Many rock/metal have commented on last night’s (May 22) tragic bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK, which resulted in 22 deaths and 59 hospitalizations. You can see what some of them had to say below:
I am so sick of reading headlines like this. We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this. A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life. At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be- in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever. For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store & mentioned the news. This person joked "Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show." I was too shocked to even say anything- I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people are dead & many more injured, whatever you may think of someone's music. I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs, but I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions, & beliefs were at that show for the same reason- to have a good time. Some of them won't go home tonight. This is not fucking funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking, mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It's dehumanizing, just like the freakish & twisted beliefs that allowed this asshole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn't know. Everything you do & say has consequences, even if you don't believe that. Make sure you do your best to think & speak with a moral heart- maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path- you never know who you may effect positively. My thoughts & prayers are with y'all in the U.K. tonight.
My heart goes out to Ariana Grande, the victims and the victims families of tonight's attack in Manchester. Our music sanctuary was defiled again tonight. As a performer this hits at my very core. This is again an attack on my home, the very place where my soul lives and breathes. And as a performer I will continue to bring live music to all corners of the world, now not only as an act of peace, equality, love and empowerment but as an act of defiance. I defy your hate, senselessness and cowardice. How dare you enter our fucking church and bring an early end to innocent children and adults who's only desire tonight was to feel that intangible freedom that live music gifts to us all. I raise my guitar and sing my highest note for all our friends in Manchester and we carry Paris with us always as well! We fight back with love and Rock n Roll! Rock on my friends…Rock On.