Finland’s Children of Bodom made the rounds this summer as part of Slayer’s Unholy Alliance tour — a certifiably cool gig in headbanging circles. But the group is happy to be back, this time in its own headlining capacity.
“We’re doing a different set list, a lot of songs we haven’t played in the States, ever, and actually a lot of songs we haven’t played in four years or something like that,” says frontman Alexi Laiho, who founded the band in 1993, naming it after a notorious Scandinavian mass murder. “And we’re doing some cool things on stage — just cooler lighting stuff and things like that.
“Over in Europe we have a big, creative stage setup, but it’s too expensive to ship overseas. It still works, though. We just hope that people are keyed into CoB enough to come and check us out, even if they saw us (with Slayer).”
Fans also can get a taste of live Children of Bodom via “Chaos Ridden Years,” a DVD and CD the group recorded earlier this year in Sweden. The former, in addition to the music, includes backstage footage culled from more than 200 hours of tape that Laiho, 27, surveyed — but, he claims, didn’t have to edit for taste or appropriateness.
“It’s not too bad; just a bunch of crazy (stuff) that most bands get into when they’re touring,” he says. “We love music. We love touring. We love partying. That’s what we want to do, and that’s what we work for. It’s clichéd but true.
“Sometimes bands complain when they’re touring. They want to go home. They miss this, they miss that. ... Dude, this is what it’s all about, going out and playing music. If you don’t like it, get out of here. There’s plenty of people who do.”
Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth and Gojira perform Friday (December 1st) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call (313) 779-9278 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.
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