Billy Talent

This band from Streetsville, Ontario once started out as Pezz, but got into some trouble with that name, probably due to the existence of an American band of the same name, possibly also because Pez (with one 'z') is the brand name of a certain kind of orthogonal peppermint sweets.

Billy Talent – meanwhile moved to Mississauga, Ontario – achieved its first successes only after ten years of hard work, but nowadays these gentlemen are keeping up quite well.

Billy Talent band name inspiration - Hardcore Logo - Bruce McDonaldThe new name comes from the book Hard Core Logo by Canadian writer, poet and musician Michael Turner, later turned into a mockumentary, in which Turner describes punk music's 'self destruction'. In the book and the film Billy's last name however is written as Tallent (double 'l').

Active: 1993-present, CAN

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