Earlier this year Philip H. Anselmo  & The Illegals released one of the sickest metal records of the year with their second full length album “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue.” The new songs are not only in your face and unforgiving but also innovative and cutting edge.  At the heart of this punishing sound, is the creative force of drummer Joey “Blue” Gonzalez. Blue made a name for his self playing extreme metal with Warbeast for nine years and currently is the drummer for not only The Illegals but also for Philip’s other band Superjoint.   Although it may seem like an oxymoron,  Blue’s  skills behind the kit are controlled chaos at its finest with a personal flair that puts things over the top.

Due to Philip’s surgery this past spring,  the band had to postpone their tour dates until this fall.  At the onset of what is going to be one of the best metal tours around,  BackstageAxxess had the opportunity to chat with Blue and catch up on the new record as well as the tour.  Please join us for a conversation with one of metal’s most extreme drummers,  Joey “Blue” Gonzalez.

We would like to thank Liz Ciavarella-Brenner from Earsplit PR for setting up the interview with Blue. for more information on Blue including the new album “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue,” please go here: Phil Anselmo and The Illegals.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.