andPOP caught up with Benjamin Kowalewicz and Aaron Solowoniuk of Canadian rock group Billy Talent, discussing their fourth studio album ‘Billy Talent III’, how social media has changed the music industry, and no longer listening to what people are saying or their label. Watch the chat via YouTube below.
The boys of Billy Talent dropped by ‘MuchOnDemand’ in Toronto, Ontario on November 26th to chat with VJ Matte Babel about why they decided to name their DVD ‘666’, why those three numbers follow singer Ben Kowalewicz everywhere he goes, differences between touring in Europe and North America, playing at Brixton Academy in London, and how Aaron Solowoniuk and the band deal with his multiple sclerosis. Watch the interview below.
A trailer for the upcoming DVD ‘666’, featuring Billy Talent live. A basic version of the release will include footage of six songs each from the shows in support of the Canadian band’s latest studio album ‘Billy Talent II’ at London’s Brixton Academy, Düsseldorf’s Philipshalle and Germany’s Rock am Ring festival (at the Nürburgring). A second disc will have the audio portion of the entire Dusseldorf concert. ‘666’ is out November 19-December 1 internationally, and January 22, 2008 in the U.S. Watch the trailer via YouTube below.
Alexisonfire, Billy Talent, Finger Eleven, Sum 41, and The Used were on hand for the 18th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday (June 17) at the CHUM City Building in Toronto, Ontario. Check out pictures from FilmMagic and WireImage (arrivals / gift lounge / show / backstage / pressroom / afterparty).
Evanescence, Billy Talent, Dream Theater, Lamb Of God, and Mastodon performed during the third day of Download Festival 2007 on June 10th at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, GettyImages, and WireImage.
My Chemical Romance and Billy Talent performed in concert at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on June 5th. Check out pictures from WireImage (MCR / Billy Talent). Watch fan filmed highlight clips from YouTube.
The Used, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park, Billy Talent, Head Automatica, The Hives, and Slayer performed during day on at Rock am Ring at Nuerburgring in Adenau, Germany on Friday (June 1). Check out pictures from WireImage.
30 Seconds To Mars, Papa Roach, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, and From Autumn To Ashes performed during day two of the festival on Saturday (June 2).
Hinder, Korn, Good Charlotte, and Revolverhead performed during day three of the festival on Sunday (June 3).
Watch fan filmed highlight clips from YouTube.
A live video of Billy Talent performing ‘Devil In a Midnight Mass’ at Columbiahalle in Berlin, Germany on February 26th has been posted online by their label, Nettwerk Music Group. Watch it below.
Billy Talent bassist Jonathan Gallant spoke with Time Off magazine about how the band’s constant touring has helped in creating their recent success. “That approach is all we really know,” Gallant said. “All of us are in our early 30s now, and we worked at the band for a long time with nothing happening. We worked our shi**y day jobs and struggled to pay rent and go to school, and we experimented with different things in our lives that lead us down incorrect paths. Now we’re all back on the correct path and we’re not going to fall off it again. We all love making music, so that’s the number one priority for us.” The article at timeoff.com.au has since been removed.
Billy Talent, Bono of U2, and Tokio Hotel were on hand for the Echo Awards 2007 at the Palais am Funkturm on Sunday (March 25) in Berlin, Germany. Check out pictures from Corbis, RexFeatures (page1 / page2), GettyImages, and WireImage (arrivals / pressroom).