Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto was recently interviewed by StereoBoard.com during the band's current UK tour with Killswitch Engage; he talks about the band's plans for this summer's Download Festival in the UK, fan (and non-fan) response to them over the years, and more.
Says Paolo, "When we were getting festivals sorted this year, Download said that they'd love to have us play. The only day that we could do was the Sunday, and we just thought, 'We've played Download so many times now—how can we make this one to remember?' We just wrapped our heads around it, and thought, 'We first played Download in 2005, so why don't we go in one of the smaller stages and play the same set?'...Every Download that we've done has been so memorable, but 2005 in particular was where it started for us. We did the Roadrunner Roadrage tour before that and there was a real buzz and energy in the clubs, but to be a new band and be put on that main stage, and just have everything work out perfectly, was just amazing. We were lucky to have done that right there and then. Download is going to be so different to everything else. Every other festival this year, we're on one of the main stages, and we're going to play a mix of all our material. But at Download, we're doing that 2005 set and we might never do that set again and celebrate it in that way. It's a once in a lifetime thing and the vibe's going to be unbelievable. We're going to add some other songs and I'm not sure how long we're supposed to play, but the focus will just be celebrating with the fans."
Regarding the polarizing response that's come Trivium's way over the years, Paolo says, "It's kinda weird, and I think it's a generational thing with metal bands. People think that if they like a certain band or era of metal then it's not acceptable for them to like something else. If you genuinely don't like what we do then that's fine. It's not as bad as it was. When we first started out, it was hard for people to accept that we were actually a metal band. People have warmed up to us, and record after record it's gotten better. With lots of newer bands, I try my best to give them a chance. I might not like what they do, but I try my best to understand it. There's always the bands that are special from any type of music, and if it's rock, metal, whatever—if there's just guys up on stage with guitars, being honest with their lyrics, then I can appreciate it. At the end of the day, I wish it could be more like a community—like metal used to be—but we shot up so quick, there was no way that we weren't going to be a polarising band."
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