Killswitch Engage: Seasons in the Abyss
GW What are your favorite on-the-bus DVDs, Adam?
DUTKIEWICZ I don’t really like DVDs. I prefer to watch television.
GW Okay then, what are some of your favorite television shows?
DUTKIEWICZ I love the Travel Channel and the Food Network. I’ll watch The Price Is Right. Normally I like that. And, uh, a lot of baseball. We have a lot of baseball fans in the band.
GW And do you also practice guitar on the bus or in the dressing room, like Joel does?
DUTKIEWICZ [contemptuously] I don’t practice at all. The only time I play guitar is onstage.
GW Well, you guys tour so much. I’m sure that keeps you in shape.
DUTKIEWICZ Yeah, pretty much. Every tour, the first show or two is a little rough.
GW And now you’re about to rip it up on the Mayhem tour.
STROETZEL Pretty soon, yup.
GW So what kind of mayhem do you have in store for us this time?
STROETZEL We’ll be doing a little different stage show than we’ve done in the past—a different type of backdrop. There might be things exploding. We haven’t decided on that yet. These are bigger shows for us and we’d like to do something to bring up the excitement level.
GW In this economic climate, I’m glad to hear you have the budget for pyrotechnics.
DUTKIEWICZ Well, the only reason we might be able to do that is because it looks like everybody else on that stage could be doing that. So maybe we can make some kind of package deal happen. We’re still not a band that can afford extreme things.
GW Do you think there’s a chance your new record might blow up big?
DUTKIEWICZ I’m not sure. It’s always hard to tell, especially in the current market. People don’t buy records anymore, it seems. But we’ve been lucky to have as much success as we’ve had thus far. We hope it continues. And, hey, we’re stoked. We’re happy to be doing this.
GW That’s enough to keep you going? You don’t need the multiple-Platinum sales?
DUTKIEWICZ Nah, we don’t need that crap. Don’t get me wrong. Success is nice, but we’re content with what we have.
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