Exodus, Gene Simmons & More – Q101 Music News For Sept. 8th 2014
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Exodus Speaks Out Over Fans Arrest For Posting Lyrics On Facebook
The band stated, while they do not “condone terrorists, threats or bullying” they were “baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech.”
Guitarist Gary Holt said, “The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society.
“James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of f***ed up behavior.
“It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.
“As some of us in Exodus are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it’s every parent’s worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn’t always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including Exodus, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”
The local NBC affiliate reports that Evans was released from jail on Wednesday afternoon after eight days in jail and they report that he says that he has been told that “his case will be deferred for six months and he will have to undergo a mental evaluation.”
Evans told 14News, “It’s nonsense. I feel like my civil rights have been violated. You know first amendment freedom of speech out the window.
“Even all the guys I was in the cell with they thought it was nonsense themselves. I had several officials tell me it was nonsense that there was no reason why I should have even been here,”
Gene Simmons Says Rock Was Murdered
In an interview with Esquire magazine Gene Simmons states “The death of rock was not a natural death, Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won’t, because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it.”
“Don’t quit your day job is a good piece of advice. When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain. Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support.” He adds, “There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead. Rock is finally dead.”
“It’s very sad for new bands. My heart goes out to them. They just don’t have a chance.” Simmons remarks. “If you play guitar, it’s almost impossible. You’re better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs, and just singing in the shower and auditioning for ‘The X Factor.’ And I’m not slamming ‘The X Factor,’ or pop singers. But where’s the next Bob Dylan? Where’s the next Beatles? Where are the songwriters? Where are the creators?”
“I’m not the guy to be pouting and complaining about stuff. I make a decent living. I’m very, very lucky. But that’s because we started before the chaos, in the days when people had to buy records. If you didn’t like a band, you didn’t buy their albums, and the people decided.”
Atreyu Say New Song ‘So Others May Live’ Honors Our Troops
Vocalist Alex Varkatzas says of the track, “‘So Others May Live’ is inspired by one of my best friends, who is ex-military. The things our troops go through to protect us are pretty unreal. Their treatment after leaves a lot to be desired, as well.”
“The song honors them and condemns our government’s constant deployment of these brave souls. The people who fight and die for us often come from a certain socio-economic background — the working class. The people making these decisions send our nation’s children to war come from positions of privilege and wealth. Their kids aren’t the ones getting deployed and they aren’t risking their lives every day at work. Yet they order the working class to go ‘keep us safe’ at the drop of a hat, it feels like. It’s bulls–t.
It’s the politicians and the rich of this country waging war to keep the majority pre-occupied, so they can make money and advance their bulls–t political agendas. The expense is ‘expendable’ working class/poor Americans’ lives, never the rich.”
Saving Abel Release Blood Stained Revolution
In an interview with Loudwire Saving Able talks about their new singer, “We are so excited to have joined forces with our new singer Scotty Austin, who has proven to be an amazing songwriter in his own right. We feel like we have risen to a whole new level as songwriters and as live performers. As always it’s all about our blue collar fans and we are proud to share this new song and album with them.”
Alien Ant Farm Talks About Always And Forever
In an interview with Alien Ant Farm, loudwire asked: What can fans expect from this new forthcoming album ‘Always and Forever’?
“It’s all over the place, it’s kind of schizophrenic. I don’t mind listening to music where it’s not really any style. Ant Farm kind of grew up, there’s this weird jazz, metal kind of thing. It’s a little scattered. As far as writing, I like to write fictional, I very rarely delve into a personal experience. It’s weird, later on I go, “Oh my gosh, this is happening to me now and I wrote this five years ago.” I don’t throw my personal stuff on the table. I try to get witty and some of it does have this heartfelt feeling but it’s more imaginative, I think, for me.”
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