Bad Wolves’ Doc Coyle On Tommy Vext Drama: “A Big Portion Of The Fanbase Has Essentially Been Radicalized Against The Band Under False Pretenses”

Former Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext recently made headlines after filing a lawsuit against Better Noise CEO and band manager Allen Kovac. Now, during an episode of his “The Ex-Man With Doc Coyle,” Bad Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle shared his thoughts on the situation.

Coyle said the following:

“He [Tommy Vext] filed a lawsuit. Keep in mind, I’m not involved in any of this shit. All right? I’m not in the band business. I’m not on the record label, so I’m not involved in lawsuits, no one’s suing me. I mean, not yet [laughs]. But like I don’t own anything with the band. And so it’s like so I hear about this shit all like secondhand.

…So this article comes out on TMZ, and it’s basically like a press release for him. I’m like damn, you could just do that with TMZ? They’ll just kind of like, filter your talking points as if it’s an actual story? And then our label owner/manager, Allen Kovac, he put out a statement, kind of refuting some of the stuff that seems like a really frivolous lawsuit, you know? And I’m being a little bit more outspoken about this stuff.

Everything I can’t talk about right now—and I’d like to be more open with it—because, like I said, I think, you know the reason why Allen made a statement is because you’re just saying things that are not true. And I think you have that you have this weird kind of no-win situation when you’re dealing with someone who’s a troll, or just trolls in general.

Because a troll, the way they win is by getting you to react. And when your kind of day-to-day thing is drama, and having something… It’s like playing tennis right? Like I need someone to hit the ball back. So you’re in the situation where if you say nothing. Yeah, I mean you’re taking the high road and there’s, there’s elements of that that’s good.

But if someone says something about you that’s false and that is damaging to your reputation, it’s difficult not to respond that takes a lot of willpower. But then there’s also the element of sometimes certain charges against you are so ridiculous by even acknowledging it, you’re almost giving it oxygen. So that’s a really tough balancing act we have to figure out.

And so we haven’t been that that open was stuff because we’ve been advised not to say anything. But I think that’s going to start changing. And I think it’s important because our fanbase, or a big portion of the fanbase has essentially been radicalized against the band under false pretenses.

And that’s, that’s a real thing, you know, I don’t know how many people it is, I mean who knows, who knows how many fucking people see the bullshit on Instagram every day. It’s probably like 20-30% of the people that follow him and maybe less, I don’t know, we really just don’t know.

And so we can do is go out there and out the music and promote it, get it out there and just hope people like it. And I’m really confident in the record, I think it’s phenomenal. And hopefully that’s what actually matters in this situation is music.

The songs man, man. I mean, you think about your favorite bands and those that how magical it is right? And that’s all we want to do I think as creators and being part of this thing like this… anything like this that you make things that last and affect people.

And I don’t want to be deal with this shit. I don’t want to be in a war, a war of words, a feud, shit is wack. I play music because it’s fun. this That shit is not fun, but that’s the point. The point is to wear you down, it is to make it a war of attrition that is so belabor that you’ll give up. And I look at these situations as a test of one’s will.

Will wins out, you know. It’s a tough one to say like, you go through the gauntlet, but you’re not happy… and it’s just like sometimes people do something they are fighting just to win. And they’re doing it for so long by the time they go through it, they forget they were being fighting for. I’m someone, I don’t really care about fame. I don’t really care much about money.

I don’t want to not have money but I’m not like, I don’t have that thing in my heart that’s like I need to go make $80 million, like I just, I don’t know, it’s just not, it’s in. Listen, I don’t wanna be broke. I definitely want to do well in life, but it’s not my main motivator.

I just want to do cool things things and try and do right by people and I don’t know, just be part of positive inertia. And I feel like if you do the right things, the money will take care of itself.

And we’ll see how that turns out.”

[via The PRP]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Joey Jordison (Ex-Slipknot)

As previously reported, Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) has sadly passed away at the age of 46. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer. You can see some of their posts below:

Slipknot:

Metallica:

Wednesday 13 (Murderdolls):

Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, Bad Wolves)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Papa Roach:

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mark Hunter (Chimaira):

The Agonist:

Sinsaenum:

Rob Zombie:

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down):

Daron Malakian (System Of A Down):

Gary Holt (Exodus):

Mushroomhead:

Pantera:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction):

Otep:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer):

Ben Thatcher (Royal Blood):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Richard Shaw (Cradle Of Filth):

Al Jourgensen (Ministry):

Tommy Vext Files Lawsuit Against Bad Wolves Manager Allen Kovac

Ex-Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext has filed a lawsuit against Better Noise CEO and band manager Allen Kovac. According to TMZ, Vext claims that Kovac tried to get him removed from the group due to his right-wing and conspiracy theory beliefs.

The suit says that Kovack took issue with Vext’s social media posts regarding the Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles and Portland, as well as comments he made about the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Vext also claims that Kovac tried to keep him from making political statements.

The frontman goes on to say that Kovac wanted to purchase the Bad Wolves trademarks from him, but he refused. Furthermore, Vext alleges that Kovac tried to get radio and streaming services to stop playing the group’s songs in an effort to cancel his music career. He also claimed that the band barred him from their social media accounts after deeming him “not black enough” due to his controversial political views. On top of that, Vext also accused Kovac of using racial slurs, saying the manager was “an executive showing he clearly felt so powerful as to think he could use the word with impunity.”

Vext is currently suing Kovac for breach of fiduciary duty and he is seeking tens of millions damages. He told TMZ the following about that:

“For several years I’ve poured all of my energy and passion into building Bad Wolves. We’ve toured the world several times and charted 6 billboard number 1 singles. All the while I’ve had to endure disparaging, manipulative and at times racially charged misconduct from my former manager Allen Kovac and his record company Better Noise Music.

Allen has forced me out of my own band and is now attempting to slander and cancel me. After several failed attempts to settle amicably, I’m now forced to place this in the hands of the courts.”

The vocalist also added the following on social media:

“AS ARTISTS WE CAN NO LONGER REMAIN SILENT ABOUT THE CENSORSHIP AND THREAT CULTURE GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. AMERICANS HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE AND VIOCE THIER OPINIONS. THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE THEIR LIVELIHOODS DESTROYED BY THE OLIGARCHY FOR DISAGREEING WITH THEIR DICTATOR SCRIPT.

Thank you to Malcolm McNeil & my legal team at Arent Fox for taking on my case.
Thank you for the fans and other voices who continue to fight for the 1st amendment.
Thank you to my investors who read the evidence and demand that I see justice.

WE NEED TO MAKE THIS STORY GO VIRAL SO THE ABUSE OF POWER ENDS. I IMPLORE YOU TO REPOST RESHARE AND TAGG AS MANY AS YOU CAN SO THE TRUTH IS NO LONGER SILENCED

#BadWolves #Betternoise #AllenKovac #10thstreetentertainment #TMZ #Trump
#Uncletom”

Kovack has since responded as well:

“I am disappointed to see these accusations from Tommy against me, 10th Street Management and Better Noise Music. They are categorically false. In 40 years in the music business, I have never made any derogatory racist comments, been accused of doing so, or been sued by an artist. Tommy Vext, a self-proclaimed QAnon supporter, has dragged us into a ridiculous, unfounded narrative that falsely paints him as a victim.

Tommy quit Bad Wolves in January 2021 after being abusive to his band members, and he has since waged an all-out assault against the band and its members on social media. Behind the scenes, he and his team of lawyers have been trying to extort the band and the record company for a big payout.

Because these tactics not successful, he upped the ante and filed this bogus and spurious lawsuit to get leverage in contract negotiations. But this strategic ploy won’t work. We will not be extorted and will defend and defeat these phony claims in court. As a management company and record label, we pride ourselves on working with artists from all different walks of life and encourage them to speak their minds creatively and authentically. I have never forced political beliefs or values on any of our artists or employees, but I also will not tolerate when people create a hostile environment.”

Bad Wolves’ Doc Coyle and John Boecklin also commented:

“In all our dealings with Allen Kovac, he has never used any derogatory racial slurs. Tommy is making all of this up. Period.”

Bad Wolves Finish New Album

Bad Wolves have officially finished their new album “Dear Monsters.” The effort will be the band’s first to feature new frontman Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (LGND, ex-The Acacia Strain). Guitarist Doc Coyle tweeted the following:

Bad Wolves Share First Tease Of New Music With New Vocalist Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz

Bad Wolves have shared a behind the scenes look at their upcoming album “Dear Monsters.” That effort will be the band’s first to feature new frontman Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (LGND, ex-The Acacia Strain). Notably, the clip also includes a tease of new music.

Bad Wolves Officially Welcome Daniel “DL” Lasckiewicz To The Band As Their New Vocalist

Bad Wolves have officially welcomed Daniel “DL” Lasckiewicz (LGND, ex-The Acacia Strain) to the band as their new vocalist. The group’s new album “Dear Monsters” is expected to be released later this year.

Bad Wolves commented:

“We are excited to officially announce that Bad Wolves has a new singer – Daniel “DL” Lasckiewicz. DL is a tremendous songwriter and singer, and we can confidently say that the album we are working on, titled Dear Monsters, is the best Bad Wolves album to date.

DL is one of the most talented and hard-working people we have ever had the pleasure to know. He is a team player, a creative force, and overall a great human being who fits perfectly with our BW family. It feels incredible to be surrounded with such positive energy and the music we’ve made is certainly reflective of this new-found optimism and collaborative spirit. And this new album shows a more cohesive and unique reflection of the band. There is a lot to prove and expectations are high with a new singer coming in. And we nailed it. The songs speak for themselves, and if you’re a Bad Wolves fan we know you won’t be disappointed.

So much has happened since Tommy [Vext] publicly quit Bad Wolves a few months ago – and we disagree with the validity of much of what he has said publicly about our parting of ways – but we would prefer to not look back on the past and instead focus on this new chapter. And most importantly, we’d like to let the music speak for itself. Thanks for believing in Bad Wolves and please join us in welcoming DL to the family. We can’t wait for you to hear what’s coming.

John, Doc, Chris, Kyle & DL“

Ex-Bad Wolves Frontman Tommy Vext Claims The Band Have Chosen Ex-The Acacia Strain Guitarist Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz As His Replacement

According to ex-Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext, the band have recruited ex-The Acacia Strain guitarist Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz as their new singer. Vext said the following about that on Instagram live [via The PRP]:

“Congratulations to D.L. former guitarist of Acacia strain who’s the new singer of Bad Wolves. Unfortunately the band is going to have to change its name if they don’t pay for the songs I wrote and my trademark ownership…”

Atreyu Recruit Trivium, Asking Alexandria, Etc. Members For “Catastrophe” Reaction Video

Atreyu have premiered a reaction video for their latest single “Catastrophe.” The clip features members of Trivium, Nothing More, Bad Wolves, Asking Alexandria, Silverstein, and more. The track will appear on Atreyu’s new album “Baptize,” which is set to be released on June 4.

Another Ex-Girlfriend Of Tommy Vext (Ex-Bad Wolves) Voices Support For His Past Domestic Violence Accuser

Another one of Tommy Vext’s ex-girlfriends, Nicole Arbour, has voiced her support for Whitney Johns, the woman who accused the former Bad Wolves frontman of domestic violence. This news comes after Johns was granted a two-year domestic violence restraining order against the singer late last year.

Vext previously claimed that the allegations Johns made against him were part of an “extortion attempt” and that he had been exonerated. At the time, Arbour also called the accusations “fake news.” However, she has since changed her mind saying the following on Twitter:

“I believe Whitney Johns, and I’m very embarrassed I introduced him to my fans, defended him, or spoke poorly of his victims before having all details.

To any other women who suffered abuse from him, I believe you, I’m with you, and I’m so sorry.”

According to The PRP, she also added the following on Instagram:

“I’ve taken the time to educate myself on domestic abuse, and can’t in good conscience only post my wins as a person and not my failures.

I feel like I failed to protect other women once I learned details about this to preserve my own embarrassment at not seeing it earlier myself.

Turns out until very recently, I didn’t know how to recognize the signs, and have let a few bad guys slide through the cracks under the umbrella of “forgiveness,” them healing mental health or emotional issues, not wanting to get involved, and being a “good person.”

But with a platform comes responsibly, and it’s my responsibility to protect other people the way I wish people had protected me in situations.

This is an uncomfortable post, and I’m sure there will be other uncomfortable posts in the future, but it needed to be made.

If you are suffering abuse, stalking, or harassment, you are not alone, I believe you and you can get help by calling: 1-800-799-7233

#GOTEAM”

Vext has since responded to Arbour’s comments in a new video, saying her statement is a “spiteful publicity stunt.” He also accused her of abuse, citing a past relationship she was involved in and claiming that he has a recording in which she admits to throwing a phone at his head. Arbor has since addressed the latter claim on Twitter:

“It’s illegal to record convos in Cali, you gotta wonder why he was doing that if it wasn’t a pr set up, and I threw a phone at a wall when I realized he had abused Whitney and I just introduced him to female fans”

Vext also claimed Arbour tried to have him sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep the details of their relationship private. You can read more about all of that over at The PRP and watch Vext’s full video below:

Rob Zombie & Danzig Added To 2021 Rock Fest

Rob Zombie and Danzig have been added to the 2021 Rock Fest. The event is scheduled to take place in Cadott, WI on July 15-17 and the updated lineup can be found below:

July 14 (pre-show): Queensrÿche, Slaughter, Royal Bliss, Joyous Wolf, Stitched Up Heart, The Black Moods, Modern Mimes, and Unkle Daddy.

July 15: Rob Zombie, Staind, Theory Of A Deadman, Steel Panther, Saint Asonia, Memphis May Fire, Fozzy, Blacktop Mojo, Carnifex, Fire From The Gods, Falling Through April, Scattered Hamlet, Anything But Human, Digital Homicide, Any Given Sin, GFM, Jett Threatt, Nivrana, Drama Queen, Contingency, and Ignescent.

July 16: Limp Bizkit, Snoop Dogg, Anthrax, Badflower, Of Mice & Men, Bad Wolves, All That Remains, Like A Storm, Crobot, Bones UK, Silvertung, Wildstreet, Distal Descent, City Of The Weak, Throw The Fight, Siin, Hammer Down Hard, Fool Fighters, Dressed To Kill, Strange Daze, and Caster Volor.

July 17: Korn, Danzig, Chevelle, Motionless In White, Avatar, We Came As Romans, Gemini Syndrome, Through Fire, Hyro The Hero, Rachel Lorin, Störmbreaker, Nuisance, Stellar Circuits, Your Screaming Silence, Evandale, Strate Jak It, Mad Alice, Cowboys From Hell, Probable Cause, and FMDown.