Former SEPULTURA members Max Cavalera (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) kicked off their "Return To Roots" tour last night (Thursday, September 15) at Exit/In in Nashville, Tennessee. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
The Las Vegas (September 12) and Albuquerque (September 13) dates of the "Return To Roots" tour were postponed due to a recent ankle injury suffered by Igor. The Albuquerque show at Sunshine Theater has already been rescheduled for October 19.
The "Return To Roots" tour sees Max and Igor celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the band's classic album "Roots" by performing the LP in its entirety. They are joined on stage by their CAVALERA CONSPIRACY bandmates Marc Rizzo (guitar) and Johny Chow (bass).
The tour features support from THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, COMBICHRIST, ALLEGAEON, ALL HAIL THE YETI and ONI. Fans who attend the shows will be able to purchase special meet-and-greet passes from the merchandise booth. Max and Igor will take photos with fans who grab meet-and-greet passes and sign copies of the "Roots" CD, cassette or vinyl. This applies only to the "Roots" album. Only one autograph and one photo will be permitted per person.
Later this year, Warner Music will release a special vinyl edition of "Roots", in addition to a CD/vinyl box set of classic SEPULTURA records, with more surprises in store.
Max and Igor first played all of "Roots" at this year's edition of the Amnesia Rockfest on June 24.
Max spoke to Holland's FaceCulture about how he looks back on the "Roots" album twenty years later. He said: "Yeah, [the personal stuff around the band] was chaotic, but musically, it was good. I think 'Roots' is an excellent record. It's a very brave record. It's a very fearless record in terms of saying, 'We're gonna do this. No matter what people say, we're gonna do it.' And we did it. And it was a huge risk. Not many bands take that risk. And we stuck to our guns and put the album out. And I think it was a very interesting record, because I think it was the beginning of my experiences in world music, which I really love, and bringing metal… making metal different. You can combine indigenous sounds and stuff with metal and make something cool with it. So I think 'Roots' was the blueprint for all that; it was like the first one that was like that. We went to the Xavantes tribe and recorded with them. It was killer. It was an amazing experience."
"Roots", along with 1993's "Chaos A.D.", is considered SEPULTURA's most commercially successful release, having been certified gold in 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.
In 1996, Max exited SEPULTURA after the rest of the band fired Max's wife Gloria as their manager.
Igor left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." His departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006).