The 2013 Soundwave festival lineup is giagantanormous
. It’s hugemungous. Juggerlithic. Colossusian. It’s packed so tightly with metal, hardcore, rock, punk – even a dash of hip-hop courtesy of Cypress Hill – that if you pricked it with a pin it might explode in some kind of awesome feedback-wailing black hole, ending all existence… well, maybe.
Point is there’re so many bands playing the 10th anniversary Soundwave festival next year that it’s hard not to feel a little overwhelmed. For that reason we’re stepping in to introduce you to a few and show you how they connect in weird and wonderful ways - helping you join the dots, so to speak. We can’t get through all of them, so if you’ve got your own feel free to enlighten us in the comments section below.
Let’s start with Fozzy
, who are not to be confused with Furbys
or Fozzie Bear
. Why these guys? Well, why not? They look like your typical knuckle-headed metal dudes – that is until you discover their singer is WWE wrestler Chris Jericho. Metal and
wrestling?! Can you combine more testosterone-fuelled pastimes? Synchronised bungee jump, paint ball duels maybe? Chris even uses the unassuming alias ‘Moongoose McQueen’ during interviews and refuses to break character by denying McQueen and Jericho are the same person (which is entertaining but a choreographed sham, much like wrestling). Oh, and if you bump into Jericho at the Soundwave signing tent next year it’s best not to mention the homoerotic undertones of the WWE, otherwise you can expect a ‘tombstone’ coming your way (that’s a wrestling move, FYI).
If you manage to somehow get backstage at Soundwave, don’t be surprised if you find Stone Sour
vocalist Corey Taylor chilling with Fozzy’s Chris Jericho. The two share a passion for staged acts of aggression and playing dress ups (Jericho in the WWE ring and Taylor in his other band, the masked maniacs Slipknot) and posed like total bros together on the cover of Revolver
earlier this year.
Moving on, Corey Taylor may send out macho tough guy vibes like no one’s business, but we’re guessing he’s a big softie underneath all those tattoos and knotted red hair. When he’s not screaming his guts out onstage with Slipknot or Stone Sour, you’ll find him organising benefit concerts to raise money for non-profit organisations. Adopting the very metal title of ‘Corey Taylor & Friends’
, he once gathered together his rock start buddies – including Slayer
drummer Dave Lombardo and Anthrax
guitarist Scott Ian – for a covers gig, the proceeds of which went toward building wells at African schools.
In addition to jamming for a good cause, you might also want to know that Slayer and Anthrax are part of a special club, one with only four members. We’re of course talking about the “Big Four” – otherwise known as the granddaddies of thrash metal. The other two are Soundwave 2013 headliners Metallica
and Megadeth (the latter haven’t been announced on the lineup despite much speculation, and their inclusion is looking unlikely after Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine blamed the US president for the recent shootings in America
). Epic facepalm.
, huh? What’s to say that hasn’t already been said. No much, so here’s a useless fact instead: Metallica demand that bacon be available on their catering rider at all times. They’re so serious that it’s in all capitals
: “VERY IMPORTANT THAT BACON BE AVAILABLE AT EVERY MEAL AND DURING DAY”. It’s probably a good thing if Metallica are stuffing their faces with pig, at least that way we get a break from outspoken drummer Lars Ulrich, whose moments of rock star megalomania could be compiled into a coffee table book, complete with classic ego-stroking quips like: “One of my few shortcomings is that I can’t predict the future”. Whatever mate, just shut up, sit behind the drums and promise not to play anything from St Anger
(we’d rather lick the armpits of every sweaty metalhead in a Soundwave moshpit than listen to that).
Rightio, so this next connection is a bit of stretch, but stick with us: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammet once jammed with Tool in Hawaii, and Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan also fronts A Perfect Circle.
as well as drumming for A Perfect Circle, Josh Freese shares his skills behind the kit with power pop outfit Paramore
(Mr Freese actually has a reputation as a session musician having kept the rhythm for Weezer, Devo, Nine Inch Nails and Guns & Roses as well). So there you go: if you’re worried about APC and Paramore playing at the same time at Soundwave, it ain’t happening because they share a drummer. Timetable crisis pre-emptively dodged!
And thus we shuffle from the chugga chug chug of Metallica to the upbeat punk of Paramore, whose frontwoman Hailey Williams – alongside Garbage’s
Shirley Manson- represent a disproportionately small contingent of females on an otherwise all-dude lineup. (How about we all hassle AJ for a more diverse gender mix, one that might ease the usual chest-thumping male bravado that clogs up Soundwave? Okay, rant over. Moving on). So Paramore are a welcome addition to the lineup, despite being a band who’ve had to overcome some very public bust-ups in the past, including founding members Josh and Zac Farro leaving in 2010. But members bickering and leaving ain’t all that uncommon for Soundwavers (just look at Anthrax’s revolving door of 15 + ex-vocalists). Even headliners Blink 182
had a pretty messy split with original drummer Scott Raynor, who was given the boot due to a drinking problem.
We’d better start to wrap this up, so let’s finish up on a positive note. Sure, Blink 182 may have kept us waiting for years during an extended hiatus, but they’re back now and going outta their way to play next year (drummer Travis Barker is apparently getting knocked out for the trip due to his fear of flying
). And like Blink, next year’s lineup features a whole swag of bands who’ve never played the festival before, like that crazy metal band from the Guitar Hero
and lineup black sheep, Cypress Hill
(that’s assuming they get through Australian customs at the airport of course).
Check out the full lineup here and stay tuned for additional announcements.
General public tickets on sale Thursday 23 August, 9am local time.
SOUNDWAVE TOUR DATES:
Saturday 23 February - Brisbane
Sunday 24 February - Sydney
Friday 1 March - Melbourne
Saturday 2 March - Adelaide
Monday 4 March - Perth
: Jack Pilven