When the soundtrack to Bill & Ted: Face The Music was revealed a few days ago, we noticed that Animals As Leaders guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes (along with musician Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah) were credited as performing the music for Wyld Stallions, the fictional band created by the movie's titular characters. But that's not the only shredding Tosin did for the movie. Turns out Tosin played the music for all the parts in the movie where Bill & Ted air guitar.
In the two previous movies, it was Steve Vai responsible for the air guitar shredding that Bill & Ted do.
Jonathan Leahy, Music Supervisor for Bill & Ted Face The Music spoke about Abasi's contributions to the film saying, “Getting the right guitarist to handle Bill & Ted’s air shredding was one of my top priorities from the very beginning. The director asked me 'what does shredding sound like in 2020?' and my answer was 'it sounds like Tosin Abasi.' Tosin’s virtuosity is mind-blowing and he leads the vanguard of modern players who push the limits of what’s capable on electric guitar. Everything about his approach, from the compositions to the techniques to the physical instrument itself, seems like it arrived via time machine from the future.”
Director Dean Parisot added, "When Jonathan Leahy suggested Tosin Abasi for Bill & Ted, I have to admit my first response was 'Are you kidding? Absolutely! But will he even do it?' Miraculously, he did, and as expected, he blew us all away! Absolutely brilliant virtuosity and musicianship, an artist of the highest caliber, and a very nice man. I still can’t believe he did it, so so grateful he did.”
Abasi kept his comments on the matter brief, “I’m thrilled to be part of the Bill & Ted Universe. Most excellent!”
The movie is out this weekend, and available for pre-order.
Animals As Leaders also announced they have resigned with Sumerian Records and are currently working on their fifth studio album.