Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix On Chester Bennington (Linkin Park): I’ve Struggled With A Lot Of The Same Demons He’s Struggled With, And I Understand The Darkness”

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix was recently interviewed by Meltdown on Detroit’s WRIF radio station, and he talked a bit about the late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). You can read what he had to say below.

Shaddix [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“I knew him quite well. I went out to dinner with him about a month before all that went down. He just had great advice to give me and was just super friendly and I just thought everything was cool. But the reality is I’ve struggled with a lot of the same demons he’s struggled with, and I understand the darkness.

“For anybody out there that’s walking through that themselves or has somebody in their lives that are in that dark place, my heart goes out to ’em, ’cause it’s not easy,” he continued. “And sometimes it just feels like everything is just way too heavy and you just can’t handle life. And it’s tough sometimes. I’m just glad I’m still breathing, ’cause that really just hit me hard. It made me go, ‘Ugh. That’s just too heavy.’ We lost some good ones in this last year, for real.”

He also added the following when asked if sobriety and his family helped him get through the dark times:

“It’s definitely an anchor for me — 100 percent. First off, my sobriety is very important to me. That’s what really kind of roots me in sanity. Because the insanity, I can get lost in it. And it could be the drugs… whatever. And my family definitely — my wife and my kids — the idea of losing them or not being part of their lives is terrifying to me. So they’re definitely something to fight for, and I love ’em dearly. And so every day I’m grateful for my relationship with my wife, I’m grateful for my positive relationship with my kids. And so I wanna keep that — those relationships. ‘Cause at the end of the day in life, that’s all we’ve got — all our relationships and our experiences with other people. And I value those.”

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Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) Is Already Working On A Follow-Up To “Ogilala”, Says It May Be A Double Album

It looks like Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) is already working on a follow-up to his latest solo album “Ogilala.” According to him, it may even be a double album with at least 16 tracks. He posted the following:

Watch Footage Of The Late Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Sanctuary) Performing On Brazilian TV Two Weeks Before His Death

Footage of the late Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Sanctuary) performing on Brazilian TV with guitarists Johnny Moraes and Thiago Oliveira two weeks before his tragic death has been shared and can be seen below. The performance was done for the show “Sonoridades,” which airs on Brazil’s RedeTV!. That show also saw presenters Mauricio “Java” and Gabriela Di França talking about Dane’s new album “Shadow Work,” shows in Brazil, etc.

We Sell The Dead (In Flames, Ex-HIM, Etc.) Discuss Their Formation & Debut Album In Part One Of New Video Series

We Sell The Dead, the group featuring Niclas Engelin (In Flames, Engel), Jonas Slättung (Drömriket), Gas Lipstick (ex-HIM), and Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind), have posted the first part in a new video series, which focuses on the band’s formation and their debut album. You can check that out below. Their debut album “Heaven Doesn’t Want You And Hell Is Full” will be released on February 23.

Avenged Sevenfold Share Footage Of Them Playing A Live Acoustic Cover Of The Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By”

Avenged Sevenfold have posted a new video for their live acoustic cover of The Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By.” The audio from this performance comes with the band’s acoustic live album “Live At The GRAMMY Museum,” which is now available in digital outlets. That effort features a set that took place on October 19 at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Mike Fuentes To “Take A Break And Step Away” From Pierce The Veil Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Mike Fuentes has decided to “take a break and step away” from Pierce The Veil. This news comes after sexual misconduct allegations were made against the drummer

The following statement was issued:

“From the day we started this band, the four of us agreed that we not only wanted to write and play songs together for the rest of our lives, but we also wanted to build a strong community through our music and provide a safe place for ourselves and our fans to express our shared values through creativity, open-mindedness, love and respect. Over the last ten years we have accomplished that and so much more with the help of our incredible fans. The bond that we share in this community is stronger than we could have ever imagined and is truly our pride and joy.

Recently, an allegation was made about Mike from an anonymous source pertaining to events dating back nearly ten years ago. We are taking this allegation seriously and would like to share the steps we are taking in response. Below are a few words from Mike.

“I’m of course aware of the allegation made about me from almost ten years ago, and I cannot begin to describe how difficult and disturbing this entire situation has been for everyone involved. I do not take this allegation lightly and would never downplay it. I have empathy for any human being who has experienced abuse or mistreatment in their lives, and I am inspired to see so many come forward and speak out about it. No one should have to suffer in silence, and I am thankful that the world is finally starting to listen. I also want to assure you that I have never intentionally manipulated or abused anyone in my life. That is not the person I am, how I was raised, or the type of behavior that I condone. I strongly believe in the empowerment of abuse victims, so if I have ever made anyone feel like they are less than equal, I am sincerely sorry.

I love playing music more than anything on earth, and I am constantly humbled by the support of our fans. I do not want the allegation surrounding me to negatively affect the reputation or future of the band, or to break the bond and trust that we have created with our fans over the years. So, I have decided to take a break and step away from my position in the band in hopes that this will allow my band mates and fans to continue focusing on the music and message that Pierce The Veil stands for. Though I am far from perfect, I do have a moral compass and try to stand up for what is right. While away from the band, I will continue to work hard to live my life in that way.”

Since the allegation first surfaced, our band has discussed how we can ensure the PTV community is always a safe environment. We’ve made many efforts over the years to protect our fans, and we can and will do more. We believe in creating spaces where people can seek help for any issues they are struggling with and provide resources and tools to help.

As a band, we are respecting Mike’s decision to take break and step away. Unfortunately, without a core member of the band, we will be respectfully withdrawing from the upcoming U.K. tour with All Time Low. We promise our fans that we will be back again very soon.”