Jon Smith takes on Salt Lake Comic Con! We get Ernie Hudson to say lines from Ghostbusters, we hang with The Aquabats, and have fun with some cosplayers!
Thankfully this time there were no broken bones!
The Aquabats stopped by our booth at Salt lake Comic Con today and talked to our pal Jon Smith
Richie T talked with Isaiah Silva from Big Ass Show 2014 artist The Eeries about their single "Cool Kid", band origins, and growing up in a cult. Read a brief overview below, or listen to the full audio at the bottom of the page.
Being on a radio tour:
It’s been fun man. It is very very tasking, like I said I’m running on fumes right now but t’s all good. It’s a lot of fun and obviously, you’ve got to love it first and foremost before you do this. You can’t be in it for any other reason, you can’t be in it for hopes of making money, you can’t be in it for hopes of being famous or anything like that because you’ll be sorely disappointed if that’s your motivation. You really have to be passionate about it and love it because you’re going to be out here for weeks at a time and running on very little sleep – so yeah. That’s my two cents about being in a band.
Got guys from Chicago, got a guy from Italy, but basically we all met in Los Angeles… We all moved out to L.A. we’d all been transplants I guess if you will for ten years? So we had all lived here for ten years. We played in the local scene together and we’ve all toured, god for, we’ve been on the road for 16 years? So we’ve all, the rest of the guys as well, we’ve all played in different bands and toured in the past. So when people think of overnight success, it’s far from it. Not that we’re successful or anything, I mean we’re barely just getting started here.
“Cool Kid” getting the band together:
Basically what had happened is I had written a song, and I didn’t feel comfortable sharing it with the guys I was playing with, they were very close minded, and it made me feel uncomfortable, their attitudes. So I kind of hid it from them, kept it a secret and I decided to start to kind of make my way out of that band and as I was making my way out I sent it to a few very trusted friends, I kept it very close to home. I didn’t want any strangers in the band or anything like that or hired guns, so I kept it really close to home and sent it to a handful of friends. Luckily enough the song moved them enough to where they were able to get behind it and endorse it.
It’s like being in five relationships simultaneously. You see these people every single day, it’s actually a lot like marriage. You see these people every single day of your lives. You wake up next to them, I mean we sleep in beds together, come on. I know what these guys smell like, on their prettiest days and their not so pretty.
Catch The Eeries at the 2014 X96 Big Ass Show. Buy tickets HERE or at any Graywhale location.
Richie T talked with Fieldy from KoЯn about his aversion to heat, being a band for so long, and how the band was almost called Larry. Read a brief write up below, or listen to the full audio at the bottom of the page.
Formation of the band:
It’s kind of crazy because we actually grew up together and being that, we weren’t really put together, we’re kind of like brothers. We grew up in Bakersfield California and we’re all from the same town. I’ve known all these guys since like seventh grade, so it kind of makes it a little different. I think that’s why there’s such a chemistry and a bonding.
If KoЯn didn’t exist:
KoЯn started 20 years ago and we haven’t really stopped to even have enough time to think about - what would I do? On some down time I put out a book called “Got The Life”, I did another solo band called Stillwell, I play guitar in that, I’m working on a bass album that’s almost out. So on the side I guess I’m still, I’m an artist.
His aversion to heat:
If I’m not hot it’s great, but most of the time when we’re doing our show it’s either if you’re indoors or outdoors you’re dealing with heat… I mean my heart is singing I just have to run back between songs and maybe dry heave a little bit and overheat and not feel good. It just kind of sucks you know? I don’t know how much I can put my body through. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to die but I don’t know, maybe I’m dramatic. Who knows? I just know I don’t feel good.
Having a family and being in a band:
It’s one of those things where you’ve kind of got to take it as it goes. I’ve been with my wife for 13 years and we’ve got three kids together. It’s all that she knows and I know, so it’s kind of like it is what it is, there’s nothing I can really do about it.
The Band Name:
We were sitting around trying to think of a band name back in the early days. Somebody said Korn and we thought it was really such a dumb name. We were like well what if we put the r backwards and do the squiggly writing and then went to our manager and told him “hey we came up with a band name, KoЯn”. He’s like “You can’t name your band Korn”. At the time our manager’s name was Larry and we’re like “Ok well, then we’re going to name our band Larry, you go ahead and pick whatever one you want”.
Richie T talks with Noodles from The Offspring about his nickname, favorite songs to play live, and what's still on his Bucket list of places to play. Read the brief overview below, or listen to the whole interview at the bottom of the page.
How he got his nickname:
From noodling on guitar. It was Tom Wilson, our producer for the first three records who got tired of cleaning up the takes, all the noodling on the take. Whenever I would mess up I would just kind of go off on riffing and noodling.
The first time we headlined a hometown show in the hometown show in the big local amphitheater was just amazing, just incredible.
Favorite song to play:
I love all our songs, honestly. I love playing them. You gotta understand, I don’t listen to Offspring records. I don’t know any musicians that listen to their own records. You want to be inspired by stuff, you’re too close to it. I do play along to the records, I put them on when I’m rehearsing or recording. In fact, whenever I’m just rehearsing guitar I love putting on our whole catalogue on shuffle. And whatever song pops up, just play along to it. I love it, but it’s also frustrating because I’d love to play more of these songs every night on stage, but you can’t play all the songs, not enough time.
Still on the Bucket List:
There’s still places we’ve never been, we’ve never been to Honk Kong, we’ve never been to Indonesia or Malaysia, there’s a lot of places in Asia that we haven’t been that I’d love to go to. There’s still places in Eastern Europe that we’re slowly still hitting. We did Bulgaria for the first time just a few weeks ago.
Catch The Offspring here TONIGHT at The Complex. Buy tickets HERE
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