Charlottetown band closer to dream of opening for Metallica in Halifax

Andrew Chisholm
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Death Valley Driver will play against several other bands in regional battle Friday night

Charlottetown metal band Death Valley Driver competes in the recent Clash of the Bands to open for Metallica at Hunter’s Alehouse. They will be playing the finals at Monte’s in Dartmouth on July 8 for the chance to open for the legendary band. From left are Ray Blacquire, Ryan Gallant, Dan Hodgson and Ric Rumbolt.

Opening for Metallica would be a dream come true for the singer of heavy metal band Death Valley Driver.

Dan Hodgson stepped closer to his dream when he and his fellow band members beat out five other bands for a chance to open for Metallica in Halifax on July 14.

Hunter’s Alehouse hosted Clash of the Bands on June 16 and the winner, Death Valley Driver, will go on to a regional battle at Monte’s in Dartmouth on July 8.

“To me, Metallica is the top of the food chain when it comes to heavy music,” said Hodgson. “You can’t get bigger than them.”

Death Valley Driver will be up against two Halifax bands, one from New Brunswick and a wild card band.

A voting process will be set up for fans, which will count for 50 per cent of the scoring process with a panel of judges having the rest of the say.

All bands in the battle were close to not having a chance to open for Metallica after Halifax threatened to cut off all services to the concert promoter, putting the event in jeopardy.

The city was trying to recoup almost $400,000 from Harold MacKay because of poor ticket sales at last year’s Black Eyed Peas concert.

Harold’s wife, Michelle, is the promoter of the Metallica concert.

But it was announced last week the concert is still a go, which pleases Hodgson.

“After a week of wondering whether or not this concert was going to happen, we are very relieved the Metallica show is still a go,” said Hodgson. “Not just at the possibility of playing it, but as a fan wanting to see them live.”

This is not the first

time Death Valley Driver

has had a chance to open

for a big band.

In 2009, they won a similar contest with a shot to open for KISS.

They lost the opening spot to Halifax-based Children of Eve but did walk away with $2,500 to put toward their studio-recorded album, Choke the River, which sat in the top five on Ear Shot’s loud chart for eight straight weeks.

Hodgson knows the Halifax battle will be a bigger challenge because they’ll be up against a few of the best metal bands from the region.

But even if his dream of opening for Metallica doesn’t come true, the band will still benefit from the extra exposure, he said.

“At this point, you just take any extra set of ears you can capture.”


Visit the website, choose if you are planning to attend the band clash and post the following to the event wall: Vote: Death Valley Driver



Organizations: Metallica, Children

Geographic location: Halifax, Death Valley, Charlottetown Dartmouth New Brunswick

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  • Lindsay
    July 09, 2011 - 03:51

    YAY Death Valley Driver!!!! Super proud of the guys for winning this contest!!!!

  • richie blackmore
    July 07, 2011 - 11:11

    turn it up lads...good luck !