Last Updated on 27.07.11 Written by John Guarnieri
I had no idea what was hotter, the unruly sun and humidity at the Columbia, MD stop of the Vans Warped tour, or the 40 minutes that Asking Alexandria blistered the stage with their metalcore tenacity. Hailing from England, Asking Alexandria has slowly garnered acclaim, and left every stage they have been on in shambles. Fallen Blue had the pleasure of witnessing their musical carnage first-hand, as Ben, James, Danny, Cameron, and Sam rocked the masses. The band has been a proud supporter of our case, as they have donated autographed copies of their new album, Reckless & Relentless, and took part in our Drum Heads For The Fallen Fund-raiser. After their performance we talked with the band about their new album, memories from this years Rock on the Range, and their encounter with police on their first ever tour.
We first started to talk about their new album, Reckless & Relentless, and the power of the album cover. Danny said, "we wanted something shocking, so we had the famous porn actress, Belladonna, just stitting in a dirty room." The album cover is really memorable for the simple fact that it is so raw, which best describes the emotion and ferocity that the band puts into their work. Danny further discussed, 'Someone, Somewhere', a song off the new album as the first one "that I wrote the lyrics to using my emotions as a backdrop." As we talked about recent dates on the Vans Warped tour, James said that their recent New Jersey stop was great because "on one side of the stage we had Dee Snider and on the other we had Sebastian Bach. Having these legends watch us is inspiring since they come out to support us."
While we were on the topic of Sebastian Bach, we talked about how the band became friends with him. Danny explained, "we did our covers LP, which of course had a couple of Skid Row covers on it. Sebastian heard them and really liked them so he wanted to meet us, and here we are today as great friends. Sebastian sang with the band at the Revolver Golden God Awards as well as at Rock on the Range. James shared a funny store during Rock on the Range that had everyone laughing: "I was walking backstage heading to the bathroom, when I thankfully I made it on time to the toilet because Avenged Sevenfold's opening pyro and explosion, literally scared the crap out of me becuase it was so loud." Danny also chimed in saying that "he woke up the next morning in the Black Veil Brides hotel room, with no cell phone, or a clue of how he got there. I missed my flight and everything." Listening to the guys talk was refreshing becasue they were genuine with their stories and loved to share them with us again.
The band shared with us their first experience with police, as they set off on their first tour. Sam went on to explain the situation: "It was Ohio, and we were heading out on our first ever show in a RV. It was extremely windy and we were being blown all over the road, attempting to stay in the lanes. We were eventually pulled over for the lane shifts, but the cop could smell weed. None of us smoked on the RV, and it eventually turned out to have been someone who had done so before we set out on the tour, but regardless we were all taken out of the RV and put into police cars for questioning while they searched the vehicle. Danny of all people was put into the back of a cop car that still had a police dog in the back seat." The band all laughed as they remembered the story.
With a bruising live performance, the sky is the limit for Asking Alexandria as they continue to climb the mountain and establish themselves as beasts on the music scene. Fallen Blue can't thank them enough for their unwavering support of our cause of helping these families of officers. Without any hesistation the band would whatever they could to help us out, and we couldn't ask for anything more from this great group of guys.
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