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In this Dream Tour segment, the progressive metal band, Osyron, reveals who they would want on their ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
I moved to Canada as a young child and lived in a multifamily home with our family living upstairs and my uncle’s family living downstairs. My uncle had two older children who were huge metalheads. I spent ages down there listening to all sorts of metal that was popular in Poland at the time. The biggest influence of course being Metallica. I had the posters, t-shirts, CDs and even cassettes. I started off on a second-hand acoustic, but I knew this is what I wanted to do. I met Bobby in late elementary school, and he was the only other kid who knew what a Metallica was and what you were supposed to do with it. He also had an electric guitar, so instantly we started hanging out and writing together. My love of music started there, and so naturally it would mean the world to tour with Metallica, that is where it all started.
The second act I would like to have in a fantasy Dream Tour is much harder to place. Yea I started my journey into guitar firmly rooted with that old school thrash/death metal that was huge in the Eastern Block, but soon after getting into guitar and discovering more artists it was like these floodgates opened. If I had to pick it would be Jason Becker. What an absolute phenomenon. From composition to orchestration, to sheer ability and taste – this is one musician that is unmatched by anyone. He is the reason I let musical ideas from other cultures, styles, and people inform me and inspire me every day. Always pushing the envelope and himself – even today, his music is just so refreshing and amazing. A true one of a kind.
In my younger years coming up it would have been a tour or, hell; even opening for Dream Theater. While Mike Portnoy wasn’t the reason I started playing drums, but I wasn’t anywhere near as inspired to play until I found out about him through a supergroup known as Transatlantic and thus went on to become a massive Dream Theater fan. Teaching myself to play Octavarium changed my fucking life. Today, my influences as a drummer are broader, although my “Dream Tour” situation would be to travel and play Europe with Sons of Apollo (SOA), or the current iteration of DT with Mr. Mike Mangini. Either way, I like to think that the talent pool in Osyron could have the potential to actually hold its own on a tour with bands such as these someday.
My dream tour would be with Metallica and Nightwish. James Hetfield is the reason why I picked up a guitar, so being able to not only play shows with them every night but to also be able to rock the hell out looking like a goof would be incredible. Master of Puppets was the first album I ever bought on my own, and I had posters of them in my bedroom growing up. I would always say to myself, “that’s what I want to do!” so even just being able to shake their hands and say thanks would mean the world.
Nightwish would probably be the band that has influenced my writing the most. Tuomas Holopainen is an absolute genius, and I will never forget the feeling I had when I first heard “Ghost Love Score”. Combing the orchestra with metal in that way absolutely changed everything for me, and has been a staple in my writing ever since.
Unfortunately, the bands and/or artists I would love to see live are either dead or retired. Having a tour with ANY Dio fronted band (whether it be Rainbow, Sabbath, or Dio) along with Alice in Chains (with Layne Staley) and ANY Chris Cornell band (Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave or solo). All three singers had a part to play in my development as a vocalist. While all their style, songwriting, and tone is unparalleled within the Rock/Metal universe. I wish I could have seen them! Guess I must try and get to that level myself now! Void needs to be filled!
I think my dream tour would maybe be to play alongside Meshuggah and Wintersun. When it comes to my heavier influences, these two bands pretty much paint a perfect picture of what I love and strive for in live music. A huge presence without being dressed up and flashy, and incredibly precise musicianship! The different styles from these bands really resonate with the parts of metal that I love most
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I'm the owner & founder of Digital Tour Bus. I started the company in my dorm room during my freshman year of college. I have a degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of music and going to concerts, I'm a big fan of stand-up comedy, playing board games, trying the most amazing unhealthy food, and watching really mediocre comedy tv shows.