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  • Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band from Mississauga, Ontario


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  • They formed in 1993 with Benjamin Kowalewicz as the lead vocalist, Ian D'Sa on guitar, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk
  • There have been no lineup changes, although Aaron is currently taking a hiatus from the band due to an MS relapse, Jordan Hastings from Alexisonfire, Cunter and Say Yes is currently filling in for him
  • In the 13 years since their inception, Billy Talent sold well over one million albums in Canada alone and nearly 3 million albums internationally
  • The band existed for almost a decade before mainstream success
  • The members met and played in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School under the name Pezz and remained underground in Toronto's indie music scene until 2001
  • The band renamed itself Billy Talent after running into legal trouble with the old name
  • It was then that Kowalewicz's connection with an employee of Warner Music Canada's A&R department landed the band a record deal and launched them into mainstream success
  • Since then, Billy Talent has made three multi-platinum records in Canada, and continues to expand their success overseas, this included touring for 20 months supporting their second album
  • They released their third album, entitled Billy Talent III, on July 14, 2009, and their fourth album, entitled Dead Silence, on September 4, 2012
  • Dead Silence was followed up by a full UK tour over the course of October and November 2012

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