It's been a decade since Monster Magnet's last full-scale tour of North America, but founder and frontman Dave Wyndorf says that's just because the psychedelic hard rock troupe is more popular in other places.
"We work all the time, but I took the best offers and just worked there" -- mostly overseas according to Wyndorf, 57, who founded Monster Magnet during 1989 in New Jersey and has led the band through nine albums, including this year's "Last Patrol." "The States is, like, the birthplace of rock 'n' roll and stuff, but I gotta tell ya it's the worst place to play. The overwhelming feeling here is a lot of people have better things to do.
"But in the world, especially in Europe, there's huge interest in various forms of music. Their idea of the next big thing is the next interesting thing, and in the States the next big thing is the thing that's going to make the most money. That's the No. 1 message you get here. So it's been a weird 10 years for Monster Magnet, but we're coming back to see if anyone missed us."
And with "Last Patrol" racking up good reviews and a lineup that includes three members who have joined since the last Monster Magnet tour on these shores, Wyndorf feels like he has the goods to get over this time around.
"It's a lot better band now," he claims. "The good thing about the last bunch of years is we've probably played more than we ever did. We spent more time on the road in the last five years than we did in the 10 previous to that. So we keep upping and upping the amount of shows and everybody's playing better.
"And it's focused into much more of a musical experience than it used to be. It used to be the sensory overload all the way rock 'n' roll thing. It's still rock, but now there's a lot of cool detail and really organic, psychedelic music. I'll be standing there listening to these guys play and be like, 'Holy...I want to be in that band!' And then it's like, 'Oh yeah, I am. This is great!' "
Monster Magnet, Zodiac and Royal Thunder perform Friday, Nov. 15, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16.50. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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