My Chemical Romance, Slipknot, Tool, Guns N’ Roses, Etc. Received Pandemic Assistance Loans

Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to give loans to businesses to help them pay their employees amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new report, $660 billion was given out to 600,000 companies including ones owned by Slipknot, Green Day, Tool, My Chemical Romance, Guns N’ Roses, Disturbed, Eagles, Nickelback, Papa Roach, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Cheap Trick, and more. One of the aforementioned artists, My Chemical Romance, told Rolling Stone the following about their decision to take a PPP loan:

“Like most tours that were happening this year, My Chemical Romance’s world tour was cancelled. MCR received PPP money to ensure their crew is funded in these times of uncertainty until we are able to be out on the road again. We are so grateful to these skilled, dedicated people – some of them are parents, others caretakers, still others who simply have rent to pay – and this money helps them take care of themselves and their families.”

Slash Says He Is “Focusing On Writing New Music” And “Recording Guitar Stuff” For Guns N’ Roses

During a recent interview with Sweetwater‘s Nick Bowcott, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was asked if he has been working on new music during his coronavirus downtime. He responded with the following:

“I’ve been pretty much a homebody, but I’ve been back and forth between my studio in the house and doing a lot of writing and recording on my own. I’ve been jamming with Duff [McKagan] and I’ve been jamming with Axl [Rose], and I’ve been doing stuff like that, so we’ve been getting some work done that way. But I haven’t been doing much else. I haven’t been doing any collaborations with the odd artists and whatnot. [I’m] basically just focusing on writing new music and recording demos and recording guitar stuff for GUNS and whatnot.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop Joins Cast Of Upcoming Video Game “Of Bird And Cage”

Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop has joined the cast of the upcoming video game “Of Bird And Cage.” The singer will voice a character named Ari, while his partner, Gitta, will be voiced by Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus). The game is expected to be released next year with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Rob van der Loo (Epica), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Mike LePond (Symphony X), and Rocky Gray (Living Sacrifice, ex-Evanescence) all set to be involved as well. Worsnop commented:

“We’ve had a lot of fun making this — it’s an entirely new approach, an entirely new concept, and a way to absorb the video game platform that I believe you guys are going to enjoy. There are a lot of incredible other musicians who’ve been involved in the casting, the creation, the scoring, and the performance within this video game and I would just want to say thank you to all of them who’ve been involved, and thank you to everyone who has created ‘Of Bird And Cage‘ for having me on board.”

Watch Pro-Shot Footage From Guns N’ Roses’ Set At The 2018 Download Festival

Guns N’ Roses have shared some footage from their set at the 2018 Download Festival in Derby, UK. The 30-minute video was released as part of the band’s “Not In This Lifetime Selects” series.

Carcass, Intronaut, Exhumed, Etc. Members Cover Guns N’ Roses, KISS, Etc. Tracks For “FU*K THE VIRUS” Album

Members of Carcass, Intronaut, Exhumed, Gatecreeper, Dysrhythmia, Imperial Triumphant, and more have all contributed to a new covers album titled “FU*K THE VIRUS.” The effort, which was put together by Leon del Muerte (ex-Exhumed, etc.), features covers of songs by Guns N’ Roses, KISS, Def Leppard, The Beatles, Blue Öyster Cult, ZZ Top, etc. and it can be found on Bandcamp.

Watch Poison The Well, Wear Your Wounds, Etc. Members Cover Guns N’ Roses’ “Rocket Queen”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared a video of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds covering Guns N’ Roses’ “Rocket Queen” with Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells), Ryan Primack (Posion The Well), Bill C. Robinson (Cloak), and Chris Maggio (High On Fire, Wear Your Wounds). You can check that out below:

Guns N’ Roses Launch “Not In This Lifetime Selects” Series

Guns N’ Roses have launched a new web series called “Not In This Lifetime Selects.” The videos will feature footage from the band’s “Not In This Lifetime” tour with the first episode focusing on their October 29, 2019 show in Salt Lake City, UT.

Guns N’ Roses Postpone Summer North American Tour

Guns N’ Roses have postponed their summer North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band issued the following statement:

“GN’R Fam, some news: the North American tour is being rescheduled out of an abundance of caution. We will share the updated schedule as soon as the dates are finalized & all tickets will be honored accordingly. If you are a ticket holder and would prefer a refund, please visit livenation.com/refund for your options. Thank you for your understanding during this time as we look forward to coming back together very soon. #GnFnR”

Guns N’ Roses Mock Donald Trump With “Live N’ Let Die With COVID 45” Shirt

Earlier this month, Donald Trump visited an N95 mask manufacturing plant in Phoenix, Arizona without wearing a face mask as Guns N’ Roses’ cover of “Live And Let Die” blasted on the loudspeakers. The footage ended up going viral and it has apparently led Guns N’ Roses to release a new shirt that says “Live N’ Let Die With COVID 45.” You can get that HERE.