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We caught up with Cathedral guitarist Garry “Gaz” Jennings for a quick chat about Soundwave 2012 – the last shows they’ll be performing together…
LMM: It’s been confirmed that the Soundwave tour would be your last ever tour together. What was the reasoning behind making Soundwave Soundwave your last set of shows together?
Garry “Gaz” Jennings: The last ever show was supposed to be the London show but about 2 days after we announced the gig this offer came in which was to good to turn down so we accepted and then announced the London show as the last uk show.
LMM: Does anyone in the band plan on moving onto other musical projects after Cathedral finishes up, or is this completely it for you guys in terms of playing professionally?
GJ: I think we will all continue in some shape or form whether it’s doing it professional or for fun. Brian has a side project already and they do quite alot of gigs and Scott will still play with Repulsion. Lee has his label and I’m sure he may get involved in some projects along the way. As for myself I’ll probably continue to play the guitar for fun but will not join or form a band. I may do a solo project at some point. I have loads of ideas which have never been used but I’m to lazy to do anything with them.
LMM: What are you most looking forward to about doing Soundwave 2012?
GJ: Just getting over there and playing and enjoying the fact that it’s the last time we will play together.
LMM: What’s your favourite/least favourite festival experience?
GJ: Hell-fest was great. The worst was frozen lands in Holland. The festival was good but our manager at the time told us it would take around 12 hours to get there but it only took around 5 so when we arrived we didn’t have any accommodation so we had to sleep in a portacabin at the gig. none of us had any sleeping bags or covers and i remember Brian sleeping on the floor with a carpet rolled around him. pretty shit really.
LMM: What’s your favourite Australian stereotype?
GJ: I don’t have one.
LMM: Have you got any pre-show routines/superstitions?
GJ: None at all. just try to keep my fingers warm so i can move them.
LMM: What other bands are you excited about touring around Australia and sharing the stage with?
GJ: Black Label Society. Zakk Wylde is one of my favourite guitar players.
LMM: What is the most important thing you bring when your on tour?
GJ: Clean underwear and some good sounds to listen to.
LMM: Does the band have anything special planned for Soundwave 2012 in particular?
GJ: Nothing at all.. it’s gonna be the last time you folks will see us so i thought that was special enough. ha ha ha !
LMM: Everyone knows it takes forever to get to Australia, what are you going to do to pass the time on the flight over?
GJ: Listen to some sounds.
LMM: Is there anything you’d really like to do whilst you’re in Australia?
GJ: Just enjoy each others company cos it’s the last time we will be together to play live and just enjoy the experience. Also looking forward to some decent weather.
Cathedral playing at Soundwave 2012
Lee Dorrian – Vocals
Garry “Gaz” Jennings – Guitars
Scott Carlson – Bass
Brian Dixon – Drums