DIAMOND HEAD - "You Don't Have To Worry About Certain Songs"
by Martin Popoff
Diamond Head... it's hard to wrap your head around it now, but back in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal mania of the low '80s, Brian Tatler and Sean Harris were touted as the Page and Plant of the new Led Zeppelin.
It didn't quite turn out, but that's all in the past. For if you want to catch a glimpse of why all the crazy talk, Tatler's bringing his long stable new lineup of the band to stages all over North America right now.
"We always try to change it a little bit from the last tour," says Brian asked about the issue most at the forefront, namely what we see when Metallica's favorite band comes to your town. "There were a couple songs we didn't play the last time, when we came to America in 2011. We've added some old songs and put some new ones in. We've been doing 'Shoot Out The Lights' recently, and we've been doing 'Dead Reckoning'. 'Shoot Out The Lights' was the first single, but it got moved out of the set probably in the early '80s. But I thought we would revisit it. And it's such a big, strong chorus, that people seem to like that one straightaway. So that stays in the set. Some songs, you know, just work better live than others. So we want to vary it, really."
Capably handling Sean Harris' oeuvre, as well as his own songs from the last two albums All Will Be Revealed and What's In Your Head?, is singer Nick Tart.
"This has been a good strong lineup," reflects Tatler. "We've been together since 2006, and it's great. Everyone gets on really well. So it's a real pleasure to tour; I'm loving it. I was talking to Nick last night, saying that he's been in the band ten years now. Which he couldn't believe either. 'No, it's not that long.' And I proved it to him, that we started getting together at the end of 2003. Because we wrote the album All Will Been Revealed in 2004, and he did his first gig December 2004, so it's been ten years now. So of course, he's been in the band so long now that he's got all the details and the complexity down, and he's very comfortable. And it all feels comfortable, you know? We know what people are gonna do, and it's great."
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