Byzantine, Five Finger Death Punch, Bad Wolves, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Metallica’s “The Shortest Straw”

Chris “OJ” Ojeda (Byzantine) has joined forces with Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, etc.), Chris Kale (Five Finger Death Punch), and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.) for a quarantine cover of Metallica‘s “The Shortest Straw.” You can check that out below:

Ojeda commented:

“Chris [Kael] and I have discussed working on something over the past few years since we are old friends. When I mentioned a Metallica cover during this time of restriction, he jumped at the chance. He was able to bring Mike [Portnoy] on board pretty quickly and I pulled Doc [Coyle] and Phil [Demmel] in.

I have been musically dormant since the release of ‘The Cicada Tree‘, spending time raising my 3 kids and building Trident Music Facility, so it feels GREAT to track some guitars and vocals again. ‘The Shortest Straw‘ is quite possibly a perfect Metallica song. I am a piece of driftwood in a sea of Gold performing this classic tune with these fantastic musicians! We hope you enjoy.”

Disturbed Announce Rescheduled Dates For “The Sickness” 20th Anniversary Tour With Staind & Bad Wolves

Disturbed have announced the rescheduled dates for their “The Sickness” 20th anniversary tour with Staind and Bad Wolves. The trek is now scheduled to take place in summer 2021. However, it’s worth noting that the Chula Vista, CA show was unable to be rescheduled.

2021 Tour Dates:

07/07 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
07/08 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/10 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
07/12 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
07/13 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
07/18 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/20 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/21 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
07/23 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/24 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
07/26 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater
07/28 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/29 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health – Jones Beach Theatre
07/31 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
08/01 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/04 Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
08/06 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
08/08 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/13 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/14 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
08/16 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
08/18 The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/20 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/21 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
08/23 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
08/24 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/26 Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
08/27 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
08/29 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
08/31 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre

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”

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Body Count, Trivium, Fit For An Autopsy, Etc. Members To Take Part In “We Can Do Better: Words From The Underground” Charity Event

Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy, END) has announced a special livestreamed charity event for the American Civil Liberties Union. The virtual event, which is being called “We Can Do Better: Words From The Underground,” will take place on June 14 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT and it will find musicians, labels, producers, etc. taking part in discussions and various giveaways.

The following participants have been confirmed:

  • Ice-T (Body Count)
  • Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die)
  • Bryan Garris (Knocked Loose)
  • Matt Heafy (Trivium)
  • Kurt Ballou (Converge, God City)
  • Andrew Marsh (Thy Art Is Murder)
  • Tom Williams (Stray From The Path)
  • Scott Vogel (Terror)
  • Todd Jones (Nails)
  • Buddy Nielson (Senses Fail)
  • Alan Day and Dan O’Connor (Four Year Strong)
  • Josh Smith (Northlane)
  • Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, God Forbid)
  • Anthony Martini (E-Town Concrete, Commission)
  • Patrick Sheridan (Fit For An Autopsy)
  • Brendan Garrone (Incendiary)
  • James Pligge (Harms Way)
  • Brendan Murphy (Counterparts, END)
  • Ethan Harrison (Great American Ghost)
  • Mark Lewis (Producer)
  • Anthony DiDio (Vein)
  • Monte Conner (Nuclear Blast)
  • Justin Louden (Closed Casket Activities)
  • Carl Severson (Ferret, Good Fight Music)
  • Equal Vision Records
  • Pure Noise Records
  • Nuclear Blast
  • Relapse Records
  • Closed Casket Activities
  • Good Fight Entertainment
  • Ferret Records
  • Liquid Metal
  • Metal Injection
  • Evil Greed

Putney commented:

“To be honest I was initially torn about doing this. The distaste and rage I have for our systemic issues in this country are more palpable than they ever have been. But I am NOT the voice of the oppressed, and I would never pretend to be.

What I can do is sit down with my fellow artists, friends, peers, and heroes alike and start a conversation about what we CAN do to support institutions for positive change, because something HAS to change. And the money that will roll in from this event will go to the experts. The ACLU. The Civil Rights organization that has fought for the purest form of free speech, justice, and equality for ONE HUNDRED YEARS (let one hundred years sink in for a second). The work that they are heavily involved in today aims to tackle these systemic issues.

The artists who will appear on this livestream come from different corners of life, different upbringings, different tax brackets. Naturally, some people are more comfortable expressing their opinions and beliefs to the public than others. I ask that you do not expect fire and brimstone from everyone, and do not scorn those who’d like to have a lighthearted conversation about music. The act of participating and donating sought after items to a worthy charity should be enough for you to understand their intentions.

This raffle will be one for the books. Extremely rare items, tons of merch, test presses and limited vinyl, music gear, it goes on and on. A lot of those involved are bringing something special and I truly thank them for parting with sacred items.

The link is live to start donating now. We will be announcing more details and giveaways soon.

http://www.soundrink.live

If you’d like to participate on any level just message me.

Go big or go home.”

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.

Disturbed Postpone “The Sickness” 20th Anniversary Tour

Disturbed have postponed their “The Sickness” 20th anniversary tour with Staind and Bad Wolves due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now being rescheduled for summer 2021.

Disturbed commented:

“Hello Disturbed Ones! We hope you and your families are all doing well during this crazy time.

We have waited as long as we possibly could to finalize the plans for our 20th Anniversary of The Sickness summer tour. We had hoped that there would be some clear direction and guidelines on how mass gatherings would be conducted this summer. Unfortunately, that clarity has not come and out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to RESCHEDULE for Next Summer. We are working to get these dates rescheduled and look forward to sharing an update soon.

At the time the dates are rescheduled, refund options will become available, for further details visit LiveNation.com/refund. Thank you for understanding. Please stay safe and we can’t wait to rock.

David, Dan, Mike and John“

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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