DEP’s Ben Weinman Chats With GSA’s Sean Harris

Crazy fans, onstage festival shitting and much more

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So over the last couple years, I’ve been to a countless amount of shows. Some have been good, others great. Some shows just change your life and make you wish you could see that band every night for the rest of your life. 

That band for me is now The Dillinger Escape Plan.

I’ve definitely been a fan for a while now but one thing always alluded me; their live show. Yes, I’ve seen the videos. I’ve seen footage of diarrhea shits on stage, Greg walking on people’s heads at mall shows and Ben crowd surfing mid solo. 

Nonetheless, when Dillinger came through my neck of the woods last week, it made me take a step back and really realize what these guys are all about. I have to touch upon how classy their camp is.

Tour manager Reid was super polite and was an absolute pleasure to deal with. The publicists were all for me interviewing them and, of course, Ben Weinman himself was respectful and made me feel like part of the family. What more could I ask for?

If there’s any press people out there reading this take note; these are some of the nicest, most down-to-Earth people you could ever work with in the metal business. 

Ben ran me through the gamut, discussing crazy fans, stage antics and of course, the aforementioned festival diarrhea set. 

Calculating Infinity has long since been my favorite release of theirs but 2013′s One Of Us Is The Killer has taken the throne. It’s an absolute gem in the metal world.

Oh yeah, the show!

Only the craziest shit I’ve ever seen done on stage. Ben standing on people’s hands in the crowd, never missing a note. Greg Puciato being nice enough to let me sing the outro to “Prancer.” Billy Rymer being… Billy Rymer and multiple stage dives over my head. Greg’s a solid dude; I’d never fuck with that guy.

If you want to be kind and help a brother out, listen to my interview with Ben here

Oh, and do yourself a favor and go see Dillinger.  

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