on bass, SJR are a powerhouse of furious, hate filled, satanic power metal. Gotta love it.We got a chance to catch up with Kevin Bond to get the lowdown on Ozzfest, MP3's and partying hard.
LP: WITH THE NEW OZZFEST TOUR COMING UP, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PLAYING SUCH LARGE VENUES VS. THE SMALLER CLUBS?
Kevin Bond: Well, with me, I am used to playing the smaller clubs since I started playing in a band. It's only been on very rare occasions, just recently that I have been on gigantic stages. Hank and Jimmy, Phil; they all have played the big stages. But we love the small clubs, the crowd is right there in your face. You don't have to look up from the stands to see people.
LP: EXCITED ABOUT THE TOUR?
KB: Yeah. We are looking forward to it, to be able to get the music out to a little more people that may not be in the know. Feels like its gonna be a good experience. It's Ozzy, after all.
LP: WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON FILE SHARING AND INTERNET MUSIC TRADING?
KB: As far as downloading songs off the internet for free, I think that's crap. For any musician, or any kind of artist that puts their time and effort into something with no return flat out sucks. You can fucking get any Black Sabbath album ever made for free, just sit at your computer and fucking download it. Every song. It's fucked. You don't see that shit happening in the movies. Movie business would put an end to that shit quick. When people start downloading movies that aren't out yet, the execs will put a fucking stop to that shit quick.
LP: SHIT, THERE ARE MOVIES ALL OVER THE INTERNET. GRANTED, IT'S MOSTLY CAMCORDERS AND WHAT NOT, SNUCK INTO THEATERS. IT'S NOT ANYTHING FANCY OR HIGH END AND YOUR REALLY GET TO WANT TO SIT THROUGH A CAMCORDER IMAGE OF A MOVIE.
KB: As far as like bootlegging live shows or video taping our shows, I dig that. That's been happening forever. I think its cool. Hank does it all the time, he bootlegs his own shit. We support it. I tell people all the time to bring cameras and shit, take all the fuckin pictures you want.
LP: SOME SITE, LIKE APPLE AND THE NEW NAPSTER ARE OFFERING PAID DOWNLOADS, WHERE
THE ARTISTS ARE ACTUALLY GETTING ROYALTIES FROM DOWNLOADS.
KB: That's still crap because they aren't putting an end to it. They are offering it, but who is gonna pay for it when
they can get it for free?
LP: ANY THOUGHTS ON A SOLUTION: IT'S INEVITABLE. JUST LIKE WHEN VHS CAME OUT, YOU
COULD TAPE SHIT AND CASSETTES YOU COULD DUB WHATEVER YOU WANT, WHENEVER YOU WANT.
KB: The only thing they can possibly do is when they press the cd, put something like a program on there so the
computer can't copy it. So, I don't know. I've heard they've been trying to do that, instead of numbering the songs
it puts some crazy shit in there or something like that.
LP: I KNOW WITH THE EMINEM CD THAT CAME OUT THEY PUT SOME COPY PROTECTION ON IT, AND
SOME KID DEFEATED IT WITH A MAGIC MARKER. AS LONG AS PEOPLE TRY AND KEEP YOU FROM
DOING IT, THERE ARE GOING TO BE KIDS WHO WANT TO FIGURE IT OUT JUST TO OUTSMART THE
TECHNOLOGY.LP: WITH THIS TOUR ARE YOU GUYS GETTING LOCALSS AS OPENING ACTS?
KB: Yeah. Well, we just had Zeke out on the road with us. We usually have name bands open for us, and have locals
kick off the show.
LP: THIS IS THE LAST NIGHT OF THE TOUR, COUPLE OF YOU GUYS CALL THIS HOME. WHAT'S NEXT?
KB: Get off stage and go home. Finally. Take a couple of days off, just disappear. Got two months off, then get ready for the Ozzfest in July. There is such a killer line up this go round, some of my fuckin favorites. The original Judas Priest, Slayer. Its gonna be hot.
LP: WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY?
KB: All I listen to is Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Old AC/DC and Lynard Skynard. That's it. I haven't bought anything new in 15 years. I haven't even walked into a record store. Old Judas Priest. Good shit. Got turned on to the new Probot. That shit is pretty good. Grohl did a good job of writing the music around the singers. That song with Lemmy sounds like a fuckin Motorhead song. The track with Cronos is fucking great. He (Grohl) did a good job on the over all album for sure. I don't like all the songs, and nothing really else that he's been a part of. Nirvana's Bleach, I listen to that. But I don't think he was even a part of that one. That's the only Nirvana record I listen to. It's an awesome record, every track is fucking good.
LP: ANY MEMORABLE BANDS YOU'D LIKE TO TOUR WITH?
KB: I'd like to take High on Fire out again, Matt Pike and the boys, they're killer. I don't know, it doesn't really
matter to me; as long as we get out and play I don't give a shit who comes with us.
LP: WHAT ABOUT ANY NEW MATERIAL IN THE WORKS?
KB: Got some stuff on tape, it's in the very, very beginning. Probably won't really start anything serious until
after Ozzfest. We'll write some stuff during the tour, play it on the bus and jamming, but not going to really sit
down till after the tour.
LP: ARE THERE ANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS FROM THE TOUR YOU'D LIKE TO FORGET?
KB: Nah, we just not really that crazy off stage. Everybody in the band is laid back, like to get on the bus, chill out.
Some of us go out, but no one's getting arrested or setting shit on fire, throwing TVs out hotel windows and shit.
Fuck all that.