When we first heard that Bam Margera was going on tour with his band, Fuckface Unstoppable, we thought “How cool would it be if we could interview Bam for the site?” That was immediately followed by “There’s no way someone as big as him would agree to do an interview with us”.
But that didn’t stop us, and thanks to Bam’s very gracious publicist, we were set up for entry to the show, and…. SURPRISE!… the opportunity to interview Bam too!
Having followed Bam’s career for years, it was an honor to know that he was willing to take time out of his day to answer a few questions for us. Two things immediately came to mind: he was either going to be really chill, OR he was going to be a complete douchebag asshole. Press and fans alike have reported their varied instances of meeting Bam.
Deep down I knew that everything was going to be ok, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to be super nervous when it came time for the interview. We kept it short and sweet, focusing mostly on the music, his band, and what’s to be expected on this tour. The night before the show Bam had actually posted on Facebook that he had finished putting together the content for his next book, so we made sure to ask him about that as well.
When it came time for the interview Bam was as down to earth as can be and, while intimidating at first, everything went very smoothly. After the interview was over, Bam brought out the huge binder with all the content for his new book in it, sat down next to us and plopped it in my lap so that we could look through it. I have his previous book (Serious As Dog Dirt) and enjoy all the photos that were inside so I knew that this one was going to be equally as awesome. From a fan’s perspective, it was such an amazing experience to be sitting there, with Bam, going through a book of so many memories. I flipped through the pages cautiously, afraid to get my fingerprints on anything. I could have spent hours flipping through the soon-to-be book, but I didn’t want to completely spoil it once it finally went to press. One of the things that stood out to me the most was an 8×10 promo from one of the Jackass movies, with everyone’s signatures on it – a relic from the past.
The rest of the evening was spent with friends, old and brand new. Professional photographer, and friend to Emo At Heart, Jeremy Saffer was there (to do a photo-shoot with Bam actually), and to support his friends in Run For Your Guns, an up-and-coming band from Western Massachusetts. When you first meet Madeline, their singer, you would never guess that someone as pleasant as her would be the vocalist of a metalcore band. She may look like a starlet, but she sings like her hair is on fire. It just goes to show you that you can’t just a book by its cover. You’ll definitely be hearing more about them in the near future, including an interview right here on EAH. Another band we became acquainted with that night was Cometa, a “dance metal” band from Connecticut. All of their members were very friendly and came up to introduce themselves and chat for a while. They’re also on our list for an interview and album review.
When it came time for Bam’s set, we weren’t exactly sure what to expect other than the fact that there was a mix of original and cover material (including Turbonegro and Bloodhound Gang), and the antics he “warned” us about in the interview. I must admit, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. I grew up on gritty punk and hardcore so there will always be a softspot for that kind of music in my heart. One of the highlights of the set was the band’s cover of the Turbonegro tune “All My Friends Are Dead”. We’d also like to extend a special shout-out to Nikki for being super friendly and awesome, and for taking some on-stage photos for us during the set. I hope we can stay in touch with her and the rest of the crew we met that night. Next tour, if Bam has a date near us again we will definitely be making the trip out to say hello and support the band. – Envy
[Video interview done by Envy & J.]