At the Sabaton Open Air Festival this year, I had the chance to sit down with Brothers...
I have to say two. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and Keith Moon (The Who). The reason why is that I like Bonham for his technique and Moon for his absolute madness on the stage.
Interview – Christian Liljegren (Narnia) – Personally I think that we never have played and sang better
The list can get very long. If you run a band like Narnia it requires a lot of resources and knowledge in many levels and we are happy that we in the band have most of the knowledge about what services to get to keep this ship rolling on.
Then KISS were support of Whitesnake. Apparently, it wasn’t easy for them to be just a support – as they were used to a big success in US. I heard from my tour manager, from our road crew that things were getting rough backstage… But that’s life – the tables turn. And it happens in everyone’s career. I mean – Jesus, Metallica was opening for Vandenberg! And now I would be happy to open for them.
We usually have concepts behind our albums so that bit wasn’t new to us but having a sort of narrative curve with a beginning, middle and end to relate to during the writing was something we had not done before.
It’s still dead serious, there is nothing funny about heavy metal. At least nothing that should be ironised and joked about. That ruins the whole concept! The whole heavy metal scene is in pieces today. There are very few bands taking it as seriously as they should.
My heroes are musicians like John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty: Interview with Mike Tramp
There is no problems to play but if I can’t go up on stage and sing the songs it’s no meaning to continue. I spend two hours on stage and I can’t be Mike Tramp on stage like Mike Tramp was back in 1988.
It all started back in 2014 when I asked Tomas (Vocals/Rhythmguitar) to come down to my rehearsalspace to jam. We were going to try some kind of pop/rock, i don’t know what the hell we we’re thinking. It didn’t go well. Me and Tomas both love Dismember so we started writing deathmetalsong instead.
We usually say the story of The Quill started “in the 1500s”. It has kind of evolved over the years and gotten more and more serious the older we got. Jolle and Christer started out together in the mid 80´s forming your typical teenage rock band. In the beginning members were changing a lot but in the late 80’s/early 90’s it became more serious with the arrival of vocalist Magnus Ekwall. I joined the band in 1993 and the debut album as The Quill was released on Megarock Records in 1995.
It’s like pick up a guitar and make it sounds like Mike McCready from Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder is a housegod as a singer and thanks a lot for hearing that influence.
For me personally I´m gonna play and record the music that I love and feel is right:Interview with Kane Roberts
It´s funny you remember that, because that was a disaster. The band I played with at Firefest, we rehearsed just twice. I didn´t know these guys and we never ever played together. I hadn´t been on stage for about twenty or so years, so I surely wouldn´t do a thing like that again, I can tell you that. If I would play live again it must be a meaningful experience for anybody who listens to it. But right now there are no plans on doing any live shows.
Avantasia started out as a solo project and it was supposed to be my hobbby, my thing. Then it turned out to be bigger than Edguy but that’s not my fault.
-If we do a reunion we’re going all in with all of the guys but I’m not going to get that together. I would love to do it, I really do, but it wouldn’t break my heart if it doesn’t happened.
Many bands produce beer and put their name on just about anything just to sell it and make money and we didn’t want to do that, it was very important for us that if we’re putting our name on it then it has to be a good beer.
The bands who brings their own sound will continue to play a while longer. No problem. While those who will plagiarize something already done will soon be forgotten.
I don’t really remember who introduced me to Metal Church and their debut album, but I was...