Last week the “Nu Metal Revival Tour” was announced, albeit somewhat accidentally when Sayreville New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom began advertising for their July 17th show. The venue may have jumped the gun a bit making the tour date public, but with a lineup featuring Saliva, Powerman 5000, Adema, and Flaw, the tour was exciting news for all the Nu Metalheads out there.
But that is not the end of the story.
As many of you remember last fall, former Saliva vocalist Josey Scott did a podcast interview where he mentioned the original members of Saliva were planning to reunite in 2020 for a tour and new album, leaving fans to speculate what this year would hold for current vocalist, and nearly nine year Saliva veteran, Bobby Amaru.
So naturally, shortly after the news of the summer tour broke, social media did what it does best, and the rumors started to fly… who exactly would be behind the mic for Saliva in 2020, and is the reunion with Scott taking place this year or not?
With all this confusion and gossip going on we decided to go right to the source, and ask current vocalist Bobby Amaru all about the line up this summer and the upcoming Nu Metal Revival Tour.
Let’s start with the obvious, a few months ago Josey Scott announced that in 2020 he would be doing a reunion tour and album with Saliva. What happened with that?
Amaru: I think the intention was to put the band back together for the 20th anniversary of the “Every Six Seconds” record, however that would be 2021. They just needed to iron some things out first. When his interview came out we already had a bunch of dates booked in 2020. I’ve always said, and I’ll say it again, it would be cool to see them get back together and do a tour for the 20th anniversary.
Will the lineup remain the same throughout the tour dates this spring and summer?
Amaru: Yes. It is myself, Wayne, Paul and Brad. We’ve got a killer crew of guys that work with us. We have an agent and that’s it. We manage ourselves and have for a few years now.
Next year will be the 20th Anniversary of Every Six Seconds, is there a possibility Josey will return to the band in 2021?
Amaru: Josey will do whatever he wants I’m sure. If it’s solo then great. If it’s with Wayne and Saliva that’s great too. Nobody is holding that back. The current members of Saliva are just hitting the stage and doing what we have been doing the last 8 1/2 years.
Can you tell us about The Nu Metal Revival Tour? How did the tour come together?
Who is joining you on tour?
Amaru: I’m always thinking of creative ways to do a tour package so people feel like they are getting their money’s worth. I also like having other bands on tour. Keeps it fun. We had a blast last year on the Muddfest tour. We were approached about doing our own headline run for summer 2020 so I started pondering ideas. I thought about a Nu-Metal Bands tour. Basically having only bands from that era on the package. I’m a fan of a lot of bands from that era actually so if it were up to me there would be 50 bands on it and we wouldn’t be the headliner (laugh). Powerman 5000 is a great live band with killer energy. I’ve always liked them and my son really likes them as well. Anytime he hears “Worlds Collide” he’s like “dad, Little Nicky movie” that movie had the best soundtrack! Tons of Nu Metal on it. Adema and Flaw I had seen back in 2001-2002 and through the years. My old band Burn Season played shows with both bands actually. I’m a fan of all those guys. We are glad to have them on this tour.
Why do you think there’s been a resurgence/renewed interest in this genre of music?
Amaru: I think people like to remember the old days. Throwing it back and pulling out those old clothes from gadzooks or hot topic haha. I remember going to Ozzfest a bunch of years and having the best fucking time. I think that’s why the 80s got popular again and the 90s… and so on. Because people who are older now want to remember how fun those times were. Especially if you’re comparing them to today’s.
Is there anyone in particular you are especially excited to be sharing the stage with?
Amaru: I think every band is going to bring it this tour. It’s going to be a fun one and I’m looking forward to it. Saliva is going to have one hell of a good time that’s for sure! We hope everyone who buys a ticket feels like they had one too!
So there you have it folks. BIG thanks to Bobby Amaru for talking to us. I guess the only thing left to do is put all the gossip and rumors aside and get your tickets. Saliva is still ready to rock and this 2020 summer tour is shaping up to be a great show! Check out the dates below to see when the Nu Metal Revival Tour will be coming to a town near you!