This Sunday is Mother's Day, and we thought it would be nice to let some of our artists represent for their moms, who supported their kids' musical ambitions early on. We asked two simple questions - "Does your mom like/support your band?" and "What's your mom's favorite song by your band?" Here are the answers we got.
Max Cavalera, Sepultura/Nailbomb/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy: "Yes, my mom was our first big supporter. She let everybody camp in our house. Our house was always full of metal kids. Her favorite song is 'Innerself' [from Sepultura's Beneath the Remains]. I think she likes the lyrics, because it was about when I was living in Brazil and she remembers that period of our life."
Tyler Connolly, Theory of a Deadman: "My mother is a big supporter of our band, of course, and always wants to make sure we wear our seat belts on our tour bus. I don't think she has a favorite song, but always wonders where I got my terrible potty mouth from. We usually roll through her home town once a year and she's the best at wrangling sluts for me. I love my mom."
Phil Demmel, Machine Head: "My mom, being a musician, was supportive of my interest in music from the word go. Her and my father cultivated my 'hobby' doing everything from matching me dollar for dollar on my first guitar, videotaping my earliest gigs at the seediest Bay Area bars/clubs, to standing on stage with me in front of 60,000 people in her native Portugal when we opened for Metallica. She loves our acoustic material. Our songs 'Descend the Shades of NIght' and 'Darkness Within' are favorites."
Joe & Mario Duplantier, Gojira: "Since we started playing music, my brother and I, our mother was supporting us, encouraging us. She always had faith in us, even if the first notes we played were out of tune. She also wrote the lyrics of our first song ever, 'Victim.' She understands our music very well, even though she is not a metalhead, she feels the music in her guts! I could never thank her enough for such amazing support. Her favorite song is 'Indians' from our second album The Link."
Fieldy, Korn: "Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! My mom is a very big supporter of Korn - so big that she wants T-shirts, stickers, key chains, hats, bracelets… Everything that we ever make. I brought her out on tour with us in Europe - she had the best time of her life, on stage every night. Her favorite song is 'Got the Life,' because she seemed to be dancing on the side of the stage the most for that one."
John Petrucci, Dream Theater: "My mom loves Dream Theater and has been a fan since the beginning. Her new favorite song is 'This is the Life' from our latest, A Dramatic Turn of Events."