Jinjer’s Eugene Abdukhanov Opens Up About The Early Days Of Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine: It Was “The Most Horrific Time Of My Entire Life”

During a recent interview with Chaoszine, Jinjer bassist Eugene Abdukhanov opened up about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He says the early days of the war “were the most horrific times of [his] entire life.”

Abdukhanov said the following when asked about the band’s return to the stage:

“Well, it has its pros and cons. On the one hand, being on stage for this 45[-minute], 50[-minute] or one-hour [set] is the perfect therapy for me, and it’s the only time I can forget about the war — just playing music and connecting with the crowd. Because all the other time, my mood really goes up and down constantly — it swings back and forth, back and forth. And I may feel absolutely okay at one point, but after a few minutes I’m totally depressed — depressed in the way that I can barely act. And being able to play is definitely a cure.”

He also commented on the group having to cancel their appearance on the “Knotfest Roadshow”:

“We were right about [to go on] the U.S. tour with SLIPKNOT… We were just before the SLIPKNOT tour in the U.S. And, of course, first of all, we couldn’t get out. It was the first weeks of war, which were the most horrific times of my entire life. And even if we were out of Ukraine by the time war started, we wouldn’t be able to play, because those first weeks, [there were] so many deaths, so much grief, so much horror, we wouldn’t be able to play, definitely.”

He continued when asked how close he lived to the conflict:

“I met the war exactly when it started. On the 24th [of February] at five o’clock in the morning, I was just driving and things around me started exploding. I got straight under the shelling, under the attack, and I thought, ‘This is the end.’ I was trying to get out of there, driving 180 kilometers on a very narrow road. It was still dark. And I saw things that I, before that, only saw in movies — huge explosions with all these pieces flying around. And they were falling right in front of me, and I was driving around them, and all the smoke around. It was like a real horror, but you’re a part of it. And I was on the way back to Kyiv, and I was just trying to get home as soon as possible. And I saw all these traffic jams — people were trying to get out of the city — and all the destruction because of the first attack. And then the first week was the most horrible time because nobody knew what was happening. I got home, and one of the first things which I did, I contacted everyone in the band. We made a post on social media. And everyone stayed home. Every half an hour, there was a siren. We went to the basement. I went to the basement alone, because I was staying alone — I took my family out. I was alone, just sitting, watching the news and going crazy. Then every half an hour, I’d go to the basement, then go up, basement, up, spend half of the night in the basement. And there [were] huge explosions all around. Things that [weren’t] even close the first night — like, five kilometers, ten kilometers away from me. This is not close; in our reality, this is not close. But [because of] how massive those explosions were, the land was shaking. And the real horror started to happen. And this is basically when the siege of Kyiv started. And the next very day, I just felt like stating our position [publicly] and claiming our position. I made that video which is on YouTube. I wasn’t able to realize things like that could happen.”

Abdukhanov also added the following about the support he has received from friends and fans:

“I was bombarded with texts — all my friends, who were just checking how things [were] with everyone. I got a bunch of texts from fans from all around the world. But somehow we made it through this.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jinjer & Vended Added To Slipknot’s Summer European Tour

Jinjer and Vended have been added to select dates of Slipknot’s summer European tour. You can find the updated schedule for that run below.

Tour Dates:

07/20 Bucharest, ROM – Romexpo
07/21 Plovdiv, BUL – Hills Of Rock
07/23 Athens, GRE – Release Festival
07/26 Villafranca di Verona, ITA – Castello Scaligero
07/27 Graz, AUT – Messe Open Air (no Jinjer)
07/28 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
07/30 Oberhausen, GER – Knotfest Germany
08/01 Geneva, SWI – Arena
08/03 Bratislava, SLO – Nepela Arena (no Vended)
08/05 Wacken, GER – Wacken Open Air
08/07 Gdansk, POL – Ergo Arena
08/11 Tallinn, EST – Saku Suurhall
08/13 Turku, FIN – Knotfest Finland
08/15 Malmo, SWE – Arena (no Vended)
08/18 Charleville Mezieres, FRA – Cabaret Vert
08/19 Hasselt, BEL – Pukkelpop Festival

Jinjer Return To The Stage For First Show Since The Invasion Of Ukraine

On June 10, Jinjer officially returned to the stage at the Greenfield Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland. The show was the band’s first since Russia invaded their homeland of Ukraine. You can see fan-filmed footage of “Disclosure!” from the set below. As previously reported, the group are currently touring Europe as ambassadors of Ukraine.

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Jinjer To Tour Europe As Ambassadors For Ukraine, Premiere “Call Me A Symbol” Music Video

Jinjer have announced a summer European tour. The band will be touring as ambassadors for their homeland of Ukraine, which is currently subject to an unprovoked invasion by Russia. You can find the dates below and purchase a benefit shirt HERE.

Tour Dates:

06/10 Interlaken, SWI – Greenfield Festival
06/11 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock Festival
06/17 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/18 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/19 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest Open Air
06/24 Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
06/26 Spalene Porici, CZE – Basinfire Fest
06/29 Lisbon, POR – LAV – Lisboa ao Vivo
06/30 Barcelona, SPA – Rockfest Barcelona
07/01 Viveiro, SPA – Resurrection Fest
07/03 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Festival
07/08 Ballenstedt, GER – Rockharz Open Air
07/15 Gävle, SWE – Gefle Metal Festival
07/16 Bornhöved, GER – Blizzarrrd Rock Festival
07/24 Selestat, FRA – Rock Your Brain Festival
07/27 Tolmin, SLO – Metaldays Festival
08/04 Kostrzyn Nad Odrą, POL – Pol’and’Rock Festival
08/05 Villena, SPA – Leyendas del Rock Festival
08/06 Saint Maurice De Gourdans, FRA – Sylak Open Air
08/07 Gdansk, POL – Ergo Arena
08/10 Josefov, CZE – Brutal Assault
08/13 Walton-On-Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
08/19 Dinkelsbühl, GER – Summer Breeze Open Air
08/20 Hamburg, GER – Elbriot Festival

Bassist Eugene Abdukhanov commented:

“We are very honored to announce that together with the help of the Ukrainian Ministry Of Culture, that we have successfully been granted permission to travel abroad as ambassadors of our country to raise funds and awareness about the war raging back home. This is a huge honor for us as a band and as citizens. We will do our part to make sure that this war stops as soon as possible! Come support, dance and scream your hearts out for Ukraine!”

With this news, the group have also shared an official video for “Call Me A Symbol ” from their latest album “Wallflowers.” Abdukhanov added the following about that:

“I think this video for ‘Call Me A Symbol’ will forever hold a special and unique place in our hearts as a band. Filmed on our short but awesome European Tour in 2021 tour that almost did not happen because of the pandemic, and now released at such a dark time in which our country has been invaded and there is war on the streets of our home. I really hope this video and this important time in history gives people a new perspective that there are always two sides to everything. Good and Evil, Just and unjust – cherish the good times and face the bad head on… but never ever give up.”

Bullet For My Valentine Announce European Tour With Jinjer & Atreyu

Bullet For My Valentine have officially announced the rescheduled dates for their upcoming European tour. Jinjer and Atreyu will open.

Tour Dates:

01/29 Cologne, GER – Palladium
01/31 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
02/01 Tilburg, NET – O13
02/03 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
02/04 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
02/05 Berlin, GER – Verti Music Hall
02/07 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
02/08 Munich, GER – Zenith
02/10 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
02/11 Zagreb, CRO – Bocarski Dom
02/13 Zurich, SWI – The Hall
02/14 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
02/16 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
02/17 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
02/18 Lisbon, POR – Sala Tejo
02/21 Toulouse, FRA – Bikini
02/22 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
02/23 Offenbach, GER – Stadthalle
02/26 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique

This trek will be followed by Bullet For My Valentine, Jinjer, and Atreyu’s previously announced UK tour.

Bullet For My Valentine Announce 2023 UK Tour With Jinjer & Atreyu

Bullet For My Valentine have announced a 2023 UK tour with Jinjer and Atreyu. Here’s the dates:

02/27 Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange
02/28 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
03/01 Liverpool, UK – Mountford Hall
03/03 Newcastle, UK – O2 City Hall
03/04 Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
03/06 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
03/07 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
03/08 Southampton, UK – O2 Guildhall
03/10 Swansea, UK – Arena
03/11 London, UK – Roundhouse

Jinjer Cancel Latin American Tour

Jinjer have cancelled their upcoming Latin American tour. This news comes as the band continue to focus on Ukrainian relief efforts amid the ongoing Russian invasion. The group issued the following statement:

“Dear Brothers and Sisters of Latin America, it is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we have to cancel our upcoming tour in May and have decided to not book any new tourdates there for the time being. Thanks to the promoters for believing in the band so much and to each and every one of you for keeping your tickets for the last two years but we do not want to ask you to hold them any longer… we promise that we will meet again one day…”c

Jinjer’s Eugene Abdukhanov Shares New Update From Ukraine: “For One Month I Haven’t Been Able To Hug My Most Beloved Ones”

Jinjer’s Eugene Abdukhanov has checked in with an update from Ukraine, which is currently subject to an unprovoked invasion by Russia. Sadly, the bassist says he has not “been able to hug [his] most beloved ones” for a month.

Abdukhanov said the following:

“This the last photo we took together before the Russian invasion started. The most brutal, barbaric and horrible war in Europe since WWII, initiated by Putin, has been on for one month now. For one month I haven’t been able to hug my most beloved ones, my wife Anna, my sons Danny and Roman, and honestly don’t know when I will see them again. 💔

For one month we – people in Ukraine have been surrounded by fear, dread and suffering on one side and heroism and incredible unity 🤝 on the other. Being able to help people in need and being in touch with my family via video calls are the only source of relief now.

I appreciate all of you for the support you are giving us and Ukraine. Sincerely, I still cannot believe how many donation t-shirts you ordered and how much money we managed to collect. We will be posting on stories about how exactly these funds are directed at people here in Ukraine. As far as I know the generator and fuel which we sent to Chernihiv the day before yesterday has already arrived and it is hard to overestimate how much people need it in the city which has no electricity for weeks now.”

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Jinjer Raise Over $140,000 For Ukrainian Relief Efforts

Jinjer have raised over $140,000 for relief efforts in their homeland of Ukraine, which is currently subject to an unprovoked invasion by Russia. The funds were raised from the band’s new charity shirts, which are still available HERE.

The band commented:

“Dear friends! Over 11,000 Donation Tee‘s sold and 130.000€ raised in the last few weeks! Your support will not only help so many people in need but sends a much needed positive sign that they are not alone.

The first donations totaling 10K have already been sent to a bomb shelter in Kyiv housing and protecting 300 people, and a Slovakian humanitarian convoy collecting urgent medical supplies, food and clothing to be delivered Uzhgorod for refugees from the Kharkiv and Chernihiv regions who have been hit hard since the war started.

More updates on where and who your donations have helped will be posted soon!

On behalf of the entire band, crew, label and all of Ukraine – WE THANK YOU!

For those of you that have not grabbed a shirt yet, both designs are available here:
https://linktr.ee/JinjerOfficialMERCH

Wage War To Replace Jinjer On Slipknot’s “Knotfest Roadshow” Tour

Wage War will now be joining Slipknot and In This Moment on the first leg of the upcoming “Knotfest Roadshow” tour. They will be replacing Jinjer, who dropped off the trek to focus on the humanitarian crisis in their homeland of Ukraine. As previously reported, Cypress Hill and Ho99o9 will be joining Slipknot on the second leg of the tour.

Tour Dates:

With In This Moment & Wage War

03/16 Fargo, ND – Fargodome
03/18 Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
03/19 Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
03/22 Memphis, TN – FedExForum
03/23 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
03/25 North Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena
03/26 Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theater
03/29 Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
03/30 N. Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
04/01 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
04/02 Reading, PA – Santander Arena
04/04 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
04/06 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
04/07 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
04/09 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
04/11 Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre
04/12 Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
04/14 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
04/15 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
04/17 Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

With Cypress Hill & Ho99o9:

05/18 University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
05/20 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
05/21 Providence, RI – Dunkin’ Donuts Center
05/22 Manchester, NH – SNHU Arena
05/24 Albany, NY – MVP Arena
05/26 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
05/28 Québec, QC – Videotron Centre
05/29 Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
05/30 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
06/01 Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center
06/02 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
06/04 East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
06/05 Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center
06/07 Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater
06/09 Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor World Arena
06/11 Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center
06/13 Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
06/14 Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
06/17 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Garden Arena
06/18 Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre