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Interview:
Rival Sons at The Fillmore, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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It’s been a heady year and a half for Rival Sons.

The hard-hitting Los Angeles quartet had built a strong reputation before Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne tapped it to open for Black Sabbath’s The End farewell tour dates last year, a kind of passing-the-torch honor that speaks volumes about the mark Rival Sons has made with its bluesy brand of heavy rock, a timeless sound that hearkens back to the heyday of classic rock while still holding contemporary sway. During its Sabbath swing the group also released its sixth studio album, “Hollow Bones,” which gave Rival Sons its second straight No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.

And with The End having ended earlier this year, Rival Sons is now out on its own, building on the momentum and goodwill it generated.

• Frontman Jay Buchanan acknowledges that being part of The End tour was invaluable for Rival Sons’ career. “You have a captive audience there and you’re the last 40 minutes to stand between them and what they’re waiting for,” Buchanan, 40, explains by phone from Chicago. “They’ve been waiting for that Black Sabbath show for months and months and they’re with their friends and they’ve spent all that time in line and going through security and have their $12 beer and are all jumped up and ... Nope, we’re gonna make you listen to some other band for the next 40 minutes. But the response we got was great. We really felt like everyone was happy to see us -- not as happy as they were to see Sabbath, but they didn’t act like we were in the way, if you know what I mean. It really felt like a great tipping point for us.”

• Buchanan adds that there was much to learn from being out with Black Sabbath as well. “They’ve been doing this for so damn long and they’ve got the way they do things,” he says. “You have to respect how much they’ve accomplished and really study and learn from it. It’s like getting a master class in rock ‘n’ roll from some true masters, y’know?”

• “Hollow Bones,” meanwhile, was designed to both build on but also stand apart from what Rival Sons has done with its five predecessors. “It sounds like Rival Sons, but I don’t think there’s any direct link when you look at our records,” Buchanan says. “I don’t think this one is like any others. We’re just different people, and that’s really the big difference. But at the same time we’re just trying to come up with the best songs we can at the moment and get a creative snapshot of who the band is. It gets really heavy and really light at the same time, and I think we’re getting better at doing that as time goes on.”



IF YOU GO:

• Rival Sons, London Souls, Derrick Brown and DJ Howie Pyro perform Tuesday, May 9 (doors open at 7 p.m.) at The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $25-$39.50. Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com. Note: This show was moved from Saint Andrews Hall. All tickets will be honored at the Fillmore.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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