Canada’s The Metal Voice spoke to Armored Saint’s singer John Bush on Oct 28, 2022 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas as the band was preparing for opening night as special guests to W.A.S.P.
Watch the interview here
When asked how the tour came about
“We have the same agent. He (Agent) told WASP’s Blackie how about Saints (Armored Saint) opening and Blackie said he loved it. So we got on, it’s been great so far beyond our expectations as far as uh pre-attendance. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that WASP hasn’t toured in a long time. And even though Armored Saint has been busy in the last five to eight years there’s still a lot of places that we haven’t played in a long time. For instance the Albuquerque is the first show on the bill on the tour and we haven’t played there since Delirious Nomad (Album). I am bummed that we are not going to Canada, however I’ve made a list of about 20 to 30 other cities that we could literally do on a second leg if everything goes great. If the tours Smash and The Vibes are great and you know it’s like why not do a Canadian tour? “
Is there any Nostalgia associated with this Tour
“I think there’s a Nostalgia Vibe for the obvious reasons because people still talk about that 85′ Tour to this day, the W.A.S.P. Metallica (Armored) Saint . With (Metallica’s) Ride the Lightning (album) first W.A.S.P. record March of the Saints (Armored Saint debut). It was a great run, it was a big buzz, so it makes sense that we would go out on the road with WASP (today). We had a lot of shows together as the bands started out so there’s definitely an LA connection. I think it’s really exciting. It’s 40 years later, it’s kind of their anniversary, it’s our anniversary um it’s a whole new generation and hopefully it just keeps going and going.”
When asked if the band is working on a new album
“I don’t know yet we really didn’t do any dates with ‘Punching the sky’ . So even though to some people you may feel like that record’s old it really isn’t because we haven’t toured on it so to me it’s kind of all about that. Have we talked about a record? Well we’ve talked about it, that’s about all I’ll say at this point. Sometimes Armored Saint takes some time to make record.”