Tommy Mann, Jr. of The Orange Leader recently conducted an interview with SHADOWS FALL frontman Brian Fair. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
On the band's musical influences:
"We're old-school metal fans. We're fans of bands like JUDAS PRIEST, OZZY, and IRON MAIDEN, as well as the bands from the Bay Area metal scene. The average age of the guys in the band is about 32, so we're the old guys in the music biz, I guess."
On touring behind their latest CD, "Fallout from the War":
"It's a pretty short tour. It really just got under way on July 10. We couldn't do a big eight- or 10-week tour because we are planning to enter the studio in August for pre-production work on our next record."
"We just drove 800 miles from California for this show in Albuquerque. We have a lot of drives like this because we have to keep working our way around the big tours like Ozzfest, the SLAYER tour, and the Warped Tour."
On their two stints on Ozzfest:
"We played on Ozzfest in 2003 on the second stage. It was a great platform for us. We felt validated when we were asked to play on the main stage on the 2005 Ozzfest tour. That kind of exposure has helped earn us so many fans."
On doing his best to take care of it when he is out on the road.
“I work out a lot when we are on the road. Keeping myself in good physical shape is just one aspect, and I make sure I don't drink before shows. This tour isn't so bad since it is so short, but we do perform about an hour or so of total insanity each night."
Read the entire interview at www.orangeleader.com.