Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher is a huge Star Wars geek, like massive. He had a whole room dedicated to his Star Wars memorabilia but eventually the room became too small, so he is hoping to make his basement a Star Wars memorabilia den. Not to mention, he has some serious stormtrooper tattoos to boot.
Bill is not only a Star Wars fan, but a great father. When the subject of LARPing (live action role playing) was brought up in a recent Rolling Stone interview, based on the band's new video for "High Road," he shared this excellent anecdote:
Your video for "High Road" is basically a LARPer's fantasy. Do you LARP?
I don't know what the other guys do in the privacy of their own homes, but I have a Darth Vader costume with a light saber that I dress up in once in a while. I've gone to a couple of my kid's school functions dressed up as Darth and surprised the kids with a little lecture on listening to your teachers and staying in school. I don't know if that counts, but that's as far as my LARPing experience has gone.
Is Darth Vader a good role model for children?
Probably not to an adult, because he's evil, but I think little children look up to any character, good or bad. They don't really know anything about evil yet – good and bad, yes – but they all think Darth Vader is pretty damn cool.
Does this make Bill Kelliher the most metal father of the year? We think so! Check out more Star Wars talk in the full interview.