Jens Ludwig - Edguy
Wendy and I were so excited to be seeing Edguy again. We had witnessed them two years prior as the opening act for Hammerfall on the Hellfire Club Tour. This time we had an actual interview with Jens Ludwig. We wanted to see and converse with Tobi, but he was always resting his weary head; so, Jens provided us with some excellent information, as well as some serious libation. The entire band were perfect gentlemen who played an awesome and very entertaining show.
Even though it has been over two years since the release of Rocket Ride, the music still is fresh and vibrant. The band were filled with enthusiasm and Jens was quite impressive, with his ability to mix wit and wile.
MettleAngel: Jens, just let me just say, that it is quite an honour to sit down with you and discuss all things Edguy.
MettleAngel: I mean, if I were conversing with Tobi, I know I would primarily discuss his highly anticipated next Avantasia project. Now that I'm here with you, we'll deal exclusively with Edguy. Let me just say I really love the Rocket Ride release. Last year, I reviewed it for www.metalcdratings.com. When I first heard it, I was not too impressed, as it seemed you had abandoned your power metal edge. Then, after repeated listens, I really began to celebrate your new hard rockin' 80's approach.
MettleAngel: As of late, it seems as though the metal realm is oversaturated with too many power metal clones. I was actually never an Edguy fan early on, when I first heard about you. I bought your Kingdom Of Madness CD as an expensive import, along with every other power metal release, popular at the time. It's a good thing I was teaching at the time, and could afford to spend my money on mettle. It was not until after hearing Avantasia that I found my way back to Edguy. A friend sold me his Theater Of Salvation CD, and then I became hooked again. This is probably my favourite Edguy CD; although, I'm totally entralled by Rocket Ride.
MettleAngel: Exactly, I heard Mandrake, but it sounded too much like Chemical Wedding by Bruce Dickinson. The critics raved about your sophmore release - Vain Glory Opera, but it was not until you signed with Nuclear Blast and recorded Hellfire Club, that I became a true fan. Now, with Rocket Ride I feel Edguy has moved beyond the stereotypical and into the more practical.
MettleAngel: You all have a wonderful sense of humour, as evidenced by the Superheroes DVD. I know you take the music aspect very serious though.
MettleAngel: It is surprising that we are praising an album almost two years old. Last time you toured the US with Hammerfall you had quite a loyal following. These new songs really hold their own. Wendy and I have been discussing the set-list for this evening, and what we believe you will play tonight. (MettleMaiden): I assume the ballad for Land Of The Miracle will be a staple?
MettleMaiden: Any new songs, any surprises...?
MettleAngel: Wow, I would assume by now, you'd have another album in the bag!
MettleAngel: I'm sure whatever ideas gel, will all be brilliant. I know Edguy likes to have a good time all the time; but, you approach the music in such a professional manner . The band formed in 1992, and Jens, you are one of the founding members - an original "Midget of Metal", so to speak, even if you are taller than Tobi.
MettleAngel: This band has been around over a decade and a half, with little line-up changes too.
MettleAngel: You mean the appropriately dubbed: "High Speed Drum Bunny"! I'm sure you've been asked a million times, but Wendy and I wonder where the name Edguy originated. It's not German, I checked into it. Perhaps the origin is an edgy guy, like Eggi?
MettleAngel: Tobi's known for his ability to mix names. Avantasia is Avalon and Fantasia; so this approach makes sense. What an excellent anecdote; what an etyomological connundrum; sure makes the google search easier! You sure have developed and improved musically over the years!
MettleAngel: You have definitely succeeded in doing this! Rocket Ride is an awesome expression of the band's combined talent and inspiration.
MettleMaiden: Now, if I'm doing the math correctly, this is your second tour of America?
MettleAngel: Well, you definitely will
make new fans on this tour with the resurgence of metal among our youth;
and that will make your visit to America well worth it!
MettleAngel: Yeah, you don't have to have all the props and elaborate stage set-up here.
MettleAngel: I know touring America is quite different than Europe or South America, has everything been running smoothly?
MettleAngel: It seems like the airports are doing this to several bands lately. The same problem occured with Leaves' Eyes.
MettleAngel: Everyone seems to be enthusiastic, but Tobi always seems to be sleeping?
MettleAngel: I understand that, tell him "hello" from us all. Next time, I'll drill him on the next Avantasia concept. Jens, on behalf of two true fans - thank you so much for taking the time to indulge us.