Foo Fighters And Jon Bon Jovi To Perform At “I Will Vote” Concert In Support Of Joe Biden

Foo Fighters and Jon Bon Jovi are among the artists set to perform at tonight’s (October 25) “I Will Vote” concert in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. That event will be hosted by George Lopez and Ana Navarro and it will also feature: A$AP Ferg, Sara Bareilles, Aloe Blacc, Black Eyed Peas (with Jennifer Hudson), Cher, Ciara, Darren Criss, Andra Day, Macy Gray, John Legend, Dave Matthews, P!nk, and more. The show will start at 8:00 p.m. ET. and fans can gain access to it by donating at joebiden.com/concert.

Orgy Share Previously Unreleased Video For “Spells”

Orgy have shared a previously unreleased music video for their song “Spells”. That track is from the band’s 2015 EP “Talk Sick.”

Frontman Jay Gordon commented:

“Hey Fans, Friends and Fiends,

We just wanted to reach out during these hard times to let you know we haven’t forgotten about all of you. These times are especially difficult for everyone, not just the music industry. While it’s probably for the best, it sure does suck, not being able to perform live for all of you. We miss it just as much as you probably do, if not more. We can’t wait to get the new record to you either. We have restructured and reshaped the sound again, to bring you something u can sink your teeth (fangs, etc.) into.

While we are utilizing this downtime to work, we were forced to do everything from our individual houses, so we moved out of studios and into our cribs so that we can continue to push forward with the record.

However, we had been sitting on a video for the song “Spells” directed by Mykyta Samusiev, produced by Anna Tveritina and Visual Effects, Director, Producer Henry Lipatov. We figured (even tho so much has changed regarding the sound of Orgy since then), why not at least release the “Spells” video on all major platforms, & give it away to any of you that want it.

That being said we hope u enjoy it.

We hope the video will at least be a distraction from all the drama going on out there!

Stay Safe, Stay Well, & most importantly Stay Optimistic. We will ALL get through these complicated times.

We are with each and every one of you!

Looking forward to seeing all of you again with a new record and tour when they open live music venues hopefully in 2021!!

Hope all of you can make it!

Big ups in large doses,

Jay & Orgy”

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Cavo

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Chris Hobbs of Cavo.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

HOBBS: I’ve been holding up well! This year has definitely been devastating for the music/touring industry but I feel fortunate to have my family and music family to lean on.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

HOBBS: Yes!!! I’ve taken this time to dig deeper into my home studio. I think it’s a crucial thing moving forward to be able to write and share ideas while being separated from bandmates.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

HOBBS: It was a gig with a 90’s cover band back in February. I remember it being a packed house and a lot of fun! I hope for a time in the near future to get back to playing to a live audience.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

HOBBS: Nothing in the books to say, but it’s definitely something Cavo would love to do in the future!

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

HOBBS: That’s a tough question… I think things will have to evolve in the short term (streaming shows, drive-in shows, etc.) Music and art for many people like me IS essential, but with the health and safety of all in mind, we have to carve new paths. The industry as it has been may never recover, but the music will continue.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

HOBBS: For sure! The easiest way to support your favorite artists is on social media and liking and sharing content. It is a huge help. If you have the financial means to buy music/merch from online stores or support the streaming shows happening. Anything that goes straight to the artist helps the most!

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Ellis Johnson

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Ellis Johnson.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about yourself:

JOHNSON: I’m a singer songwriter from Manchester UK.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

JOHNSON: Difficult one, my influences span throughout many genres and artists. They’ve changed as time has gone on. Initially I was massively influenced by Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Green Day, etc… My first instrument is drums so I was heavily into Bonham and Grohl. Over the years I’ve gotten into soul music and indie, to name a couple of genres. I love everything from Sam Cooke to Nathaniel Rateliff and Gang of Youths.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

JOHNSON: It’s called ‘Something Criminal’. It’s a foot tapper. Nice to chill out too, and if anyone’s been shafted by the cold rod of heartbreak, they may relate to the lyrics.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

JOHNSON: A ruddy good time! I like to engage with my audience and have a laugh as well as getting them all to sing along. What are we without a bit of banter?! I hope people expect to feel good and enjoy the art of live music.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do yourself in 5 years?

JOHNSON: I’d like to think my fan base will grow and I’ll be playing some great shows to great people. I’d also love to open up for some reputable acts. I want to make a fortune and drive an old banger into a sizeable puddle, then throw a hotel room service menu out of the window, then shout something profound. I’d also love a swimming pool.

Smith & Myers (Shinedown) Premiere “One More Time” Video

Smith & Myers, the project featuring Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, have premiered a new video for their song “One More Time.” This track is from the band’s new album “Volume 2,” which was released today (October 23). That effort follows “Volume 1,” which was released earlier this month.

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Further Discusses His Battle With COVID-19 On “The Joe Rogan Experience”

As previously reported, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) recently revealed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in February. Now, during a recent appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the frontman discussed his battle with the disease even further.

Keenan said the following [transcribed by The PRP]:

“I didn’t have a bad [case], yes and no. So it was one of those, you know I’m in Australia. We went out to dinner… and immediately food didn’t taste right, but this is now, this is all hindsight, right I didn’t know at the time. We didn’t know that these are the things you’re looking for, like immediately.

So nobody knew what to tell you. I immediately was sick, then I had to get on an international flight the next morning, fly to New Zealand on… I’m a super spreader [jokingly replying to Rogan], I brought it [to New Zealand], it was in me. And I put it in you.

So we got there, I was like four days in the hotel. Cuz we have four days off before the shows. So I was just drinking water, hot showers, taking care of myself, hot tea, just trying to get through it and it sucked. But you didn’t know yet that like what, how bad this thing could have been. if I’d have known how bad it could have been I would have been freaking out.”

[I] isolated pretty well like I you know I was, I grabbed the masks before I even got on the plane, because I just instinctually like just having, you know friends that are that are, you know, going to Taiwan and going to Japan like you just see the mask, like, Okay, I’m probably just gonna wear the mask anywhere on the plane.”

He continued when asked if all this happened before people were more aware of COVID-19:

“No, it was happening. I asked the doctor when I got to New Zealand ‘do you think this is COVID?’ He’s like, ‘did you have a fever?’ I’m like I don’t remember if I had a fever, well then ‘you didn’t have COVID.’ Okay.

So I got through that. I was able to do the [Tool] show I didn’t have to close my throat down enough [that[ I would have to cancel.”

“Then the next show was going to be in the Northwest…” [Rogan asks how hard it was to sing] “It was not, it was not fun. We had to kind of adjust to set around a little bit, don’t put the hard ones in. I got to Hawaii to go train with Luis.

And some of the guys there, Chad was a Muay Thai instructor. And I’m starting to do the Muay Thai I’m like, ‘dude, this hurts’ like, I’ve never, my hands have never hurt this bad. I thought maybe I sprained them because right after I recovered in New Zealand. I went and trained in New Zealand, thinking, I’m just gonna fucking gut it out, you know, I’m gonna walk it off, rub some dirt on it and I felt okay then.

But when I finally got to Maui, I’m like, this is not right. This hurts I can’t fucking do this. I thought well maybe I sprained my wrist, so months go by that they’re not healing, I’m going through harvest [at his winery] at this point and like nothing’s [changing] they’re not healing.

But I finally went to a doctor, an arthritis doctor, and he was like ‘okay so walk me through when you first saw…’ And I started walking him through everything he goes, ‘you had COVID.’ And what what are some of the side effects that you find are the are that inflammation.

So whatever I guess so it’s some kind of a rheumatoid response. That alone would be well maybe, I’m just 56 and I have arthritis, but my blood work was completely clean everywhere else no other issues anywhere else in my body but just the wrists, explaining that, but I still have the cough.

So whatever cough I had whatever cough I got in New Zealand, like every other day, I’ll have a coughing fit for, you know, for 10 minutes, coughing up stuff, so I have lung damage from from it still.”

He also talked about the disease having an impact on his martial art training:

“Yeah… my motivation is diminished because I’m like trying to do stuff and my hands hurt. Not anymore [though] not that I’m on medication.”

Rogan then made a joke saying Keenan was on meth, before the singer revealed that he has been taking a chemotherapy agent/immune system suppressant called Methotrexate:

“[It’s] is not fun to be on. But my wrists have cleared up… I’m back to, you know, doing stuff.”

He continued when Rogan asked if he has tried CBD:

“The Methotrexate goes for about, it’s like a you know I did, I’ve done it for now 10 weeks. I have another five weeks supposedly I’m gonna do, but I’m going to continue the CBD after that.”

Later in the chat, Keenan also discussed COVID-19 conspiracy theorists:

“I’m still feeling residual effects of that. I feel like there’s a bunch of people that that—maybe I didn’t almost die—I have friends who almost died. Yeah, it was close. So then you have people going… apparently I’m being paid to say this [that he contracted COVID-19]. Eat a dick dude.”

DJ Ashba (Sixx:A.M.) Premieres “Let’s Dance” Video

DJ Ashba has premiered a new video for his song “Let’s Dance.” This track features Ashba’s Sixx:A.M. bandmate James Michael and it will appear on his new solo album.

Ashba previously commented:

“On ‘Let’s Dance’, my goal was to create the perfect blend of rock and EDM by laying down the foundation with an infectious hardcore dance beat, melodic guitars and topping it off with one of the best vocalists in rock. Now the party moves from Las Vegas to Miami, and James Michael is right there with this understated bravado sure to surprise our rock fans and hopefully capture the attention of club-goers around the world. I want to bring them all together for an amazing celebration.”

Michael added:

“To hear Ashba’s incredible guitar work surrounded by the electronics of EDM showcases not only his skills as an artist but as a producer and writer as well. I was thrilled when he invited me to be a feature on ‘Let’s Dance’!”