VOIVOD's PIGGY Tribute At HEAVY MTL Festival; Video Available
Fan-filmed video footage of VOIVOD singer Denis "Snake" Belanger holding late guitarist's Denis "Piggy" D'Amour's signature axe and pointing it to the sky at the conclusion of the band's trimphant return to the stage on Sunday (June 22) in front of 22,500 fans as part of the Heavy MTL festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be viewed below (clip uploaded by YouTube user "ecoarq"). The group was joined by original bass player Jean-Yves Theriault ("Blacky") for the first time in 17 years. Dan Mongrain from the Quebec band MARTYR, a good friend of the band, played guitar. Songs from the early catalogue were the focus for the Heavy MTL set, including VOIVOD's cover of the PINK FLOYD classic "Astronomy Domine", which closed the show before the band took a bow center stage and shared a group hug.
VOIVOD is currently working on its final album using songs left behind by D'Amour, who died in August 2005 from colon cancer.
Jason Newsted is still very much part of the VOIVOD family and is working with the band on the new record along with Jean-Yves Theriault and Eric Forrest. However, Newsted is unable to perform live at this point.
VOIVOD will support British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST on their August 12 concert at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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