Bad Wolves Preview Cover Of Guns N’ Roses’ “Civil War”

Bad Wolves have posted a teaser for their cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Civil War.” The full track is available via the band’s Patreon.

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Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves) Opens Up About Being Bullied & Being Called Racial Slurs As A Kid

Last month, Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext made headlines after posting a controversial video in which he discussed a conspiracy theory regarding the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and saying that he never “experienced actual racism” in the U.S. However, the frontman soon followed up with a statement saying his comments were “widely misunderstood.” Now, during an appearance on the “High Notes” podcast, Vext opened up about the bullying and racism that he faced as a child:

“I was a fat kid and I used to get teased and made fun of for being fat and I grew up—I’m also mixed race and it was not socially acceptable in the ’90s and early 2000s to be mixed race—so I got bullied until I grew into my body. I used to get picked on. I used to get held down and kids would burn me with cigarettes and lighters and call me the n-word. I never forgot any of that. Most of those people, I got… When I was sixteen I joined the gym and met some guys and they taught me how to work out and I basically kept tabs and beat the shit out of anybody that ever fucked with me as a kid—and pretty violently, I broke some people’s faces… Anger has always been a pretty dark passenger that I struggled with until I got into recovery.”

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Bad Wolves Share Cover Of Linkin Park’s “Crawling”

Yesterday (July 20), Bad Wolves paid tribute to the late Chester Bennington by sharing their cover of Linkin Park‘s “Crawling.” The track was previously only available via the band’s Patreon.

Bad Wolves commented:

“Three years ago today we lost one of the greatest voices in modern rock #ChesterBennington. Depression, addiction and suicidal ideation destroys more lives then you can imagine. But there is a deeper story.

For the adult survivor of child abuse, these wounds will never heal. They show up in our waking moments, they tell us we are not enough, that we weren’t worth being protected that we will never be loved. They drive us to self destructive behavior, drugs, alcoholism, workaholism or into the arms of abuser after abuser damning us to repeat the same failed attempts at normalcy until we finally learn how to heal our desecrated innocence.

These are the experiences of the children who are lucky enough to get out alive. Rock Music has told the tales of these horrific abuses for a long time. All to often the artists is unaware of how many lives will be touched by the courage to speak his/her truth. Now we are seeing why.

The statistics of trafficking are outrageously disproportionate to the conversation we are having in our media and with our politicians. We as a people need to stop focusing on the manufactured separatism through racism and political affiliations to realize that our children are gravely in danger. It’s uncomfortable to look at but it’s time.”

Bad Wolves Guitarist Doc Coyle On Frontman Tommy Vext’s Controversial Black Lives Matter Post “I Wholeheartedly Disagree With The Content Of This Video”

Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext recently made headlines after posting a controversial video in which he discussed a conspiracy theory regarding the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and seemed to suggest that racism is “manufactured.” However, the frontman soon followed up with a statement saying his comments were “widely misunderstood” Now, Bad Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle has commented on the situation.

Coyle said the following:

“I have been uncharacteristically quiet with regard to the Instagram video & backlash to said video about Black Lives Matter recently released by Bad Wolves singer, Tommy Vext. While it should be noted that I advocate for free speech & don’t want to censor anyone, I wholeheartedly disagree with the content of this video.

I speak for & represent myself. Thankfully, today Tommy offered a retraction/clarification on his thoughts on the matter & the video has been deleted. That means a lot to me. Some people agree & that’s ok. Some people disagree & that’s ok. But I apologize to anyone who was hurt.

Some in the media will exploit this as a flashy band-feud, but Tommy & I have spoken. We’ve heard each other, & that’s what this time should be about. Listening to one another. If he & I can disagree & be in a band together, then we as a count, or society can find a way to find common ground despite ideological differences.

But we can’t do that if we are talking past each other. I’m not an activist. I’m not a civil rights leader. But I offer solidarity to those addressing historical and systemic racial inequities in this country.

Public band squabbles are bad for business, but if I didn’t make my voice heard about an issue pertaining to my own band, then I have no credibility to speak on other social issues that are important to me. I would be letting fear get the best of me.

I want to put the focus back on music, not politics. This is a distraction from what we are here to do — create, perform, & engage. It may sound corny, but I want our message to be one of inclusion & positivity because that’s what I truly believe in.

Thank you,

Doc Coyle”

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Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext Says His Controversial Black Lives Matter Post “Has Been Widely Misunderstood As [His] Beliefs And Opinion”

Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext recently made headlines after posting a controversial video in which he discussed a conspiracy theory regarding the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and seemed to suggest that racism is “manufactured.” The frontman has now issued a new statement saying that his comments were “widely misunderstood as [his] beliefs and opinion.”

Vext said the following:

“Conspiracy Theory by definition is “an idea that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event” on Monday I shared a diagram of a theoretical scenario that was explained to me which has been widely misunderstood as my beliefs and opinion.

As per usual people failed to read the disclaimer that “I am in no way a political scientist or sociologist and have no authority on the subject. And that I am not claiming anything I expressed as truth.”

Predictably certain media outlets misquoted and misrepresented my inquiries as opinions and lambasted me to serve their own purposes making the video go viral.

Much like Drew Breeze I never imagined offending anyone one as I stated the disclaimer “I’m not a professional I just found this on the internet isn’t it interesting”

After several conversations with fellow artist/ thought leaders in the African American community I can see the insensitive timing of sharing such theories.

And As I DID STATE in the video systemic racism IS indeed a very real pandemic that effects the judicial, economic, healthcare, housing & education systems in underserved black communities. However my personal experience of White Americans and “white culture” over the past 20 years has not been one of hateful bigotry but unilateral acceptance. Maybe thats just “Heavy Metal Privilege” as our music community has a long history of condemning racism & fascism.

I know It has been very hard time for everyone in this country. I spent my own time with thousands of volunteers cleaning up after the riots. We all can see across the globe that things are wrong but we are all struggling to make sense of it. It’s probably time to turn our attention to our families, our friends and communities so we can rebuild ourselves and get back on with our normal lives again.

Love you all and can’t wait to see you when concerts start up again and may God Bless you and keep you till then ~ T”

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Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext Shares Controversial Thoughts On The Black Lives Matter Movement: “We Have Turned Into Citizens Policing Other Citizens Over A Veil Of Racism That Doesn’t Exist”

Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext has posted a new video to share his thoughts on the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. Controversially, the frontman said that he believes that people “have turned into citizens policing other citizens over a veil of racism that doesn’t exist.”

Vext said the following in part:

“There’s a huge fucking problem going on where we have turned into citizens policing other citizens over a veil of racism that doesn’t exist. I’m African American, I’m 38-years-old. I’ve grown up in this country and I have not experienced actual racism. I’ve spent twenty years traveling through 48 states and, how many countries? I don’t know, lets say 50 countries all over the world. We don’t have a problem with race here. It’s all manufactured…”

The full video, which can be seen below, also included the following caption:

“WHAT IS BLACK LIVES MATTER ?

After weeks of research & interviews with independent journalist, military personnel, entertainment industry professionals, a virologist & many ex Democrats I think I have some understanding of what is going on here.

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS HOW I HAVE PROCESSED ALL THE INFORMATION I HAVE FOUND/ BEEN GIVEN. I BEG EVERYONE WHO WATCHES THIS TO DO THERE OWN RESEARCH AND COME TO THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS ON THIS ISSUE. I COULD VERY WELL BE WRONG.

REMEMBER I AM JUST A ROCKSTAR & NOT A POLITICIAN NOR DO I HAVE A DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. IM SIMPLY JUST ANOTHER AFRICAN AMERICAN CITIZEN CALLING BULLSHIT ON VOLUNTARY SLAVERY. SO PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WITH DOCUMENTATION & DM ME”

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Bad Wolves Preview Cover Of The Weeknd’s “The Hills”

Bad Wolves have posted a teaser for their cover of The Weeknd’s “The Hills.” The full track is available via the band’s Patreon.

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Bad Wolves Tease Cover Of Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

Bad Wolves have posted a teaser for their cover of Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” The full track is available via the band’s Patreon.