On February 13, Josh Rundquist (a.k.a. That Drummer Guy) conducted an interview with FIREWIND and OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. (real name: Kostas Karamitroudis) before FIREWIND‘s concert at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis, Minnesota with TURISAS and STOLEN BABIES. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Vocalist Apollo Papathanasio left FIREWIND last month and is being temporarily replaced by American singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter (BEYOND TWILIGHT, OUTWORLD, DARKOLOGY, ADAGIO).
In a recent interview with Blastzone Online, Gus G. stated about Kelly Sundown Carpenter: “Kelly is an amazing singer. We jammed with Kelly recently and he did a great job on our songs. Looking forward to playing some gigs with him and we’ll see what happens.”
Asked how the FIREWIND fans have reacted to Carpenter‘s addition to the band, Gus said: “I expected it to be a lot worse. Apparently, there are lots of fans out there who are looking forward to the change for various reasons. There’s some that took it really bad, which was expected, but to be honest, even with Apollo in the band, we had to recruit replacement singers for our tours. In 2007, Apollo missed the whole second leg of the “Allegiance” tour and that was a whole around-the-world run! Also, in 2011, he missed our European headline tour, which was also important, ’cause it was FIREWIND‘s first tour since 2009 when I joined Ozzy. So, changing singers is not a new thing for us! But it’s amazing, ’cause I can’t think of any other band that would be able to get away with shit like this. I think we do, because our fans come to the shows to listen to the songs, they connect with the music first and foremost and that’s a very strong thing. And that means a lot to the rest of us in the band.”
Performance (February 6 in New York City):