Rock/Metal Artists Comment On Manchester Terror Attack

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.

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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.

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Manchester. UK. My home away from home. When you're hurt, I hurt. I'm with you. WE'RE with you. We always will be.

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Randy Blythe Says Lamb Of God Will “Take A Break For Real” Following The “VII: Sturm und Drang” Touring Cycle

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe was recently interviewed on Nikki Sixx‘s (Mötley Crüe, Sixx:A.M.) Sixx Sense, and during the chat he revealed that the band will be taking a break when the “VII: Sturm und Drang” touring cycle concludes. You can see what he had to say below.

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Blythe said the following:

“I got out of prison and immediately went on tour, because I had five lawyers and they were just hemorrhaging money like crazy. I went from jail to home to, ten days later, being at Knotfest to home for a month or two, then out on tour with Lamb Of God, then back to the Czech Republic to go to trial, found not guilty, then come home, then finish up the rest of our tour and finally end in South Africa.

And then we took a little time off, but there were some changes in the organization and they started writing another record and we need to make money, so it was back in the studio.

And it was back on tour again for this last record, and that cycle is not gonna end until August or September of this year, I guess. So it’s just been, like, grinding, grinding, grinding. And when I’m not on the road, I’m working on writing and photography.”

He continued:

“[These are] things that make me happy. But it’s at a point now where it’s, like, at the end of this tour cycle, it’s gonna be, like, boom, it’s time to take a break for real and concentrate more on writing and being at home with the family.

It’s time for me, now, at the end of this… ‘Cause we got off, after I got done with the whole prison thing and then finishing that tour, we got off the road and then we started writing a new record, and then we recorded that record. And we didn’t tell anyone that we were recording — nobody knew.

They thought we were just chilling at home, and then we go on tour before the record even comes out. We’re mixing the record on tour, and then all of a sudden, the record comes out. [People] were, like, ‘Woah! Where did the record come from?’ And it’s, like, ‘Well, we’ve been working the whole time.’ And it hasn’t stopped.”

Blythe added the following about his new book:

“My last book, the book was about personal accountability. The story, the vehicle that I used to make that point was me going to prison and going to trial and coming out. That was just the vehicle, but the theme of it was personal accountability. The theme of my next book is going to be about perspective, because I think… Today, it’s such an almost binary world; things are either A or B in people’s belief systems.

If people can change their perspective a little bit, maybe, and try and see other sides of things, maybe there wouldn’t be so much static. So the book, for me, I’m very interested in perspective. But this next book will be about surfing, travel and photography all together, and it will convey the theme of changing perspective somehow.”

“My agent and my publishing company, they’re ready to give me a contract for another book, ’cause the last one was a bestseller, and they like selling books. And they’re kind of, like, ‘Give us a proposal.’ I’m, like, I wanna do it correctly, so I know exactly what I’m doing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Lamb Of God & Behemoth Announce Off-Dates From Summer Tour With Slayer

Lamb Of God and Behemoth have announced some shows around their upcoming tour with Slayer. Here’s the dates for those:

07/17 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
07/24 Montreal, QC – M Telus
07/31 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
08/18 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) Discusses His Upcoming “Ecologically Centered” Book

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, and during the chat he also offered some info regarding his new book. You can read what he had to say about that below.

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Heres what he had to say:

““…In the next year, I’m going to be working on a new book once this tour cycle is over, and it is going to involve a lot of travel. I don’t know how much politics will be involved with it because it’s probably going to be more ecologically centered – not strictly political, if you know what I mean. It’s going to involve a lot of surfing, I know that.

It’s kind of tied together to me because the ocean is basically the source of life for us on the planet, and if we screw it all up, then everything is going to die. I think there is a lot of shortsightedness about that. And before I went to Standing Rock, my concerns for water quality, that’s evident to me constantly as someone who surfs.

I’ve seen varying water quality in different places around the world. It’s something that’s really concerning to me. So there will definitely be an ecological aspect to the book, but sometimes that also involves politics, too. Depending on the policies of wherever you are, whatever country it may be.”

Head to Rolling Stone to read the whole interview in which Blythe also discussed the upcoming Slayer, Lamb Of God, and Behemoth tour, and the current political climate in the U.S.

Lamb Of God Announce 2017 South American Dates With Carcass & Heaven Shall Burn

Lamb Of God have announced some South American shows with Carcass and Heaven Shall Burn. Check out the dates:

06/25 Sao Paulo, BRA – Liberation Festival
06/27 Buenos Aires, ARG – Groove
06/29 Santiago, CHL – Teatro Caupolican
07/02 San Jose, CR – Club Peppers (feat. Vital Remains) (no Carcass/Heaven Shall Burn)

Slayer, Lamb Of God, & Behemoth Summer Tour Officially Announced

Slayer, Lamb Of God, and Behemoth’s summer tour has officially been announced. You can see the dates for that below.

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Tour Dates:

07/12 Bemidji, MN – Sanford Center
07/13 Cadott, WI – Rock Fest (no Behemoth)
07/15 Oshkosh, WI – Ford Festival Park (‘Rock USA‘) (no Behemoth)
07/16 Chicago, IL – Chicago Open Air Festival
07/18 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
07/20 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
07/21 St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater
07/23 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory Outdoors
07/25 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07/27 New York, NY – Theater at Madison Square Garden
07/28 Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
07/30 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
08/01 Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
08/02 Denver, CO – 1stBank Center
08/04 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel
08/05 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
08/09 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
08/11 Eugene, OR – The Cuthbert Amphitheater
08/12 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theatre
08/14 Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Center
08/15 Fort McMurray, AB – SMS Equipment Stadium
08/17 Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater
08/19 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/20 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

Slayer, Lamb Of God, & Behemoth Summer Tour Rumored

It looks like Slayer, Lamb Of God, and Behemoth will be heading out on tour together this summer. So far, an August 2 show at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO featuring this lineup has reportedly leaked. The three are all booked for the July 16 date of this year’s Chicago Open Air as well. Stay tuned for an official announcement.

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