JOHN BUSH (ARMORED SAINT): [On Recording Symbol of Salvation] “It Was A Special Time, Even Though It Was A Time Of Uncertainty”

ARMORED SAINT (Livestream From The Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood, USA, October 10, 2020)

Saints Will Conquer

To honor the 30th anniversary of Armored Saint’s career-defining album Symbol of Salvation, the Los Angeles Heavy Metal quartet hit the road in 2018 to play the album in its entirety and in its original order. I was lucky enough to to catch their performance in Boston at the Brighton Music Hall. To say the show was amazing would be an understatement. Armored Saint was firing on all cylinders that night. Even lesser known tracks seemed familiar and full of energy. At the conclusion of the Symbol of Salvation set, Armored Saint returned for a best of set. It was the best club show I had seen all year.

What I was unaware of was that on the prior night, Armored Saint was The Gramercy Theater in New York, filming their performance for a future live CD/DVD release. In October of 2020 Armored Saint released their 9th studio album Punching The Sky [review], an album that could stand on equal footing as Symbol of Salvation. The only problem was, the band couldn’t tour on it.

Armored Saint decided while they were forced idled, they would release the material they had accumulated on their their memorable 2018 tour. On October 22, 2021 Armored Saint will release Symbol of Salvation Live on CD/DVD, and multiple vinyl configurations. I had the chance to speak with Armored Saint front man John Bush ahead of the album’s release.

Highlights Include

  • Discussion of their latest release Symbol of Salvation Live
  • Why Symbol of Salvation was almost never made in 1991
  • What other Armored Saint album could get the full performance treatment
  • When touring will commence to support Punching the Sky
  • The Armored Saint documentary
  • Is it true John was asked to be Metallica’s vocalist after the release of Kill ‘Em All in 1983
  • … and much, much more!

Armored Saint is

John Bush – Vocals
Joey Vera – Bass
Gonzo Sandoval – Drums
Phil Sandoval – Bass
Jeff Duncan – Guitar


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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