The members of Our Lady Peace had just put the finishing touches on Healthy in Paranoid Times and were camping out at the infamous Viper Room in L.A., doing a series of shows in preparation for their upcoming opening dates with the Rolling Stones, when drummer extraordinaire Jeremy Taggart sat down with Bullz-Eye’s Red Rocker to talk about the new record and his utter disdain for “Rock Star: INXS.”
Bullz-Eye: Looks like you guys have been making a second home at the Viper Room lately?
Jeremy Taggart: Yeah, we’re just doing a bunch of small shows, kinda helping to get the bugs out. Good to play stuff in a small place and in front of people real close. Helps us get a better feel for this new record.
BE: How much have you been playing live the past few months?
JT: These are the first five or six shows we’ve done in a long time. We did a small show in Buffalo, one in Toronto, one in San Diego, and these Viper Room shows.
BE: Must feel good to sweat again behind the kit?
JT: Yeah, it’s awesome.
BE: How’s the new stuff being received at these shows?
JT: Really well, I mean, everything’s been overwhelming. Playing it feels great, and the reaction has been, like, they’re getting it the way we’re getting it, you know. It’s been great.
BE: You guys really toiled over this new record. It was three years in the making and, from what I’ve read, it was quite a struggle.
JT: Yeah, it was a struggle, but this whole record is a resolution of that struggle. It’s all the turmoil and adversity and bullshit we went through kinda behind us, and this is what we came up with at the end.