Billy Talent chat touring with Rise Against & NOBRO

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Jon Gallant is ready to get back on a stage soon. The Billy Talent bassist is chatting with Montreal Rocks as they prepare to finally get back on the road along with the mighty Rise Against.

“They’re good friends of ours and we did this a long time ago, so it’s going to be fun to do it again, you know, to know what to expect and just, they’re such a great band and it’s, I think a really a good compliment. It’s a great show for the type of music, you know?”

Nobody can deny that having Billy Talent and Rise Against on the same bill is a real treat for punk rock fans. The tour stops at Place Bell in Laval on April 3rd. TICKETS HERE. But is there any healthy rivalry between the bands?

“That’s an interesting question,” says Jon. “I think we’re more interested in doing our best for the crowd, no matter what and that’s what would always drive us. You know I think musicians are probably pretty competitive by nature, but we don’t really sit there and say, oh, we’re gonna blow them off the stage or anything like that. It’s like, that would be extremely hard to do with such a great band. We’re more interested in just absorbing the vibe and putting on the best show that we can possibly do.”

Opening the show will be Montreal’s own NOBRO. Jon hasn’t seen them live yet but is excited to have them on the tour.

“We knew of them and they have a couple of songs that we had known already. And then, you know, we’re looking for openers, we got presented with a lot of different acts and we liked the catalogue and we wanted to support them.”

So what makes for the perfect Billy Talent concert?

“You know, your own personal performance is usually the main driver but at this point, we all know we’re going to give it a hundred percent. And just how the crowd responds, the energy in the air you know. A great lineup really means a lot. It’s that energy that you get from the crowd, I love when they’re participating in the singing and sometimes there’s the magic too when there’s something spontaneous that you weren’t expecting.”

“It’s not hard. It’s just, that’s kind of what I feel like we were all born to do. It’s just that sometimes when you’re on the road, it can be a grind, but the show is usually the most satisfying part. I think it would be similar to somebody, you know, athletes who have the passion. That’s just so ingrained that some athletes just can never stop playing and they never will. And then they get into coaching or something like that. Cause it’s just in their soul. I kind of feel like that’s what it is. We just love to perform. And we like to express ourselves through music.”

Watch the full interview below:

The upcoming tour comes on the heels of the release of Billy Talent’s latest album CRISIS OF FAITH.  The ten-track LP was produced entirely by the band’s guitarist and main songwriter, Juno-nominated producer Ian D’Sa, in the band’s Toronto studio and was mixed by the legendary Chris Lord-Alge. 

Billy Talent are one of Canada’s most successful bands.  They have sold nearly one million albums in Canada alone and nearly 3 million albums internationally.  They have won 7 Juno Awards and have been nominated 23 times, including three nods for their previous studio album Afraid of Heights (Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Ian D’Sa for Producer of the Year). They have also been nominated for 32 MMVA Awards – taking home the prize 10 times.  In 2018 the group was honoured with the Legends of Live Special Achievement Award, presented by Canadian Music Week.  Most recently, Billy Talent have launched the Billy Talent Charitable Trust to give more back to the organizations that the band supports.  

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