Trivium lead singer Matt Heafy shares his thoughts about how Iron Maiden compared to Metallica. Iron Maiden’s Legacy Of The Beast tour in 2022 also Trivium played in the opening band. But, at the end of the tour, the singer/guitarist had memorable stories with Steve Harris.
At Metallica‘s “intimate” performance last November at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Trivium served as the opening band. Also, talking about how the Trivium got the opening place for the Metallica show to El Cuartel Del Metal.
Trivium frontman Matt Heafy recently spoke with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio station about how he and his bandmates prepare for the gigs on Iron Maiden’s ongoing U.S. headlining tour:
“We definitely put the time in. I think we prep more than any band that I’ve heard of. I’ve got an hour-plus warm-up that’s very specific for my vocals, and we do like a 30-to-45-minute band jam as well with this mini set-up. We’ve got like a V kit and tiny amps; we learned that from Megadeth and Metallica. And we also do a long soundcheck just to make sure we’re really dialed in. So when people come out, they really get their money’s worth.
It’s funny. We did the Iron Maiden run and Steve Harris came in at the end to thank us for being on the bill. We have [Trivium] toured with them before a lot. He looks around and he’s, like, ‘You guys play a lot, huh?’ I was, like, ‘Yeah, we just love to make sure we’re nice and warm.’ And he was, like, ‘The only other band I’ve seen do that is Metallica.’ So the fact that Steve Harris compared us to Metallica in a small way, it’s another one of those amazing, amazing little instances. I’ll never forget that.”
Matt Heafy continued about Metallica and more:
“It was Sunday afternoon. I think we were just about to watch a movie with the kids. And I got an e-mail from our manager. He’s, like, ‘METALLICA asked if you can be available for this Thursday.’ We were, like, ‘Yes. Yes, we can. Let’s do everything we can.’ But we had to keep it quiet ’cause it wasn’t fully confirmed yet. It didn’t get confirmed until, I think, 30 minutes before we started driving down to South Florida.
So we had to get our crew back down to Florida, get our gear back together, rehearse again. Luckily, we all rehearse so much individually, it’s not like we’re ever sloppy; it’s not like we take time off. So we were ready to go. And we made it happen. We got down there. We weren’t able to say ‘hey’, but Metallica left us an amazing handwritten letter and gave us a box of Blackened.
To be able to see them at a quote small show; I mean, a small show for them is seven thousand people. That’s more people than we can do on a big show. So, to be able to watch them that close — I was able to be on the floor and watch them. It was incredible. They are all amazing, but Hetfield’s voice sounds better than ever. I don’t know how the hell that happened, but he sounds like a better singer now than he’s ever been. And it’s just so amazing. The vibe was great.
They’re truly the greatest band in the world and always been the greatest band in the world. And it’s awesome that they thought of us. They were, like, ‘Hey, let’s get TRIVIUM down here.’ For Metallica to have an opening band, that’s usually just their decision; it’s whatever they wanna do. And the fact that they picked us was really cool.”
You can watch the full interview below!
Check the Iron Maiden’s 2022 tour dates below!
- 03 Sioux Falls, SD, USA – Denny Sanford Premier Center (Within Temptation)
- 05 Chicago, IL, USA – United Center (Within Temptation)
- 07 Columbus, OH, USA – Nationwide Arena (Within Temptation)
- 09 Detroit, MI, USA – Little Caesars Arena (Within Temptation)
- 11 Toronto, ON, CANADA – Scotiabank Centre (Within Temptation)
- 12 Hamilton, ON, CANADA – FirstOntario Centre (Within Temptation)
- 15 Ottawa, ON, CANADA – Canadian Tire Centre (Within Temptation)
- 17 Worcester, MA, USA – DCU Center (Within Temptation)
- 19 Belmont Park, NY, USA – UBS Arena (Within Temptation)
- 21 Newark, NJ, USA – Prudential Center (Within Temptation)
- 23 Washington, DC, USA – Capital One Arena (Within Temptation)
- 25 Greensboro, NC, USA – Greensboro Coliseum (Within Temptation)
- 27 Tampa, FL, USA – Amalie Arena (Within Temptation)
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