-our complete eudoxis recordings along with our first two songs as screen are now available on a special 35th anniversary collector's edition cd "the gathering". it comes with a full colour 16-page booklet packed with historical photos and the complete story of our musical journey. you can purchase it here on our merchandise page. for european fans, you can get it through ragnarök records - germany.
-SCreen are currently writing and recording material to be paired with music videos. the official videos for our songs are available for viewing on our "videos" page and on you tube.
SCREEN was formed in 2015 by members of Canadian metal pioneers EUDOXIS (Sotiri "T-Bone" Papafylis, Rick "Raz" Raczko, Mario Vaillancourt, and J.P Perrault). SCREEN are presently in studio recording new songs and PEEPHOLE ACCESS caught up with "Raz" & "T-Bone" for an exclusive interview - their first interview together since the EUDOXIS days.
PA: HOW DID THIS NEW PROJECT COME INTO BEING?
Have you had other previous members? No. We are the four founding members of SCREEN.
What year did the band form? 2015
Have any of you played in other bands? Yes. We all have but what brought us together for this new project called SCREEN is that we all were members of EUDOXIS and played shows together in the early 90's.
How is it that you started playing music together? EUDOXIS was Rick's first band which he founded in 1983 and I joined in 1989 when I was still a teenager. J.P. and Mario joined us in 1990 and they previously played together in another local band called DYERS EVE. The drive to write and play music in a metal band is what united us then and what has reunited us now.
Where are you from? We're from in and around Montreal, Canada but Rick spent much of the last two decades in South Carolina, USA. That's why this reunion didn't happen sooner.
Did you make music even when you were young?
My parents encouraged music from a very young age. I remember singing and recording on 8-track tapes. That was before cassette tapes and horse wagons (lol). I also remember playing DJ with my parents' record collection which included Elvis and Chubby Checker. They bought me an accordion at age 7 or 8. It was way too heavy for me (lol) so I gave it to my big brother George who is now the multi-instrumentalist of the house. I play blues harmonica, guitar and I also sang in a church choir for a number of years. Since then, I played in many different bands and quite a few of them were with my brother. This summer, we did a number of acoustic blues/rock shows together where we revisited some of the first songs we learned to play
such as “Cocaine”, “White Room” and “All Along The Watchtower”. Music is a blessing. Thanks to my folks for the musical and hair genes.
What's the style or genre of SCREEN? Metal! Heavy fu**in’ metal with the horns way up! Metal is a broad category however and people have different ideas about what metal looks and sounds like. We'll let the fans and the press label our exact style. They have in the past. We just play music that we have inside us.
How have you developed since you started with the music?
When EUDOXIS started, it was strictly thrash and speed metal but by the time we released "Open Fire" in 1991, progressive elements had trickled into the songwriting process. We're continuing where we left off with EUDOXIS years ago without remaining in the same place musically. We’re all much older and hopefully wiser now (lol) and there's a natural evolution in our approach. It's still heavy music made up primarily of drums, bass and guitar but there's some unexpected twists in our sound and we focus more on storytelling and mood. Moreover, SCREEN features Mario on guitar, recording with us for the first time. Although he toured with us in 91-92 and composed with us, he never recorded with EUDOXIS so this is a fresh and
exciting endeavour. Vocally, I try to sing what the song requires. Since the songs now have more dynamics, you'll be hearing vocals with a wider emotional range. We're often asked why we don't just call the project EUDOXIS. The short story is that there's been about a dozen musicians in EUDOXIS since 1983 and our sound and direction has changed. If we just called it EUDOXIS, fans may have speed/thrash expectations or wonder about who's in the band now. It's kinda like Black Sabbath and Heaven 'n' Hell or more obscurely Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. It's a fresh start.
What inspires you? Good music. There’s so much good music out there and so little time to take it all in. What’s also inspiring is seeing rock and metal t-shits worn by teenagers these days. Looks like the metal from the 80’s and 90’s is becoming to them what the 60’s and 70’s rock had become to us. Classics! I did however realize that some wear the t-shirts simply for fashion. A young lady had a Judas Priest t-shirt on the other day and I looked at her, smiled and said: “Painkiller”. She looked baffled and clearly had no idea that I was praising what I thought was her choice of music. She probably thought I was selling drugs and quickly walked away (lol).
How often and where do you rehearse? Right now we're in the songwriting and recording process so when we get together it's up north at Mario's place in St-Jerome where we have our studio set up. Although we have jammed the songs live, it's less about rehearsing and more about creation and production at this point. We're also shooting videos for our songs so we also meet at our shooting locations which have included a school, a farm and an abandoned church and cemetery.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? When I'm not rocking out, I'm a therapist at a psychiatric hospital in Montreal. I've been doing this for over two decades and always incorporate music therapy with my patients.
What are your songs about?
The song I recorded vocals for this week is entitled "F.O.A.M". It stands for "f**k-off-a**hole-mother-f**kers" since it's such an angry “foam at the mouth” kind of song. The topics for our songs vary greatly but have the human condition as a connecting theme. This one comes from my fascination with the fathomless human mind. The song is about an ultra-aggressive patient with paranoid thoughts who views the whole psychiatric system as a conspiracy against his freedom and the only way out is to clench his fists and very violently fight his way out:
"Observed and labeled; boxed into a category ...I'm the case you'll remember. King misfit of society". It describes his experience which includes despair, arrogance, and determination to triumph within his distorted reality: "I wish my eyes were in my hands so I could clench my fists and shut out this fu**in' world". By the end of the song, you may find yourself clenching your fists as well and swinging at invisible threats. We all need to let out some steam sometimes. It’s completely harmless fun and cathartic at the same time. A roller coaster ride of emotions and all the benefits of the clinically proven therapeutic properties of rock ‘n’ roll (lol).
Do you start with the music or the lyrics?
So far in SCREEN, the music has usually come first but some musical parts were constructed to accompany a vocal melody. Some songs started with a title or a lyric. Other times, we've sat down and discussed a whole storyline before even beginning a song. There's no clear formula for writing. Writing, recording, listening and rewriting if needed is all part of the process. The difference between the pre-internet old days and now is that in the old days, we would completely disappear for a couple of years in Rick's garage and come out when the album was complete and tour right away. These days we can update fans to know what we're up to but we all wait together. The advantage is building a fanbase but the process shouldn't drag too long. Timing is everything but when you're doing everything independently, it takes the time it takes. Trust me. The result is worth
waiting for and I'm very excited about what's around the corner. We've got some great songs which we're filming videos for at the moment. I'm dying to share our new music. For now we've been making some behind the scenes videos which we share with our fans. The response has been great and our official preview video "The Clock Keeper" is up to 2.3K views exclusively on Facebook.
Do you compose in a certain environment? Inspiration comes at any time so you kind of have to stop what you're doing wherever you may be in order to focus on incoming ideas. That's what it is for me anyways. I always have my iPhone with me so it's easy to type in lyric ideas or record rough melodies or musical parts.
Will you be doing any covers live? Since we're still composing new songs, I haven't put much thought to this but I definitely want to include some classic Sabbath in our set. It would satisfy all the die-hard sabbaholics who I met during the years that I was singing in the Ozzy/Sabbath tribute BACK SABBATH.
What language do you sing in?
Although the members of the band come from different backgrounds, Hungarian, French and Greek, we have always written songs in English.
It’s never out of the question to sing in another language. If the opportunity comes up, I’m all for reaching new audiences.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? This is a brand new band so we haven’t played live yet. Individual members of the band have played to 10,000 and 100,000 people. We’re aiming at a more intimate setting to start. Playing shows with a couple other local bands who write original music would provide good exposure to build a solid following. Playing large summer festivals again would be the next step.
What ages are most of your concert goers? We’ve been playing music since the 80’s so as we’ve grown older, so have our fans. Some of them are now parents, and grandparents who bring their kids to our shows. With Screen, we fully expect a mix of three generations of rockers in attendance. The aim is to connect with new fans and keep the numbers growing.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary?
It’s always a good idea to have more songs than you need in a setlist. In the old days we would vary our setlist and offer some surprises when playing local gigs to keep the show
fresh for die-hard fans. These days, even when playing in other parts of the country or other countries, there have to be some new songs or something unexpected from show to show since all is You Tubed and accessible to everyone through internet around the world.
Will you start to sell merchandise? Yes. We'll have some awesome SCREEN t-shirts and other goodies to sell at our shows.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records nowadays?
I'm a collector, my walls are full of CDs. It's part of my identity. I buy CDs, go to shows and support local bands.
People can do what they like but there's actually a resurgence of vinyl and you can find record players in stores again. I'm really pleased to see young people excited about records again. I think we've come full circle.
What advice would you give other bands or artists?
Rock 'n' roll is the hardest business out there. Especially when starting out and building a new musical project. Work around the clock and very little external rewards or monetary
gain. The reward should be intrinsic. The rock 'n' roll itself should be the drive that keeps you going until you hit superstardom (lol). Then, in theory, it gets easier.
What are your web sites? www.screen-band.com and SCREEN on Facebook.
How can people reach you? Our SCREEN Facebook page is where we get most of our mail and where we take joy in talking to fans worldwide.
Do you have something to add? Beers and cheers to our new fans and those who have stuck with us over the years.
-Robex Lundgren 2018
This interview is with Sotiri
"T-Bone" Papafylis. I'm Strawberry Metal.
4-Who was your greatest influence growing up
that has gotten you into music!
7-Is there anything you would want to ask people
on my group page?
Horns up from Canada to all the metalheads down there. Tell your friends about our band SCREEN. Watch and like our music videos on You Tube, visit our official website www.screen-band.com and like our facebook page! Support our efforts and get your metal fix by buying our new CD: EUDOXIS / SCREEN "The Gathering". This 35th Anniversary Compilation CD is available on our website. For European fans, you can get it through Ragnarok Records (Germany).Our singles are available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, Napster, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, and MediaNet.
8-Where are you from originally, Did you move your band to make it more successful?
We've always been based in and around the Island of Montreal , Canada.
9-What does your band name mean or Where did it derive from?
SCREEN is something we came up with when it was time to name the band. Screens have become our peephole to the world. We watch others while others are watching us. Which side of the screen are you on? Spy vs. Spy? Big brother or eye in the sky? Exibitionist or voyeur? Predator or prey? We have a couple of songs that we will release soon entitled "Screw" and "Have a Look". The former telling the story of a social media stalker and the latter revealing how we can be someone else's sideshow freak. "The anomaly du jour may as well be you" as I say in the lyrics. If any fans out there want to authorise us to use their facebook or instagram photos/videos in our upcoming music videos just messenger me privately and you may see yourselves on your SCREEN very soon
10- Where did you start
doing shows? What have you achieved being in a band, What are your future
EUDOXIS was the first speed/thrash band to burst onto the Montreal show circuit in 1984 and paved the way for heavy bands like VOIVOD who entered the scene shortly after. EUDOXIS released the now classic "Attack from Above" EP in 1986. I got in the band, still a teenager, in 1989 and we released "Open Fire" in 1991. Both these releases have since sold out and have become treasured collector's items selling for exorbitant prices. There's a huge demand to re-release these recordings on vinyl and I can exclusively announce on this interview that there is a deal going down at this moment to make this happen.
11- Who is the composer, How do you come up with songs?
With SCREEN, we don't have boundaries. We all compose and go with the path of least resistance; we all add our streams of creativity to the river that is flowing. Right now this river is raging and there is no shortage of ideas. Our CD is selling like hotcakes wordwide and is supported by 4 music videos: "Metal Fix" and "Reach the Sun" from the EUDOXIS era; and from our new project SCREEN: "The Clock Keeper", and our new music video "Grip" that came out this week featuring the lovely and talented Marie-Anne Giannatos on piano. We are always working on new material and soon enough we'll have enough for another release. We released the video for "I (La Chose)" earlier this year and more will follow including "Eight Ball" and "F.O.A.M." which need final drum tracks and our epic title track "Evil God's Fetish" which is yet unfinished. As I said earlier, you can watch all our new music videos on our official website and You Tube while following the evolution of our mysterious main character "La Chose". It's really an exciting and productive time for SCREEN. We really can't wait to share all this new music and reach as many hungry metalheads as we can around the globe.
Thank you for this interview : Strawberry Metal (Texas, USA) August 2018.
T-Bone Terry Interview for "MUSICIANS' PAGE" (USA) by Piper Kurth
Sotiri Papafylis is the singer/songwriter and blues harmonica player known as T-Bone Terry. He has been rocking out of Montreal, Canada since 1989. Past bands include Eudoxis, Back Sabbath, Edged In Blue and T-Bone Terry & The Red Hot Blues. This summer, he performed with Loaded Revolvers and the Triple Threat Blues Band and is currently writing material for upcoming projects.
First of all, I want to thank you for all the intoxicating music & riveting shows you have offered over the years.
Thank you PK. It's my pleasure to spread the good word of rock 'n' roll.
I'll start with some easy questions. Favorite color?
So many to choose from but if I had to choose one that I can watch over and over again it would
be "The Blues Brothers".
Favorite blues band?
J. Geils Band, not strictly blues but definitely rooted in blues.
Favorite blues singers?
Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Buddy Guy.
Favorite rock singers?
Elvis, Freddy Mercury, Alice Cooper.
Favourite musician (any style).
Bach; but if you ask me this question tomorrow, you will likely get a different answer cause there’s way too much good music out there and so little time to take it all in.
What song is stuck in your head?
Petite Fleur by Chris Barber's Jazz Band. I've been whistling that all day.
"Sonny & Brownie" by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee.
Last show you went to?
Last month I saw the metal gods Judas Priest and I must say that they still pack a KO punch after all these years. Rob Halford has the ultimate metal voice. Being a musician, I also like to purchase DVDs and study a live show from the comfort of home on a large screen. Now with HD and surround sound, it’s like you’re there with the advantage of rewinding and watching a show over and over again.
Favorite radio station?
CHOM 97.7 FM. They have always been there for the local scene and support local musicians. A good example of this is when I was contacted and asked to headline their 40th anniversary party at the Corona Theater. Wow! It was a thrill and an honour to perform for the radio station and DJs that I grew up listening to. When I played at Metropolis, again CHOM was there waving their banners. Also, when I performed at Rock Fest 2014 this summer, I met DJ Jason Rockman who helped promote this event raising money for mental health. In the book, “ L’ Évolution du Métal Québécois” which came out last month, I got to praise CHOM for their excellence. CHOM rocks!
Favorite TV show?
Twilight Zone (1959-1964 series).
Cat named Maui.
By the Ocean.
Favorite pastime besides music?
Hanging out with my kids.
Have your kids ever attended your shows?
My kids saw me for the first time in Edmundston, Canada in front of 10,000 crazy fans. My daughter took some awesome photos that night. I went up in their “cool” scale that day LOL. I brought the whole family along and made a vacation out of it. We went to some beautiful beaches in Nova Scotia and down your way to Maine, USA as well.
What kind of music do you listen to?
There really isn't much I don't listen to. Jazz is good for lowering blood pressure and Metal is great for recharging my batteries. Blues gets you out of the blues, and some classical music can take you to a whole other world if you let it.
First show you ever saw?
Mötorhead opening up for Alice Cooper.
First band t-shirt you ever bought?
Last band t-shirt you bought?
Mötorhead. It took me long enough LOL, but I finally got one!!!
When did you realize you had a talent in music?
The principal of my elementary school recruited me to sing in church. I was a chanter at the altar and a choirboy for over a decade. That’s a lot of stage experience right there. I also jammed a lot in my formative years with my brother George Papafilys who plays guitar in Offenbach. He picked up the guitar so I ended up singing since I didn't play any instruments at the time. If we had a couple more siblings, we could make a full band cause we definitely have a dominant musical gene. Thanks mom and dad...and a hair gene LOL.
What and who has influenced you as a songwriter?
When I hear a song I like, I ask myself: "Why do I like this song?" and it has to flow; I shouldn't be thinking that the bridge could have been better or that some other part doesn't belong. Whether it's blues or jazz, classical, rock, punk or metal or anything in between...there's always something in a good song. Meaningful lyrics, a catchy chorus, a great melody, or an overall feeling; a certain emotion or mood that's created. Writing songs is like painting a picture. You choose what's in it and how it's framed.
When did you first record?
This was with Eudoxis. Eudoxis was the first speed/thrash metal band on the Montreal circuit. Eudoxis' shows in 1984 pushed hair metal bands out of their usual venues and paved the road for heavy bands like Voivod who came shortly after. We are celebrating 30 years of Canadian metal this year. I joined the band in 1989 when I was still in my teens and recorded the CD "Open Fire" at Silent Sound Studio in the summer of 1990. Some of the lyrics and melodies that ended up on "Open Fire" had been written during my school years when I would get bored in class. That happened a lot. My mind still wanders and comes back with songs.
When was your first show?
My first show was with Eudoxis at "L'Intro" in our hometown of Montreal in 1991. This is where we shot the live sequences of our "Reach The Sun" video. I don’t know if it was a virus or nerves or a combination of both but I remember being sick as a dog but I got through it like a champ and played in another city the night after. I remember saying to myself: “If I got through this, I can do anything!” Since then, I’ve done shows with colds, sore throats and even fever. The show must go on! I don’t know if it’s adrenaline or the power of rock ‘n’ roll, but on stage I have superhuman strength. EUDOXIS "Open Fire"EUDOXIS, 2014A couple of years ago, I remember crashing out in the dressing room at the Capitole de Quebec cause I was totally coming down with something. The last thought in my head before I dozed off was: “George Thorogood was in this dressing room a week ago…how cool is that? I'm b-b-b-b-bad to the bone!” I slept while the stage was being set up and went to do sound check for 10 minutes. I then slept again till they were knocking on my door for showtime. I rocked ‘em that night and nobody could have guessed that I was under the weather.
You also had great success as a manager.
A manager out of necessity really for my tribute band Back Sabbath. We played at Plaza de Toros Stadium in Merida, Venezuela last year. It’s an adventure and a dream that I realized through positive thinking and a fortune cookie that said: “You will travel to a faraway place”. I was asked to do an interview by Razer Flores of Dragon Rock down in Venezuela and this lead to playing Gillmanfest which is the largest festival in Venezuela and second largest in all of South America.
What happened to your last manager?
Our last manager couldn't even spell our band name right so I decided to take care of business myself.
Do you plan on managing more bands?
After the international success I had with Back Sabbath, I was asked to represent other bands but I can't dedicate my time in this field. It would be too time consuming and would take away my focus from making music which is what I love doing. I started Mean Music Management and dealt with negotiations with the organizers and technical staff, logistics, travel, passports, work visas, accommodations, promotion, public relations, stage plot, technical rider, band rider…I really surprised myself! I even had to produce technical drawings of the drum riser and stage setup including the positioning of all the amps, monitors, special effects and instruments that my band needed down to the last wire. All this while rehearsing and motivating the band to achieve their best performance ever in a set list that included songs we hadn't played before. This drive for accomplishment even lead me to The Governor's Palace for a press conference with my very own translator. It was surreal with all the radio and TV stations there and a larger than life photo of Chavez in the background. I promoted our show but talked mostly about the power of music as a tool for peace. Since there was a lot of youth in attendance, I praised their love for music and stressed that it is a universal language that can unite us all. I got a roaring approval, the show was a smashing success and the reviews were excellent. The response was so overwhelming that I am still getting calls to play in Columbia, Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Peru. A promoter even contacted me for Mexico & USA dates. The moral of the story is that the sky is the limit when you have a dream.
Can you share some life lessons from your travels?
Each trip you make is a blessing. Meeting nice people and seeing new places. It really opens your horizons and you never quite see the world in the same way again. Before a show you realize that you have a responsibility to each fan that is attending. Arriving on time and in top condition is a priority for me. I’m very professional about this aspect. Giving the best show you can, losing yourself in the music but never losing the audience is key. Eye contact, showing your genuine appreciation and having fun on stage with the audience speaks volumes. Speaking in their language, giving the audience exactly what they came for and more so that they leave happy and totally rocked. Also, leaving them with something memorable or unusual to talk about the next day is also a good thing. One night this summer performing with Loaded Revolvers, I got the sudden urge to tear apart beer cans with my teeth. I never did that before and I've never had the urge to do it since. It's just something that happens on stage. Every night there's something different like playing the drummer's cymbals with my head or playing harmonica till my lips bleed, theatrics with naked ladies, throwing pig tongues and snowballs at the audience or stealing the security guy's cap and making the audience laugh. That's what people and the press talk about the next day. Sure the show was great, but did you see what the singer did?
What kind of security do you have at your shows?
It depends on where I'm playing and who has organized the event. Festivals and larger venues have high security standards. At first it seemed strange to have security guards, drivers or escorts assigned to me. They follow me around before, during and after the show and even the next day but it ensures that no accidents or mishaps occur that would compromise the shows. I must admit that I have amused myself in giving them the slip and taking off for a couple of hours to do my own thing. They are there for my safety which guarantees that things go as planned. When you think about it, hundreds or thousands of people leave their homes and make their way to the venue to see you perform on stage. You can’t f**k that up. In the early days with Eudoxis, I remember taking a city bus to a gig in a traffic jam wondering what would happen if I didn't make it there on time. You have a huge responsibility. You gotta show up and give it your all. In return, fans have shown their love and appreciation and dedication in countless ways.
Can you share a few things about yourself that your fans may not know about or stuff that you do outside of music?
I studied psychology at McGill University and for the past twenty years, I’ve worked as a therapist at a psychiatric hospital in Montreal. I’ve always gravitated towards the helping field. I’ve also volunteered with blind, disabled and elderly patients. We all have to do our parts to make this world a better place. At my regular job, I help one person at a time but with music I can help thousands at a time. I'm essentially the same person on and off stage but much cooler in person; less pyrotechnics LOL.
You've just finished your "TOUR FOR A WORLD OF GOOD" which supported many good causes.
Last week I played my final show of the year at Project P.A.L. This is an outstanding community resource in Verdun, Quebec. It offers support, activities and helps the mental health community in many ways including defence of rights and housing. I’ve made it a point to involve myself with organizations that support good causes and use the power of music to make a difference. I’d like to thank all of you who came to the shows and donated to mental health, poverty, youth protection and earthquake victims. Special thanks to Roger Cesar of Rock Fest, CBC television and our local radio station CHOM 97.7 FM for promoting fundraising events and raising awareness for various causes.
What are you working on right now?
After 25 years of playing live with different bands, I have made it a point to pause, look back and appreciate my past projects and accomplishments. I have the advantage of not relying on music to make a living and can take a break from live performances and concentrate on writing new songs. When you’re constantly planning, perfecting and promoting the next show, there’s no time to look at unrecorded material you’ve accumulated over the years. I’m going through old tapes and revisiting guitar parts and lyrics.
What kind of sound can we expect?
An example of a song I'm fine tuning right now is "Too Little, Too Late". This is a blues/rock song written with slide guitar. I dedicated it to a friend who passed away and you can find a short version of it on You Tube.
What is your process when it comes to composing songs?
I never actually sit down with the intention of writing. A song can develop out of a harmonica riff or a few guitar chords. I always have one guitar with regular tuning and another with an open tuning because very different stuff comes out of each. Most of the time however, it's a vocal line in my head or a lyric or song title that'll provide the musical spark. I use the piano as well on occasion to find alternative notes in a melody that wouldn't come naturally to me. I try not to overthink when writing but it is effective to record, listen and try to refine either the structure of the song or the interplay between instrument and voice. You can never force a song into being; it really has to come naturally. When my kids were little, I would rock their cradle with my foot while playing guitar. This is how I came up with the song "Dean (The Mean Machine)" which I played live with the Red Hot Blues. When I'm driving and the signal lights or the wipers are on, there's a rhythm in the click, click, thump, bump...That's all it takes sometimes to spawn new songs. I have more material than I need for a CD or live shows but it's hard to stop writing when the flow is there. My filing system sucks cause I keep songs all over the place: in my computer, on cassette tapes, on my answering machine, in notebooks, scribbled on napkins or little pieces of paper. There’s a lot of great stuff there that I’d like to share and tons of fresh ideas keep pouring out of me daily. The tricky part is to organize my songs quicker than they appear in my head and not lose too many of them in the process. Recently, my iPhone has become a great recording tool for my creative output but it too is getting cluttered with bits and pieces of songs and melodies. There’s definitely no writer’s block LOL, so my immediate plans are to seclude myself over the winter months in order to breathe new life into old songs while adding new ones to my repertoire. No rush. It'll take the time that it takes and when there's something to show, there will be a show.
The songs you've sent me are wicked. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of them and seeing you play live. You're the first on my bucket list to meet in person. The Beatles are second and third.
Thanks for the great compliment PK and eat your hearts out Paul and Ringo LOL.
What do you want to say to your fans?
Thank you for your unending support. I love you all. Support local musicians by going to their shows, buy your favorite bands' T-shirts, pay for your music and donate to good causes. If you have the power to make someone happy. Do it. The world needs more of that. God bless you!
Anything else you would like to add?
With the recent events in Canada and with Remembrance day just around the corner, I respectfully submit a photo of a dedicated soldier in our family whose backyard was the whole planet. Sgt Christos Karigiannis of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry did not come home. He was killed when the vehicle in which he was traveling struck an improvised explosive device approximately 40 km west of Kandahar City, Afghanistan in 2007. He started as an Air Cadet, and advanced through the ranks of Canada's armed forces. He was an expert marksman and a member of the elite Skyhawks Canadian Forces Parachutist Team. Please share his photo to honor his ultimate sacrifice.
I certainly will. Thank you so much T-Bone for the exclusive interview, your music and your photos. You rock!
Thank you PK and I hope to see you soon down in the States.
SWEDISH INTERVIEW WITH VOCALIST T-BONE TERRY of EUDOXIS
What does the name "Eudoxis" stand for?
EUDOXIS, comes from Greek. Doesn’t everything? It is the quest for eternal glory!
What made you call the band "Eudoxis"?
The band was named in 1984 five years before I joined the band. With a name like Sotiri Papafylis, there’s
no hiding my Greek lineage so I always take great joy in translating our band’s name.
How was the band formed?
Eudoxis came together at a time when thrash and speed metal were in their infancy. We pioneered thrash
and speed up here in in Canada. Performing in metal armor and spikes caught a lot of people’s attention.
What made you form the band?
Eudoxis just wanted to be the loudest, fastest, and most aggressive band around. Looking back, we have left a
lasting impression as the crazy Canadian band with the legendary 6 foot long bass drums.
Can you briefly introduce your band and who you are? / Who does what in the band?
There’s been lot of band members that have come and gone over the years and we have been largely inactive
in the last two decades. I have kept contact with Mars Alexander (guitars), Rick “Raz” Raczko (bass) and J.P.
Perrault (drums). We managed to complete some unfinished songs in 2010 and recorded some home demos
last year. At one point, Rick lived in North Carolina, U.S.A., while Mars lived in Toronto, Canada. Even
though I was in Montreal, we were able to compose music together through the magic of technology. Rick has
moved back here and it looks like Mars will be doing the same. Who knows what the future holds?
Where are all band members from?
Leiv, the first Eudoxis singer was from California U.S.A., the rest of us were from in and around the
Montreal area. We would practice at Rick’s garage in Longueil. I’m sure his neighbors loved us.
What were the ambitions of the band when you started?
To deafen as many people as possible.
Could you explain your music to someone that hasn't heard you?
To someone who doesn’t like metal, it would sound like a toolbox tumbling down concrete stairs. To a metal
fan it is pure old-school bliss.
Where was your first gig?
My first gig with Eudoxis was in 1991 in Montreal, Canada where we shot part of the “Reach The Sun” video.
I still have a ticket stub.
Where was the latest gig?
My latest gig was at the plaza de Toros Stadium in Merida, Venezuela. This was with my Black Sabbath
tribute band BACK SABBATH!!! Hola to all my nuevo amigos y amigas in Venezuela!
Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music, who writes lyrics?
Most of the music on “Open Fire” was written by Mars and Rick before I joined and I wrote the lyrics in
1989 . We wrote “The Gathering” and “Reflections Of A Lost Past” together and since then, we have adopted
a collaborative approach.
Who has the best sense of humor in the band?
Without a doubt it would be our lightman Pierre Gendron. We dressed him up in a cloak for the “Reach
The Sun” video and put a freshly painted construction helmet over his face to transform him into the “Metal
Monk”. Unfortunately the paint fumes were getting to him and he couldn’t walk in a straight line for the
video. That was his acting debut and the drama was real!!! He’s always a barrel of laughs but we all clown
around quite bit. We have the best of times.
What genre do you feel you are?
When the band first started it was strictly speed/thrash but we added a progressive dimension to the metal
spectrum when it was time to do a full length CD.
Why did you pick that particular style? / What are your songs about?
I’ve always admired the attack of well-oiled metal machines like Judas Priest & Accept but by adding slower
tempos and moody darkness you end up with a Black Sabbath meets King Crimson type of feel. Put all these
elements together and you get the full metal tsunami that is Eudoxis. I studied philosophy and psychology and
any lyrics I write definitely come from the hours I have spent with Socrates and Freud. Universal conflict and
trying to make sense of our everchanging world are almost always my underlying themes.
Besides your own material do you do any covers?
We did a speedy delivery of Babe Ruth’s “The Mexican” and I remember working on Genesis’ “Musical
Box”. We always enjoyed playing Megadeth, Slayer, Metallica and Sabbath tunes.
Can you list your releases/ albums?
There was the “Attack From Above” EP in 1986 and the full length CD “Open Fire” in 1991.
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
Both of our official videos are on there. “Metal Fix” from 1985 and “Reach The Sun” from 1991. “Rattle
Your Cage”, “Metamorphosis”, “The Ladder”, “Fuel For Fire”, “Another Day” and other home demos are
there as well.
How old are you? What got you started in music?
I’m gonna be 44 at the end of October. I remember writing lyrics in high school but didn’t join Eudoxis till I
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?
The rest of the band were also teenagers when they took the stage…I guess that makes us a boy-band LOL.
How old were you the first time you saw a live band play?
I was in my teens in the 80s so I was there to experience and participate in the rise of Heavy Metal. The first
band I ever saw live was unforgettable: Motorhead opening up for Alice Cooper during the “Raise Your Fist
And Yell” 87-88 tour at the Montreal Forum. I still have the T-shirt!
Best/worst gig you've played?
I’ve played in front of 10 and 10,000 people so I guess playing in front of 10 drunks in a bar takes the cake as
worst gig ever.
What songs were in your live sets? / Is it always the same set live?
We always played our heaviest stuff like “Progressive Mental Deterioration”, “Tormented We Fall” and
always started our shows with “The Gathering”. Depending on the night, we would throw in some thrash
classics like Slayer’s “Raining Blood” and Megadeth’s “In My Darkest Hour”. The fans went nuts. There was
even a guy who cut himself on the forehead with a broken bottle to show us his appreciation. Crazy.
What are the plans for the rest of the year?
2013 has been an excellent year so far. I got to realize my dream of playing in South America and addressing
the audience in Spanish. I made lots of contacts down there and there are plans to play in Colombia &
the Cayman Islands. I also may be playing a Toronto festival with Back Sabbath this summer thanks to
Canadian metal brothers Annihilator.
How do you get psyched up for a gig?
Tell me I’m playin’ a gig and I’m psyched.
What are your goals with your music?
Music is personal therapy, stress relief and I’ve even had a fan write to me to let me know that our song
“Reach The Sun” saved his life. That’s enough to last a lifetime.
When did you decide to go all in for the music?
Music can’t be done half-way. You either give 100% or you cheat yourself and your fans.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from more modern bands?
I always keep an ear out for new stuff but my influences come from old school metal bands, rock, jazz, punk,
classical and most of all the blues!
What are your sources of inspiration?
God, the Earth and the space in between.
What's the first step when making a new song?
Not saying that you’re gonna sit down to try to write a song. The song will tell you when it’s time to be
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums?
I don’t download music, I buy the CDs and support the artists by buying T-shirts and going to the shows.
What would be your dreams for the band?
What do you hold most dear?
What would be your greatest fears for the future?
I fear nothing
When you are on stage, what do you fear most?
Even when I overhear the Pyro technicians say: “If he catches on fire aim the extinguisher at his neck and
work your way down”, it is still a pleasure to perform on stage.
Have you been in any other projects/bands?
Besides Eudoxis with which I have lifetime membership, I have my Black Sabbath tribute called Back
Sabbath and my various blues projects where I’m known as T-Bone Terry. Besides singing, I play blues
harmonica and slide guitar. I also sang in a church choir. Does that count?
What do you work with outside of the band and the music?
I counsel schizophrenic patients at a psychiatric hospital. This is how I make my living but I always include
the benefits of music in therapy. Very rewarding work.
What would you do if there was no music?
I’d pull a double-Van Gogh.
How important are your fans?
Fans are the heartbeat of my music. I love you all. I enjoy connecting with you on Facebook.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you?
A fan recognised me while I was at a café with friends in Venezuela. He fell to the floor because he was so
thrilled to see me. I thought he was having a heart attack so I almost called 911. He got up on his knees
holding his head in disbelief and handed me some money from his pocket. He didn’t have any paper so he
wanted me to autograph his money. Wow!
How often do you rehearse?
Everyday when there’s shows coming up.
Where do you rehearse?
Usually at home or the drummer’s place. Being a singer, I can even rehearse in my car.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?
I’ll always be proud of the first song I ever wrote on electric guitar while in Eudoxis. It’s called “The
Ladder”, it kicks ass and talks about the misuse of religion. It ain’t for war or status and a cross is not just
a lucky charm. Deep stuff. I’ve also been writing a new song called “Enemy” and it’s chorus has been in
my head for days. I guess that means it’s gonna be a catchy tune. Here’s an exclusive preview of the lyrics:
“With truth and lies entwined/ You trespass the divine/ You rape and poison sanctity/ True martyrs of
decline/ Your actions will define/ Your self-fulfilling prophecy...” Heavy stuff.
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen?
The last two shows I’ve seen are Buddy Guy & Raven. Absolutely the best! My favorite blues player and my
favorite metal band. You can’t top that! I was even invited on stage by Raven to sing Sabbath’s “Symptom Of
The Universe”. What an honor and a thrill to be on stage with my idols.
Do you have any webpages?
For Eudoxis, we have our Facebook and MySpace pages. For T-Bone Terry, I have my Facebook and
Fandalism pages. For Back Sabbath, we have our Facebook, Myspace and official website www.back-
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there?
More sex, less drugs.
Would you like to add anything else?
Two creams , one sugar.
Describe your show, visually and musically?
Thunder & lightning
How do you view the music industry of today?
What advice would you give to young bands?
Do it cause you love it.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band?
If you do it cause you love it, there are no obstacles.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs?
Intimacy with an audience is priceless but playing stadiums spreads the love quicker.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence?
Sonic boom (in stereo)
What is your favorite crappy instrument?
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band?
Fighting for our right to party!
Whats your Pre-show ritual?
What won't you spend money on?
What do you feel a band/musician should spend their money on?
Can I get your autograph?
Absolutely, and thank you for the interview. Spread the word and we may end up meeting in Sweden.
Keep on rockin’!!!
Interview with vocalist Sotiri “T-Bone”
Papafylis of EUDOXIS by Félix B.
Desfossés (Author, L’ Évolution Du Métal
1. How, when and where did Eudoxis
Eudoxis was formed in 1983 in Longueil, Quebec by our bassist Rick “Raz” Racko
and was originally a 4-piece band. Judas Priest’s song “Exciter” was the blueprint for
Eudoxis but there was a need to play more aggressively than Priest, faster than Priest,
and with way more double-bass than Priest. At this time, thrash metal was at its infancy
and Eudoxis had never heard of Metallica nor Slayer. At rehearsals they warmed up with
songs like “Electric Eye” and Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”. By the time Eudoxis played
live in 1984, Rick was the only remaining founding member. The new and improved
lineup which also recorded the 1985 “Metal Fix” demo & video was: Rick "Raz" Raczko,
bass; Stephane Rioux, drums; Leiv Arnesen, vocals; and Mark Hill-Anderson, guitars.
The 1986 EP "Attack From Above" featured Ronnie Theriault on guitars. Personnel
changes continued during the late 80s and it almost meant the end of the band. Eudoxis
was resurrected in 1989 with the coming of ex-AXEWRAITH guitarist Mars B.
Alexander and (myself) Sotiri Papafylis on vocals. The material on the 1991 CD “Open
Fire” was written by myself, Rick, Mars, and Stephane but by the time the recording
sessions started, Stephane Rioux had been replaced by ex-DYER'S EVE drummer J.P.
Perrault. Stephane had a major alcohol addiction and I hope he is well today.
2. What style did you guys say you were
playing back in the days?
Thrash and speed would be the best adjectives to describe Eudoxis’ sound although a
progressive element was added in 1991 with the release of our full length CD “Open
Fire”. I don’t like to categorise our music because it has received very varied labels over
the years. During the “Attack From Above” era, the Jam!Pop Encyclopedia labelled us as
“blood curdling speed metal” and Metalpage wrote that our songs were “brilliant power/
thrash…with excellent riffing and massive doublebass drumming”. During the “Open
Fire” era, Rolling Stone wrote that we are “thrash metal that excels in heaviness, melody
& originality” while the Montreal Mirror labelled us as “heavy metal with way more
beat”. I say, enjoy the music and label it what you want.
3. What were your main influences?
Definitely and undeniably Judas Priest. Later on we added some Slayer, Metallica &
Megadeth classics in our sets. Progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd and King Crimson
also helped shape our sound and it would be a sin not to mention Black Sabbath.
4. When I hear your music, I hear thrash
metal. But Montreal’s thrash metal scene
seemed to be quite underground with
bands playing in small venues. You guys
were playing places like the Mustache,
Brassette Maxi, were it would usually be
heavy rock or hair metal bands playing
covers. Were you guys a thrash metal
band playing rock clubs?
Yes. We were the first Thrash/Speed band on the Montreal metal circuit. We had trouble
with these places because of a bad reputation of being too heavy and leaving a trail of
destruction everywhere we played. Trashed hotel rooms, crazy roadies, bar fights and
other fun activities. In fact, it got so bad that we had to use a fake band name “Discipline”
to get hired at some venues. Eudoxis kicked hair metal bands out of their usual slots and
paved the way for heavy bands like Voivod who entered the live circuit shortly after.
5. What’s the story behind the bass
In Wikipedia it states that we have the longest and loudest bass drums ever. I guess size
matters…Ha! Ha! This was Stephane's idea. He wanted to have something visual on
stage that would define the band as unmistakably “metal”. He approached a company that
made stainless steel milk truck tanks. He asked them to roll and weld sheets of stainless
steel and the result was a very dangerous looking drum set indeed. Each bass drum was
6 feet in length and 24 inches in diameter. The toms were wrapped in leather and nails.
On stage, I could stand on the bass drums and sing without a worry of them collapsing.
They were very sturdy and very heavy. They even made great sleeping quarters on
tour. On one occasion while crossing to the US border, the custom officers had to look
inside them in case we were smuggling drugs or illegal aliens. Lucky for us, this time we
6. What were your stage suits like?
Much of the same here. Leather clothing designed by each band member adorned with
stainless steel plates with nails sticking out. My costume was a little smoother so I could
stage dive and crowd surf without impaling the audience...Ha! Ha! Conveniently, Rick’s
dad worked in a metal shop and Rick’s costume was definitely the most menacing.
It suited his character. He would leave plenty of teeth marks on his bass and would
violently break off all his bass strings at the end of each show. The crowd went nuts!
There was always plenty of blood on his bass from biting it or from his beaten fingers. He
really loved his bass guitar but he completely destroyed it on stage on one occasion. Rick
is known for falling: (1) off a roof; (2) out of a window; and (3) yes, you guessed it, on
stage. He slipped on some beer and when his costume’s spikes hit the wooden stage, he
was literally nailed to the ground. A roadie had to come with a hammer to free him. He
finally got up and noticed a crack on the head of his favorite bass guitar. He went mental
and smashed his beloved instrument to bits but a large section of the body bounced
back and hit him in the face. He ended up with a black eye but no one noticed cause he
was wearing black racoon type face-paint around his eyes. We toned down the look in the
90’s and had less wardrobe malfunctions.
7. Not all bands were able to shoot
videoclips. How did you guys manage to
shoot a video for Metal fix?
Rick’s bass teacher was involved with a video project called “Perfo 30” which picked 30
bands of different styles and made 30 videos in 30 days. Eudoxis and Voivod were part
of this project. The “Metal Fix” video was shot and broadcast in 1985 which was a year
prior to the more polished EP version.
8. I heard it played a lot on Much Music?
Much Music staff were very impressed with their first contact with Eudoxis. This was
at a gala to celebrate the success of the “Perfo 30” project at the old Club Soda. All the
bands that had made videos were there but Eudoxis were the only band confined in a
large steel cage. The video played a lot since the “Power Hour” VJs had become huge
fans and Much Music supported Canadian metal.
9. Would you say CHOM was an
important influence on the metal scene?
Absolutely. We’re lucky to have a great rock radio station here in Montreal. When I was
a teenager in the eighties, I would listen to the “Metal File” religiously on Friday nights.
They did a great job of introducing you or getting you better acquainted with metal bands
by playing several songs of one band back to back. It really drew you in. I never heard
them play anything from “Attack From Above” our 1986 EP (probably because it so rare
and they never got a copy) but they did play stuff from “Open Fire” our 1991 LP. Even
today they support the local metal scene. A great example was when my tribute band
“Back Sabbath” was chosen to headline CHOM’s 40th anniversary party at the Corona
Theater. When we played at the Metropolis, CHOM DJs were there with their jeep and
banners outside the venue greeting the fans and showing their support. Only one thing I
can say: CHOM ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!
10. What would be Eudoxis’ most
important shows or accomplishments?
I think the first shows in 1984 would have been the most important for us. Eudoxis
was treading new musical ground and some of the audience hated us but some of the
audience liked us a lot. Eventually, thrash metal caught on and took off. Heavy bands
that followed us had an easier time getting gigs and making careers out of music. As far
as accomplishments go, I’m glad that our efforts with Eudoxis left a lasting impression
and it is truly a delight to hear that young bands refer to us as a major influence. Also,
reaching new fans, doing interviews and having books written about us 30 years later is
clearly a sign of accomplishment. Above all, what I hold dearest is when a fan wrote to
me on Facebook to tell me that the song “Reach The Sun” had saved his life and set him
straight. Can you ask for anything more? No. I can say that my music has reached out and
changed someone’s life for the better. My job is done.
11. Why and when did Eudoxis disband?
We had written several songs for a follow up to “Open Fire” and made concrete plans to
begin recording but there was friction between band members and the arrival of grunge
did not help the situation. We all went our separate ways in 1993. In 2006, we were asked
to reunite by organisers of a large Toronto festival but this didn’t happen because we
couldn’t find Rick. We eventually did track him down a couple of years later in South
Carolina and this lead us to complete some unfinished songs such as “Metamorphosis”,
“The Ladder”, and “Another Day”. Although Rick was down in the States and Mars
Alexander lived in Toronto, we were able to record home demos through the wonder
of the internet (a luxury we did not have back in the day). Since then, we’ve recorded
more home demos including “RattleYour Cage” (a new collab with some old friends)
and we’ve made most of these songs available on YouTube. Although we’re not touring,
there is definitely some activity. Rick, Mars, J.P. and myself have maintained a close
friendship and have a lifetime membership with Eudoxis.
12. Is there anything that hasn’t been said
about Eudoxis and that you would like
the world to know? Or maybe something
you’d like to clarify for your fans?
I had read a magazine article from the early days stating that “Eudoxis” was the name
of a sorcerer. I have no idea where they got that but the word “Eudoxis” comes from
Greek…doesn’t everything? It can be defined as the tenure of eternal glory! Since my
roots are 100% Greek, I always take great joy in translating our band’s name…and with a
name like Sotiri Papafylis, I can’t be wrong!
Félix B. Desfossés
Author , L’ Évolution Du Métal Québécois
BACK SABBATH CONQUERS TIME
(interview by Julie Vera of Montreal Metal Café) – February 2011.
<p>MMC caught up with Sotiri</p> <p>“T-Bone “ Papafylis after BACK SABBATH’s </p> <p>jaw dropping show at the METROPOLIS. </p> <p>BACK SABBATH is the ultimate tribute to Black Sabbath and the best and</p> <p>most elaborate production of its kind in the world!!! With OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS</p> <p>IN LIGHTS & EQUIPMENT and backed by the biggest names in sound and visuals,</p> <p>BACK SABBATH will surprise and mesmerise Sabbath fans around the world. The</p> <p>band is based in Montreal, Canada and emerged out of the ashes of the Led</p> <p>Zeppelin & Black Sabbath cover band known as BLACK LED. It features BLACK</p> <p>LED founding members "Spooky" Todd Fraser on guitar and Bohdan Tkacz on</p> <p>drums. With the addition of vocalist Sotiri “T-Bone” Papafylis, formerly of Canadian</p> <p>thrash metal pioneers EUDOXIS, the band changed their name to BACK SABBATH.</p> <p>Five bass players later, the band was finally complete in November 2007 when</p> <p>Randall Darche (ex-KALEIDOSCOPIK) stepped up to the plate. BACK SABBATH are 4</p> <p>die hard Sabbath fans who live, breathe and eat Black Sabbath. Their commitment</p> <p>is to faithfully reproduce Black Sabbath's early years which featured the</p> <p>classic line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. You</p> <p>won't believe your eyes and ears as you are transported back to the 70's with</p> BACK SABBATH!
<p>MMC: T-Bone, I’m</p> <p>speechless by what I saw and heard last night at the METROPOLIS. You had a full</p> <p>house and everyone was on the edge of their seats cheering as if they were</p> <p>witnessing a reunion of the original</p> BLACK SABBATH.
T-BONE: Our fans
are the best and they may not realize it but they’re as much part of the show
as the band. I mean, we play our parts as Ozzy, Geezer , Tony and Bill as they were in the
early days of Sabbath while the fans play the part of the 70’ s audience.
Together we conquer time and the illusion is complete!
<p>MMC: There was a fan</p> <p>at your show who darted towards the stage and almost jumped over the barrier</p> and security as soon as you offered pig tongues to the audience. What was up with that guy?
T-BONE: He’s not
just a fan! He’s a fanimal!!! We were giving out pig tongues as backstage
passes - He ate his! There’s a photo of him on our MySpace page from last
night’s show as he’s reaching out for his tongue. Another couple who got a pork tongue started french
kissing with it (laughs). See what I mean when I say the audience is as much
part of the show as we are? Pickled pork tongues from a jar! Do you know how
hard it is to find these buggers. I was
driving for over two hours from grocery store to grocery store the night before
the show. People must think I work on my voice or put my feet up and relax
before a show. No, I hunt for pork tongues or batwings or something else to
throw at the audience! Last year I had “borrowed” a 40km/h speed limit sign to
celebrate Sabbath’s 40th anniversary and had a dozen impaled
pigheads on stage during “War Pigs”. Studying to be Ozzy has made me a little
crazy but the audience is not far behind (laughs)!
<p>MMC: Tell me about</p> <p>your voice and your Ozzy persona on stage. I feel like I’m sitting next to the madman</p> <p>himself. Your singing voice and your</p> Birmingham blarney is spot on!
T-BONE : Thank
you Julie. As opposed to Ozzy
impersonators who have taken the top-down approach (meaning that they are Ozzy
impersonators first and singers second), I have taken the bottom-up route since
I’ve been a musician since my teens and playing Ozzy now with BACK SABBATH is a
first for me. I joined the band when it
was originally called BLACK LED and the setlist consisted of both Sabbath and
Zeppelin tunes. If I looked more like
Ronnie James Dio or Robert Plant, who knows what may have come out of this
band? But I’m glad my physical appearance reminds people of the prince of
darkness cause this is the music I grew up with and love to share with the
audience. As I’ve always said, Sabbath is not only the foundation but the front
door and the kitchen floor of metal.
<p>MMC: What preparations or research have you put</p> into this role?
the role of Ozzy in BACK SABBATH is a
huge responsibility. Fans of the original Sabbath are currently experiencing
withdrawal symptoms and there’s no way quench their thirst with a watered down
version of what once was. They expect the best and there’s no way that we’re
gonna give ‘em anything less than 110% of what we are capable of offering to
them. I am very blessed to be playing
with three dedicated musicians who love BLACK SABBATH as much as I do. Our commitment as a band is to ensure that
BLACK SABBATH lives forever. This is why
we have painstakingly studied details of Sabbath videos, live footage,
interviews, photos and we’ve come up with a show that is as faithful to sound
as it is to visuals. The costumes, the instruments, the decor, the lights and
special effects all come together to satiate Sabbath fans who crave to see
their heroes on stage again.
<p>MMC: Audiences are</p> <p>always thrilled when you pull out the harmonica and play the song that no one</p> <p>expects to hear “The Wizard”. How did you learn to play the harmonica so</p> well?
T-BONE: I’ve played blues music for years and I’ve picked up my licks from the masters like Magic
Dick, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Sonny Terry…the list goes on. The
harmonica has always been my favourite instrument. You can carry it anywhere. I always have one
with me. Lemme empty my pockets here, uh..cell phone , wallet , keys, well…we
won’t mention this (laughs), spare change, guitar picks and my Lee Oskar blues
harp! (plays solo of “The Wizard”) . Not
many people know that Ozzy played the harmonica on this song. A classic! Harmonica in heavy metal! Just
another example of how Osbourne , Iommi , Butler and Ward revolutionised music.
Amazingly enough, I haven’t heard much harmonica in metal
besides Motley Crue’s cover of “Smokin’ In
The Boys Room” and Megadeth’s “Train Of
Consequences”. You’d think it would have caught on!
<p>MMC: BACK SABBATH</p> <p>made the six o’clock news this week and CBC said that your million dollar spectacle</p> <p>would not only make Ozzy proud but would</p> also give him a run for his money. What’s your reaction to this?
T-BONE: They also
said that they’re not sure whether we’re
a case of arrested adolescence or savvy businessmen having a good time (laughs). Hopefully we’re the latter, but either way we
are definitely having a good time doing this. We don’t do things halfway and
never cut corners on production. When I
see dads bringing their kids to the shows, I know that they’re in for a great
<p>MMC: Hmmm, family</p> <p>bonding with bleeding naked girls on crosses… </p>
T-BONE: I guess we
are definitely a case of arrested adolescence and we’re treading water in a sea
of retarded sexuality (laughs)…So Spinal Tap.
<p>MMC: Back Sabbath is</p> playing Quebec city at LE CAPITOLE next week. What can Quebec expect.
T-BONE: More pig tongues, now I know where to get
<p>BACK SABBATH plays at LE</p> CAPITOLE in Quebec City February 11th 2011. Don’t miss it!
(ENGLISH VERSION BELOW)
Entrevista con el Vocalista de Back Sabbath Sotiri “T-Bone Terry” Papafylis por nuestro corresponsal Razer Flores
El Último Tributo a BLACK SABBATH personifica los originales Sabs de los 70’s impecablemente y su increíble cantante Sotiri “T-Bone” realmente actúa como Ozzy Osbourne en carne y hueso.
¿Por qué eres un músico?
T-Bone: Gracias Razer por preguntar esto. Pienso que nunca me habían preguntado eso. La versión corta es que soy yo y va a salir. Por otro lado, si quiero hacer introspectiva sobre eso, puedo decir realmente tan atrás como puedo recordar, yo he tenido muy fuertes tendencias artísticas que no puedo controlar. Estaba aburrido en la escuela donde había un pequeño salón para la auto-expresión y creatividad. No me gustó el profesor de 1er grado quien fue todo sobre la conformidad y el orden. En los días de escuela, le di patadas en la rodilla y huí por eso. Muchos profesores corrieron tras de mí y finalmente me atraparon en el patio de recreo. Desde ese incidente, fui etiquetado un “niño problema” y todo el tiempo un profesor tenía que dejarme salir del salón para hacer fotocopias o algo, me traerían junto con ellos. Desde luego, no confiaban en mi solo con los otros niños en el salón. No era un chico malo. Sólo tenía demasiada energía creativa para estar sentado pasivamente en un salón.
Aún hoy, cuando me aburro, salgo al mundo de “T-Bone” en las encrucijadas del espacio y tiempo. Es un agradable, pacífico y colorido lugar… Ja! Ja! No hay píldoras que supriman la creatividad. La creatividad me llama; sí no es una fotografía, arte y poesía, es música y componer canciones. Desempeñar el papel de Ozzy “The Madman” (El Loco) en Back Sabbath es una excelente salida para toda esta energía creativa. Es realmente una bendición.
¿Cómo empezaste tu carrera, tu primera banda?
T-Bone: Comencé a escribir letras para canciones durante la secundaria. Cuando mi hermano George agarró la guitarra y comenzó a tocar algunos riffs de Deep Purple y Cream, no pude ayudar pero me uní y canté. Hemos tocado juntos en muchas bandas incluyendo Guzzler’s Groove, The Wanted, y más recientemente como T-Bone & The Red Hot Blues. Estoo es cuando agarro la harmónica por escuchar a grande del blues tales como Magic Dick, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, and Sonny Terry. Tocar la harmónica ha venido como anillo al dedo desde que ahora la uso en “The Wizard” de Black Sabbath.
¿Puedes decirnos cuáles son tus influencias?
T-Bone: Mis gustos musicales son muy variados como el Blues de Howlin’ Wolf y el black Metal de Venom. Escucharé de todo desde el Jazz al Punk, a lo clásico pero hay siempre una cosa que busco. Sigo cada género de música del pasado a sus raíces y me enfoco en las bandas subterráneas y músicos quienes han empujado a la música más lejos en todas las direcciones. En el caso del Heavy Metal, la raíz de todo el mal es Black Sabbath.
Cuéntanos sobre la banda Canadiense de Thrash Metal Eudoxis
T-Bone: Todavía estaba en mi adolescencia cuando me uní a Eudoxis en 1989. Escribí las letras y canté en el CD “Open Fire” de 1991 que estuvo acompañado por el video “Reach The Sun”. Eudoxis son los verdaderos pioneros Canadienses del Thrash Metal desde entonces ellos fueron los primeros en traer este rápido, sonido agresivo a Canadá. Eudoxis se formó en 1984 cuando el Thrash Metal estaba en su infancia. Nadie en Montreal estaba preparado para cuatro furiosos jóvenes vestidos en armaduras y pinchos de metal. Sí esto no era suficiente, nuestra batería incluía tambores de bajo de acero inoxidable de seis pies de largo que pegaban como cañones. Pienso que dejamos una última impresión.
Como un adolescente en Eudoxis, nunca habría imaginado que una joven banda en el 2012 estaría citándonos como influencia musical y nuestros álbumes serían vendidos por precios exorbitantes en ebay. Pienso que con la llegada de Internet, somos más populares ahora que lo que habíamos sido alguna vez. A principios de este año, me uní junto con el guitarrista Mars Alexander y grabé algunas canciones sin terminar de Eudoxis. Entre ellas esta un demo para la primera canción que alguna vez escribí en la guitarra eléctrica titulada “The Ladder”. Se pensaba grabar para un Cd en 1992 pero desafortunadamente esto nunca pasó. Adapté las letras que fueron inspiradas en la religión y la forma que es usada para las personas ignorantes para mantener el “mal” fuera. Puse la versión de esta en You Tube junto con algunos otros demos incluyendo “Another Day” (un Metal progresivo épico de más de 7 minutos). Incluso colaboramos con viejos amogos y grabamos una nueva canción “asesina” llamada “Rattle Your Cage”. Un material muy pesado!
¿Qué te inspiró a formar un tributo a Black Sabbath?
T-Bone: Hay rumores otra vez este mes sobre que Bill Ward se unirá a Black Sabbath para una reunión completa. Como un fan a muerte, anhelo esto y estas ganas las son realmente el combustible detrás de este tributo. Los fans quieren sus Sabbath de regreso y esto es exactamente lo que ellos obtienen con Back Sabbath!
¿Quiénes están en ele lineup?
T-Bone: Cuando Back Sabbath tocó primero en vivo, teníamos nuestros miembros fundadores Randalkl Darche en el bajo y Bohdan Tkacs en la batería. El baterista, Ange E. Curcio (ex-Geezer Butler Band) y el bajista Johnny Huot (ex-Black Pudding) se unieron a Back Sabbath hace un par de años. Desde Febrero, Russel Labadie (ex-Stormbringer) has completado el trono de la batería. El tuvo su iniciación en un festival este verano cuando lo dejamos en el escenario solo en frente de diez mil personas. El tuvo que hacer cinco minutos de solo mientras yo y Todd Fraser quien tocaba el rol de Tony Iommy fue por un cambio de vestuario y costó recuperar nuestro dulce tiempo. Ja! Ja! El realmente los entretuvo! Ustedes debieron haberlo visto calentándolos con el gong! La audiencia enloqueció! Nadie hace solos de batería como esos nunca más!
¿Cuándo fue su primer concierto con Back Sabbath?
T-Bone: Fue en Octubre de 2007. Tú me has hecho darme cuenta de que nosotros estamos celebrando nuestro 5º Aniversario! Nuestro primer show fue una fiesta de disfraces de “Halloween” y toda la audiencia estaba disfrazada. Nosotros conducimos al show en un carro fúnebre negro con un ataúd real en la parte trasera y lo estacionamos en la acera. Me sorprendió que no consiguiéramos un ticket de estacionamiento esa noche.
¿Describirías la experiencia de tocar y reproducir la alineación clásica de Black Sabbath?
T-Bone: Es realmente una emoción tocar Sabbath en el escenario y compartir este sentimiento con los verdaderos fans. Echamos tantas patadas de eso como la audiencia también. Las audiencias en todas partes son impresionantes. Ellos cantan adelante y se vuelven completamente locos! Yo podría estar cantando “Iron Man” por ejemplo, y miro a mi derecha y veo a Geezer aporreando el bajo. Miro a mi izquierda y Tony esta allí sonriendo mientras toca un riffs formidables. Y todo el tiempo estoy sintiendo la ensordecedora batería de Bill Ward detrás de mí. Créeme, es un verdadero ajetreo y la ilusión se completa conmigo en el centro del escenario gritando “I am Iron Man!”.
¿Cuál ha sido su concierto más emblemático?
T-Bone: Este Agosto presentamos nuestro nuevo concepto “The Ozzy Osbourne Story” en frente de una multitud en el Festival Edmundston, Canada. Tocamos todos los clásicos de Sabbath y los sorprendimos abriendo con “The Diary of a Madman” (El Diario de un Loco) e invitando a Zakk Wylde (también tocado por Todd Fraser) en el escenario como invitado especial! Nosotros obtuvimos un rugido así como algunas desatadas gemas como “Mr. Crowley, Suicide Solution & Crazy Train”! Este show fue también la primera vez que mi niños me vieron tocar! La mejor noche de mi vida!
¿Cómo fue la anécdota cuando viste “a big black shape” (una gran sombra negra) saliendo del humo?
T-Bone: Ja! Ja! Es asombroso como esta pequeña historia ha viajado a Suramérica. Bueno, aquí esta como sucedió. Una noche oscura y tormentosa estábamos ensayando la canción “Black Sabbath” en el sótano de una vieja casa embrujada que estábamos rentando. Cuando estoy cantando el primer verso, me doy cuenta que había un frio inusual entonces me puse mi capa de Ozzy para calentarme. Continué cantando con mis ojos cerrados tras mis lentes azules matizados de Ozzy concentrándome en llegar a las letras y frases correctas. Cuando empecé a cantar el segundo verso que va “Big black shape with eyes of fire” (gran sombra negra con ojos de fuego), de repente tuve un escalofrío subiendo y bajado mi espina. Abrí mis ojos y allí estaba! Deforme y desencajado dando tumbos hacia a través del espeso humo. Tenía ojos de fuego y estaba balanceando una enorme hacha. En el momento, me sentí que mi vida se terminaba. ¿Estaba en el infierno o estaba alucinando? Estaba realmente allí pero my entendimiento de lo que esta criatura escondida era y su intención me eludían.
La explicación era simple. Nos gustaba practicar en ocasiones con la vestimenta completa, con humo y una luz del show para sentir lo que sería como en el escenario y para solucionar cualquier problema técnico potencial o mal funcionamiento del armario. Bien, estábamos probando una nueva máquina de humo esa noche que termino activando la alarma de incendios. Estábamos tocando tan alto como lo usual entonces nunca la escuchamos. La figura de miedo saliendo de las sombras terminó siendo un bombero quien estaba sorprendido de enfrentarse cara a cara con Ozzy cuando estaba viéndolo. Todos nosotros tuvimos una buena carcajada esa noche.
Cuéntanos sobre los shows teatrales que ustedes interpretan
T-Bone: Cuando primero empezamos a planear nuestra banda tributo queríamos ser merecedores de los poderosos Sabs. No queríamos sólo ofrecer la música sino también presentar la producción completa distinto a cualquier que alguna vez había sido intentado anteriormente por cualquier banda tributo. Enfocamos este proyecto como los actores de teatro lo harían. Estudiamos los personajes e inyectamos a sus personalidades energía dentro de nuestra interpretación. La clave del éxito de Back Sabbath es que nuestra filosofía es que los visuales son justamente como el asalto sónico Sabbath! Nuestras vestimentas, los instrumentos y el escenario gritan Sabbath hasta el último mínimo detalle. Es un museo de Sabbath en el escenario y ustedes deberían ver las mandíbulas de los fans caen durante las crucifixiones en vivo sobre el escenario.
¿Qué hay sobre esta sensual modelo quien simula ser crucificada en el escenario?
T-Bone: Ah! Miss Sabbath… la sangrienta Miss Sabbath. Todo lo que ella viste en el escenario es la corona de espinas y realmente es completamente entretenido ver los primeros de las filas en la audiencia mirando fijamente con incredulidad a la sangre que gotea de su frente. Cruza su cara y baja por sus curvas. Es realmente un total espectáculo. La mejor parte está en los vestidores cuando Miss Sabbath se baña después del show… la ducha parece como una escena de Psyco! Ja! Ja!
¿Una parte de su show es darle verdaderas lenguas de cerdo al público?
T-Bone: Siempre estoy lanzándole algo a la audiencia. Las lenguas de cerdo durante “War Pigs” y bolas de nieve durante “Snowblind”. Me pregunto lo que lanzaré si tocamos “Dirty Women” Ja! Ja!
¿Por qué decidieron tocar sólo la época de Ozzy? ¿Alguna vez pensaron en incluir las eras de Dio o Martin?
T-Bone: “The Shinning”, “Heaven & Hell”y no olvidemos a “Disturbing the Priest” y “In For The Kill” de otras eras. Soy un verdadero fan de Sabbath y amo estas grandes canciones por grandiosos cantantes pero mirame1 sólo mirarme! Me parezco al “The Prince of Darkness” (Principe de la Tinieblas). Soy como el hermanito de Ozzy, entonces no hay otra dirección para mi especialmente donde las etapas teatrales conciernen.
¿Cómo se las arreglan para transportar al público de regreso a los 70’s en una forma que sólo Black Sabbath pueden entregar?
T-Bone: La pirotécnicas, un show de luces segadoras, máquinas de humo, luces, láseres… Yo ahora voy por 5 cambios de vestuario durante nuestros shows! Vamos a comprar un camión más grande Ja! Ja! Sería más simple traer con una máquina de humo. No tenemos sólo cambios vestuario para las diferentes eras de Sabbath sino también los instrumentos que combinen. Traemos una docena de guitarras y bajos en el escenario. Ahora que agregamos el concepto de “The Ozzy Osbourne Story”. Todd va de tocar la imagen del espejo de Tony Iommy a tocar Zakk Wylde completo con el vestuario completo y su guitarra marca registrada diseño negro y blanco. Al pasar los años que hemos recorrido, algunos artículos extraños en estos camiones como barricadas y alambres de púas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, cascos del ejercito, una docena de cabezas de cerdo congeladas, cubos de sangre, jarras de lenguas de cerdo, ataúdes, seis pies de frascos de Co2 (que podrían explotar y matar a todo el mundo si uno se cae), 20 pies de cruces de madera para las crucifixiones, más cruces, una cruz de 40 pies que ilumina, las cruces de las iglesias, las coronas de espinas de Jerusalén, e incluso un par de polizonas “grupies”allí una noche. Los “roadies” y los dueños del club piensan que estamos locos!!! Es la escenografía que se coloca el modo de cada periodo de tiempo.
¿Dinos cómo aprendiste a cantar y actuar igual que Ozzy?
T-Bone: Soy afortunado vocalmente porque realmente no es mucho de un largo trayecto para mí. Nuestros alcances y tonos son similares entonces realmente reduce le trabajo en el fraseo y el condenado acento de Birminghan! Como para las interpretaciones en vivo, un show de Sabbath no está completo sin un “madman” (loco). Aun cuando yo oigo por casualidad que los pirotécnicos dicen “Sí lo atrapa el fuego, apunta el extinguidor en su nuca y trabaja hacia abajo”, todavía es un honor cargar las botas de Ozzy. A través de los años, hemos puesto una tremenda cantidad de trabajo en este proyecto y la respuesta de la audiencia habla por sí sola.
¿Lesite el libro “I Am Ozzy, qué piensa de eso?
T-Bone: Si, lo compré y leí tan pronto salió! Es una historia muy facultada de un hombre quien no tenía nada y alcanzo el éxito sólo con perder todo y entonces se las arregló para escalar el tope una vez más. Hay una gran película allí y quiero actuar en el papel principal!
¿Has escuchado alguna banda de Rock Latinoamericana?
T-Bone: Venezuela está a u largo camino de Canadá. No he tenido mucha exposición en su escena musical pero me encantaría venir con Back Sabbath no sólo con propósitos musicales sino también para enriquecer mi entendimiento de su cultura y maravillas en la belleza de su país. Me encantaría tocar en el Cañon “El Diablo” con el “Salto Angel” como fondo o sentarme e inspírame con las letras de la “Laguna Negra”. Hasta ala música rock que es cantada en español, estaba muy impresionado cuando vi “Los Lonely Boys” de Texas quienes abrieron para Santana. El español y el Rock van muy bien juntos.
¿Qué piensas sobre la escena del Metal en la actualidad?
T-Bone: Hay buenas bandas allí hoy y estoy siempre revisando nuevas bandas en You Tube. La escena del Metal está gozando de una popularidad que no ha estado allí desde principios de los 90’s. Mi fidelidad sin embargo permanece el al era donde el Heavy Metal de Judas Priest, Iron Maiden y Ozzy Osbourne reinaron lo supremo. Es grande ver que estas bandas junto con otras tales como Accept y Raven aun están haciendo música impresionante y contundente. En el 2012… En aprecio a nuestros leales fans, en el 12º segundo del 12º minuto del 12º día del 12º año, estaré regalando un par de baquetas Oficiales de Black Sabbath al primer fan que me encuentre en una ubicación que permanece indeterminado. Estaré revelando una pista fotográfica sobre la ubicación los primeros de Diciembre. No se preocupen, No será la vieja casa embrujada. Ese lugar me da escalofríos!
Muchas gracias T-Bone. “C’était un unneur et un plisir interroger à vous!” (Fue un honor y un placer entrevistarte).
T-Bone: Veo que hablas algo de Francés también!! Merci mon ami! (Grcias mi amigo!) Gracias por la entrevista y gracias a todo los fans alrededor del mundo por su apoyo interminable. L@s amo!
Esperamos verlos algún día de giro en Venezuela. Dios te Bendiga!
Interview with Back Sabbath Vocalist Sotiri “T-Bone Terry” Papafylis by Razer Flores
The Ultimate Tribute to Black Sabbath personifies the original Sabs of the 70s impeccably and their unbelievable singer Sotiri “T-Bone” really performs like Ozzy Osbourne in flesh and bone.
Why are you a musician?
T-Bone: Thanks Razer for asking this. I don’t think I’ve ever been asked that. The short version is that it’s in me and it’s gotta come out. On the other hand, if I want to get introspective about it, I can truly say that as far back as I can remember, I have had very strong artistic tendencies that cannot be restrained. I was bored in school where there was little room for self-expression and creativity. I did not like my 1st grade teacher who was all about conformity and order. On the first day of school, I kicked him in the knee and made a run for it. Several teachers ran after me and finally caught me in the schoolyard. Since that incident, I was labelled a “problem child” and anytime a teacher had to leave the classroom to make photocopies or something, they would bring me along with them. They certainly didn’t trust me alone with the other children in the classroom. I wasn’t a bad kid, I just had too much creative energy to be sitting passively in a classroom.
Even today, when I get bored, I’m off to T-Bone world at the crossroads of space and time. It’s a nice peaceful, colourful place…Ha! Ha! There’s no pill to supress creativity. Creative forces beckon me; if it’s not photography, art and poetry, it’s music and songwriting. Playing the role of Ozzy the madman in Back Sabbath is an excellent outlet for all this creative energy. It really is a blessing.
How did your career start, your first band?
T-Bone: I started writing lyrics for songs while in high school. When my brother George picked up the guitar and started playing some Deep Purple and Cream riffs, I couldn’t help but join in and sing. We’ve played together in many bands since including Guzzler’s Groove, The Wanted, and more recently as T-Bone Terry & The Red Hot Blues. This is when I picked up the harmonica by listening to blues greats such as Magic Dick, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, and Sonny Terry. The harmonica playin’ has come in handy since I now use it on Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard”.
Can you tell us what your musical influences are?
T-Bone: My musical tastes are as varied as Howlin’ Wolf’s blues and Venom’s black metal. I’ll listen to anything from jazz to punk to classical but there’s always one thing I look for. I follow each genre of music back to its roots and focus on the ground breaking bands and musicians who have pushed music further in every direction. In the case of heavy metal, the root of all evil is Black Sabbath.
Tell us about the Canadian Thrash Metal band Eudoxis?
T-Bone: I was still in my teens when I joined Eudoxis in 1989. I wrote the lyrics and sang on the 1991 “Open Fire“CD which was accompanied by the “Reach The Sun” video. Eudoxis are true Canadian thrash metal pioneers since they were among the first to bring this fast, aggressive sound to Canada. Eudoxis formed in 1984 when thrash metal was in its infancy. No one in Montreal was prepared for four angry youths dressed in armour and metal spikes. If this wasn’t enough, our drumset included six-foot long stainless steel bass drums which stuck out like cannons. I think we left a lasting impression.
As a teenager in Eudoxis, I never would have guessed that young bands in 2012 would be citing us as musical influences and our albums would be selling for exorbitant prices on ebay. I think with the arrival of internet, we are more popular now than we’ve ever been. Earlier this year, I got together with guitarist Mars Alexander and recorded some unfinished Eudoxis songs. Among them is a demo for the first song I ever wrote on the electric guitar entitled “The Ladder”. It was intended to be recorded for a CD back in 1992 but unfortunately this never happened. I reworked the lyrics which were inspired by religion and the way it is used by ignorant people to keep “evil” out. I put a version of this up on You Tube along with some other demos including “Another Day” (a 7 minute plus progressive metal epic!!!). We even collaborated with old friends and recorded a killer new song called “Rattle Your Cage”. Very heavy stuff!
What inspired you to form a Black Sabbath tribute?
T-Bone: There’s rumors again this month about Bill Ward joining Black Sabbath for a complete reunion. As a die-hard fan, I thirst for this and it is this craving that is really the fuel behind this tribute. Fans want their Sabbath back and this is exactly what they get with Back Sabbath!
Who’s in the lineup?
T-Bone: When Back Sabbath first played live, we had our founding members Randall Darche on bass and Bohdan Tkacz on drums. Drummer Ange E. Curcio (ex-Geezer Butler Band) and bassist Johnny Huot (ex-Black Pudding) joined Back Sabbath a couple of years ago. Since February, Russel Labadie (ex-Stormbringer) has filled the drum throne. He got his initiation at a festival this summer when we left him onstage alone in front of ten thousand people. He had to do a five minute drum solo while me and Todd Fraser who plays Tony Iommi went for a costume change and took our sweet time getting back. Ha! Ha! He really entertained them! You should have seen him teasing them with the gong! The audience went nuts! No one does extended drum solos like that anymore!
When was your first concert with Back Sabbath?
T-Bone: It was in October 2007. You have just made me realize that we are celebrating our 5th anniversary! Our first show was a Halloween costume party and all the audience was dressed up. We drove to the show in a black hearse with a real coffin in the back and parked it on the sidewalk. I’m surprised we didn’t get a parking ticket that night.
Would you describe the experience of playing and reproducing Black Sabbath’s classic line-
T-Bone: It really is a thrill to play Sabbath on stage and share this feeling with true fans. We get as much of a kick out of it as the audience does. The audiences everywhere are awesome. They sing along and they go completely crazy! I could be singing “Iron man” for example, and I look to my right and I see Geezer pounding on the bass. I look to my left and Tony’s there grinning while playin’ a badass Sabbath riff. And the whole time I’m feeling the thunderous drumming of Bill Ward behind me. Believe me, it’s quite a rush and the illusion is complete with me on center stage shouting “I am Iron man!”
What has been your most emblematic concert?
T-Bone: This August we introduced our new concept “The Ozzy Osbourne Story” in front of a festival crowd in Edmundston, Canada. We played all the 70s Sabbath classics and surprised them by opening the madman’s diary and inviting Zakk Wylde (also played by Todd Fraser) on stage as a special guest! We got a roaring approval as we unleashed some Ozzy Osbourne gems like Mr. Crowley, Suicide Solution, and Crazy Train! This show was also the first time my kids saw me play live! Best night of my life!
How was the anecdote when you saw a big black shape coming out of the smoke?
T-Bone: Ha! Ha! It’s amazing how this little story has travelled down to South America. Well, here’s how it goes. One dark stormy evening we were rehearsing the song “Black Sabbath” in the basement of an old haunted warehouse we were renting. As I’m singing the first verse, I noticed that it was unusually cold so I wore my Ozzy cloak to warm up. I continued singing with my eyes closed behind my blue shaded Ozzy glasses concentrating on getting the lyrics and phrasing right. As I began to sing the second verse which goes “Big black shape with eyes of fire”, I suddenly got a chill going up and down my spine. I opened my eyes and there it was! Misshapen and contorted lurching towards me through the thick smoke. It had eyes of fire and it was swinging a huge axe. At that moment, I felt my life was over. Was I in hell or was I hallucinating? It really was there but my understanding of what this hideous creature was and its intentions eluded me.
The explanation was simple. We like to practice on occasion in full costume, with smoke and a light show to get a feel of what it will be like on stage and to troubleshoot any potential technical problems or wardrobe malfunctions. Well, we were trying out a new smoke machine that night which ended up tripping the fire alarm. We were playing so loud as usual so we never heard it. The scary figure coming out of the shadows ended up being a firefighter who was as surprised to come face to face with Ozzy as I was to see him. We all had a good laugh that night.
Tell us about the theatrical shows you perform?
T-Bone: When we first started planning our tribute band we wanted it to be worthy of the mighty Sabs. We didn’t just want to offer the music but to present a full production unlike anything that had ever been attempted before by any tribute band. We approached this project as theater actors would. We studied the characters and injected their personalities’ energy into our performance. The key to Back Sabbath’s success is that our philosophy is that visuals are just as vital as the sonic Sabbath assault! Our costumes, instruments and scenery scream out Sabbath down to the last minute detail. It’s a Sabbath museum on stage and you should see the fans’ jaws drop during the live onstage crucifixions.
What about this sensual model who simulates being crucified on stage?
T-Bone: Ah! Miss Sabbath…bloody Miss Sabbath. All she wears on stage is the crown of thorns and it really is quite entertaining to watch the first few rows in the audience staring up with disbelief at the blood dripping from her forehead, across her face, and down her curves. It really is quite the spectacle. The best part is in the dressing room when Miss Sabbath showers after the show…the shower looks like a scene from Psycho! Ha! Ha!
A part of your show is giving real pig tongues to the public?
T-Bone: I’m always throwing something at the audience. Pig tongues during “War Pigs” and snowballs during “Snowblind”. I wonder what I’ll be throwing if we play “Dirty Women” Ha! Ha!
Why did you decide to play just Ozzy’s epoch? Have you ever thought of including the Dio or Martin eras?
T-Bone: “The Shining”, “Heaven & Hell” and let’s not forget “Disturbing The Priest” and “In For The Kill” from other eras. I’m a true Sabbath fan and I love all those great songs by great singers but look at me! Just look at me! I look like the prince of darkness! I’m like Ozzy’s little brother so there’s no other direction for me especially where stage theatrics are concerned.
How did you manage to transport the public back to the 70’s in a way only Black Sabbath can deliver?
T-Bone: Pyrotechnics, a blinding light show, smoke machines, strobes, lasers… I now go through 5 costume changes during our shows! We gotta get a bigger truck! Ha! Ha! It would be simpler to bring along a time machine! We don’t only have costume changes for the different eras of Sabbath but the instruments to match. We bring a dozen guitars and basses on stage! Now that we’ve added the “Ozzy Osbourne Story” concept, Todd goes from playing Tony Iommi’s mirror image to playing Zakk Wylde complete with full costume and his trademark black and white bullseye designed guitar. Over the years we’ve hauled some strange items in those trucks like World War II barricades with barbed wire, army helmets, a dozen severed frozen pigheads, buckets of blood, jars of pig tongues, coffins, six foot co2 canisters (which could explode and kill everyone if one is dropped), 20 foot wooden crosses for the crucifixions, more crosses, a 40 foot cross that lights up, crosses from churches, crowns of thorns from Jerusalem, and we even ended up with a couple stowaway groupies in there one night. The roadies and club owners think we’re nuts!!! It’s scenery and it sets the mood for each time period.
Tell us how you learnt to sing and act just like Ozzy Osbourne?
T-Bone: I’m lucky vocally cause it really isn’t much of a far stretch for me. Our ranges and tones are similar so it really comes down to working on phrasing and the bloody Birmingham accent! As for live performances, a Sabbath show is not complete without a madman. Even when I overhear the pyro technicians say “if he catches on fire, aim the extinguisher at his neck and work your way down” it is still my pleasure and an honor to fill Ozzy’s boots. Over the last five years, we’ve put a tremendous amount of work into this project and the audience’s response speaks for itself.
Did you read the book "I Am Ozzy" what do you think about It?
T-Bone: Yes, I bought it and read it as soon as it came out! It’s a very empowering story of a man who had nothing and achieved success only to lose everything and then manage to climb to the top once again. There’s a great movie there and I want to play the lead role!
Have you ever listened to any Latin-American Rock band?
T-Bone: Venezuela is a long way down from Canada. I haven’t had much exposure to your music scene but I would love to come down with Back Sabbath not only for musical purposes but to enrich my understanding of your culture and marvel at the beauty of your country. I would love to play a show at “El Diablo” canyon with Angel Falls as the background or sit and get inspired for lyrics at Laguna Negra. As far as rock music sung in Spanish, I was very impressed when I saw Los Lonely Boys from Texas who opened up for Santana. Spanish and rock go very well together.
What do you think about Metal scene nowadays?
T-Bone: There’s a lot of good bands out there today and I’m always checking out new bands on You Tube. The metal scene is enjoying a popularity that hasn’t been there since the very early 90s. My allegiance however remains in the era where the heavy metal of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Ozzy Osbourne reigned supreme. It’s great to see that these bands along with other favorites such as Accept and Raven are still making awesome music and kicking ass in 2012! Speaking of 2012…In appreciation of our loyal fans, on the 12 th second of the 12th minute of the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year, I will be giving out a pair of official Black Sabbath drumsticks to the first fan that finds me at a location that remains undetermined. I will be revealing a photographic clue about this location in early December. Don’t worry, it won’t be the old haunted warehouse. That place gives me the creeps!
Thank you very much T-Bone. “C’était un unneur et un plisir interroger à vous!” (It was an honor and pleasure to interview you).
T-Bone: I see you speak some French as well! Merci mon ami! Thank you for the interview and thanks to our fans all around the world for their unending support! I love you all!
We hope to see you someday on tour in Venezuela.
God bless you!
(2010 interview) DO YOU WANT YOUR SABBATH BACK?
DO YOU WANT YOUR SABBATH BACK?
BACK SABBATH - LIVE AT THE CORONA THEATER (October 30th, 2010) ★★★★★
SUBZERO METAL MAGAZINE’s Peter Wells met with BACK SABBATH after their mind-blowing performance at the Corona Theater last weekend. Here is the interview with vocalist Sotiri “T-Bone” Papafylis uncut and uncensored backstage at the CHOM 97.7 fm 40th Anniversary party!
SMM: First of all, congratulations for managing to transport the audience back to the 7O’s and honouring the grandfathers of metal in a way only BACK SABBATH can deliver! What a performance! What an encore! What do you think people will be talking about tomorrow morning?
T-BONE: Peter, I don’t think anybody here will be up till much later in the afternoon! What a crazy night! Whooohooo! Montreal’s full of party animals and CHOM rocks!
SMM: How did this show celebrating CHOM’s 40th Anniversary come about?
T-BONE: I had dropped off some free tickets at the CHOM offices last May when we played at the METROPOLIS and I guess the word got out about our tribute to BLACK SABBATH. CHOM’s afternoon DJ Bilal “The Butt Man” contacted me and asked me if we wanted to do a concert to kick off their 40th anniversary celebrations. The whole band grew up listening to CHOM so it was an honour to headline the show.
SMM: I see you’re sharing a dressing room with the voluptuous naked model that you crucified for the encore…
T-BONE: Yes, rock ‘n’ roll is such a hard life…Miss Sabbath wasn’t naked, she was wearing a tattoo and a crown of thorns! While you’re in the shower Miss Sabbath, pass me a bottle of Jack! Thanks! Let me know when you need a towel!
SMM: Do you always keep your booze in the shower?
T-BONE: We got a huge bucket of ice in there full of goodies. It is Halloween after all.
SMM: Why a Black Sabbath tribute?
T-BONE: We’re four die hard Sabbath fans who live and breathe BLACK SABBATH. I mean we grew up with this stuff and it’s really the cornerstone of any heavy music that is out there today. BLACK SABBATH redefined and revolutionised rock music. They broke the mold and unleashed a sonic assault that continues 40 years later to set the standard for metal music. OZZY is to heavy metal what ELVIS is to rock ‘n’ roll and BLACK SABBATH’s legacy in music history is as important as that of the BEATLES and the ROLLING STONES. Our commitment is to faithfully reproduce BLACK SABBATH's early years which featured the classic line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. I’m blessed to have found excellent musicians in Todd, Randall, and Bohdan and if we can offer a true Sabbath experience (both auditory and visual) to those who have been fortunate to see Sabbath in the past and for the younger fans who never did, well… I think our job is done.
SMM: You started singing in your teens with Canadian thrash metal pioneers EUDOXIS. How does this project differ from your past bands?
T-BONE: I have never been involved in any tribute projects before and I would never do a tribute for any other band than BLACK SABBATH. Back in the EUDOXIS days, promotion was done through college radio stations, local papers, and underground fanzines. There was no internet and most of our record sales were done through mail order around the world using stamps! Stamps, believe it or not Peter, you know… good old fashioned air mail. No e-mail or MP3 files back then! Internet is a luxury these days where you can reach thousands of people with the touch of a button and share music much more easily than ever before. God bless Facebook and MySpace.
SMM: I hear that the fire department has shown up at your shows and even your rehearsals due to pyrotechnics and…
T-BONE: Smoke (cough), lots of smoke. We keep setting off fire alarms. There we are playing “Black Sabbath” at rehearsal in the studio one night and we’re trying out our new smoke machine. I’m concentrating on getting the lyrics and melody right, I look up and I see a big black shape coming out of the smoke holding an axe in front of me! I freaked!
SMM: I’m gonna ask you about another amusing story. “Fairies Wear Boots” live at METROPOLIS –What happened?
T-BONE: I’m glad you asked me about that Peter! Well, during “Fairies” there’s a long guitar solo which gives me the chance to sneak to some other part of the theater and surprise the audience. Sometimes I’ll be holding a real severed pighead or in winter, I like throwing snowballs at the audience. This time, I had arranged to flash a spotlight at the audience from an upper balcony. This went off without a hitch until I realized that I had accidentaly locked myself on the second floor and everyone including the band was wondering where the fuck I went. The band is riffing along on the verse killing time while I'm kicking a door down with my Ozzy 1970's boots! The audience on the balcony thought I was completely nuts! Finally, I made my way to the ground floor and through the crowd in the pit with the help of Big Al (a photographer who I got to thank later). Such a "Spinal Tap" moment...and then after I found the stage, it was too high to get back up on from the pit so I had the crowd heave me up on the stage and I rolled to the microphone. I started singing the third verse about two minutes late from my cue completely out of breath and drenched in sweat. "Yeah fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me..."
SMM: One last question T-Bone cause I see Miss Sabbath is almost done with her shower…What’s next for BACK SABBATH?
T-BONE: I’m off to a promotional tour next week in order to help set up some festival dates for this summer. We’ll take a well-deserved break for the holidays and we’ll be back in Montreal at the METROPOLIS on February 5th and at LE CAPITOLE in Quebec City on February 11th . You'll have to excuse me cause Miss Sabbath needs me to help her dry her back…SABBATH!
SMM : Thanks T-Bone, you guys rock!
Subzero Metal Magazine