Credit: Jimmy FontaineRival Sons have toured with a ton of the biggest names in rock, and they’ll add another band to that list when they hit the road on a co-headlining with ’90s alt-rock mainstays Stone Temple Pilots starting this Friday in Baltimore.
Speaking to ABC Radio, frontman Jay Buchanan and guitarist Scott Holiday reminisce about their impressive resume of touring partners.
“Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Judas Priest,” Buchanan recalls. “I mean, like, everybody. Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal. Basically everybody.”
Perhaps the most important opening gig for Rival Sons, though, was when they supported Black Sabbath on the metal legends’ final world tour. They learned a lot from that tour, including how to treat your crew, aka. “the ones that make the show happen.”
“We look at our band as a business,” Holiday says. “We employ people and stuff on this tour, a crew. It’s really important. We’re only four [in the band], there’s more people working than we are on stage.”
“We get to go up there and do our song and dance and everyone cheers and showers us with accolades, but we have a whole crew working very, very hard,” he continues. “And I learned by being out with Sabbath how to treat that crew.”
On the STP tour, Rival Sons will be touring in support of their new album Feral Roots, featuring the singles “Do Your Worst” and “Too Bad.”
“We’re pretty straight-ahead rock n’ roll,” Buchanan says of Rival Sons’ live production. “We’ll have some ebb and flow, some light and shade, some great ballads and stuff like that, but it’s a rock n’ roll show that you’re gonna get.”
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