TOM GABRIEL FISCHER Clarifies Comments About 'CELTIC FROST Tribute Shows', Says 'It Would Not Be A Permanent Project'
December 10, 2021
Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior) has clarified his comments about the possibility of former CELTIC FROST members playing concerts in memory of bassist Martin Eric Ain, saying that "it would not be a permanent project" and it would not be "CELTIC FROST".
Earlier this week, the former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST and current TRIPTYKON singer, guitarist and main songwriter brought up the "CELTIC FROST tribute show" idea in an interview with Heavy Culture. He said: "I have talked to the original drummer of CELTIC FROST, Reed St. Mark, who lives in America. He's still one of my best friends. And we've talked about maybe doing one or two CELTIC FROST tribute shows in memory [of] Martin Ain. We haven't really finalized these plans, but maybe we'll do that one day, that we'll play with just ex-CELTIC FROST members who were in CELTIC FROST at the time and maybe play a full CELTIC FROST set that incudes all the eras of CELTIC FROST and maybe play one or two festivals and also record it as a memorial to Martin Eric Ain."
Fischer, who played with Ain in both HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST, added: "We all think you cannot reform CELTIC FROST ever without Martin but we could maybe do one or two memorial shows for him."
After Fischer's comments were published on BLABBERMOUTH.NET, he took to his personal Facebook page to reiterate that the aforementioned hypothetical concerts would only consist of "former members of CELTIC FROST" gathering to play some of the band's "more significant songs onstage" and that it would not constitute a reunion.
He wrote: "All hail to today's 'journalism'.
"No, I am not 'open to the idea of resurrecting CELTIC FROST'. Nor did I 'discuss the prospect of a CELTIC FROST comeback'. Nor will I ever. There will never be a 'CELTIC FROST comeback'. With my departure from the band in 2008 and Martin Eric Ain's death in 2017, CELTIC FROST are, and will forever remain, history. What * might * happen one day is that former members of CELTIC FROST (myself included) might gather to play some of CELTIC FROST's more significant songs onstage, as a sincere tribute to Martin. Should this ever happen, it would not be a permanent project, nor would it be 'CELTIC FROST', in spite of the fact that it would only comprise of CELTIC FROST alumni. It would simply be a means to pay deference, perhaps for one or two concerts, to the deceased co-founder of the band.
"Will it ever happen? Only Satan knows right now.
"And that's what I actually said."
Ain died in October 2017 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 50.
CELTIC FROST reformed in 2001 and released its comeback album "Monotheist" via Century Media/Prowling Death in 2006. The band broke up in 2008, with Fischer going on to form TRIPTYKON.
Six years ago, Fischer told DCHeavyMetal.com that "CELTIC FROST would have existed for many more albums" had "certain people's grand designs on their own fame and certain egotistical stunts" not "interfered with that." He added that "the band became so unworkable" that his "only option" was "leaving it." At the time, Tom said that a CELTIC FROST reunion was "impossible" because he didn't want to set himself up for yet another "gargantuan disappointment."
In a 2011 interview with BigMusicGeek.com, Tom said that CELTIC FROST was "much more than just a band" to him. "It was my life, my ideology and pretty much represented my entire being," he said. "Of course, I didn't want to see it destroyed again, so despite having all the inside information, I tried to disrupt its destruction and probably stayed too long even though it was fairly obvious that I couldn't face the band." He went on to say that he blamed "the final drummer of CELTIC FROST for the group's 2008 split, explaining that said musician's "ego [ran] freely until there was really nothing left of the band."