Greece’s Rockoverdose.gr conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Tony Portaro of veteran New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH when the band played in Greece earlier this month (April 2011). You can now watch the chat below.
Commented Portaro: “It was an honor to unveil the new WHIPLASH ‘Power And Pain 2011 Tour’ in Greece. It was the maiden performance there for WHIPLASH and the reception was fantastic.
“We followed up the Athens and Thessaloniki shows with a performance in Italy where the crowd was also thrashing like mad. We cannot wait to return, but we are very much looking forward to this year’s Hellfest, where we will be performing on Saturday, June 18 with SCORPIONS, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, THIN LIZZY, CORONER, KREATOR, SODOM, DESTRUCTION, BAD BRAINS, D.R.I. and many more.”
Video footage of the brand new touring lineup of WHIPLASH performing the song “The Burning Of Atlanta” live at An Club in Athens, Greece on April 4, 2011 can be viewed below.
WHIPLASH recently parted ways with the group’s original drummer, Tony Scaglione, and replaced him with Dan Foord of the U.K.-based metal band SIKTH.
Commented Foord: “It’s an honor to be asked to join one of the pioneers of thrash metal. I grew up on thrash so it wasn’t a hard decision to make when I was asked to come and play with WHIPLASH. I’m looking forward to writing new music and getting on the road, doing my utmost to win over the WHIPLASH fans.”
WHIPLASH is a three-piece power trio hailing from New Jersey. The band was assembled back in 1984 when Tony Portaro (guitar, vocals) and Scaglione joined forces, then recruited Tony Bono on bass.
“Unborn Again”, the latest album from WHIPLASH, was released in 2009 via Pulverised Records. The CD was recorded at Mozart Studio with Harris Johns. The band mixed and mastered the album at The Music Lab in Berlin, Germany. The cover artwork was created by Ed Repka (DEATH, ATHEIST, MEGADETH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, POSSESSED).