Max Cavalera Talks About Beloved South American Fans
In support of their new record ‘Enslaved,’ Soulfly have embarked on a major tour with Five Finger Death Punch. When we got a chance to talk to frontman Max Cavalera, we asked about the fans in his native South America.
When we asked if he thinks South America is home to the craziest metal fans there is, he said “I don’t know. I think they are. They really love metal there. That’s what got me into metal when I was a kid especially when I got into Slayer and Venom.”
He continued, saying, “I love the aggression of the music. It was perfect because I was pissed off and didn’t have money and police were always on our back. We were always broke and always complaining about something and music came and gave us a reason. That’s why we started Sepultura.”
Turns out, many fellow South Americans are in the same boat. “I think a lot of kids feel that way in South America,” Cavalera said. “Argentina has the best fans actually. They’re amazing over there. Just loud and passionate and they sleep outside the hotel.”
Cavalera went on to share a tour story from South America. He said, “One time I played Argentina with Sepultura and I got drunk. I was drinking wine and I got a kind of buzz going, so I grabbed my suitcase and threw all my clothes out the window for all the fans that were sleeping outside.”
When he headed to soundcheck the next day, he saw that “everybody was wearing my clothes. [Laughs] It was kind of funny and they were like ‘Thanks for the clothes, man.’ They’re terrific fans. It was spur of the moment. I just said, ‘What the hell. I’ll just stay with the clothes I have on and they can have the rest.’ I was already buzzed on the wine anyway.”