We learn a lot from our chats with Chris Adler, Lamb of God’s drummer. And we hope you’ve learned a lot from reading this series of columns, as well. Today, Adler discusses the cancelation of the Mayhem Cruise, among other matters. Read on, little one.
Before it was canceled, I was almost considering boarding the Mayhem Cruise this winter…which was to be anchored by the almighty Lamb of God along with Machine Head, Hatebreed, Gojira, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Suicide Silence, Anthrax, and Kingdom of Sorrow.
As far as Chris Adler knows, the cruise was sunk because of Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe’s legal situation in Prague; the cruise was nixed before Blythe’s release.
“What we heard, and we may have been sheltered and nobody wanted to tell us nobody bought any tickets,” starts the humble Adler, “but they were hesitating on going forward with the marketing and advertising plan for the cruise because nobody really knew if Randy was going to get out.”
Adler says a call was made. “Not knowing if and when he was getting out, I guess they debated whether they should dump a bunch of money into promoting this when Lamb of God’s supposed to be the headliner of the thing.”
The decision was made not to risk the investment. “We totally understand why they did it, and it sucks,” Adler comments. “It would have been a nice way to end the year. Maybe next year.”
Blythe’s detainment for more than a month in Prague also forced the cancellation of the band’s tour this summer with Gojira and Dethklok. Needless to say, the band lost money because of Blythe’s ordeal.
“We had begun pre-production for that tour and we had hired people to start doing production,” Adler says. “The video screens were ordered and we had a video director hired and we were putting content together for how our own songs were going to go with the video. We had lighting guys hired, rented the trucks, the buses…those deposits were lost. It wasn’t a small amount of money, but compared to what we’re dealing with — the bail money and the legal fees over there — it does seem very small.”
At times, Adler admits the whole Czech Republic imprisonment ordeal had band members wondering whether Lamb of God would even be able to continue.
“We’re all nearly 40, and I thought this possible could be a career-ending thing,” Adler explains. “It was five weeks. We didn’t know if it was over. Randy could have quit; he could have said he never wanted to go on stage again. We were all just waiting. At times, I was wondering if I needed to pick up a Barnes and Noble application. So to have had those two shows in Iowa and Wisconsin with Slipknot was really therapeutic for me and I think it was for Randy.”
Like the rest of the metal community, Adler says that Blythe’s handling of the charges lodged against him has been “inspiring,” especially to see Blythe handle the whole matter with such poise.
“Randy had his shit together when it all went down, and he used his time well for what was to come when he did get out,” says Adler.
Blythe’s trial is set to begin in January.
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.