Feb. 20, 2013 - Issue #905: DOA No more - Trading in punk for politics
Maximum Cavalera Tour
In some families, declaring your aspiration to be in a metal band and pursuing that career may be shrugged off as a pipe dream, but not in the Cavalera household. There, metal is a way of life, and there was no question that Max Cavalera's sons would follow in the footsteps of dear old dad.
"We are metal to the bone in this house," states Max over the phone before the first day of the Maximum Cavalera tour featuring his ever-changing outfit Soulfy along with his stepson Richie's band Incite and Lody Kong, featuring his sons Igor and Zyon. "There's metal coming from all the rooms, and all we talk about from morning to night is music and projects we are doing, so it's a completely different family structure than the regular, typical family ... it's kind of chaotic, but I wouldn't do it any other way."
Exuding pride for his brood of up-and-coming musicians, Max notes his son Zyon will be manning the drums for Soulfly once again on this tour—a position he's taken over since the band's former drummer, David Kinkade, departed earlier in 2012. Max's sons also joined him in the studio during the recording of Soulfly's last album Enslaved for the track "Revengeance," a tribute to Max's stepson Dana Wells, who died in 1997. While this tour is a dream come true of sorts for Max, who admits he always hoped his children would grow up to be musicians, he continually reiterates to them to just have fun and enjoy what they do—no pressure.
"Enjoy music for the sake of music and that by itself should be rewarding. We don't make a lot of money doing this, but it's something we love to do; we have a passion for it," he adds. "If they really love it, they should go on, and it's going to be hard. There's tough things on the way, but the rewards are really great ... if they work hard, it will pay off later."
Sat, Feb 23 (8 pm)
With Soulfly, Incite, Lody Kong
Starlite Room, $27.50
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