Herman Li Reveals How Little DragonForce Were Paid To Have “Through The Fire And Flames” Featured In “Guitar Hero”

Back in 2007, everyone playing “Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock” tried to master DragonForce’s “Through The Fire And Flames” on expert mode in an effort to prove how good they were at the game. The popularity of the track and its insane difficulty helped take the band to new heights, but as it turns out, they were barely paid anything for its inclusion.

Guitarist Herman Li recently discussed the payment the group received for “Guitar Hero” on TikTok:

“How many millions of dollars did I get? Well, I’ll tell you this. ‘Guitar Hero‘ actually only paid a one-off fee—a one-off fee—to use the song. So I’m thinking a little less than $3,000. Maybe even less. I can’t remember, but lets split that between the band members, you gotta pay the manager, the record label, the accountant… whoever’s involved. It’s actually barely any money. I don’t even remember the amount I even cashed in on that one.

But what ‘Guitar Hero‘ did do for us and a lot of other bands was present guitar music to the world. At that time guitar music wasn’t really that popular. And letting the audience hear our music and decide if they like it or not was really special, because we definitely don’t play music that fits the radio.

You’re not gonna hear seven minutes of shredding melodic metal fast on the radio. So thank you ‘Guitar Hero‘ for helping musicians, guitar players around the world and gamers have an awesome time.”

[via Metal injection]

Firewind To Replace Battle Beast On DragonForce’s Spring North American Tour

Battle Beast have dropped off their spring North American tour with DragonForce, Visions Of Atlantis, and Seven Spires. Firewind will now be taking their place.

Tour Dates:

03/07 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory (no Firewind)
03/08 San Diego, CA – The Observatory (no Firewind)
03/09 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post (no Firewind)
03/10 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre (no Firewind)
03/11 Seattle, WA – Neptune (no Firewind)
03/13 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (no Firewind)
03/15 Calgary, AB – Palace Theater (no Firewind)
03/16 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall (no Firewind)
03/18 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory (no Firewind)
03/19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex (no Firewind)
03/20 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
03/22 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/23 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
03/24 Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
03/25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/26 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/27 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/29 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
03/30 Toronto, ON – Opera House
03/31 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
04/01 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
04/02 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/03 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04/05 Reading, PA – Reverb
04/06 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
04/07 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
04/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater
04/09 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Petes
04/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
04/12 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
04/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
04/15 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
04/16 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/17 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
04/19 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
04/20 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/22 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
04/23 Berkeley, CA – UC Theater

Battle Beast said the following:

“We are very sorry to announce that under present circumstances it has become impossible for Battle Beast to go on with the planned North- American tour together with Dragonforce. Thankfully the legendary Firewind are stepping in to fill the line-up!

We were really looking forward to seeing all our North-American fans again and we know a lot of you are disappointed to see us drop from this tour.

However we are currently looking for new touring options in North America, and we already have some interesting possibilities on the table. So with any luck, we’ll have good news to share with you soon!

Stay safe, and hope to see you soon! 

- BATTLE BEAST”

DragonForce’s Herman Li also commented:

“Unfortunately, due to unexpected circumstances, Battle Beast is no longer able to make it on tour. We will miss them, but we are beyond excited to share the stage with our good friends in Firewind. Firewind is legendary, Herbie Langhans has an incredible voice, and Gus G is one of the best guitarists around today. I can’t wait to hear Firewind‘s 20th Anniversary set, I know the fans are going to love it.”

Visions Of Atlantis Added To Upcoming DragonForce, Battle Beast, & Seven Spires Tour

Visions Of Atlantis have been added to DragonForce, Battle Beast, and Seven Spires’ upcoming North American tour. DragonForce’s Herman Li commented:

“We are so excited to welcome Visions of Atlantis to our North American tour in March and April. We wanted to bring a huge show, with an amazing line-up and crazy production. Visions of Atlantis brings a ton of energy to the stage, and they’re incredible musicians. We can’t wait to get on the road with them!”

DragonForce Tour Dates:

With Visions Of Atlantis & Seven Spires:

03/07 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
03/08 San Diego, CA – The Observatory
03/09 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
03/10 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03/11 Seattle, WA – Neptune
03/13 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
03/15 Calgary, AB – Palace Theater
03/16 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
03/18 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
03/19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

With Battle Beast, Visions Of Atlantis, & Seven Spires:

03/20 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
03/22 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/23 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
03/24 Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
03/25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/26 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/27 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/29 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
03/30 Toronto, ON – Opera House
03/31 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
04/01 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
04/02 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/03 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04/05 Reading, PA – Reverb
04/06 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
04/07 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
04/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater
04/09 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Petes
04/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
04/12 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
04/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
04/15 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
04/16 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/17 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
04/19 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
04/20 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/22 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
04/23 Berkeley, CA – UC Theater

DragonForce Premiere “Strangers” Music Video, Announce North American Tour

DragonForce have premiered a new video for their song “Strangers.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Extreme Power Metal.”

Guitarist Herman Li commented:

“This video takes place in the same ’80s world as our last video (‘Troopers of the Stars‘), with the same cast and the same director. When Roboshobo pitched the concept, I was immediately into it. I’m a huge fan of the glam rock-era of music – I love the showmanship, the guitar solos, and the endearing cheesiness. And the players of that time were amazing, like Steve Vai, Warren Di Martini, and Reb Beach; I think sometimes the playing gets lost, and people just remember the crazy outfits. So, this video is a loving tribute to that era – while also being authentic…

Roboshobo told us to get some cool-looking guitars to fit the theme of the video, and the night before the shoot, I was panicking because we still hadn’t found any. So, I texted Steve Vai and told him we were doing a glam rock video. He said, ‘come on over’, and when I got there, he had pulled out THE guitars he used with Whitesnake and David Lee Roth. I remember seeing these guitars in magazines as a kid, so it was incredible to get to use them on set – I almost cried when he handed them to me!

Besides the guitars, I think we all looked really hunky in our costumes, especially our hair! For a minute, I was even considering getting a perm…I know people may think we’re not taking ourselves seriously enough, but I think given the state of the world, sometimes it’s just nice to kick back and have a laugh with your mates. That was definitely the vibe on set – we could barely keep a straight face watching the playback.

We’re also releasing super-limited merch we did in collaboration with the artist, Teenage Stepdad, at: dragonforce.com/shop. It definitely captures the feeling of the era!”

In other news, the group have also announced a headlining North American tour:

With Seven Spires:

03/07 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
03/08 San Diego, CA – The Observatory
03/09 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
03/10 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03/11 Seattle, WA – Neptune
03/13 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
03/15 Calgary, AB – Palace Theater
03/16 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
03/18 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
03/19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

With Battle Beast & Seven Spires:

03/20 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
03/22 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/23 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
03/24 Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
03/25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/26 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/27 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/29 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
03/30 Toronto, ON – Opera House
03/31 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
04/01 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
04/02 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/03 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04/05 Reading, PA – Reverb
04/06 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
04/07 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
04/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater
04/09 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Petes
04/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
04/12 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
04/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
04/15 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
04/16 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/17 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
04/19 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
04/20 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/22 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
04/23 Berkeley, CA – UC Theater

DragonForce Share Behind The Scenes Look At Their “Troopers Of The Stars” Video

DragonForce have shared a behind the scenes look at their recently released video for “Troopers Of The Stars.” If you missed it, that “Starship Troopers”-inspired clip can be found HERE. The track appears on the band’s latest album “Extreme Power Metal.”

DragonForce Premiere “Troopers Of The Stars” Music Video

DragonForce have premiered a new “Starship Troopers”-inspired music video for their song “Troopers Of The Stars.” That track appears on the band’s latest album “Extreme Power Metal.” The group commented:

“The long-awaited ‘Troopers Of The Stars’ video is finally here. Be sure to watch it again and again to see if you can spot all the easter eggs in there!”

Linkin Park, DragonForce, Chthonic, Etc. Members Speak Out On Anti-Asian Violence And Experiences With Racism

As part of a new piece for Heavy Consequence, members of Linkin Park, DragonForce, Chthonic, Sinergy, and more recently discussed anti-Asian violence and their experiences with racism. You can find the full article HERE and read some excerpts below.

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park):

“In general, just not having any Asian role models in music meant I didn’t have anyone to look up to in that way. But more specifically, our A&R once asked us to stop using a certain logo because it ‘looked like a sticker for an Asian car club.’”

Herman Li (Dragonforce):

“I remember doing a show with Atreyu, on an off day during Ozzfest, and someone threatened me and wanted to beat me up after the show was over. There was no real reason, it was just outside in the carpark.

“There aren’t that many Asian guitar players, Chinese [guitar players], it’s even less. Another experience, before Dragonforce got big, I used to get phone calls at my house almost every single day, sometimes at 4:00 a.m., sometimes at 7:00 p.m., of someone making a funny accent and insulting me and just prank calling me and it went on for months. I had to get the police involved, they couldn’t trace the number.

“All of these things that happened, but I was able to channel that energy to make a stronger self and to make Dragonforce more successful. I think the metal scene is in denial of racism in it. I have so many crazy stories but we don’t really talk about it and when I do interviews I’m not ever asked about it because they think it doesn’t exist.”

Freddie Lim (Chthonic):

“In 2013, when we toured the U.S., there were allegedly Chinese students who sent threatening letters to our booking agent and tour manager saying they will kill us when we’re onstage — that was a bad experience. But we decided to go on with the show and not give a shit about them. It could have been Chinese students studying in the U.S. or hired hands by the Chinese government – we’re not sure if it’s really Chinese students or not [who wrote the letters].”

Kimberly Goss (Sinergy):

“Recently I had someone tell me to, ‘Go back to North Korea you f**king gook’ in a direct message on Instagram. I remember one time on tour with another band I played in, some guys were harassing me outside the venue, mocking some Asian accent and laughing at me. Then they saw me onstage and asked for my autograph after the concert. I looked at them and did the same mock-Asian accent and said, ‘I no understand you.’ In person, it was rare, but online I definitely used to read comments from people referring to me with Asian slurs. They usually got shut down pretty fast by other fans, though, so that restored my faith in humanity.”

[via MetalSucks]

DragonForce Cancel North American Tour

DragonForce have cancelled their North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“Hey everyone, we will unfortunately be cancelling our upcoming March 2021 dates due to safety concerns in regards to COVID-19. Refunds will be made available at your point of purchase. We will be rebooking an extensive North American run for 2022 when it’s safe to play live concerts again. Stay safe and looking forward to seeing you all on the other side of this!”

DragonForce’s Herman Li Praises Phoebe Bridgers’ Awesome “Saturday Night Live” Performance, Offers To Let Her Smash One Of His $5,000 Guitars

Indie rock artist Phoebe Bridgers was the musical guest on the February 6 episode of “Saturday Night Live” and she finished her set with an epic guitar smash. It was a cool rock and roll moment and something that many artists have engaged in for years, but some idiots chose to complain about it. However, others have praised her performance including Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and DragonForce’s Herman Li, the latter of which offered to give Bridgers a $5,000 guitar to smash.

Li said the following on his Twitch channel:

“People complain rock and metal music is dead. You can’t do anything crazy and fun anymore. It was cool. People that have never seen the kind of thing go, ‘Oh my gosh you’re destroying something,’ and it’s like, ‘Sorry, it’s part of the show. It’s not really such a big deal. Welcome to the world of music or rock.'”

He went on to say that he also liked her theatrical presentation and stage design, before adding:

“If I’m gonna criticize this, the main problem I have is that the guitar is too cheap. It’s only $500 for that guitar [edit: it’s $85]. Next time she’s gonna smash up a guitar make it a $3,000 guitar”

“I’ll give her one of my $3,000 guitars. You can take one of my signature guitars, smash that up. How about that PRS [points to guitar]? Take that PRS, smash that up, that’s like a $5,000 guitar.”

“Come on, you’re on Saturday Night Live, you can’t be smashing a $500 guitar — too cheap! You got to take it to another level. Smash it up, burn it, make it expensive! Annoy people even more!”

“So, Phoebe if you’re listening to me, if you can watch this video, which obviously no chance you will ever see this video, you’re not watching my Twitch for sure. If you wanna smash up another guitar, let me know, let’s get you a real guitar to smash up. My last guitar sold for $16,000 [for charity], so maybe one of those.”

He also advised her to destroy more things:

“She should’ve smashed more stuff up. Smash some of the mics up, go more full out — smash an amp. It sounds better when you smash an amp up, it’s more fun. You’re smashing a monitor — it doesn’t do enough.”

He then concluded with his approval of the performance:

“It’s a thumb up from me and everyone else is probably going to hate me now who were complaining about it. They’ll probably go, ‘Oh my god, Herman’s full of shit, he has no idea what he’s talking about.’ But that’s my take on it.”

[via Loudwire]

Watch DragonForce, Animals As Leaders, & Polyphia Members Perform “Through The Fire And Flames”

DragonForce guitarist Herman Li and bassist Alicia Vigil recently performed “Through The Fire And Flames“ with Animals As Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi and Polyphia guitarist Tim Henson as part of “RazerCon.” You can see footage of that below:

[via The PRP]