Current TRIPTYKON and former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Warrior has posted the following message on his official blog:
"As Andy Siegrist, CELTIC FROST's manager in the mid-1980s, just pointed out to me in a late-night e-mail, 25 years ago [on November30, 1985] CELTIC FROST played the band's first-ever concert in North America. CELTIC FROST consisted of Reed St. Mark, Martin Eric Ain, and myself at the time, and we had been invited to be part of the then-quite-revolutionary World War III festival at the Paladium in Montreal, Canada, where CELTIC FROST shared the stage with headliners VOIVOD and with POSSESSED, DESTRUCTION and NASTY SAVAGE.
"The festival later attained a somewhat mythical status in metal history, and the week spent in Montreal (CELTIC FROST also played a club show in the city) would forever change our lives. In our collective memory (and this very much includes Andy Siegrist), it will always remain one of the most significant events we were granted to experience while being part of CELTIC FROST.
"And then there also was, of course, the infamous Montreal Airport Baby Oil Massacre."
Hellbound.ca recently conducted an interview with Toronto-area fan Dave
Busch, who drove up to Montreal to see the World War III festival on November 30, 1985. You can now check out the chat at this location.