We spoke to Ira Elliot
of the American rock band ahead of their shows at Manchester Academy 3 on Sun
14th Oct and London Scala on Mon 15 Oct..
What are you up to at this very moment?
Oh, I dunno, checkin' the old email… thinking about cymbals. You know, the
What can fans expect to
experience at one of your shows?
Rapturous unbridled joy, breathtaking volume, and knee-weakening beauty. You
know, the usual.
What is your favourite song
to perform live?
Hmmm…. as the drummer I generally prefer the fast ones- The Way You Wear Your
Head, Looking Through, Hyperspace, like that. Then again I have a soft spot for
Inside of Love which is the closest thing we have to a Motown number. I'll go
with that one.
When you’re not performing
what do you do to keep yourself busy when you’re on tour / on the road?
Besides the habitual masturbating? Well let's see, there's the backstage wi-fi
signal and password hunt- that always takes up an hour or so. Followed quickly
by the obsessive email/facebook/twitter account/ and news check. Then it's time
for dinner and then show time and boom, day's done. Occasionally I take a break
to shop for shoes. That's about as good as it gets.
You’ve played a lot of great
festivals year, which was the best so far?
I have to pick the one in Switzerland where one of the sponsors gave us all
expensive watches. This rock star thing is finally starting to pay off. No
wait, the one in Germany where the rental drums looked like a Spiderman suit-
black with big red and yellow webbing all over them. Memorable.
What was the first gig you
ever went to?
That was Robert Gordon in 1979 (you're likely too young to remember him but he
was a really cool rockabilly guy in NY in the late seventies.) He was opening
for a Jersey band called Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (who were only
cool because they were friends with Springsteen). I didn't care for them but
the rockabilly band was excellent. The second gig I ever saw was better,
though- Rush. Permanent Waves tour. So awesome.
Will you be playing any new
material or a mixture of your back catalogue?
We'll be mixing it up. We've been featuring the new record all year so there'll
be a lot of that but we'll get in a song or two from most of the other records
as well. And maybe our infamous cover of Don't Fear the Reaper. Ya never know.
Which other artists are you listening to at the
I never listen to music. It's offensive to me. Unless I'm making it. Suzi
Quatro, old Jesus and Mary Chain, Green Day, very early Beatles, Everly
Brothers, Louis Jordan, Rockpile. You know, the usual.
Which song do you wish you
The theme song to "Friends". That guy must still be taking a wheel
barrow down to the bank at least once a week.
Plans for the rest of the
More rocking- European tour, American tour and then it's Christmas time so I'll
be heading down to Florida to begin my retirement. See you in London, suckers!