When Jon Metz pitched Boise Weekly the idea of conducting irreverent Q&As with musicians and man-on-the-street interviews with local citizens, we found out quickly that he was willing to jump into any situation, stir things up and come out with answers to questions only a brave man would be willing to ask. We've run his interviews and what we dubbed Street Spit online, with plans to keep him on the hook for a long time. Sadly, that won't be the case.
Jon is leaving us. He's following his heart—and a female pilot—to Alaska. But impertinence must run in the Metz family. His brother Dylan, with whom he's worked on several projects, including his BW pieces, is going to pick up right where Jon leaves off both in subject matter and attitude. At boiseweekly.com, you'll find an interview Dylan did with The Black Lips and a Street Spit in which he talks to LARPers (Live Action Role Players).
Here are excerpts from Jon's recent interviews with Techn9ne and Cycle of Pain's John "JD" DeServio.
Techn9ne, April 22, Knitting Factory
A sold-out crowd celebrated Earth Day at the Knitting Factory on Wednesday, April 22, with Techn9ne and his Sickology 101 tour. Not too many hippies or recycling canisters were spotted, but an abundance of backward hats, face paint and short dresses could be seen everywhere. Nothing is more gangsta' than some Earth Day rap music in Boise, and even though I wouldn't classify Tech as a gangsta'—he definitely had the rap part down. Techn9ne took the stage along with his sidekicks Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun, and opening acts Murs and Short Dawg the Native ... Prior to the show, Boise Weekly was able to catch up with Tech for a few words and a lil' freestylin'.
Boise Weekly: How much money do you make per show?
Techn9ne: I can't tell you that! [Laughs.] It varies, it varies. More when the crowds are bigger. So it varies, but this cost $71,000 on my neck. [Tech holds up his necklace.]
So, dude, ... You have sold over 1 million albums to date?
Yeah. Independently, man.
With about 6.7 billion people on Earth that means that about one in every 670,000 people own a Techn9ne album. That means that about 1.2 of your albums should be here in the Treasure Valley.
That's insane, man. We are gonna keep on makin' it grow like a forest fire. It's a blessing to be independent like that and make those kinda things happen and keep on touring like we do. We were No. 3 ... right above Kanye and Jay-Z, man. It's been insane.
Can you do some freestyling for all the Weekly readers out there using the words Boise and avocado?
When I come to Boise I get really noisy, I go bravado when I do the avocado. That's a new dance that we do, the Nnutt Howze crew. And if you don't know, axe me 'bout it. You know who ... Techn9ne!
[Everybody backstage starts laughing.]
Cycle of Pain, May 4, Knitting Factory
John "JD" DeServio, the former bassist for Black Label Society and now vocalist for his new project, Cycle of Pain, played the Knitting Factory on May 4. Cycle of Pain just released their first album in April, which incorporates and mixes hard rock, metal, funk and even some hip-hop with a hint of soul. No stranger to the tour game, DeServio left Zakk Wylde and the boys of BLS and started jamming with some old friends to create [the new] album. Boise Weekly was able to catch up with him in Tempe, Ariz., for a quick phone interview to get his take on a variety of pressing issues and band related questions.
Boise Weekly: Are you guys going to rock any golf before you leave Arizona?
John "JD" DeServio: Ah nah dude, I don't even got enough time to take a piss. [Laughs.]
I called your cell phone and got your voicemail on it, which sounded like a sound clip of a wasted Ozzy Osbourne. Was that Ozzy on it?
Nah man, that's me.
Does Cycles of Pain ride Bicycles of Fixed Gear?
Yeah, we all ride bicycles with no seats on them. That's the cycle of pain.
Did you guys ever consider writing songs about mountain bike crashes?
No, but maybe I will now. [JD sounds annoyed.] Where are you from, man?
Boise. I write for the Boise Weekly.
Ohhh, is this Idaho?
Wait! Wait! I know you're about to start ripping on Idaho. I was just kidding, dude. Let's talk about your home state. You are from New Jersey, right?
Would you agree that Bon Jovi's Superman tattoo is the worst tattoo to ever come from Jersey?
No, I think it's the greatest.
Yeah, it's the best.
What would you rather have the Knitting Factory cater prior to your show: Lots of doughnuts, or a potato bar?
Nice ... all stupidity aside, what does the name Cycle of Pain represent to you?
It's just life, man. It's just life experiences. Enduring life, man, and dealing with every struggle and you just keep on going, brother.
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