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In a recent interview with The Hundreds TV, LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe spoke about the ongoing efforts to remove Confederate statues along Monument Avenue in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. The debate regarding Confederate monuments has been polarizing in Richmond and other cities across the country for many years. The Richmond region and communities across the nation are confronting the crisis of racism which has afflicted our country for generations. “I think it’s important to recognize when and why these monuments were put up, because there’s this false narrative that at the end of the Civil War, the Confederacy put up all these monuments, Randy said. “Most of these monuments, they were erected during the Jim Crow era, when the segregationist laws were put into effect. And they were put there to cement the position of white people in our society, particularly in the South. “I find it very interesting, for me, the biggest monument is Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue, that Robert E. Lee himself was very against erecting such monuments; on several different occasions, he spoke against it,” Blythe continued. “He was, like, ‘I think we should try to endeavor to remove these reminders of civil strife so people can heal.’ But with Jim Crow and the need to — now that slaves are illegal — the need to keep black people in a subservient position, both physically and economically, they erect these big monuments. “The monuments are maintained. Tax dollars pay for lighting them. They pay for the upkeep. They pay for the police right now that are protecting them. That’s people’s tax dollars. “Richmond is a majority — it’s not a huge majority — but a majority African-American community,” he added. “To a lot of these people in the African-American community, when they see these monuments of these Confederate generals, it’s just a reminder of going back all the way to why the African-American community is here in the first place, which is slavery. Richmond had the second-largest slave market in the United States; the first was in New Orleans.” Randy also touched upon the recent protests in cities across America following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police. He said: “The stuff that’s happening right now, it’s not just about one man in Minnesota getting choked to death — this is a built-up thing, and it has been building. In Richmond, particularly the younger population, they’ve had enough of this. We’ve talked about putting the statues in context or maybe adding signs or all this other stuff. I think particularly the youth today are just, like, ‘No. This is a slap in the face.’ “I believe — it’s my personal belief — that the statues should be preserved. Not where they are, in this glorified postion on Monument [Avenue], and everybody’s tax dollars are paying to take care of them. But I think they should be taken — they are supposed to be put in storage. And maybe they can be in a museum exhibit or something, so people can understand this time. And when I say this time, I’m talking about right now; there’s graffiti all over these things.” Richmond has been working to remove 11 Confederate statues after Mayor Levar Stoney enacted emergency powers to have them immediately taken off city land. Dozens of Confederate symbols have been taken down across the country in the weeks since Floyd was killed. Last month, a GWAR fan launched campaign to replace the Lee statue with a memorial to the band’s late frontman Oderus Urungus. The Confederate general died in 1870, 20 years before his statue was erected on Monument Avenue. Launched on June 12, the Change.org petition seeks to have the “racist” landmark replaced with a tribute to the GWAR co-founder and longtime leader, whose real name was Dave Brockie. The petition has garnered more than 68,000 signatures.

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DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno has offered an update on the band’s follow-up to 2016’s “Gore” album, which was recently recorded for a tentative late 2020 release. Speaking to Tim “Herb” Alexander for the PRIMUS drummer’s “Herb’s Happy Hour” show, Chino said (see video below): “We have a record that we finished maybe — I don’t know — about a month ago, we finally got all the final mixes of it. It’s supposed to come out in, I think, September. But we’re really happy with it. We worked with one of our longtime producer buddies, Terry Date, who did our first three albums. We hadn’t done a record with him in a while, and we went back in the studio with him, and it was super awesome. “It’s kind of been weird, because we recorded everything — the music stuff — all last summer in L.A., and then we have been working on overdubs and vocals and mixing and all that stuff since then, so it’s almost been a year,” he continued. “But, obviously the last six months have kind of been doing everything remote [due to the coronavirus pandemic]… Mainly, it was just me. All the music stuff was done, so just mainly vocal stuff, and then mixing and mastering, going back and forth. But we finally finalized everything, I wanna say a few weeks ago, maybe a month ago now. It’s gonna be sweet. I’m excited about it.” Moreno previously told Apple Music about DEFTONES‘ decision to reconnect with Date for the new album: “We’ve always wanted to go back and make records with him again… We love Terry. He’s pretty much been there since the beginning of us making records, and we just vibe with him really good. I mean, he’s super easy-going. He’s not a producer that is in there trying to push his ideas into what we’re doing other than just capture what it is that happens when we get together, as well as speaking up and telling us when stuff isn’t where it should be or whatever. So he’s just a great dude, and making this record with him was awesome. I think our main goal was to make sure that everybody in the band was involved, to an extent. I think our best records are when we’re all firing on all pistons, each one of us individually and collectively. So that was, I think, the only thing that we aim for, really.” This past May, DEFTONES postponed their 2020 North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. The Live Nation-produced 20-date trek with GOJIRA and POPPY. was scheduled to kick off on July 27 and conclude on September 5. DEFTONES have released eight studio albums to date and have sold over ten million albums worldwide. DEFTONES is Moreno, drummer Abe Cunningham, programmer Frank Delgado, guitarist Stephen Carpenter and bassist Sergio Vega. “Gore” bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2016, moving over 71,000 units first week and marking DEFTONES‘ highest chart position in 13 years. The band also curated, launched, presented and headlined its own festival, Dia De Los Deftones, in 2018. Selling out both installments to date, the eclectic lineups hosted everyone from FUTURE and CHVRCHES to GOJIRA and MEGAN THEE STALLION.

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DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno has offered an update on the band’s follow-up to 2016’s “Gore” album, which was recently recorded for a tentative late 2020 release. Speaking to Tim “Herb” Alexander for the PRIMUS drummer’s “Herb’s Happy Hour” show, Chino said (see video below): “We have a record that we finished maybe — I don’t know — about a month ago, we finally got all the final mixes of it. It’s supposed to come out in, I think, September. But we’re really happy with it. We worked with one of our longtime producer buddies, Terry Date, who did our first three albums. We hadn’t done a record with him in a while, and we went back in the studio with him, and it was super awesome. “It’s kind of been weird, because we recorded everything — the music stuff — all last summer in L.A., and then we have been working on overdubs and vocals and mixing and all that stuff since then, so it’s almost been a year,” he continued. “But, obviously the last six months have kind of been doing everything remote [due to the coronavirus pandemic]… Mainly, it was just me. All the music stuff was done, so just mainly vocal stuff, and then mixing and mastering, going back and forth. But we finally finalized everything, I wanna say a few weeks ago, maybe a month ago now. It’s gonna be sweet. I’m excited about it.” Moreno previously told Apple Music about DEFTONES‘ decision to reconnect with Date for the new album: “We’ve always wanted to go back and make records with him again… We love Terry. He’s pretty much been there since the beginning of us making records, and we just vibe with him really good. I mean, he’s super easy-going. He’s not a producer that is in there trying to push his ideas into what we’re doing other than just capture what it is that happens when we get together, as well as speaking up and telling us when stuff isn’t where it should be or whatever. So he’s just a great dude, and making this record with him was awesome. I think our main goal was to make sure that everybody in the band was involved, to an extent. I think our best records are when we’re all firing on all pistons, each one of us individually and collectively. So that was, I think, the only thing that we aim for, really.” This past May, DEFTONES postponed their 2020 North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. The Live Nation-produced 20-date trek with GOJIRA and POPPY. was scheduled to kick off on July 27 and conclude on September 5. DEFTONES have released eight studio albums to date and have sold over ten million albums worldwide. DEFTONES is Moreno, drummer Abe Cunningham, programmer Frank Delgado, guitarist Stephen Carpenter and bassist Sergio Vega. “Gore” bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2016, moving over 71,000 units first week and marking DEFTONES‘ highest chart position in 13 years. The band also curated, launched, presented and headlined its own festival, Dia De Los Deftones, in 2018. Selling out both installments to date, the eclectic lineups hosted everyone from FUTURE and CHVRCHES to GOJIRA and MEGAN THEE STALLION.

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SHINEDOWN singer Brent Smith spoke to Nikki of the FM99 WNOR radio station about what the touring circuit might look like post-pandemic. He said (see video below): “It’s going to come back. It’s gonna have to come back in a way that is… There’s gonna be different protocol. But don’t have a knee-jerk reaction when someone says ‘the new normal,’ because that could be, and should be, a good thing. Because a lot of what I’m seeing, and a lot of the discussions I’ve been in with a lot of the people that we’ve worked with for over two decades now — from our trucking, our buses, our lighting, our pyrotechnics, our staging; all of these types of elements — that infrastructure, and the buildings and the festivals and the clubs and the theaters and the stadiums, they’re all doing the infrastructure right now to massively take the sanitation level and standard way up. So when you come into these buildings and stuff like that, it’s not nasty, it’s not dirty — it’s clean. And adding these things to where it’s keeping people accountable for things. “One of the biggest things that we know is that the UV light therapy is huge for that, because it just annihilates a lot of viruses,” he continued. “A lot of that’s been in the news here lately, but there’s a lot of arenas right now, there’s a lot of different places — clubs, theaters — that are getting ready to be able to have that standard to make their environment clean for their patrons and make it safe for everybody to come in. And that’s not a bad thing.” Smith went on to say that he is confident live concerts will eventually return. “It may take a moment,” he said. “It will obviously take certain people a little longer ot feel comfortable, but I make you a very real and solid promise. The number one thing — and we were always doing this before this pandemic happened — but I wanna rest everyone assured, from us to our fanbase, whether you’ve been there from the beginning or you’re just finding out who we are, when it is time, and we can be with each other again, your safety will always be the number one priority — not only your physical safety, but your health, your mental health… But we will never, ever sacrifice, and we will never cut corners when it comes to the public safety of our audience, no matter what country we’re playing. So please rest assured we would never put you in a dangerous environment like that. We will be with each other again. It may take a little bit of time. But always know that we always have your safety as our number one priority.” This past May, SHINEDOWN officially canceled its previously rescheduled “Deep Dive Tour” due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. “Deep Dive Tour”, which promised deep cuts and B-sides from throughout SHINEDOWN‘s career, along with the group’s many radio hits, was originally slated to take place in the spring but was postponed to the summer before being scrapped altogether. Two months ago, Smith clarified his remarks about playing live, just a few days after he seemingly suggested that SHINEDOWN would tour this summer as planned no matter what. On May 7, Smith told Zippo Encore: “As of right now, that’s all a go. So we’re not backing off of that rescheduled timeline.” Smith later added, “We wanna do everything safely and we wanna go by the professionals in the medical community… but you can’t stay inside forever.” Five days later, Smith issued a clarification after some fans misconstrued his position to mean that SHINEDOWN would perform this summer against health officials’ advice. In a post on social media, Smith wrote: “I’d like to clear up any misunderstanding about our touring plans that may be out there as some of my comments were a little misconstrued recently in the midst of trying to stay positive in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.” He continued: “We’d like you all to know that while we can’t wait to play for you and see all of you on the road again, we will only do so when it’s safe. The health and wellness of our fans is what’s most important and something we take very seriously.” Smith told The Pulse Of Radio that he had a message of advice and hope for fans. “Don’t stay online all day long,” he said. “Get out. Get in the sunlight. Go for a walk. Go for a run. Reset. I’ve said this for many years, and it holds true even more now than ever: it is never goodbye, it’s just ’til next time, and we’ll see you all really soon.”

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In a recent interview with Armenian-born American television personality Araksya Karapetyan, SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian spoke about his collaboration with Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan on the song called “Hayastane” (Hayastan is the Armenian name for Armenia). Asked how the track came about, Serj said (see video below): “The [2018 Armenian] Revolution happened, and the new government got in and the new parliament got in. And a couple of months after the Revolution, I brought my family back to Armenia with me, ’cause when I had gone there in early May of 2018, I went alone with a few friends, and then I wanted to take my family back. And I was hanging out with the prime minister, talking to him about different things. And I played him an Armenian song that I had written, which was very sad. It was based on my experiences in 2017 when there was a rigged parliamentary election and I had gone with a number of artist friends as part of an organization we created called Justice Within Armenia. And we were minitors — we were trained to be monitors and go from different voting booths and seeing what was going on. And it was a depressing trip, ’cause I went back home going, ‘Nothing’s changing. Nothing’s going to change. It’s gonna take another 20 years, like everyone thought’ — just in that deep state of not feeling well about things. And I wrote that song. And he listened to it, and he said, ‘You know what? We have so many melancholic songs in our history. A lot of them are melancholic. Let’s write one that’s positive and victorious.’ I’m, like, ‘I’m with you. You write the lyrics, I’ll do the music.’ And we didn’t really talk about it after that; I thought that was that. And then one day he had kind of written this piece, the lyrics that are now to the song ‘Hayastane’. And I saw it actually on Facebook — some kind of thing with the lyrics on it, talking about Armenia. And he had posted it or something like that. And then he sent it to me. And I’m, like, ‘Oh, this is great.’ So I sat down, grabbed my acoustic guitar, worked on it, sent it to him for notes, and we just [went] back and forth with notes until it was done. So we basically co-wrote the song, and it was really fun, it was really cool. So when the COVID thing just started happening, I was in New Zealand; obviously, he is in Armenia. And I hit him up. I said, ‘I think the song is done. Should we make a video and just release it and maybe donate the funds to My Step?’ And he said, ‘What a phenomenal idea. Thank you.’ And that’s what we did.” According to Serj, at, the My Step Foundation is an “amazing charity that is spearheading many meaningful initiatives within Armenia focusing on public health, education, culture, social welfare, environment along with other sectors in need, including the current crisis surrounding COVID-19.” Tankian is the grandchild of Armenian Genocide survivors and achieved fame as the frontman of SYSTEM OF A DOWN, which has sold over 40 million records worldwide. While still touring with the hard rock group, Tankian has also recorded success as a solo musician and singer, songwriter, film score composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet and political activist.

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Ex-EXODUS singer Rob Dukes says that “everything’s cool” between him and his former bandmates, six years after he was fired from the group. The San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends in June 2014 announced the departure of Dukes and the return of his predecessor, Steve “Zetro” Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004. Dukes addressed his current relationship with EXODUS during a June 9 chat with Rock Immortal Productions“Rock Talk” live interview series. He said (see video below): “[Getting fired] was bad, dude. It sucked, man. I was in the band for 10 fucking years, and now, all of a sudden, they throw me out. It was about money, and that’s really what it was — it was business, man. And sometimes business goes the way it goes… I was pretty angry. Anger it always your first emotion. I was hurt. These guys were my friends. We were brothers and family. It was really bad timing on top of it. But all that said, it all worked out.” Three years after he was fired from EXODUS, Dukes performed with the band during a July 2017 concert in San Francisco, California. He sang several songs with the group on the second of EXODUS‘s two-night stint at The Chapel in what marked the band’s first headlining Bay Area club shows since late 2013. “I got up to San Francisco and we sat at a restaurant — all of us — and we talked, and everyone said their piece, and then it was fine,” Dukes said about reconnecting with his bandmates. “I did a couple of interviews — I did one on ‘Opie And Anthony’, and I was fucking angry, and I shouldn’t have brought it up, but Jim Norton fucking asked me, and then I fucking just unloaded and I called them all douchebags. It was fucked up of me to do that, ’cause up to that point, I had been pretty good about just being professional and talking about my gratitude for the opportunity and stuff. I tried to keep my shit together and be professional, but I kind of lost it for a little bit. And then, soon thereafter, I called and apologized to them and just explained kind of why, and it was all good, man. And it’s all good right now, man. I talk to those guys constantly. Me and Jack [Gibson, bass] talked the other day. Me and Lee [Altus, guitar] talk a couple of times a week. Me and Gary [Holt, guitar], we talk pretty consistently. Tom‘s [Hunting, drums] living way up in the fucking mountains, so I don’t talk to him that often… So, that’s kind of where it’s at. Everything’s cool. I wish them all the best in the world.” Dukes joined EXODUS in January 2005 and appeared on four of the band’s studio albums — “Shovel Headed Kill Machine” (2005), “The Atrocity Exhibition… Exhibit A” (2007), “Let There Be Blood” (2008, a re-recording of EXODUS‘s classic 1985 LP, “Bonded By Blood”) and “Exhibit B: The Human Condition” (2010). Dukes currently resides in Arizona, where he works as a mechanic specializing in car restoration. Image credit: Gibson Guitar NYC

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TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider has once again slammed Tom Werman over the veteran hard rock producer’s collaboration with the group on the triple-platinum “Stay Hungry” album. During an appearance on “The Jasta Show”, the Internet program hosted by HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta, Snider said (see video below): “A producer, and this is just a fact, is a very broad term. There are all kinds of producers, and I’ve worked with a number of them. Dieter Dierks, [who has worked with] SCORPIONS [and] ACCEPT, he’s literally hands on the board, he’s very technical guy. He’s barking out [instructions] — not barking; he’s a nice guy — but, ‘Plug this into this.’ He knows all the technology and [he’s] very musical. Tom Werman, who produced ‘Stay Hungry’, he produced [MÖTLEY] CRÜE, he produced [Ted] Nugent, he produced CHEAP TRICK, MOLLY HATCHET, POISON… He produced so many bands. He’s got, like, 15 platinum albums to his credit. He walked into the studio and he says, ‘I don’t touch the board. I don’t write. I don’t create. I’ll just tell you if I like it or not.’ [And he was taking] eight points — eight freakin’ points,” referring to producer royalties which are a percentage of revenues earned by the work. “Not only was he considered a producer, people were hiring him,” Dee continued. “And I’ve had a long-standing war with Tom Werman, ’cause I begged him to put ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ on the album, and ‘I Wanna Rock’. He didn’t want those two tracks on the record. I was on my knees in front of him… I wasn’t begging on my knees, but because he was sitting and there was noise going on… And he’s going, ‘Eh, ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, it’s a little [hums melody mockingly]’ I go, ‘Trust me. It’s gonna be edgier when we do it. That’s the thing. It’s catchy.’ And his answer was, ‘All right, if you really want it.’ Okay, that was ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’. And ‘I Wanna Rock’, he goes, ‘Eh, I’ve done that thing already with MOLLY HATCHET. [hums galloping rhythm]’ He was mocking my song. He actually presented me with SAXON songs to put on the ‘Stay Hungry’ album from [SAXON‘s] ‘Strong Arm of The Law’. He goes, ‘Check this out.’ I go, ‘Yeah, it’s SAXON.’ He goes, ‘It’s really good.’ I said, ‘Yeah, it’s SAXON.’ He goes, ‘Nobody really knows them.’ I said, ‘We’ve toured with them. It’s SAXON.’ … He wanted us to cover SAXON songs. And I love SAXON, but in my community, it was current. It was their album that came out last. And he had this attitude, like, they were European, they weren’t really big.” Back in 2004, Werman shot back at TWISTED SISTER over their comments regarding the “Stay Hungry” LP, saying that he “contributed very significantly to the success” of the record. In a press release announcing the release of the re-recorded and expanded version of the classic 1984 album (under the new title “Still Hungry”), guitarist Jay Jay French said, “‘Still Hungry’ is ‘Stay Hungry – The Way It Ought to Be’. It has an ultra-heavy sound, which is the way we wanted ‘Stay Hungry’ in the first place. But at that time rock records had a thin, very midrange kind of sound and so ‘Stay Hungry’ was recorded very lightly. We battled Atlantic Records and producer Tom Werman about it, but we lost. These re-recordings are faithful to the original arrangements but they sound much heavier.” Speaking to Eddie Trunk of the “Friday Night Rocks” show on New York’s Q104.3 FM, Werman responded to the band’s comments, stating: “Initially, the band appeared to be quite excited about their double-platinum record, but as with many bands, the story changes over time — first, Dee said I wouldn’t ‘allow’ ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ on the record, and generally slagged me for providing Jay Jay with different amps, since it took us three full days to arrive at a basically acceptable rhythm guitar sound. “The producer has zero influence on the selection of recorded material for the record. He sequences it, but the label A&R has the last and only word on LP content. As for the rhythm guitar sound (the foundation of every good metal song), Jay Jay‘s live sound was not at all right for the record, and we spent three days until we found one that was barely acceptable. Our engineer was damn good, too. “Eventually, Jay Jay decided to revise history as well, and the complaints grew from not allowing a song on the record to ‘battling’ the band about the ‘thin’ sound. “Since these records were made twenty years ago, they are obviously going to be apparently bass-deficient, compared to today’s recorded music. Dee Snider sat in on the mix and approved every note. Most producers operating in this genre at that time would simply not have allowed the artist to participate in the mix. Regardless of this fact, Dee and Jay Jay now condemn the mixes that Dee personally signed off on. “It seems to be routine for bands like MÖTLEY CRÜE, TWISTED SISTER and CHEAP TRICK to wait until twenty years go by, and then suddenly decide that their success was actually limited by the producer of their records, who ‘didn’t capture their sound’ and ‘didn’t understand their music.’ [Atlantic Records president] Doug Morris called me personally to do him a favor and produce TWISTED SISTER. The band urged me to take on the project, even though Dee has alleged that I was ‘forced’ on them by the label (patent bullshit). “It was a very difficult record to make, as most ’80s metal band records were. It was by far the biggest record of their career, and Dee‘s personal choice of a different producer for the follow-up record led to a failure. Together with six other bands, I made the biggest record of their careers (all at least gold, many multi-platinum), but sure enough, here they come blaming me for holding them back. It’s pathetic, really. “I’ll be happy to discuss my mistakes — my worst records, the ones I made that didn’t make it — I even issued a 2-CD set called ‘Tom Werman’s Greatest Hits & Greatest Misses’. The 2nd CD has all of my favorite productions of bands that didn’t make it — none of us is perfect. But there is little doubt in my mind that I contributed very significantly to the success of each one of my platinum bands — TED NUGENT, CHEAP TRICK, MOLLY HATCHET, JEFF BECK, POISON, MÖTLEY CRÜE, and yes, TWISTED SISTER. “I probably should ignore the bullshit that they throw down, but I hate to see them get away with it. Dee Snider has always had a problem sharing credit with anyone. He’s a one-man show, and it’s distasteful.”

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In a new interview with “Tommy Röckit’s Rhythm Nation Rock Show”, former QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo reflected on how the band became an “overnight” success with “Metal Health”, the first “heavy metal” album to top the U.S. chart. He said (see video below): “[It was] serendipity. Being in the right place at the right time — with the right band. “There was something about QUIET RIOT, and this went back to the Randy Rhoads version of the band,” he continued. “We didn’t care where we were playing at. We were gonna give you exactly the same show, whether we were playing for 350 thousand people at the US Festival or we were playing for 10 people in some club in the middle of the Midwest. It didn’t matter. “We had been on tour opening up for the SCORPIONS, who was one of the headliners for [1983’s] US Festival. On the last day of the SCORPIONS/QUIET RIOT tour, we played Denver. Denver was the home base for the promoter, the guy who booked the US Festival, Barry Fey — that was his town. Joe Walsh originally was gonna be playing on that day — on the metal day. They moved Joe Walsh to the following day, and it leaves an opening. And this happened immediately. Joe was moved, and, ‘Who are we gonna put?’ And then he looks up on stage, sees QUIET RIOT and says, ‘These guys are perfect. Hey, QUIET RIOT, would you like to play at the US Festival in a couple of days?’ We said, ‘Yes.’ “So it was a series of serepinditous events that led to us having a Number One album and huge success. Having said that, you have to have the goods — you have to have the right record, you have to have the right band, bandmembers, everything fall into place. But sometimes you have the right record and things just do not manifest.” Drummer Frankie Banali resurrected QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after the death of founding member and singer Kevin DuBrow. QUIET RIOT initially featured the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads and went through some early lineup shifts before securing the musicians that recorded the band’s multi-platinum-selling 1983 album “Metal Health”. Bassist Chuck Wright has been a part of QUIET RIOT, on and off, since 1982, having initially been involved in the “Metal Health” recordings (he played bass on the tracks “Metal Health” and “Don’t Wanna Let You Go”). Guitarist Alex Grossi was in the last version of the band, from 2004 through 2007, before Kevin passed away, and was asked by Banali to return in 2010. QUIET RIOT went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT in October 2016 and was briefly replaced by Seann Nichols, who played only five shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of “American Idol” finalist James Durbin. In September 2019, Durbin quit QUIET RIOT and was replaced by a returning Pearl. Image courtesy of Sweetwater

☠️| Episode One (FULL INTERVIEW). Tommy Röckit’s “Rhythm Nation” Rock Show Featuring @Rudy Sarzo. ☠️| Episode One (FULL INTERVIEW).
Tommy Röckit’s “Rhythm Nation” Rock Show
Featuring Rudy Sarzo. On this enthralling episode Tommy speaks with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo. The topic menus includes mouthwatering Stories of life with Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Whitesnske, TRACII GUNS, Ronnie James Dio & all things bass, as well as some insight in to his book “Off The Rails, his 60 Degrees of Sarz Podcast & His Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp Masterclasses & More! For all updates, news and Interviews like & subscribe to Tommy Röckit’s Rhythm Nation on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. A Massive Thank You To Rudy for being part of the show, his time and expertise are precious and I am forever grateful. – Tommy. #rhythmnationRS #trrnrs #episode1 #rudysarzo #bassist Posted by Tommy Röckit’s “Rhythm Nation” Rock Show on Friday, July 3, 2020

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Michael Sweet of openly Christian rockers STRYPER says that the race and appearance of Jesus Christ “shouldn’t matter” because “He was, is and forever will be our Savior.” While the most common image of Jesus Christ, at least in Western cultures, has been that of a bearded, fair-skinned man with long, wavy, light brown or blond hair and blue eyes, despite being born in the Middle Eastern Judea region, evidence indicates he probably looked very different from how he has long been portrayed. Earlier today, Sweet took to his social media to write: “I had an interesting conversation last night at dinner about Jesus being either white or black. Most photos depict Him as white yet He was born in Bethlehem (present day Israel) so He was born a Jew. The real issue is it shouldn’t matter yet in our society today it still does, from both sides. It shouldn’t matter what color He was and we should all just except the fact that Regardless of the color of His skin or what He May have looked like – He was, is and forever will be our Savior and The King of Kings. It’s too bad He didn’t create us all to be color blind. I guess He left that up to us. Free will, free choice. Unfortunately we continue to let colors separate us. God made it so simple yet we’ve made it so complicated. Maybe we’ll get it right Someday…….” Back in 2015, a British scientist released an image that he said was a far more accurate representation of what Jesus actually may have looked like, based on forensic anthropology. Richard Neave recreated the face of Jesus by studying Semite skulls using modern-day forensic techniques, saying that Jesus would have likely had a darker complexion and short, dark, curly hair. These features would likely have been typical of Middle Eastern Jews in the Galilee area of northern Israel. In a 2018 interview with the Detroit Free Press, Michael said that STRYPER was never fully embraced by the heavy metal and hard rock communities, largely because of the band’s Christian lyrics. “We’ve never been accepted by either side,” he said. “The secular side, the mainstream, they’ve never accepted us to this day. We’re probably that band that everyone’s going to go to whenever there’s a time to mock. We’ll be the band used for that in most cases. Now on the Christian side, we’ve never really had the full support of the Christian side because we don’t fit into their little club. We’re not wearing suits and ties and going to every church and preaching.” Formed 37 years ago, STRYPER‘s name comes from Isaiah 53:5, which states: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

I had an interesting conversation last night at dinner about Jesus being either white or black. Most photos depict Him… Posted by Michael Sweet on Sunday, July 5, 2020

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German thrashers DESTRUCTION played their first concert after the coronavirus pandemic closures on Saturday (July 4) in Pratteln, Switzerland. In response to COVID-19 restrictions, only 300 tickets were made available at the 1,600-capacity Z7 club, and it “it was not sold out,” according to YouTube user Heike M.666, who attended the gig and uploaded a fan-filmed video of DESTRUCTION‘s performance (see below). A couple of weeks before the Z7 concert, DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier spoke to Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio about the prospect of playing shows amid the pandemic. He said: “It feels a little bit surreal. Nobody expected this to come back so quick, but we’re in the lucky position to live on the Swiss border, and Switzerland is far ahead of all the other countries … And there are very little corona cases, so that will be an interesting experience… It’s going to feel weird to play a show again, because this is the first time in 20 years that we didn’t play a show in three months. It’s the longest time ever. It’s very exciting, of course. We look forward to playing again, but it’s going to feel a little weird, for sure.” Schmier also expressed his optimism about the prospect of additional live events in the coming weeks. “What we’re experiencing now is the first trial of concerts, and Switzerland, also, is far ahead, so the whole world will watch the country and see the developments. So, it’s going to be interesting, and hopefully we’re not going to get hit hard again, but the way things go at the moment, it looks good. Switzerland is open just a couple of weeks already. In Germany, we’re still wearing masks when we’re going grocery shopping and stuff, but in Switzerland, there’s no masks needed anymore.” In a separate interview with The Metal Voice, Schmier said that he is not interested in performing drive-in concerts during the coronavirus crisis. “I’m not playing for cars,” he said. “It’s wrong — it’s just wrong. If this is the last step to do — to play live shows in front of cars — I might think about it. But at the moment, no way — it’s not working for metal. Metal people have to move, and we wanna feel the bass. This auto concerts, the music is on your radio, on your stereo in your car. There’s no P.A. system. It’s not a live impression, really. You’re sitting in your car. “I understand people doing this now, because people are desperate,” Schmier added. “But [it’s] not for DESTRUCTION. We had the offer to do this, actually, but I don’t wanna rip my fans off with shit like this. I’m sorry.” As the coronavirus disease continues to spread, live event organizers have been canceling or postponing large gatherings, including concerts and festivals. Entertainers, crew and other workers in the industry have already lost billions of dollars as a result of COVID-19-related cancelations, representing only a small fraction of the financial devastation that will be experienced by workers in the sector as cancelations continue to roll in. In early April, Dr. Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, one of the key architects of the Affordable Care Act and a special adviser to the director general of the World Health Organization, told The New York Times that he doesn’t anticipate it to be safe to return to concerts, sporting events and other mass public gatherings until the fall of 2021. According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Two months ago, DESTRUCTION delivered a treat for fans stuck at home and unable to attend live shows: “Born To Thrash – Live In Germany“, the band’s first live album with the current lineup, is out now digitally on all streaming and download platforms. DESTRUCTION‘s latest album, “Born To Perish”, was released in August 2019 via Nuclear Blast.

Destruction on stage as we speak at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland! ? Posted by Destruction on Saturday, July 4, 2020

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