Music News Headline Answers ~With Cobra Cult's Thomas Jonsson October 27th, 2019
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Thomas, how are you? So glad to be catching up with you. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us here at Metal Pulp And Paper. We appreciate it. Now give us a little run down about your band and what we need to know, and especially tell us if you have any new music coming out or any tour announcements you can share here? Thomas Jonsson: Hi there, this is Thomas, bass player, and we´re all doing just fine. A bit tired since we just got back from our first trip to England, where we did three gigs. A great experience, so we really will try to get back already next year. Otherwise, we have a couple of gigs left in 2019, and in just two weeks, we´ll once again enter Sunlight Studio with Tomas Skogsberg to record a new single. The single will hopefully see the light of day in mid-November and will also come with a video. 2019 have been a really great and busy year for us, and hopefully, 2020 will top that. MPAP: Very nice. So, for anyone that hasn't been to the Metal Pulp And Paper website recently, we changed things up a bit doing interviews, and are doing something completely different, for now at least. We've pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injectionwebsite and turned them into questions to get reactions and comments on them from bands all over the world. We started this back in August, with different headlines, of course, and it was fun to read each group's different answers. So, please place your seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, and hang on, here we go again. 1.Granny Caught Rocking Out To Slipknot MPAP: At a recent Knotfest show an elderly woman, even with her cane in hand, is caught on video rocking out to Slipknot. The story doesn’t mention her age, but I would say she’s in the prime of at least her 70s. What do you think of granny rocking out to Slipknot? Have you ever seen any older folks rocking out at any of your shows before? And bonus points, if we were keeping score, have you had any of your grandparents at any of your shows before?
Thomas: First of all, ha ha, what a great idea for an interview! No, none of us have had any of our grandparents at any show, but we have absolutely had some elderly folks at some of our gigs. And that´s absolutely wonderful. Just because your age has increased on the paper, doesn´t mean that you should give up on who you are. As Lemmy said; "If you think you are too old to rock´n´roll, then you are". And that has nothing to do with your age. 2. Metal Guitarist Too Young To Play Bar Plays Outside With Wireless System Instead
MPAP:The band Ancient Burials had a bit of a dilemma when they played a show at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Their guitarist was underage and not allowed into the bar to play. Some places will mark your hand with an 'X' identifying you’re a minor and let you play. Not the Hawthorne Theatre with Oregon’s liquor laws. So, instead of them canceling the show, fellow bandmates Paradigm Shift hooked him up with a wireless pack, and he went outside and played. The bar had an open window so you could see the band playing inside and he was outside shredding it out on the street. It’s a great video to watch.
Thomas: Yeah, we all saw that video, fantastic!
3. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Reveals Himself As Slipknot’s Tortilla Man
MPAP: Obviously, someone brilliant out there got him to announce that, probably on one of those Celebrity Cameos or something. In all seriousness, does it even matter who Tortilla Man is? And why do you think Slipknotis so strict on revealing who new band members are? They had this previous issue when Paul Gray passed away and was replaced by Alessandro Venturella, and also when Jay Weinberg replaced Joey Jordison. Thomas:Just wait until we reveal that our Johanna actually are the bus driver for Slipnot. That will make the headlines for sure! 4. These Post Malone Fans Are Just Hearing About Ozzy For The First Time Thanks To New Collaboration
MPAP:Recently Post Malone recorded a song called "Take What You Want," and it featured Ozzy Osbourne. Honestly, it’s not a lousy collaboration between the two. Wasn’t expecting it to be a good song. Anyways, what gets me is some people, mainly Post Malone's fans were saying thanks to Post Malone he just gave this Ozzy guy a career. They obviously have no idea! Even back in 2015, it was almost the same thing, Kayne West did a song with the Beatles Paul McCartney, and Kayne’s fans were saying Kayne just gave Paul a career in the music business. Really c’mon? So, my question is, should the history of music be taught in school or something? Shouldn’t the younger generation know who Ozzy Osbourne and Paul McCartney are?
Thomas:Yes, they should. Everybody should know who Ozzy and Paul are. Mandatory should also be to know all Iron Maiden songs (including B-sides) and be able to pinpoint Dave Lombardo in a lineup just by listening to the drums.
5. Sabaton Involved In 'Serious Traffic Accident' In Tunisia, Cancel Tonight’s Show
MPAP:Luckily everyone is ok now, but do you have any scary tour bus accident stories that you can share with us? Or, if no accidents, any close calls where you thought you might die?
Thomas: We went to Sweden Rock in an extremely tiny car without AC in the hottest time of summer. That was a "close to death" moment.
6.Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg: The Effects of Climate Change Are Undeniable
MPAP:Some say there is no such thing as climate change, or some say it is getting better. Both sides of the party point fingers at each other. Even back in February of this year, Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old democratic socialist, wanted us to get to the point of where air travel would stop becoming necessary, and believes farting cows are responsible for the climate change and we need to get rid of them. What are your thoughts on climate change?
Thomas: "How dare you"! Don´t know about the farting cows, but of course our way of living is speeding things up. The climate change is inevitable, that much we know, but it´s now in fast forward thanks to us. Greta knows her stuff. 7.Nicole Kidman Attended An Iron Maiden Show with Her Husband, Keith Urban
MPAP: Never would have expected that couple to be into Iron Maiden, but still cool either way. It’s good to know that music can reach anyone. So, have you ever had anyone famous that you know of attend one of your shows? If not, who would you like to leave a ticket for at will call to come to your next show?
Thomas:Well, since we know quite a lot of Swedish "famous" musicians, and many of them have seen us, I guess you can say that we have. Other than that, I really look forward to seeing Joel (Grind, Toxic Holocaust) at any of our gigs. I´ve seen him live a few times and since he mastered our debut album (and did a fantastic job!) it´s not more than fair that he comes to one of our shows. I´ll buy you a beer, Joel! 8.Yellowstone Police Are Using AC/DC To Clear Bison Off The Road
MPAP:In our previous headlines feature Metallica was blasted to scare away a cougar, and now bison are being blasted by AC/DC. It makes you think, what animal is next, and then how long until the animal kingdom doesn’t put up with this anymore and revolts against humans?
Thomas: If you ask me, snakes are next as I’m really freaked out by them. Really freaked out! And I actually think that the animals already have turned on us. Earlier today I read an article in the newspaper that someone had spotted a pig using a tool for the first time. The wind has changed, they´re coming for us. 9. Vinyl On Pace To Outsell CDs in 2019
MPAP:Buying albums seems to be the trendy hip thing it looks like again. Since streaming services are the popular norm, it’s good that records are making a comeback, but sad in a way, because CDs will become extinct.
Thomas: No, CDs will not be extinct, it will be the next thing to collect, mark my word. The first ever CD to be printed was Abba's The Visitors back in 1982, so the history of the CD is really short if you compare it to the vinyl. Music people like to collect things, so I’m really sure that CD is the next thing to collect. And if people collect things, it will get a rebound. 10. Dude Who Tried To Swim Back Into Slayer Show After Being Ejected Immortalized on Beer Can
MPAP: The guy that tried to swim back into a Slayer show is from a headline in 2018, but him being immortalized on a beer can is new. This is a two-part question. Which beer can would you like your face on, and while out on tour, what is the craziest thing a fan has done that you have seen?
Thomas: I really could do any beer can, since I like beer. So, if anyone out there wants to use my face on a beer, let me know! Our fans are the best, so I think the things that we in the band have done is quite more crazy in comparison. 11. Former Five Finger Death PunchDrummer’s New Gig: A Horror Porn Anthology Series MPAP: Yep, you read it right, former Five Finger DeathPunchdrummer’s new gig is in the porn business. Not only is Jeremy Spencer a part-time cop in Indiana now, but now he writes, directs, and even stars in his pornos. Crazy. So, my question is, what is your dream job if you weren’t performing in a band? If you had to hang things up in the music business, what would you rather be doing?
Thomas:When I was a really small child, my biggest dream was to become a firetruck. Not a fireman, but a firetruck. Perhaps that still would be cool?
12.Flaw Accused of Plagiarizing You Tuber’s Song, Vocalist Said He Had No Idea
MPAP:This isn’t really a question about that headline, but it made me think and want to ask, is there one song out there that some band has recorded, and it’s so good that you wish you could claim it as your own song?
Thomas:Absolutely! There are so many great songs out there so I don´t really know where to start. I mean, take early Black Sabbath riffs, who wouldn’t wanna say that you were the one who wrote them? But to keep it within Cobra Cult frames, I wish we would have written "Ace of Spades".
13.Metallica Named 'World’s Biggest Touring Act' According To New Study
MPAP: Even though they’ve released a few records that some fans can’t stand, that still hasn’t stopped them by selling over 22 million tickets and grossed $1.4 billion in touring since 1982. That’s very impressive. So, I guess the question would be, lets rain on their parade for a moment, what’s your least favorite Metallica song that you must turn off or turn down when it’s on the radio? And by no means, this is no disrespect to Metallicaat all. I think they are man enough to handle hearing which songs or albums are not fan favorites. It's just for fun and games, until we shot our eye out.
Thomas:"Nothing else matters" and everything else from the period after the Black album up until 2016 when Hardwired was released. That´s a decent record.
MPAP:Some great answers Thomas. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to answer these. We look forward to what Cobra Cultdoes to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Thomas: Keep your eyes and ears open; new single on the way at the end of 2019 and a new album and hopefully a lot of gigs all over the place in 2020 - see you on the road! And thanks for your interest and support of Cobra Cult!