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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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Guns N’ Roses singer’s anti-Trump tweets come from “a sense of outrage, obligation n’ responsibility to say something at times when I feel not to is being complicit” For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)
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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Catching up with the one and only @serjtankian! It took a lot of coordinating but we made it work! He is in New Zealand (19 hour time difference) We chatted about COVID, life, Armenia, music, family — and our important work for @mystepfoundation. Serj is a Board member in Armenia and I am happy to announce I am now a board member for My Step in the United States. The organization is doing some incredible work in Armenia — changing so many people’s lives.
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Karnataka to release first new music since 2015’s Secrets Of Angels For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)
Bassnectar, real name Lorin Ashton, has announced that he is “stepping back” from music following sexual misconduct accusations, as Jambase reports. Last week, an Instagram account called @EvidenceAgainstBassNectar was started to document multiple accounts of Ashton grooming underage girls and engaging in inappropriate relationships with fans.
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Hamburg-based Tragedian, who are completing work on a new album, have checked in with the following update: “It’s a beautiful morning in Hamburg, Germany today, blue skies and not a single cloud. Making the day better, we’re happy to announce our second special guest on our forthcoming album. Ladies… For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)
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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Because some countries in Europe have eased restrictions around live events during the COVID-19 pandemic, German thrash legends Destruction were able to perform a special show at the famous Z7 club in Pratteln, Switzerland on July 4th. Tickets were very limited due to governmental restrictions.
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Richard Thompson celebrates the release of his Bloody Noses EP with live stream this evening For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)