Trivium Back in the Driver’s Seat
“We’ve done a lot of support stuff, so it’s cool to go out and finally play our own tour, and to play longer,” says Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu during a recent phone interview.
“Not a lot of fans have had the chance to hear us play a full set, they’ve only seen the support tours where we perform for maybe 30 minutes.”
The thrash metallers from Orlando, Fla. were gearing up for a show in Portland, Ore. during the first leg of their headlining tour, the band’s first since 2006, and Beaulieu couldn’t be happier with how thing are going.
“All the fans seem to be pretty stoked for the shows and it’s been going good, and we’re enjoying ourselves,” he says.
Unfortunately, drummer Travis Smith will be unable to join the rest of the band on the part of the tour that rolls through Calgary, Alta. on Nov. 22 due to personal reasons. Filling in for Smith is south Florida’s Nick Augusto, a former Trivium drum tech and a member of the band Maruta.
Still, “into the mouth of hell” they tour, and Beaulieu reveals Trivium’s headlining slot allows them to unleash anywhere between an hour and 15 minutes and an hour and 20 minutes of pure, unadulterated heavy metal on those who come out to catch their set.
“It kind of varies, depending on how much in between song blabber there is, or if there’s something that needs to be fixed and whatnot. And depending on how fast we end up playing,” he laughs.
“This first part of the tour, the majority of the songs are from the new record (Shogun [Roadrunner, 2008] and Ascendancy [Roadrunner, 2005], and that’s pretty much the bulk of the set, then we play two songs from our first record (Ember to Inferno [Lifeforce, 2003]). We play the songs that are the old standards that people always want to hear, the big songs, and then, because we’re headlining and have a chance to play a lot more songs, we dusted off some songs we haven’t played for a few years. It’s fun for us, and keeps it interesting.”
Every ticket buyer on this tour gets a soundboard recording of the set, including those who head out to the Nov. 22 show in Calgary, Alta. How does that work?
A little while after the show is done, once we’ve had the chance to edit the stuff and get it uploaded to a server, they can download the recording of the show. There’s no editing or anything done to it either, so if something happens during the show where some equipment breaks or someone messes up, it’s all there!
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