Symphony X bassist Mike LePond is one hell of a busy man. Not only does he provide the punchy rhythmic foundation of Symphony X’s exquisite prog metal but his own solo project, Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins, are also gearing up for a new album release!
So, what better time to throw Worship Metal’s 10 Questions Of Biblical Proportions his way….
1. What are you up to then sir?
“I am very busy at the moment. I’ve been rehearsing with Symphony X to prepare for our European tour in February and March. Besides that I have been recording the second album for my solo project called Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins. It’s a lot of work but it is a labor of love.”
2. Which album/artist/gig/experience made you first realise you ‘Worshipped’ Metal?
“At the age of 13, my Dad took me to see KISS. After watching this amazing show and seeing Gene Simmons flying through the air, spitting fire and blood, I was addicted to this music and I wanted to play it for the rest of my life.”
4. Which guilty pleasure album do you listen to the most? Be honest now.
“The closest thing to a guilty pleasure would be listening to ” The Monkees”. Their music is so much fun and puts me in a good mood always.”
5. You have one opportunity to introduce your music to the entire world, which album/song from your back catalogue do you blast them away with?
“From Symphony X, I would hit them with The Divine Wings of Tragedy. From Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins, I would blast them with my debut self titled CD.”
6. You find yourselves booked on a mammoth, 12 month, non stop, around the world tour, what 5 essential items do you take with you in order to survive?
“Computer, Razor, Conditioner, Phone and a big breasted woman.”
7. What’s been your most memorable experience on the road?
“Talking to people from different countries and cultures who have their own very personal stories of how my music has helped them in their lives. This is something that is a blessing to me and I will never take it for granted.”
8. You’re given the chance to handpick the ultimate 4-piece Rock and Metal supergroup (living or deceased). Who’s in the line-up?
“Joey Demaio (bass), Rob Halford (vocals), Charlie Bennate (drums), Richie Blackmore (guitar).”
9. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal is blatantly the greatest thing ever invented but what’s the second greatest invention of all time?
10. It turns out Ozzy’s luscious long hair is imbued with time-travelling qualities and just one stroke of his lion’s mane can transport you back to any Rock/Metal gig of your choice. Who do you go and see?
“KISS in 1978.”