DOPE are currently out on the road with Static-X, Devildriver, and Wednesday 13. The tour will take the band all over the world and more tour dates are being added daily!
We had the chance to ask DOPE guitarist Virus a handful of questions and before anyone says, “Why didn’t you ask if Edsel is the new singer in Static-X?” it’s because I was told that question was not allowed.
Rock N Roll Experience: Do you have any plans to do a Virus solo record?
VIRUS: I would LOVE to do it; it's always about finding time to do it. It's more likely that I'll just finish a song and just put it out there instead doing it in an "album" format...
Rock N Roll Experience: I am aware that you teach at The School Of Rock. Which Do You Find More Gratifying;Teaching Or PerformIng?
VIRUS: I definitely love both gigs. As I get older, I've been embracing being "Local" and the teaching side of my life. I love inspiring kids; music is just one angle to teach
Rock N Roll Experience: Now That Acey Slade Is Back In Dope, Has The Set List changed?
VIRUS: Set is crafted by Edsel; he makes the set based on the tour we are on and how long the set is
Rock N Roll Experience: Will There Be A New Dope Record Released Any Time Soon?
VIRUS: Making a record is a long, difficult process for Dope; so many things to consider and create since we do it ALL ourselves. Dope has never put out a product that is not up to the highest standard for the fan's expectations as well as our own. Stuff is always in the works
Rock N Roll Experience: Are There Any Plans To Resurrect The Band DEVICE?
VIRUS: That's a David Draiman decision; it's his project. I'd love to be a part of it again
Rock N Roll Experience: Your Solo Acoustic Shows Are Legendary On The East Coast, What Are Your Favorite Songs That You Cover In Those Shows?
VIRUS: I love covering and mashing up songs that no one else covers; it allows me to be creative in a cover song situation. Who else is singing a Prince melody over a song by The Spinners?????!!!!!! I am!