Paws, Pets & Metal is Metal Insider’s newest column on bands with pets, discovering who watches them on the road, and more. Get to know more about these metal furbabies. We caught up with Voodu’s Eddie Troy (vocals/guitar/keyboard) as he reveals his cats enjoy Trivium and classical music.

Tell us more about your pet(s) and their names?

My two distinguished gentleman’s names are Jones and Mr. Darcy. They are both cats. 


Have you ever taken your pet on tour?

They have not gone on tour with me. Jones has FIV so I worry it may be hard on the lil fella. However, Mr. D might make the perfect touring partner. I may need to find this out for myself. 



Who looks after your pet while on the road?

My lovely girlfriend Madeleine takes care of the little men when I have to go out on the road. She has provided those cats with a life king would envy. They are VERY taken care of. She makes sure they’re mentally stimulated, and have tons of toys to play with. Their lives are amazing thanks to that woman.


What’s your pet’s favorite song or album?

We play classical music for them every day. I have noticed Chopin mellows them out typically. Jones seems to become more active when a Vivaldi piece is playing. Darcy seems to become more active with Beethoven. I think their favorite overall is Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 In G Minor, Op.63. 


How did you introduce your pet to metal?

Probably by writing in front of them so often haha. Mr. D used to be afraid of my guitars. Especially my Charvel for some reason. Now he loves them. When I play he sits near me and listens. I’ve also noticed my cats seem to like Trivium in particular. I guess that speaks volumes about their songwriting abilities. Appeals to both humans AND cats.


What animal charity means most to you?

Probably the Animal Welfare Institute. Given that their main focus is on making sure animals aren’t being subjected to violence and that they played an integral part in passing the Animal Welfare Act in 1966, They have a great track record and a mission statement that’s absurd not to agree with. Mr. Darcy Jones