LEGEND Interview
By Bob Nalbandian

Although many of you may be unfamiliar with the band LEGEND, as far as I'm concerned, they are still one of the most underrated bands in heavy metal. Formed in 1980 by founder/guitarist/songwriter Pete Haworth, LEGEND went on to become one of the most influential underground bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. They were also one of the most unique and groundbreaking bands from that era.

After twenty years, Legend has reformed! With the release of their 2002 double-CD Anthology on Monster Records [www.monsterrecords.com], featuring their entire back catalog from the early '80s, and the release of their latest studio effort Still Screaming in 2003, this band is sounding stronger than ever before! On their latest disc, Legend has remarkably recaptured the musical and lyrical brilliance of their previous releases, yet with a much crisper production and even more brilliant musicianship, making Still Screaming one of the best metal records of the year. I recently had an interesting chat with Pete Haworth discussing the bands reformation as well has the early NWOBHM days. Read on...

SHOCKWAVES: LEGEND originally broke up in 1984. You recently reformed with original vocalist Mike Lezala after a nearly 20 year hiatus. How was that experience recording and writing with Mike after all these years?
PETE HAWORTH: It was a great experience. Quite different to when we wrote material all those years ago as it was more disciplined. Unlike jamming with the band where often riffs and melodies would appear or develop, we had a very structured approach. I would write the music and demo it to CD and Mike would take it to his studio to start working on the vocals. Then we'd get together to develop both our ideas for the finished song. I think doing it this way allowed us both to be more creative and develop the songs in a way that didn't happen in the early days.

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