Memphis May Fire’s Matty Mullins Issues Apology After Audio Emerges Of Him Using A Racial Slur

Memphis May Fire vocalist Matty Mullins has issued an apology after audio of him using the n-word in a voicemail recently surfaced online. According to The PRP, the racial slur “appeared to be used in context of shameful cultural appropriation and not in reference to a particular person.”

Mullins said the following:

“10 years ago, before the band had any real traction, I spoke with my manager at the time on the phone every day. Aside from talking about business, we also joked around a lot. I was young, excited, stupid, and always hyper. Anytime he didn’t answer a call I would leave a ridiculously exaggerated or vulgar voicemail for him to chuckle at before calling me back.

A couple years later after the band had seen some success, he took some bits & pieces from the voicemails & made a song with them. His intention was for us to listen, laugh & look back on how far we had come since those ridiculous days. All this time later, that song fell into the hands of some people that do not know me.

Naturally I have seen a burst of angry social media comments from those people who do not know the context or timeframe of what was said and want to expose me in light of everything happening in the world right now, and to be honest, I get it! I would never sit here and try to defend ignorant things that came out of my mouth when I was young and immature. I’m addressing this because those who have heard about it deserve to have the whole story.

Over the last 10 years my life has changed drastically, from both experiences I’ve had and the maturity that comes with getting older. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned so much from all of them. I’ve learned just how powerful words can be, from the stage and interviews all the way to a private or light hearted conversation.

My choice of language back then showed a lack of judgement and understanding of how hurtful words can truly be, and for that I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart. You rarely get an opportunity to explain yourself to everyone that sees something on the internet, so I am grateful for anyone taking the time to read this.

With a career in music comes a platform and ability to reach countless people. I want nothing more than to use my platform to spread love, hope, joy, and any knowledge I might again along the way.

I am forever grateful to everyone that has been with me on this journey of life. I’m learning & growing every day and will be util the day I die. Thank you for taking the time to hear from my heart.”

Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie, Etc. Set For 2020 Rock USA Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Rock USA festival. The event will take place at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, WI on July 16-18 and it will feature the following:

July 16: Limp Bizkit, Halestorm, Chevelle, Avatar, Fever 333, Wage War, We Came As Romans, Stick To Your Guns, I See Stars, Bones UK, Saul, Smile Empty Soul, Bad Omens, Stitched Up Heart, Joyous Wolf, and September Mourning.

July 17: Rob Zombie, Ice Cube, The Pretty Reckless, HELLYEAH, Hollywood Undead, The Glorious Sons, Knocked Loose, Attila, Escape The Fate, Otherwise, Carnifex, Through Fire, BRKN LOVE, Royal Bliss, and The Cold Stares.

July 18: Slipknot, Papa Roach, Anthrax, Steel Panther, Of Mice & Men, Bad Wolves, All That Remains, Memphis May Fire, Emmure, Insane Clown Posse, Crobot, Cherry Bombs, He Is Legend, Islander, and Tense Machine.

Slipknot, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, Etc. Set For 2020 Rock Fest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Rock Fest. The event will take place in Cadott, WI on July 16-18 and the daily lineups can be found below:

July 16: Disturbed, Staind, Theory Of A Deadman, HELLYEAH, Saint Asonia, Memphis May Fire, Fozzy, Blacktop Mojo, Carnifex, Kobra And The Lotus, Falling Through April, Scattered Hamlet, Anything But Human, Digital Homicide, Any Given Sin, GFM, Jett Threatt, Nivrana, Drama Queen, and Contingency.

July 17: Slipknot, Papa Roach, Anthrax, Steel Panther, 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, Fresh Fighters, Dressed To Kill, Strange Daze, and Caster Color.

July 18: Limp Bizkit, Chevelle, Hollywood Undead, 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, Probably Cause, and FMDown.

It’s worth noting that Queensrÿche, Slaughter, Royal Bliss, Joyous Wolf, Stitched Up Heart, The Black Moods, Modern Mimes, and Unkle Daddy will also be performing at a pre-party for 3-day ticket holders on July 15.

Memphis May Fire Announce European/UK Tour

Memphis May Fire have announced a European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

12/01 Bristol, UK – Thekla
12/02 Brighton, UK – Chalk
12/03 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 2
12/04 London, UK – Underworld
12/05 Leeds, UK – Key Club
12/07 Stoke, UK – Sugarmill
12/08 Glasgow, UK – G2
12/09 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
12/10 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
12/11 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
12/13 Cologne, GER – Luxor
12/14 Hamburg, GER – Headcrash
12/15 Berlin, GER – Musik & Frieden
12/16 Munich, GER – Strom
12/17 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo
12/18 Vienna, AUT – Szene Wien

Late We Came As Romans Singer Kyle Pavone Among Guests On Kayzo’s New Album

Kayzo has announced that his new album “Unleashed” will be released on August 14. The effort will feature a number of collaborations with rock/metal artists including the late Kyle Pavone (We Came As Romans), Blessthefall, Underoath, Of Mice & Men, Matty Mullins (Memphis May Fire), etc.

“Unleashed” Track Listing:

01. “Alone” w/ Our Last Night
02. “Before the Storm” w/ BlesstheFall
03. “Up In Flames” ft. Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low
04. “Monster” w/ TYNAN ft. Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire
05. “Dark Skies” w/ ALRT
06. “Lost” ft. xo Sad
07. “LA Never Says Goodbye” w/ ARMNHMR ft. We Came As Romans’ Kyle Pavone
08. “ARK” w/ 1788-L
09. “Antidance” w/ K?D
10. “Night Terror” w/ Yultron ft. Of Mice & Men
11. “Wasted Space” w/ Underoath
12. “Wait It Out” ft. Micah Martin
13. “Fight For Love” ft. Micah Martin
14. “Our Times Run Out” ft. Boys Of Fall
15. “Cruel Love” ft. shYbeast & Sum 41’s Frank Zummo

Listen To Memphis May Fire’s Cover Of Linkin Park’s “Faint”

Memphis May Fire are streaming their cover of Linkin Park‘s “Faint.” The band originally recorded the track for Rock Sound’s “Worship And Tributes: Volume II” compilation. Matty Mullins commented:

“A lot of times, when covering a song, you’re doing it for fun or to showcase your skills as an artist. But this specific opportunity was a chance for us to honor a band that has had a profound impact on us. There will never be another Linkin Park and there will never be another Chester Bennington. We are forever grateful for the music they made and we hope this cover will encourage our younger fans to dive into the Linkin Park discography and discover the same inspiration that we did years ago.”

More Bands Added To Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Events

More bands have been added to the Vans Warped Tour’s 25th anniversary events. You can check out the updated lineups below.

June 8: Cleveland, OH – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Emery
Hawthorne Heights
Meg & Dia
Simple Plan
We The Kings
Peter McPoland And The Haps

June 29-30: Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach:

311
A Day To Remember
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Atmosphere
Atreyu
Bad Religion
Big D And The Kids Table
Blink-182
Bowling For Soup
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Circa Survive
CKY
Deadly Apples
Dem Atlas
Dirty Heads
The Doped Up Dollies
Eyes Set To Kill
Four Year Strong
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Glassjaw
Good Charlotte
H2O
Hidden In Plain View
Hyro The Hero
I The Mighty
Juliet Simms
Kaleido
Less Than Jake
Man Overboard
Meg & Dia
Memphis May Fire
The Menzingers
Not Ur Girlfrenz
The Offspring
Oxymorons
Plague Vendor
Quicksand
Reel Big Fish
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Shiragirl
Simple Plan
The Skatalites
Sleeping With Sirens
Stacked Like Pancakes
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Taking Back Sunday
Tatiana Demaria
The Ones You Forgot
Thrice
Travie McCoy
Trophy Eyes
The Used
Valencia
Wage War
We The Kings

Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre:

July 20:

Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Ariana And The Rose
August Burns Red
Bad Religion
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Face To Face
FEA
Fishbone
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Good Charlotte
I The Mighty
Lagwagon
Less Than Jake
Meg & Dia
OFF!
The Offspring
One OK Rock
Ozomatli
Plague Vendor
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Silent Planet
Silverstein
Simple Plan
Skating Polly
Travie McCoy
The Vandals
Wage War
We The Kings
The World Over

July 21:

The All-American Rejects
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Atreyu
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Circa Survive
Confide
Dance Gavin Dance
The Dollyrots
Elder Brother
Four Year Strong
Go Betty Go
Hyro The Hero
Jawbreaker
Juliet Simms
Man Overboard
Memphis May Fire
NOFX
Quicksand
Shiragirl
Sleeping With Sirens
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Street Drum Corps
Sum 41
Teenage Bottlerocket
Thrice
Tsunami Bomb
Twiztid
The Used
Vigil Of War
Whitney Peyton
Yungblud

Memphis May Fire Premiere “Heavy Is The Weight” Music Video

Memphis May Fire have premiered a new video for their song “Heavy Is The Weight.” The track, which features Andy Mineo, appears on the band’s latest album “Broken.“ Matty Mullins commented:

“The song is about how hard it can be to remain purpose-driven and intentional with what you pursue when you don’t know who you can trust along the way. Trying to stay true to yourself when it feels like the world wants you to fail.”

[via Alternative Press]

The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Etc. Set For Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival. The event will feature the following: The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, Trophy Eyes, Meg & Die, Juliet Simms, and Hyro The Hero. Dates can be found below and exact lineups for each city can be found at rockstardisrupt.com.

Tour Dates:

06/21 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
06/22 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
06/23 The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
06/25 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre at S. Florida Fairground
06/26 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
06/28 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheare at Lakewood
06/29 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/02 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
07/03 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/05 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/06 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/07 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
07/09 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07/10 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/12 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/13 Thornville, OH – Legend Valley
07/14 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/15 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/17 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre*
07/20 Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater presented by Mercury Insurance
07/23 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
07/24 Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/26 Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/27 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/28 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Lineups Revealed For Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Events

The lineups have officially been revealed for the Vans Warped Tour’s 25th anniversary events. You can check those out below.

June 8: Cleveland, OH – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Emery
Hawthorne Heights
Simple Plan
We The Kings
Peter McPoland And The Haps

June 29-30: Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach:

311
A Day To Remember
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Atmosphere
Atreyu
Bad Religion
Big D And The Kids Table
Blink-182
Bowling For Soup
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Circa Survive
CKY
Dem Atlas
Dirty Heads
The Doped Up Dollies
Eyes Set To Kill
Four Year Strong
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Glassjaw
Good Charlotte
Gym Class Heroes
H2O
Hidden In Plain View
I The Mighty
Juliet Simms
Kaleido
Less Than Jake
Man Overboard
Memphis May Fire
The Menzingers
Not Ur Girlfrenz
The Offspring
Plague Vendor
Quicksand
Reel Big Fish
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Simple Plan
The Skatalites
Sleeping With Sirens
Stacked Like Pancakes
The Starting Line
Taking Back Sunday
Thrice
Trophy Eyes
Valencia
Wage War
We The Kings

July 20-21: Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre:

The All-American Rejects
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Ariana And The Rose
Atreyu
August Burns Red
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Bad Religion
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Circa Survive
Confide
Dance Gavin Dance
The Dollyrots
Elder Brother
Face To Face
Fea
Fishbone
Four Year Strong
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Go Betty Go
Good Charlotte
Gym Class Heroes
I The Mighty
Jawbreaker
Juliet Simms
Lagwagon
Less Than Jake
Man Overboard
Memphis May Fire
NOFX
OFF!
The Offspring
Ozomatli
Plague Vendor
Quicksand
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Shiragirl
Silent Planet
Silverstein
Simple Plan
Skating Polly
Sleeping With Sirens
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Street Drum Corps
Sum 41
Thrice
Tsunami Bomb
The Used
The Vandals
Vigil Of War
Wage War
We The Kings
Whitney Peyton