SOILWORK Frontman Says Full-Album Tours Are "Destroying The Music Scene A Little Bit"
Soilwork has been active since 1996 and has released 11 records. Though you shouldn't expect the band to be playing any of those earlier records in full on tour, according to frontman Bjorn "Speed" Strid in an interview with BREWtally Speaking Podcast. Strid says it wouldn't really be fair to play the old stuff live in full, as Soilwork doesn't have the same lineup that performed on those albums.
"We got some offers to play Natural Born Chaos in its entirety, and also Stabbing The Drama, but we won’t do that because, to begin with, it’s not the same lineup. And I don’t think it’s fair to the old lineup, or the new one to do Natural Born Chaos or Stabbing The Drama in its entirety.
"I think we’re moving forward and if someone asked me to do…maybe The Living Infinite, that’s a different story. That’s something that we would like to do, it’s gonna be a hell of a project since it’s a double record. We only played maybe, like 6-7 songs from that album live, so that would be a hell of a project. That’s something I could see us doing, cause it would make sense."
To fair, The Living Infinite features bassist Ola Flink and drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who left in 2015 and 2016. Strid goes on to say that the full-album tours seem like a cop out to draw people in to shows, and that they're "destroying the music scene a little bit".
“There’s already way too much of the sort of ‘performing their classic album, blah, blah, blah.’ It’s getting sort of… It should be enough [for] a new album to draw people. It’s almost like a band needs to perform their classic classics.”
“I think it’s also destroying the music scene a little bit when bands are forced to perform classic albums in their entirety in order to draw people. It should be enough with a new album, like it used to be.”
Personally, I think any way a metal band can make money on the road in this era is probably what they should be doing. Doubly so if it's fun.