Saliva was set to reunite with Josie Scott, tour the world, reign in the nostalgia but now all plans are off.
In 2019, Scott revealed that he was planning on returning to the band for the first time since 2011 and they would work on a new "badass record" and tour. A tour was all lined up with Powerman 5000, Adema and Flaw and then COVID-19 happened. Now, guitarist Wayne Swinny says the party is over before it started.
In an interview with Detroit's WRIF Meltdown show, he explained it would mainly be hard to part with current members, "We were part of the conversation. After Josey made his announcement, there was a few text messages going on. I did talk to [former Saliva guitarist] Chris [D'Abaldo] one time. But the problem is, we kind of already have a Saliva. The problem with doing the reunion show is what do I do? Pull the bus over and say, 'All right, Bobby, Brad [Stewart, bass], hop out, man, to the hotel room for a couple of [months].' It just didn't make sense on the business end.
"There was preliminary discussions, but it never really got off the ground. We just basically had to make plans and keep this train rolling, so to speak. It didn't make sense to me to stop what we were doing. 'Cause this unit, we've been together, it's been almost 10 years now, with Bobby in the band. Brad came along shortly after that. We're tight. We get along. It's a well-oiled machine. We've got a great crew, a great bus driver. It would throw a monkey wrench into the actual Saliva."
He continued: "Bobby pushed me and said, 'You know what, dude? If you wanna do it, do it. At least talk to [Josey] about it and check it out.' I did. But there was no business plan put together. It was one of those — it seemed like a spur-of-the-moment idea, but it didn't happen. It ain't gonna happen."
It seemed like things never actually going into second gear here. "If you wanna do something, do it," Wayne said. "But you can't just talk about it and have it magically happen. There's work, there's planning, there's stuff that goes into it, and none of that stuff was done early enough to pull it off.
"Yeah, there was some fan response, saying, 'Wow, yeah, that might be cool.' But it didn't get enough steam to take off," he explained. "All the preliminary stuff kind of got set up, and it just didn't jell.
"It just didn't make sense to stop what we [the current lineup of Saliva] were doing and do that, because you've got momentum, we've got a groove going, the band's tight live. I didn't feel like we should give that up or give that a rest."
Saliva is gearing up to celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of their major label breakthrough album Every Six Seconds with the release of an EP called Every Twenty Years, which features re-recorded classic songs with their current vocalist, Bobby Amaru, out May 7th
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