Misfits, In This Moment, August Burns Red, Etc. Added To 2021 Aftershock Festival

More bands have been added to the 2021 Aftershock Festival. The event is scheduled to take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Limp Bizkit, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Knocked Loose, Fit For A King, and Oxymorrons.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, Dropkick Muprhys, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Ayron Jones, Butcher Babies, Crobot, Des Rocs, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Black Map, UnityTX, and Contracult Collective.

October 9: Misfits, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Mudvayne, Body Count, Asking Alexandria, Atreyu, Badflower, Anti-Flag, August Burns Red, Bones UK, Alien Weaponry, The Black Moods, Blame My Youth, South Of Eden, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Grandson, Mammoth WVH, From Ashes To New, The Blue Stones, Law, All Good Things, Higher Power, Tempt, and The Cold Stares.

Lineup Finalized For 2021 Rebel Rock Festival

More bands have been added to the 2021 Rebel Rock Festival. The event is scheduled to take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, FL on September 23-26 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

September 23 (“Taco Metal Party”): P.O.D. (performing “Satellite“), Slaves, Otherwise, Sons Of Texas, Kyng, Another Day Dawns, Greyhaven, Killakoi, Fate Destroyed, Matriarchs, and Part Time Superheroes.

September 24: Limp Bizkit, Machine Gun Kelly, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals (“A Vulgar Display Of Pantera” set), Skillet, Motionless In White, Pop Evil, Hatebreed, Finger Eleven, Knocked Loose, Fit For A King, DED, Light The Torch, Saul, September Mourning, Dirty Machine, Fighting Giants, and Circa Arcana.

September 25: Five Finger Death Punch, Legends Of Wu-Tang, Underoath, Killswitch Engage, Body Count, DevilDriver, August Burn Red, Attila, Escape The Fate, Nonpoint, Bad Omens, Them Evils, Cold, Small Town Titans, Falling Through April, Farewell To Fear, and Grin Cynic.

September 26: Rise Against, The Used, Sevendust, Anti-Flag, All That Remains, Emmure, Miss May I, Suicide Silence, Brett Scallions (Fuel), Fire From The Gods, Spite, Stitched Up Heart, Destrophy, Islander, Dropout Kings, Rising Up Angry, Below 7, Kill The Imposter, and Lost In Silence.

Over 70 More Bands Added To 2022 UK Download Festival

Over 70 more bands have been added to next year’s UK Download Festival. The event is scheduled to take place at Donington Park on June 10-12, 2022 and the updated lineup can be found below:

Main Stage: KISS, Iron Maiden, Biffy Clyro, Deftones, Korn, The Pretty Reckless, Rise Against, Black Label Society, Theory Of A Deadman, Monster Truck, Powerwolf, Wayward Sons, Those Damned Crows, and The Raven Age.

Second Stage: Megadeth, Steel Panther, The Distillers, The Darkness, Airbourne, Daughtry, Skillet, Lacuna Coil, Bush, Of Mice & Men, Wednesday 13, Ayron Jones, Massive Wagons, The Last Internationale, and Control The Storm.

The Avalanche Stage: The Ghost Inside, Funeral For A Friend, Descendents, Boston Manor, Sleep Token, The Faim, Grandson, Trash Boat, Holding Absence, Mariana’s Trench, Wargasm, Loathe, Jamie Lenman, The Hara, Press Club, Salem, Cemetery Sun, Blackout Problems, Dead Posey, and Static Dress.

The Dogtooth Stage: Electric Wizard, Sepultura, Blues Pills, Dying Fetus, British Lion, Bleed From Within, Twin Temple, Bokassa, Venom Prison, Spiritbox, Tempt, Fire From The Gods, A.A. Williams, Higher Power, Kill The Lights, Dead Poet Society, Joyous Wolf, Modern Error, Cellar Door Moon Crow, Lotus Eater, The Scratch, Dead Label, Phoxjaw, JJ Wilde, Anchor Lane, Temples On Mars, As Everything Unfolds, and The Injester.

Anthrax, Clutch, Cypress Hill, Etc. Added To 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

More bands have been added to the 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival. The event is set to take place at the Blue Ridge Amphitheater in Danville, VA on September 9-12 and the newly announced acts include: Adelitas Way, All That Remains, Asking Alexandria, Anthrax, Bad Omens, Burden Of The Sky, Clutch, Cypress Hill, Crown The Empire, D.R.U.G.S., Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow, Ice Nine Kills, Ill Niño, and Sabaton. Previously announced acts include: Five Finger Death Punch, Limp Bizkit, Gojira, Skillet, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Falling In Reverse, Underoath, Rev Run (Run-DMC), Body Count, P.O.D. (performing “Satellite“), Beartooth, Badflower, Motionless In White, Sevendust, Avatar, August Burns Red, Fever 333, Wage War, Knocked Loose, Corrosion Of Conformity, From Ashes To New, Fit For A King, Fozzy, Drowning Pool, Escape The Fate, Light The Torch, Nonpoint, Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Fire From The Gods, Texas Hippie Coalition, Slaves, Saul, Another Day Dawns, and Stitched Up Heart. Steve-O (“Jackass”) has since been added as a guest host as well.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, August Burns Red, Etc. Added To 2021 Rebel Rock Festival

More bands have been added to the 2021 Rebel Rock Festival. The event is scheduled to take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, FL on September 23-26 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

September 23 (“Taco Metal Party”): P.O.D. (performing “Satellite“), SLVS, Kyng, Otherwise, Sons Of Texas, Another Day Dawns, Greyhaven, Killakoi, Matriarchs, Fate Destroyed, and Part Time Superheroes.

September 24: Limp Bizkit, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals (“A Vulgar Display Of Pantera” set), Skillet, Motionless In White, Pop Evil, Hatebreed, Finger Eleven, Knocked Loose, Fit For A King, DED, Light The Torch, Saul, September Mourning, Dirty Machine, and Fighting Giants.

September 25: Five Finger Death Punch, Legends Of Wu-Tang, Underoath, Killswitch Engage, Body Count, DevilDriver, August Burn Red, Attila, Escape The Fate, Nonpoint, Bad Omens, Cold, Fame On Fire, Falling Through April, and Farewell To Fear.

September 26: Rise Against, The Used, Sevendust, Anti-Flag, All That Remains, Emmure, Miss May I, Suicide Silence, Brett Scallions (Fuel), Fire From The Gods, Spite, Stitched Up Heart, Islander, Dropout Kings, Kill The Imposter, Stark, Rising Up Angry, and Below 7

Gojira, Underoath, Etc. Added To 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

More bands have been added to the 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival. The event is set to take place at the Blue Ridge Amphitheater in Danville, VA on September 9-12 and the updated lineup includes: Five Finger Death Punch, Limp Bizkit, Gojira, Skillet, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Falling In Reverse, Underoath, Rev Run (Run-DMC), Body Count, P.O.D. (performing “Satellite“), Beartooth, Badflower, Motionless In White, Sevendust, Avatar, August Burns Red, Fever 333, Wage War, Knocked Loose, Corrosion Of Conformity, From Ashes To New, Fit For A King, Fozzy, Drowning Pool, Escape The Fate, Light The Torch, Nonpoint, Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Fire From The Gods, Texas Hippie Coalition, Slaves, Saul, Another Day Dawns, and Stitched Up Heart. Steve-O (“Jackass”) has since been added as a guest host as well.

Rob Zombie To Replace Disturbed At 2021 Upheaval Festival

Rob Zombie has been added to the 2021 Upheaval Festival as a replacement for Disturbed. The event is scheduled to take place at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids, MI on July 16-17 and the updated lineup can be found below:

July 16: Korn, Chevelle, Avatar, Joyous Wolf, Gemini Syndrome, Royal Bliss, The Illegal Immigrants, Assume Nothing, and Deadlight Holiday.

July 17: Rob Zombie, Staind, Skillet, Like A Storm, Blacktop Mojo, Stitched Up Heart, Heartsick, Vestigal, and Blue Felix.

Skillet’s John Cooper Says His Comments Regarding Cardi B’s Grammy Performance And Hitler Were “Misrepresented”

As previously reported, Skillet’s John Cooper recently made headlines after seemingly comparing The Grammys to Hitler, while ranting about Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s performance of “WAP” on the award show. Now, the frontman has shared a new video to clarify his comments, which he says were “misrepresented.”

Cooper said the following:

“Yesterday in my podcast, I reacted to Cardi B’s performance at the Grammys. And it has come to my attention that some of my words were misrepresented and taken out of context from their intent. So, please allow me to say this: I did not compare Cardi B to Hitler, and I did not compare her performance to Hitler or any other dictator, and I certainly didn’t compare the Grammys or the music industry or any other artist, for any reason, to any dictator.

Secondly, I wanna say this: I did not conflate the consequences or the gravity of Cardi B’s performance at the Grammys. I in no way would ever conflate that to the horrors of the genocide that we saw in 1940 or any of the other violence and murders and all the death and destruction of any dictator that we’ve had in history. I honestly don’t understand how it could be taken that way, but just to be clear and clear of any confusion, I was stating that we are living in a time when it comes to morality where we are redefining what is good and what is evil”

“Sometimes we have a hard time imagining that someone would do something bad and redefine it and call it good. That’s why I was pointing out that there have been many, many examples of dictators or horrific events over the last 100 years where people did really, really bad stuff, but they believed or claimed that they were doing it for good reasons, for moral reasons, for liberating reasons. And as an example of that, I was saying if you were to go back and read some of Hitler’s speeches, you would find that he claims to believe that he was liberating people and doing something virtuous. This in no way compared Cardi B to Hitler or any dictatorship of any kind, and it certainly wasn’t conflating all of the evil things that have happened to the consequences of Cardi B’s performance, or any other performance for that matter. I was speaking philosophically in order to make a point and then using an unequivocal example from the past where someone has traded evil but called it good.

So I’d like to end this little five-minute talk with the same ending that I used on yesterday’s podcast. This Grammy performance is a very small miscrocosm — it may seem trite; it may seem a little bit petty — it’s just a microcosm to show something that is a lot bigger. I’m actually not trying to blow this up into a crisis. I’m actually saying we are in a crisis — but not because of the Grammys and not because of Cardi B and not because of a music performance or any other musician or artist or band. That’s not why we are in a crisis. And what is the crisis? The crisis is this: we are redefining what is moral and what is immoral, what is virtuous and what is not virtuous, and it is going to have devastating consequences for America.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet’s John Cooper Compares The Grammys To Hitler After Complaining About Cardi B’s “WAP” Performance

UPDATE: John Cooper has since clarified his comments, saying that they were “misrepresented.”

Original Story:

Skillet’s John Cooper has gone off on another rant, this time complaining about Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s performance of “WAP” during the 2021 Grammy Awards. At one point, the frontman even tried to compare The Grammys to Hitler because of the performance.

Cooper said the following on his “Cooper Stuff” podcast:

“We’re living in a world right now where there are certain Dr. Seuss books that you cannot sell on eBay. They are just too much for anybody to even be allowed to buy; they’re being yanked down from all the bookstores and stuff like that. It’s just too much; it’s too evil. So you can’t go on eBay and buy it — too evil. But you can, and must, applaud the sexual degradation of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion simulating sex together on the Grammys. This is the perfect example. You must celebrate it. In fact, if you don’t celebrate it, then you’re actually a bad person, and you kind of, like, don’t love people. You’re actually not nice. This is the perfect example, you guys.”

He continued by reading chapter 5 verse 20 of the book of Isaiah, which says “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil,” before adding:

“‘I don’t think that would ever really happen.’ Really? It’s happening right now. It’s been happening in America for the last few years like crazy — especially the last five years, especially during the last year.

Why would anybody ever call evil good and good evil? It’s simple: because they just redefine the terms. The question is, who is going to define what is good, and who is gonna define what is evil?

Every dictator in history says that what they were doing was good. That’s what they believe. If you go back and you read some of Hitler’s speeches, he’s, like, ‘I’m gonna set people free — free from the bondage of the Ten Commandments.’ In his mind, he’s a liberator. It’s always like that, you guys. All you do is you just redefine evil and you redefine good. That’s what’s happening right now on the Grammys.

Now, I know there are people going — some of my ‘woke’ friends — ‘John, you’re making a big deal about nothing. It’s always been oversexualized.’ And yes, okay, of course, Grammys have always been oversexualized. Music has always been oversexualized. Hollywood has always been oversexualized. Two differences, and they matter. Number one: this is just a step beyond what we’ve seen. That’s all. I mean, you’re right — it has always been that way. Fine. This is pretty overt, all right? This is pretty over-the-top stuff.

But the biggest difference that is not the same is that 20 years ago, when Madonna did it — in fact, Madonna was really pushed into stardom from a performance like this. I can’t remember if it was Grammys or was it MTV Awards. I don’t really remember, but I watched a documentary on it a few years ago on Netflix; I can’t remember what it was. She did this performance where she was simulating self-sex and rolling all around on the stage. The difference was this: nobody said that she was virtuous for doing it. That’s a major difference, you guys. She was doing it because it was a climate of hedonism — it was a climate of sex, drugs [and] rock and roll. That’s the motto of my generation and the generation before me — sex, drugs, rock and roll. It’s a rebellion. It was a revolt against Christian values, traditional values, even just Western values in general. The family values — it was a revolt against traditional sexuality. But it wasn’t because they were virtuous. Nobody looked at Madonna and was, like, ‘She’s such a virtuous person. I really want my daughter to live this way.’ Nobody did that. That’s the difference. Madonna was doing it and getting famous because she was courageous and brave to do something that was like shock rock. Now it’s not just shock rock. Now it’s, like, yeah, we’re redefining what virtuous is. So we’re taking paganism, and we’re not just saying, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna get famous ’cause I’m willing to be into paganism and hedonism and idolatry and sexual degradation,’ and this and that and the other. No — we’re saying, ‘I’m doing all those things because I know what virtue is. I know what morality is. I define morality.’ That is what it means to call evil good, and good evil.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet Announce Spring Drive-In Tour

Skillet have announced a spring drive-in tour with Jordan Feliz and Colton Dixon. You can find the dates for that run below. Notably, the trek will also include select “An Evening Under The Stars” shows, which will feature socially distanced seating instead of drive-ins.

Tour Dates:

04/22 Mitchell, IN – Holiday Drive-In
04/23 Knox, IN – Melody Drive-In Theatre
04/24 Middle Point, OH – Van-Del Drive-In
04/25 Versailles, IN – Bel-Air Drive-In
04/29 Albertville, AL – Sand Mountain Amphitheater
04/30 Sparta, TN – Sparta Drive-in
05/01 Marion, VA – Park Place Drive In Theater
05/02 Athens, TN – Swingin’ Midway Drive-in
05/04 Beaufort, SC – Highway 21 Drive-in
05/05 Albemarle, NC – Badin Road Drive-In
05/06 Roanoke Rapids, NC – I-95 Drive-In at Roanoke Rapids Theatre
05/08 Destin, FL- Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
05/13 Guin, AL – Blue Moon Drive-In
05/14 Bald Knob, AR – Grayson Farms Amphitheater
05/15 Marshall, AR – Kenda Drive-In Theater
05/16 Fayetteville, AR – 112 Drive-In
05/18 Carthage, MO – 66 Drive-In
05/19 Wichita, KS – Starlite Drive-In
05/20 Tulsa, OK – Admiral Twin
05/22 Cadet, MO – Starlite Drive-In
05/23 Chaffee, MO – Rock ‘N’ Roll Drive-In