Updated: 03/03/2014 1:42 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 11:58 AM WDIO.com
One of country music's hottest groups came to heat things up at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center on Saturday, March 1. With number one hits "Done," "Better Dig Two" and "If I Die Young," the Band Perry made their second stop in Duluth.
The sibling trio opened for Blake Shelton in 2011 and have returned to headline their worldwide tour, "We Are Pioneers."
Eyewitness News anchor Renee Passal and photojournalist Jamie Merideth got to sit down with the band before the show. Here is a transcript of that interview.
Question: You opened for Blake Shelton a few years ago right here at the DECC. Does it feel like that was a million miles ago, now that you are headlining your own World Tour?
"Actually, it feels just like yesterday," Kimberly Perry said. "It's amazing to me how quickly years can fly by and I don't know if we have even been home since we saw you guys last. We are quite the road warriors here in the Band Perry, but it was a great show in the winter then and we feel the cold weather is a good luck charm, so we are expecting a great show tonight as well."
Question: "Chainsaw" is the next song to hit the airwaves. Is there a fun story behind the lyrics?
"Kimberly says if the Judds and Led Zepplin have a love child, it'd be Chainsaw," Reid Perry said. "It is our little bit of redneck that we have in the set."
"My favorite lyric in "Chainsaw" is 'it's impossible to bury the hatchet when your are holding a chainsaw,'" Kimberly added. "I think there is so much comedy in the lyric and it's really an aggressive piece of music. Ultimately we are just chopping down a tree. I love the paradox in that."
Question: You have had a very grueling schedule. You were in Europe, Canada and now you are here in the U.S. How do you keep yourselves energized?
"Lot's of coffee," Neil Perry said.
"We do have about 24 hours at home every couple of weeks or so, which is just enough to touch home base and then get back out on the road," Reid added. "But we love the road, it's what we did. Before the interviews or writing songs. It is where we feel most at home. We do say, home is wherever the tour bus is."
Question: Have you noticed a difference between the fans at the many stops along this World Tour?
"Different regions react to music in very different ways. The deep south is very different than Canada and the West. I will say the Midwest is one of our very favorite regions." Kimberly said. "You guys are rambunctious country listeners which we love. Our show is kind of a sweaty rock n roll show. We feel if we have not been pouring in sweat for an hour, we haven't earned our paycheck. You guys come out and sing and dance the whole night away."
"The crazier the better," Neil added.
Renee Passal was very impressed with how friendly and down to earth the the Band Perry was. They even took time to take a few snapshots with our crew.
Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell opened the show on Saturday night.
Licenses, Deer Population Down for Wisconsin Deer Opener
The Wisconsin firearm deer hunting tradition got off to a safe start as Department of Natural Resources officials said they had received no reports of accidental shootings or other injuries by mid-afternoon Sunday on the opener of the state's nine-day gun deer hunt.
Northlanders Give Back in Preparation for Holiday Season
Northlanders gave back on Saturday in preparation for the holiday season. It was Family Volunteer Day at the Duluth Library, and folks participated in several friendly projects.
"By Us, For Us" Meeting to Discuss Vision for Equity in Duluth
Duluth's Native and African heritage communities came together on Saturday to share experiences and ideas at the 1st United Methodist Church. The meeting called "By Us, For Us" invited people of color, African Americans and Native Americans to come together to break bread and learn about each other culturally.
MNsure Enrollments, Renewals Approach 8,000
Minnesota's health insurance exchange says it has enrolled nearly 8,000 Minnesotans in health plans in the first week of open enrollment this fall. The deadline for enrolling in coverage that takes effect Jan. 1 is Dec. 15.
Wisconsin Gun Deer Hunt Begins
The season opened as the sun rose Saturday and will run through Nov. 30. Forecasts for opening weekend called for freezing rain and fog with highs ranging from the upper 30s to the low 40s both days.