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A Conversation between Tom Araya and Joe

October 09 2013

Joe and Slayer band frontman Tom Araya recently spoke touring, music, and much more in an exclusive interview with Artist Direct !



"Let's make this fun," smiles Slayer singer and bassist Tom Araya.


Indeed, the ensuing hour-long conversation between the legendary frontman and Gojira singer and guitarist Joe Duplantier was a blast. Slayer and Gojira will be sharing the stage together on what's bound to be one of the fall's most explosive tours. Both bands share quite a bit in common. They're uncompromisingly heavy, undeniably infectious, and utterly unique when it comes to heavy metal. Slayer's legacy is indisputable, and Gojira have made one of the decade's best metal records with 2012's L'Enfant Sauvage. Get ready for the ultimate 21st century Clash of the Titans when these two hit the road…


In order to discuss their stories, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino sat down with Slayer mainman Tom Araya and Joe Duplantier of Gojira to talk the tour, music, and so much more in this exclusive interview.


When did the idea for this tour come about?


Tom Araya: I think it was when we first got word we were going to put together a fall tour. It was a while back. I can't think of when it was. They mentioned they wanted to put the tour together with Gojira. We were like, "Cool!" That's basically how decisions are made in our camp. It's like, "Hey, we want to put a tour together with this band", and we say, "Alright!" However, this isn't the first time we've toured together.


Joe Duplantier: We did some shows in Europe last year, and they went great. For us, it was a very comfortable situation to do this tour because we're in the same kind of vibe. We use no effects, no computers, and no crazy samples. It's like a raw, old school formula. It's two guitars, one bass, drums, and a guy screaming in a microphone. It's the might Slayer! It was an amazing thing to initially do those dates in Europe. When we received the offer to be main support for Slayer in North America, we were like, "Yes!" That's all I can say about this [Laughs].



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