Shadows Fall Were Working on Reunion Shows Before the Pandemic
As if you weren’t already pissed off enough about the coronavirus, now Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair has revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic derailed the band’s plans for some reunion shows.
Speaking to the Thunder Underground podcast, the frontman revealed:
“We’ve been trying to figure out a way to play some shows and work it out. Schedule-wise, it’s been pretty tough, just with Anthrax [which now includes guitarist Jon Donais], Overkill [which now includes drummer Jon Bittner], and Matt [Blanchard, guitar] been busy, on and off, with Act of Defiance and his own studio, and things like that. Me and Paul [Romanko, bass] are working — well, were working — full-time. Now it’s real hard.”
“We had some framework rolling to try and get some things kind of to the next level of really moving forward, and now it’s all just at a standstill. But we really do wanna play some shows. We really stopped playing just because logistically, it was getting harder between guys playing in other bands, and then also just financially, if we wanted to survive, we were gonna have to tour 10 months out of the year, like we always did, and we just weren’t at that point right then. I was having a kid, then had a second kid, Paul had a kid. So it just became too tough. But as far as playing together, we never broke up because we didn’t wanna do it; it just didn’t make sense at the time.”
Shadows Fall were one of the leaders of the New Wave of American Heavy metal in the early aughts, but after their one major label effort, Threads of Life (Atlantic), was met with a lukewarm response, the band’s popularity never quite reached its initial potential, and they ostensibly threw in the towel in 2014. But they played some shows in 2015 and members hinted a reunion earlier this year.
While its a bummer that that reunion has now been delayed, at least it’s because everything has been delayed. I know whenever the stars align and the band does come back, plenty of us will be here to welcome them with open arms.
You can listen to the entire interview with Fair below.