Billy Talent nervous about tour

-- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Who'd have thunk it?

Billy Talent have sold out the Air Canada Centre (they play there tomorrow night with openers Rise Against, Anti-Flag and Moneen).

It's hard not to be proud of them.

The group -- singer Ben Kowalewicz, guitarist Ian D'Sa, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk -- met at a high school talent show in their hometown Mississauga almost 14 years ago.

Since then, they've busted their asses on the punk festival and club circuit, building an unusually loyal fanbase.

Their self-titled debut album went double platinum in Canada and subsequently took them around the world.

They dodged the sophomore slump with 2006's Billy Talent II, which debuted at number one in Canada and has already sold more than 550,000 copies worldwide.

And now they're set to play the biggest show they've ever played in Toronto.

"It's crazy! It really is a childhood dream come true, except that when I was a kid it would have been Maple Leaf Gardens," D'Sa says. "If you asked me a year ago, I'd say we'd probably play the Kool Haus or The Docks -- I would have never said the ACC, that's for sure."

Capacity at the ACC? About 20,000.

Needless to say, the guys are pretty nervous.

"We're all really nervous -- it's a huge deal for us, we've never done an arena tour," D'Sa says. "We've been practising like crazy. We want to make a big spectacle out of it."

To add to the pressure, all of their friends and family members will be at the show.

"Our guest list is going to be ridiculous -- probably the biggest we've ever had!" D'Sa says. "All of our friends and family are coming. We grew up in Mississauga and Toronto ... so to have your parents come see you at the ACC is huge. It kind of justifies to them what we do, you know?"

After the Canadian tour, Billy Talent will headline their first U.S. club tour, so it may be a while before we see them play in Toronto again.


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