with Billy Milano & Mike DeLeon
July 18, 2014
We've talked in interview before about
how you place a special emphasis on honoring your mother and
father. How does this idea of honoring your parents affect your
Billy: That's an odd question but a very smart one. It
has only one true answer. When you honor your mother and father,
in my personal understanding of it, it governs the decisions you
make. You'll always make conscious, good, moral decisions,
whether it's business or personal. That carries on to other
people. It opens doors for people. Hence Michael DeLeon my
guitarist who has been playing music for 20 years will be
playing for forty-fifty thousand people at Hellfest.
Mike: Fucking can't wait. Biggest show of my life right
Billy: And yesterday was the biggest day of your life
Mike: Yeah, at Lorelei, that was a great time.
How does that feel? You guys are
obviously more into smaller clubs, and now you're doing forty
thousand people. How do you process that?
Mike: Right now it's pretty overwhelming. As far as the
band has come. We've been jamming small stages and small shows
so going from that to this is pretty surreal. Especially to be
playing festivals like this.
Billy: M.O.D has never played festivals because it never
felt right for the band. But in the same breath, I never felt
comfortable enough with the band to do something like this. I
did a record called Rhythm Of Fear in 1993 and I got a phone
call from our record label saying Pantera wants to bring MOD out
on the road in Europe and I was like, “That's awesome but we're
a hardcore band” and they wanted to bring in a metal guitarist
and make the guitarist the bass player. I was like “Nah” so we
turned it down. I've never been comfortable enough in my own
shoes to begin with, let alone the pressure and the onus of
having to do this. This is overwhelming. I can appreciate and
understand what it is and I'm going to do the best that I can do
every day. It's odd for me to be here. It feels like it's wrong.
It feels like they asked the wrong band, like they asked us by
accident. But we're going to go up there and kick them in the
Will this be your biggest show Billy?
Billy: No. There will be what forty-fifty thousand
people? I played to eighty five thousand with S.O.D
co-headlining with Rammstein in Germany. That was a totally
different situation though. I was just the singer for the band
and there was a whole team of people working for us and the
logistics of that team covered every aspect of it. I just showed
up, did my interviews, performed and left. In all honesty that
was simple, this is totally different. I had no emotional
attachment to S.O.D, I liked the music, but I didn't like the
people in the band and I was appalled by the business. Here
we're doing street level and I'm more in tune to that. It's a
better understanding for me. I've always been a street guy and
the street is where I belong.
So do you have an increased level of
comfort with your work in M.O.D?
Billy: Sure. I would never have done these tours if I
didn't think this band could do them.
Does this mean MOD will become a full
time touring entity?
Billy: No, never. My life at 50 years old is different.
Mike: We'll definitely go out to shows and have some fun.
But we wouldn't do 8 or 9 months out of the whole year.
Billy: I'm just not going to do it, even if it was there
I wouldn't do it. At this point I don't see me not coming out on
tour once or twice a year. Flying out for a one off though I
won't do. I didn't do it in Japan, I didn't in Finland or South
America or Europe. I won't even fly to fucking Chicago, I
wouldn't even drive from Austin to Dallas for a one off.
Everything is an act of convenience for my life. There's stuff
we talk about doing and I'm just like “No”. Because at the end
of the day it just doesn't make sense to me. I don't know what
level M.O.D is going to attain. I know we're going to do a good
show and I know we could go out and tour anytime on our own. I
would like to do a record over touring any day of the week. I
have no plans. We just got invited to play the Peter Pan
Speedrock festival which is pretty fucking honoring and even as
a one off I can't do it. But can I build something around it?
Possibly. M.O.D as an entity is going to take it nice and slow
and pace ourselves. I need to get myself prepared for this.
So are the rumors true that you are
setting up a US tour?
Billy: We had talked about going out with Murphy's Law
and the Goddamn Gallows and I think that could be amazing,
especially for an underground hardcore show. There's a lot of
logistics. They just hit me up today they want to do one in
September. I won't go out on the road in September that's when
everyone in my family dies, it's the family curse. I'm sure at
some point we'll tour America. I'm sure we'll sit down as a
group of people and tackle the record that I've written. Coming
out to these festivals has shown me a more concise direction for
what I've been writing. I have the record written, now I want to
You were telling me a while back you
had something like 600 riffs written?
Billy: I have 600 minutes of riffs and 218 riffs. Segway
riffs too. It's just overwhelming. As far as writing the record
goes, Mike wants to play everything. I'll have a ton of songs on
Last time I asked you this question you
told me about fucking your friend’s mom as a kid. Now I'm going
to ask the same question in hopes for a new story. Finish this
sentence for me “I've never told this story before and probably
Billy: (hesitates) I've got so many of those stories I'm
trying to find one that's not as X-rated. All of my stories
about music are about groupies and they looked like girls not
dudes. They didn't wear jeans and sideways baseball caps. They
didn't have tattoos. They had high heels, big hair and wore
spandex. Your dick stood up and it was like “I'm fucking that
one”. I watched my friends wife bust a nut on my couch. I was
like “What do you want me to do” and she said “Nothing I'm
leaving”. I had a girl cover her pussy and asshole in peanut
butter and then had a dog lick it off. As far as groupies. I was
on tour there were two girls, twins, who came on the bus, they
were probably 19 years old. I invited them to the back of the
bus, and we're in the alleyway of the bus before the door into
the back lounge. And we're fooling around, making out. About 20
minutes later I'm completely naked, straddling the bunks on the
bus. I got a chick eating my ass and the other sucking my dick
and playing with my balls and I yell “I think I'm going to come”
and then the curtains open up and it's the singer from Pro Pain
and he yells “Hurry up, I'm sleeping!” And I laughed so hard I
fell on the girl and crushed her with my ass. That was fucking
Any last words of wisdom?
Billy: Don't laugh when you're getting your asshole eaten
by a girl, you'll crush her.
Mike: I would say, go to www.milanomosh.com we
have a brand new song for free. It's a great song, Hellfest put
it up on their website so thank you guys so much.
- This song is for Onno -
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