Charlottetown band to open for Metallica

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Death Valley Driver wins regional band clash for opening spot at Thursday’s Rock The Hill concert in Halifax

Charlottetown-based Death Valley Driver will open for Metallica this Thursday at Rock The Hill in Halifax. Submitted photo

Death Valley Driver normally attracts a few hundred fans to their shows but that’s about the change. Big time.

The Charlottetown-based heavy metal band will play their biggest show yet this Thursday when they open for Metallica in front of thousands of potentially new fans.

Dreams do come true and Dan Hodgson will have his when he looks beyond his microphone to a sea of people on the Halifax Garrison Grounds at Rock The Hill 2011.

“I can’t wait,” said Hodgson. “Going to concerts like this before I’d always be saying to myself, 'I wish I could play that type of stage.’”

The band owes the opportunity for the gig to judges at Friday’s Clash of the Bands at Monte’s Showbar in Dartmouth.

Death Valley Driver was up against four other bands — two local to Halifax — for the opening spot.

They were the third band to take stage for their 30-minute set and Hodgson said the crowd’s reaction was strong.

Hodgson couldn’t hold off on the giddy laughter when he talked to The Guardian about the moment when judges announced his band had won and would open for Metallica.

“That was a pretty cool moment,” he said. “It was one of those times where you don’t think it’s real for a second.”

News quickly spread back to Charlottetown and was the talk at Hunter’s Ale House as patrons finished up their last call drinks early Saturday morning.

“Show Metallica how it’s done in the Maritimes." Death Valley Driver fan

The Band’s journey to Metallica’s stage started at the popular ale house on June 16 when they beat five local bands for the chance to play the regional battle in Dartmouth.

Death Valley Driver’s Facebook page was quickly littered with messages of congratulations from friends, family and fans.

“Show Metallica how it’s done in the Maritimes,” wrote one fan.

“Hopefully it’ll be a huge career boost,” wrote another.

Hodgson said he’s aware all the extra ears at Thursday’s concert could help boost the band's profile but his main focus is on the show.

“Right now I’m just looking at as we get to play on the same stage as a band we all grew up loving,” he said. “Whatever happens afterwards is just a bonus.”

The guys hit the stage at 3 p.m. and will have T-shirts and their album, Choke the River, on sale in the merchandise area.

“We’re not nervous at all. We can’t wait to play,” said Hodgson.

Death Valley Driver is: Dan Hodgson - Vocals; Ryan P Gallant - Drums; Ric Rumbolt - Bass; Ray Blacquiere - Guitar; Nick Doucette - Guitar


Organizations: Metallica, Rock The Hill 2011, Ale House

Geographic location: Death Valley, Charlottetown, Halifax Dartmouth

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  • rouge
    July 12, 2011 - 13:06

    good luck rick hows the tattoo hope u do well i no its a dream call me if u can think of my name im in the book

  • TIm
    July 12, 2011 - 09:49

    You can watch some of their performance here!

  • roland perry
    July 11, 2011 - 13:28

    way to go rick

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  • Chad Hughes
    July 11, 2011 - 08:08

    Congratulations DVD. You guys'll kill it!!!