When we last spoke with Chris Adler of Lamb of God back in February, it was right before the band’s international touring legs and just before the release of the new record. Now with a little touring back under his belt and some time off before the summer festivals, I resumed my regular chats with Chris Adler last week. Here now is some of what I learned from our most recent discourse.
Chris Adler is back on American soil and loving life down in Virginia with his daughter and wife. Soon, though, the Lamb of God machine will begin to churn, and Chris will be required to hit the road once again with his bandmates to rock the balls off of countless hordes the world over.
In late summer, Lamb of God WILL — I repeat, WILL — be touring the states, doing their own thing, Adler confirmed; you may recall he mentioned in one of our last chats that the band would be doing its own tour, and we predicted Gojira would play it. Well, we’re still predicting that.
“It is happening,” Adler updates us. “We just haven’t announced it yet, due to the people we are doing it with having commitments not to announce future shows while they are currently doing something else.”
This is beyond rad. We also spoke to Chris about the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Cruise, and he confirmed they’ll be doing it after turning down 70,000 Tons of Metal in the past…but more on that later.
“It’ll be two three-week blocks that I believe begins at the end of July,” Adler says of Lamb of God’s impending tour. “End of July or whenever Mayhem stops. We know those guys well, and we are not interested in competing with them. So we will wait until they are done…stay out of the way, and come back and crush it.”
Chris would not specifically talk about any of the bands who’ll be playing the bill, but we’re still predicting Gojira and Meshuggah will be playing Lamb of God’s traveling circus of metal depravity. Just educated guesses on our part.
Adler says the tour will feature “a couple of bands we have often been lumped in with that have CDs either recently out or soon to be out — and that’s about as much as I can tell you.”
It looks like August is going to be a month to remember. And that may be the cheesiest sentence I have ever typed. Chris rules, Lamb of God rules, and this tour will rule. Any questions?
We will roll out more from our chat with Chris soon enough. In the meantime, hit us up on Facebook.
[UPDATE: Chris called me back on Wednesday to clarify that August’s tour won’t be a festival as such, but more of a regular headlining tour with a bunch of rad bands.]
Chris Adler is the drummer for Grammy-nominated metal band Lamb of God and the author of the book “The Making of Lamb of God’s New American Gospel,” a comprehensive behind-the-scenes narrative book detailing the early days of Lamb of God and the writing and recording of their ‘New American Gospel’ LP. He has also released a new book that addresses the recording of ‘As The Palaces Burn.’ Anything else you need to know about Chris Adler, you can find at his web site, Chris-Adler.com.