When Saskatoon's Jordan Cook makes his homecoming as Reignwolf next weekend, there will be one unlikely woman in a sea of headbangers watching from the stands — his grandmother.
"I always get together with her on Good Friday," Cook said. "The fact that she'll be at a Black Sabbath show with her grandson is just awesome!"
Reignwolf is the opening act for Black Sabbath's North American tour. So far, Sabbath fans have been happy with his act, showing up early and sticking around for the entire set.
It's been a whirlwind year for the guitarist. In January, Cook was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "Ten New Artists You Need To Know." Earlier this year, Cook spent a few weeks in studio recording his first full length album as Reignwolf.
Cook says he needs to strike while the iron is hot. "I've never toured harder in my life," he said. "I either do this now or I never do it."
There are some perks to working this hard. Cook says it's been a dream to share the stage with rock icons like Ozzy Osbourne. "The first day on tour, he walked into our dressing room when I wasn't expecting him," he said. "I heard his voice and, out of excitement, I started yelling 'There he is!' It was pretty cool."
As Reignwolf, Cook plans to steam ahead. His dates with Black Sabbath have been extended to include a few shows in Europe. His summer is booked solid with festivals and other gigs overseas.
Right now, he's focused on coming home. "I can't wait to bring this to Saskatoon," he said. "This band has never played Saskatoon and the fact that we're doing it at Credit Union Centre, and put Black Sabbath on top of that...wow."
Reignwolf and Black Sabbath take the stage April 18th in Saskatoon.