Download 2017: No.19 - The Cadillac Three - 50 bands in 50 days

By Eric Mackinnon


The Cadillac Three

Download Festival

Main Stage

Sunday, June 11



Neil Mason admits Aerosmith are one of the bands he, and his bandmates, grew up on and it is fantastic that his band will share the bill with Aerosmith at the Download Festival this summer.

The Cadillac Three drummer spoke at length to the New Rock Times this week to name check the legends, who will hang up their musical hats at the end of their farewell tour, and also other bands which formed his stereo playlist as a kid.

“We grew up on everything from metal to rock to country and have a little bit of all of that in our sound, so we love getting to do festivals like Download,” said Neil happily.

“We've always been our own thing sound wise, so getting to play a festival with metal bands and icons like Aerosmith all on the same bill is great for us.”

Aerosmith mainman Steven Tyler has reciprocated the love in with The Cadillac Three with the Nashville boys penning tracks for Tyler's solo work – an experience Neil admits was unbelievable.

“We were huge fans of Aerosmith so to have Steven Tyler embrace our band is such a cool bucket list thing,” he beamed.

“When you think of iconic American rock n roll bands Aerosmith & Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are the two bands we grew up on. Joe and Brad's riffs, Steven Tyler's stage presence and energy mixed with such an amazing rhythm section & the fact that it's still the original band, those are all things that we've strived for with TC3. They aren't in the hall of fame for nothing.”

He continued: “Growing up in Nashville we were surrounded by country music and amazing songwriters but we were also teenagers when Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine came on the scene so that's really where our sound comes from… playing in garages and then bars and honing our song writing craft along the way.”

The Cadillac Three have been warmly welcomed into Europe, and the UK's musical embrace and Neil says this hasn't gone unnoticed.

“We really didn't know what to expect to be honest, we had just always wanted to travel to the U.K. and tour,” he explained.

“We put the first show on sale and it sold-out before we had even left America and we've been coming back 3-4 times a year ever since & the crowds keep growing which has been amazing.”

Last August the band dropped their second full length album with 'Bury Me In My Boots' which Neil says was so named after the first wrong the boys penned for the record.

Now though there full focus is on Donington Park and their Main Stage slot at Download on Sunday, June 11 where fans can expect a triple dose.

“Three dudes, three chords and some Tennessee truth,” laughs Neil.