The Indestructible Matt Tuck Talks His Epic Ice Cold Gig...And Tricking His Friends Into Coming Along
The Bullet For My Valentine star talks his world first gig with Jägermeister...
Earlier this year MTV received a very exciting offer, the once in a lifetime kind, to be witness to the world's first continuous gig over air, sea and land. In Northern Norway. That's the Arctic Circle. I KNOW!
Jägermeister were pulling off another of their Ice Cold Gigs but this time instead of the "simple" task of a gig on top of an igloo or an iceberg, they were going to chuck an artist out of a helicopter (whilst singing), launch him across a fjord in a speedboat (whilst singing) and then have huskies speed him across the Norwegian landscape (yes, still singing).
Who was to perform such a feat? Bullet For My Valentine's Matt Tuck, that's who. And three of his best friends, who as it turns out, knew NOTHING about what was going to happen to them.
"I was told to bring some victims (or friends) along with me for the ride which was harder than it sounded," Matt told us before we set off from our campsite in Tromsø, one of the world's most Northern cities, "but I managed to get three of my best mates here. Richie is my guitar tech, I've known him for many years. Tristan, he used to work for the band in management and we became really close, he's the best man at my wedding one of my best mates and another one is Callum who I've known for about six years and again one of my mates, and they agreed to do it without actually knowing anything which is amazing."
Would they have gotten on the flight? ...Well, probably!
MTV were lucky enough to ride along with Matt as he launched himself out of a helicopter...with a guitar case strapped to his chest...which he unzipped mid descent to sing his first song to his friends parachuting alongside, listening via earpieces...! Simple, right?
We also got to hitch a ride on a rib boat on the fjord to keep up with Matt's sea portion of the gig before falling in love with some of Norway's friendliest huskies for the final leg of the event.
Reflecting on the experiences of the weekend, we spoke to Matt after spending a magical night in the mountains with the Northen Lights in full swing at Camp Tamok, an idyllic activity centre in the untouched, snowy wildnerness of the Lyngsfjord region.
"That whole experience was something I'll never forget," he said. "The boat thing was great, being on the back of a sled with huskies was just an amazing experience, but jumping out of a helicopter at 10,000 ft with a guitar strapped to me and then trying to perform on the way down...I'm the only person to have ever done that in the world - it doesn't happen for a reason now I've found out! It's pretty hard."
Speaking of the scale of the project Matt revealed: "As soon as we got here and saw how big of a deal this was as far as production, logistics and the whole scale of the project, I'm surprised it actually came together at all. It's something that apparently has taken a very long time to put together.
"For me it was just like 'do you wanna do this?', 'yeah I'll see you in Norway!' That's how difficult it was for me, but for the guys here that made this happen, it's an amazing achievement on every level, I'm super proud of everyone involved.
"To have stepped back now a couple days later to see what we did is just incredible, man. The whole landscape and the whole epicness of what we achieved is just now starting to sink in. It's inspired me to take a holiday in a destination like this as well you know 'cause I usually do the beach thing. I've never had a vacation in a place like this but it's definitely something I'd like to do at some point with my family.
"It's rare that you get to do something for the first time ever in life these days but I've just done about twenty things in the last three days that I've never done before."
We second that and would like to thank the Jager and Secret Compass crews for showing us an amazing time and most importantly for keeping us safe in the wild...and for letting us wear sexy, warm overalls!