YouTuber Stevie T Backed Out Of Touring With DragonForce Due To Crippling Anxiety

YouTuber Steve “Stevie T” Terreberry was previously recruited to play triangle and bass on DragonForce‘s fall tour, but he ended up backing out of the trek. Now, he has shared a new video in which he revealed that crippling anxiety kept him from heading out on the run.

Terreberry said the following:

“As some of you may know, over the past few months, I’ve kind of built a relationship with DragonForce, a little-known band. I was even their triangle player – it was on Wikipedia, so it’s real.

So just a little backstory what happened was: Herman Li was doing a live stream on Twitch and someone asked, ‘When is Stevie T joining DragonForce?’ And Herman Li jokingly said, ‘Okay, Stevie T can join DragonForce, if he plays the triangle.’ And of course, I took that as an opportunity to do a video.

Well, it turns out DragonForce loved the video and they loved my content and they liked my guitar playing, so they asked me if I would join them in their US tour as their bass player because Fred was leaving the band. So I 100% agreed to it, I was actually pretty excited to do it… at first.”

He continued:

“I wish I could sit here and tell you that I canceled the tour because I’m too busy with YouTube, which is true, but it’s not the whole truth. I even learned half the songs on bass.

But then, as we got closer and closer to the actual tour dates, all I can say is I started having what I can only describe as almost mental breakdowns, where it would get to the point where all I could think about was this tour and it was consuming my mind and my anxieties were just, like, going crazy.

I couldn’t even work on my videos anymore because I was just thinking about the tour constantly, and I knew that I was gonna have some kind of mental breakdown sometime before or during the tour and I didn’t want that to happen, so I had to call off the tour.

It’s not one of my proudest moments, allowing myself to succumb to my anxieties – again – and of course I felt like a huge asshole to DragonForce after completely agreeing to do this, like, ‘Oh, yeah! DragonForce! I would love to tour with you!’ and then weeks later being, like, ‘Oh, sorry, oh, by the way, guys, I have crippling anxiety, so I’m not gonna be able to do it.’

This was 100% my decision. DragonForce wanted me to be there so bad, and I apologized so much for anyone who bought a ticket to come out to see DragonForce with me. I can’t say sorry enough.

But that’s why I want to be honest with you guys because I know a lot of you guys have dealt with anxiety and depression as well. And a lot of you even say that my videos helped you overcome that, which just blows my mind, but just know that you watching me is helping me cope with my anxiety as well, so we’re one in the same, man, we’re in the same boat.

And if I can help one person by admitting that then that means everything to me. Because I think people watch my videos and see this guy who is just full of confidence and just ready to take on the world…

Honestly, when I’m in front of a camera is the only time when I feel like that, so that’s why playing a live show in front of all these people, being in a tour bus after I’ve never toured – I’ve never even toured before – my first tour ever is with a famous band on a headlining tour…

That freaked me the hell out. As for DragonForce, what did they do after I bailed on them? They gave me a cameo in their new music video [‘Razorblade Meltdown‘].”

He also added:

“And I’ll admit, I watched DragonForce performing live on TwitchCon, wondering to myself what could have been because that could have been me on stage with them. Like, who knows what opportunity could have arisen by playing with DragonForce?

I mean, at the end of the day, I’d rather be a YouTuber anyways, but still, this would have been quite the thing to put on a resume, like, playing with DragonForce. I half-expected DragonForce to hate me after bailing the on them like that; they rightfully could have been, but instead, they were, like, ‘Hey Stevie, we understand. We’ve dealt with our own anxieties before as well.’

In fact, Herman Li even talked to me on the phone for over an hour, talking about his anxieties in the past as well. Anyone who looks up to Herman Li as a guitar god and just hopes that he’s the amazing person that he appears to be, I’m here to let you guys know that he is.

He’s the most genuine dude you will ever know. I still picked up my deluxe package of their new album so, I mean, I’m still supporting the band, of course, and we’re all on great terms but DragonForce, you gotta come to the East Coast, man. We want you here, man.

So that’s why I’m not sugarcoating this whole DragonForce thing. This is what happened; hopefully someday I can overcome this. Well, ain’t I a ray of sunshine today. [Laughs]”

[via Ultimate Guitar]

DragonForce Share “Extreme Power Metal” Album Sampler

DragonForce have shared a sampler featuring previews of all the tracks on their new album “Extreme Power Metal,” including their cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” You can check that out below. “Extreme Power Metal” will be released on September 27.

DragonForce Premiere Animated Video For “Razorblade Meltdown”

DragonForce have premiered an animated video for their new song “Razorblade Meltdown.” This track is from the band’s new album “Extreme Power Metal,” which will be released September 27.

DragonForce To Perform At “TwitchCon 2019”

DragonForce have announced that they will be performing at “TwitchCon 2019” in San Diego, CA on September 27. The show will take place during the opening ceremony at the Glitch Theatre and it will be streamed live on Twitch. Furthermore, the band will also be taking part in a meet and greet session at the J!NX booth. Signed copies of their new album “Extreme Power Metal” (out September 27) will be available at the booth as well. Herman Li commented:

“I’m extremely excited to be part of the Twitch opening ceremony and to throw the biggest metal album launch party of the year. Everyone’s invited! If you can’t make it in person, make sure you join the livestream.”

DragonForce Premiere “Heart Demolition” Video

DragonForce have premiered a new video for their new song “Heart Demolition.” This track is from the band’s new album “Extreme Power Metal,” which will be released September 27. Guitarist Herman Li commented:

“The fans are really going to like this video because it’s classic DragonForce: big choruses and a tribute to the Sega Mega-Drive console. The haters are going to like it even more because you’ll get to see Sam Totman without his hat on for the first time in 10 years, showing off how bald he has become!”

Bassist Frédéric Leclercq To Exit DragonForce

DragonForce have announced that bassist Frédéric Leclercq will be leaving the band following their August 17 performance at the Elbriot Festival in Hamburg, Germany. After that show, the group will move forward with YouTuber Steve “Stevie T” Terreberry as a fill-in.

DragonForce said the following about Leclercq:

“We are sad to announce that Frédéric Leclercq is leaving DragonForce to pursue other projects. We want to thank Fred for all the musical contributions and good times over the years.

Fred says, ‘I had an amazing opportunity that will be announced soon. There is no bad blood and I wish the band all the best. I want to thank the fans for their support throughout the years.’

Herman Li said, ‘As sad as we are to lose him, we are excited that he is going to continue playing the music he loves. He will always be a friend and a member of the DragonForce family.” Fred’s last show with DragonForce will be this weekend at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany. We are going to have a massive celebration for Fred, please come out and send him off!’”

The band also added the following about fill-in bassist Stevie T, who is also set to play the triangle at their upcoming shows:

“DragonForce announced on Wednesday that musician and YouTube personality Stevie T (Steve Terreberry) will join the band for the US leg of its upcoming world tour. DragonForce guitarist Herman Li jokingly invited Stevie T to join the band this summer, asking him to play the triangle. Stevie T responded with a video on his YouTube channel, accepting Li’s offer and playing an extended triangle solo to DragonForce’s hit “Through the Fire and Flames.” Stevie T’s ground-breaking triangle solo can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3jXO1gbhY8

Li said ‘I was deeply moved when I saw Stevie T’s technical precision and finesse on the triangle and immediately invited him to join the tour. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the greatest triangle player ever to grace this earth.’

Stevie T will also step in to play bass for the band, after the departure of bassist Frédéric Leclercq, which was also announced on the band’s website on Wednesday. Leclercq’s last show with DragonForce will be this weekend at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany. Li said, “We want to thank Fred for all the musical contributions and good times over the years. As sad as we are to lose him, we are excited that he is going to continue playing the music he loves. He will always be a friend and a member of the DragonForce family.”

As previously reported, DragonForce’s new album “Extreme Power Metal” will be released on September 27.

DragonForce Premiere “Highway To Oblivion” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Extreme Power Metal”

DragonForce have premiered a new video for their new song “Highway To Oblivion.” This track is from the band’s new album “Extreme Power Metal,” which will be released September 27. The song is also available as a playable level in Harmonix‘s virtual reality rhythm shooter “Audica.”

“Extreme Power Metal” Track Listing:

01. “Highway To Oblivion”
02. “Cosmic Power Of The Infinite Shred Machine”
03. “The Last Dragonborn”
04. “Heart Demolition”
05. “Troopers Of The Stars”
06. “Razorblade Meltdown”
07. “Strangers”
08. “In A Skyforged Dream”
09. “Remembrance Day”
10. “My Heart Will Go On”

Herman Li said the following about the album:

“This album again combines the best of DragonForce in an even bigger, more epic way than we have ever done before. We are so excited for fans to hear it!”

Sam Totman also added the following about working with Epica‘s Coen Janssen, who handled the keyboards for the record following the departure of Vadim Pruzhanov:

“We worked really closely with Coen on this new album. We are so happy with what he has brought into this new album. Every fan will be so happy to hear his majestic playing!”

Li continued:

“In this age where our music is easily accessible, I am not going to waste time trying to describe the sound of our new album. I’ll let the music do the talking. However, what I can tell you is our upcoming tour will be our biggest in a decade. We have a massive epic production and a really special surprise for VIPs. We can’t wait to see everyone out on the road.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.