Final evening (Jan. 28), Brazilian-American heavy metallers Soulfly performed a live performance in Albuquerque, N.M. as a part of their in depth Totem tour. Earlier than their set kicked off, nevertheless, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller introduced the band with a key to town and launched them!
Previous to the present, the band posted a photograph to Instagram relating to the achievement, with this caption: “ALBUQUERQUE TONIGHT! MAYOR JUST GAVE US THE KEY 2 THE CITY.” Earlier immediately (Jan. 29), they adopted up with an much more endearing – if additionally contradictory – photograph of themselves with Keller, commenting, “He didn’t really give us the 🔑 however we will affirm he was within the pit through the present😤 Legendary @mayorkeller.”
You possibly can see each Instagram posts beneath:
As well as – and as you possibly can see within the clip beneath – Keller greeted the gang from the stage earlier than asking, “Are we able to come up once more? We’re gathered right here for the summoning of our inside energy as a result of metallic is our ritual!” Following some deafening cheers from the viewers, he continued: “Tonight, our souls fly free! Scream for me, Albuquerque!”
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller Introduces Soulfly (Jan. 28, 2023)
After all, Keller has a protracted historical past of supporting not simply Soulfly however metallic generally. Again in October 2022, for example, he wore a long-sleeve Soulfly shirt to the voting sales space (for the 2022 midterm election). He’s additionally frolicked with them on their tour bus, in addition to sported a Machine Head hoodie whereas voting in 2022.
Oh, and he donned a Pantera Christmas sweater whereas singing a invoice in 2018.
In truth, Loudwire spoke with Keller in 2018 concerning the connection between his love of metallic and his political mindset. He defined that metallic has “performed a big position by way of a few issues,” including:
One, simply the notion of difficult the system, I believe, is essentially metallic and likewise elementary to the explanation why I’m even in public service, in politics. I’ve all the time tended to be a bit little bit of a maverick and never somebody who matches in a selected political area. Bands which are considerably extra political than others, like Sepultura and even System of a Down, has taught me to be my very own particular person and never take the established order as acceptable.
When folks have a dialog and understand that you just’re really an actual metallic fan, they actually suppose it’s cool. However I do suppose a few of them, they Google me, they perform a little spot examine to see if there’s one thing that they don’t like. However with lots of them, I’ve been to a number of of their exhibits earlier than. So, it’s straightforward to be like, “Oh man, I noticed you guys two years in the past, what an ideal set,” and that form of factor. Then they know you’re official. So, I believe as soon as they understand that you just’re an genuine dude, it’s cool. So, they simply wanna display screen for that first.
As for Soulfly, their Totem tour – which options help from Bodybox, Drift, Half Heard Voices and/or Skinflint – will proceed by the beginning of April. You should buy tickets right here.
Congrats to Max Cavalera and the remainder of the group!
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The brothers take us again to the place all of it started.