FEAR FACTORY's Dino Cazares is playing guitar for SOULFLY on the Max Cavalera-fronted band's current U.S. tour which kicked off on August 20 at Launchpad in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 33-date trek will conclude in Tempe, Arizona on September 25.
Max and Dino discussed their expectations for the tour in a four-minute video that was filmed during the pre-tour rehearsals in Phoenix, Arizona and has just been uploaded to the SOULFLY YouTube channel. Max said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "What I'm looking most [forward to on] this tour with Dino, apart from everything that we've been through, I think it's a celebration of our passion for metal, and our roads meet up again, this time in the form of a tour. And I think it's really cool because we have a lot of the similar fans — a lot of FEAR FACTORY fans are SOULFLY fans; they like both bands anyway. So it's almost like it's gonna be a little bit of a dream come true for all these fans to see the both of us on a stage jamming [and] ripping. And for me, as a Dino fan, before he even got here [to our rehearsal space], I was trying to imagine how sick the songs are gonna sound with that crunchy Dino sound on some of the stuff that has never really sounded this aggressive — just like machine-tight riffing, just make the songs tighter. And he learned everything like the records, which is amazing. So we're playing stuff like 'Fire', 'Bleed' and 'Boom' the way it's on the record, which we never did before. And apart from that, [I'm] also just looking forward to having him on the road and telling stories and joking around, 'cause we do that. It's professional — we love being professional — but you've also gotta enjoy what you do; you've gotta have fun with it. And the whole crew tried to really welcome Dino into the SOULFLY camp. I think it's really cool. He told me even the SOULFLY tribe, all the fans embraced him into our camp, into our tribe. And to me, it's gonna be a unique opportunity. 'Cause he's in FEAR FACTORY, so, of course, he's not joining SOULFLY. But I really think this is a special thing we're doing. And who knows what's gonna come out of this? But it's gonna be amazing. The shows are gonna be amazing. And I'm very, very much looking forward to showcasing everything we've been working [on] here. It's gonna be just a very, very special SOULFLY tour — [more] different than any other tour we've ever had."
Added Dino: "What I'm really most excited about is all of it. From our history that we've had since the first time I met him. Actually, playing these songs and hanging out with him, all these memories are going through my mind. Being alongside, next to my brother and playing these riffs, it's gonna be killer. I can't wait for that. 'Cause a lot of times, over the years, he's invited me on stage to play a song or two — usually 'Eye For An Eye' — but now I'm gonna be able to do a whole set with him, which is really killer. I can't wait to see the smiles on kids' faces, to see me and him jamming together. And I'm really, really thankful that they've welcomed me into their family. I say that now, but I've always been a part of the family. But just being here and being in Arizona and rehearsing with everybody and just how warm everybody is and how they all take care of each other and we all take care of each other as well, and it's just really good to be here. And I can't wait to get out there and for those kids to see our styles collide. It's gonna be killer."
When his addition to SOULFLY's touring lineup was first announced, Cazares said in a statement: "The first time I met Max in 1991, I knew we were going to be longtime friends. I was standing at the bar, he grabbed my arm and yelled 'Papa Capado.' I was like 'who the [email protected]#% are you? He said 'I'm Max' and from there we just hit it off. That same night I played him the FEAR FACTORY demo tape on his cassette Walkman in his hotel room while we were attending a music convention in Los Angeles. He liked it so much that he wouldn't give it back, so I had to wrestle him and take it out of his Walkman, haha. It was my only copy. Max told Monte Conner, the A&R director from Roadrunner Records, that we had a new demo that he needed to check out, so our manager at the time sent our demo to Monte after many labels turned us down. The rest is history.
"Over the past 30 years, I've guested on a few of Max's projects and jumped on stage whenever and wherever I could. Now it's a great honor to be doing this tour alongside Max as the second guitarist. It's going to be amazing for all the fans to see the two of us playing a selection of SOULFLY songs and a few familiar extras.
"Much respect to Max and his family — thank you for always making me feel at home with the SOULFLY Tribe. Let's do this!!!! Um Dois Três Quatro".
Although longtime SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo's departure from the band wasn't officially announced until August 7, it was widely speculated that he was out of the group two days earlier when it was revealed that Dino would play guitar for SOULFLY on the current tour.
Photo courtesy of Dino Cazares