Gojira’s Joe Duplantier: Dream Tour Mates Would Be Tool, Deftones + Meshuggah
French metal outfit Gojira started 2013 off in a big way with a headlining North American tour that featured support from the Devin Townsend Project and the Atlas Moth.
When we caught up with Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier at the tour's final stop, a sold-out show at New York City's Irving Plaza, he named some acts who would make dream tour mates, while also discussing memorable moments on the North American trek.
As far as the bands that Duplantier would love Gojira to hit the road with someday, he says, "Tool, Meshuggah [and] Deftones for the big ones, and then a lot of small bands that we’re just curious on how it would fit like Genghis Tron, it’s a f---ed up name but the band is interesting. Dub Trio is another one I would love to tour with, and Rage Against the Machine of course, I’m not sure if they tour still."
Meanwhile, Duplantier cited a show in Canada as one of the highlights of their 2013 winter tour. "Vancouver was definitely a great moment on this tour – I don’t know why there was a vibe that day. I know that when we sell out a venue it’s always a nice feeling and last time we played in Vancouver is was 2009 and it was 500 people. This time it was 1,400 and it was sold out – this is just an example of what’s going on for us right now."
Duplantier goes on to say, "We double, sometimes triple the size of crowds compared to just a couple of years ago and this is without touring like mother f---ers. Our partners usually say, 'You guys need to tour! If you stop touring five minutes then you lose your fans.' It’s like, 'You know what, our fans are really into our music, they’re very dedicated.' I’m sure they will be there next time and it’s proving that they are."
Fans sure are showing up to see Gojira. Click below to see our recap and photos of the band's show in New York City, and check back with Loudwire shortly to read our full interview with Gojira's Joe Duplantier.