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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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 📸 @sarahorbanicphotos @deviantgentlemen

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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”

[via The PRP]

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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LINK IN BIO #TheWeeknd #ionlycallyouwhenitshalfpastfive

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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.

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

Bad Wolves have posted a teaser for their cover of Linkin Park’s “Crawling.” The full track was previously available via the band’s Patreon.

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This one cost a lot of tears. One of the most relatable songs I’ve ever felt in my bones. I had the privilege of meeting Chester in 2017 in Madrid with 5FDP @downloadfestmad He was an extremely humble and kind man from our interaction. For the sake of professionalism I never told him how his honesty in his art inspired me. How his courage to be who he was gave us all a little more strength. He died some weeks later & as I have seen countless times in recovery, we never know what someone is truly going through often until it’s too late. We are in a horrific times right now as it pertains to mental health. Suicides are on the rise as people are struggling to find routine, comfort and connection. But you’re not alone. The stuff will comeback, Businesses can be rebuilt, new relationships blossom, money comes and goes but life is a limited time offer. I hope that you stick around for it. Love you guys & thank YOU for carrying me through the dark. #Crawling #badwolves #linkinbio #linkinpark #chester #suicideprevention #mentalhealth

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Bad Wolves Release Full Cover Of Papa Roach’s “Last Resort”

Bad Wolves have released a full version of their cover of Papa Roach‘s “Last Resort.“ The track can be accessed through the band’s Patreon and a teaser can be found below:

Hollywood Undead Cancel Spring Tour With Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, & Fire From The Gods

Hollywood Undead have cancelled their spring tour with Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, and Fire From The Gods due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“The shows on our Spring 2020 U.S. co-headline tour w/ Bad Wolves, with exception to Council Bluffs, IA being postponed to 9/19/20, must be cancelled out of an abundance of caution and in line with official guidelines. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Be Safe, Stay Healthy, and thanks for your understanding. Hey Bad Wolves From Ashes to New and Fire From the Gods – Lets try it again some time?”

Bad Wolves Release “Sno Babies” Video For “Sober”

Bad Wolves have shared a new video for their song “Sober.” The track is from the band’s latest album “N.A.T.I.O.N.” and it will also be featured on the soundtrack for Better Noise Films’ “Sno Babies” (out June 2020). The clip, which features footage from the movie, seeks to showcase the impact addiction has on families and relationships.

Frontman Tommy Vext issued the following statement:

“This song was a unique opportunity to talk about addiction not only from the perspective of the addict but also from the perspective of their loved ones. The message is very different from traditional songs that seem to always perpetuate a mentality of self-victimization which is exactly the kind of misguided thinking that perpetuates the mental obsessive side of alcoholism and addiction. In the end, the moral of the story is about holding on to not giving up on ourselves or the people who are trying — who are really, really trying to make and better themselves.”

The following description of “Sno Babies” was also shared:

“[It] tells the story of two suburban teenage girls who fall into a brutal battle with opiate addiction. The film, starring Michael Lombardi (“Last Knights”, “Rescue Me”) and newcomer Katie Kelly (“Game Of Silence”) refutes the “not in my neighborhood” stigma of addiction and depicts the scale and pervasiveness of substance use disorders.”

Bad Wolves have teamed up with Global Recovery Initiatives (GRI) to use the video’s release as a platform to raise awareness about the organization’s efforts to provide people with access to recovery support services across the U.S. A portion of the proceeds from the “Sno Babies” soundtrack will go towards the initiative as well. GRI’s board chair Pam Cytron said the following:

“Tommy’s candor is a brave and powerful demonstration of what the successful road to recovery can look like. We are excited to partner with Bad Wolves and spread that hope to others — because we know for the 21 million people in recovery in the U.S, the benefits are immeasurable.”

On top of this, Bad Wolves have also launched an Indiegogo campaign to benefit Rock To Recovery.

Hollywood Undead Announce Spring Tour With Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, & Fire From The Gods

Hollywood Undead have announced a spring tour with Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, and Fire From The Gods. These dates will take place around various festivals.

Tour Dates:

05/03 Charlotte, NC – Epicenter Festival (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods)
05/05 Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre
05/07 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
05/08 Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
05/09 Daytona, FL – Welcome To Rockville (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods)
05/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
05/13 Grand Rapids, MI – Monroe Live
05/15 Kansas City, MO – Grinders at Crossroads Presented by KQRC
05/17 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (KBPI’s Birthday Bash) (feat. In This Moment & Black Veil Brides) (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods)
05/19 Sioux Falls, ID – The District
05/20 Cedar Rapids, IA – Club 5 at U.S. Cellular Center
05/22 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma (no From Ashes To New/Fire From The Gods)
05/23 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
05/24 Wichita, KS – Cotillion