Legendary bassist Dan Lilker says the upcoming Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest in June could be NUCLEAR ASSAULT's last United States gig. The band is set to perform the iconic album 'Game Over' from top to bottom at the fest.
In a recent interview with Decibel's editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian, Lilker spoke about why NUCLEAR ASSAULT refuses to play an album in it's entirety at any of their performances. "It's funny," he said. "There's this thing now what they call 'deep cuts' and everything. Musicians laugh at that expression because that means 'shit you never wanted to play live' because you have an hour to play and you prioritize to play a few from this and a few from that. Now we're going to be playing a few songs from that record that we've never played. Those are deep fucking cuts, right to the bone. [Laughs] We've never done anything like that. S.O.D. [STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH] has, or at least my little S.O.D. franchise band that plays in different territories around the world with different dudes. But, no, NUKE has never done that."
Dan then shared the reasons behind the band finally deciding to play 'Game Over' in full for the 1st time ever and thus putting an end to the band.
"We're going to be pretty much wrapping it up," he said. "Nobody is getting any younger. People have commitments and families and stuff like that. I've been to a couple of the Metal & Beer Fests and I was usually pouring or just hanging out and drinking or something. So, I think it's truly cool to be able to do this and I'm not kissing your ass here, at a nice, prestigious American metal festival. Also, I like beer. In all seriousness, it will be cool playing one of these. Like I said, I've been to a couple and when I go backstage and bullshit with people, I feel like, 'Shouldn't I be doing something?' I think it should be a lot of fun and that might be our last U.S. show, actually."
Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest is set to take place at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 10-11, 2022. The event wil also include performances by CANNIBAL CORPSE, CANDLEMASS, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, VOIVOD and THE RED CHORD amongst amny others.