The Church of The Wild Ones toured across the country this summer, and Black Veil Brides preached the gospel of rock ‘n’ roll to Warped Tour audiences everywhere. The band realized a career milestone this summer, being one of this year’s headliners on the main stage. I got a chance to sit down with frontman Andy Biersack on the band’s tour bus to talk about the festival, their upcoming tour plans, and much more.
When first talking with Andy, it was clear that this year’s Warped Tour appearance definitely meant a lot to the band. “Getting to be one of the headlining bands on this tour is definitely a dream come true,” Biersack stated. This is the band’s second stint on the Vans Warped Tour, this year playing the main stage as one of the festival’s headliners. It’s been a banner few months for BVB, as the band is coming off their third consecutive Revolver Golden Gods win. “Obviously, the song meant a lot to me,” Andy said. “The lyrical content, a lot of it is about the death of my grandfather, the idea of ‘afterlife’, and whatever that means to a lot of people. It’s a very personal song, and for it to be the rock song of the year at the Revolver Golden Gods is a pretty cool feeling.” Andy and I went on to talk about the success of the band’s latest studio LP, their upcoming run on the Monster Energy Drink Outbreak Tour with Bullet For My Valentine, and more.
Black Veil Brides arrived on the scene in 2009 with their independent debut LP, We Stitch These Wounds, which debuted at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. In 2011, the band supported the Murderdolls on their God Save The Scream Tour in the UK. In April 2011, Black Veil Brides won the Revolver Golden God Award for Best New Artist, and the Kerrang! Magazine Award for Best Newcomers. In June 2011, the band released their sophomore effort, Set The World On Fire, on June 14. Ten days later, the band embarked on a string of dates on the Vans Warped Tour. Later that year, the band hit the road with Avenged Sevenfold and Asking Alexandria on the Buried Alive Tour. Throughout the year, Black Veil Brides played epic festivals like Download Festival, Bamboozle, and Rock am Ring.
To hold fans over until the next LP, BVB released the Rebels EP in December 2011, which featured a cover of Billy Idol‘s classic, “Rebel Yell”. That same year, BVB guitar duo of Jake Pitts and Jinxx won the Revolver Golden God Award for Best Guitarists. In 2012, Black Veil Brides released their much-anticipated new album, Wretched and Divine: The Story of The Wild Ones. The album debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their biggest commercial success yet. The album was accompanied by a film, entitled Legion of The Black, which tells the story of the album’s concept; the tale of a group of rebels known as The Wild Ones. At the 2013 Revolver Golden God Awards, Black Veil Brides became the first band ever in Revolver Awards history to win a Golden God three years in a row, winning this year’s award for Songof The Year for the track “In The End”. The Rock Revival would like to send so much congratulations to BVB for this milestone win! Over the last few months, the band as toured North America, Europe, Australia, South America, and many more countries on their Church of The Wilds Ones World Tour. After headlining Vans Warped Tour this summer, the band will be teaming up with Bullet For My Valentine for the Monster Energy Drink Outbreak Tour, which kicks off on September 28. (Top Left Photo Courtesy of Matt Christine – Sight of Sound Magazine)