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    Date: Jul 19, 2022
    Posted By: Kaylee Harper

The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins has called opening for Disturbed his “worst experience as a support act.” In his own YouTube series, the singer recalled an unpleasant incident involving Disturbed’s audience at a show at the Brixton Academy in London, as well as the disappointing reaction he got from Disturbed singer David Draiman.

It all started when an audience member lobbed a piece of chewing gum at the stage, landing a direct hit straight into Hawkins’ mouth while he was performing. When he verbally lashed back at the crowd, he drew the ire of Disturbed’s David Draiman.

“I was singing [makes choking sound],” Hawkins said of the flying gum. “It was just a brilliant shot; I had to respect it, really. And then afterwards, David Draiman wasn’t very pleased with me. I don’t know; I think I may have issued an admonishment to the throng, which didn’t go down very well with him. But what are you gonna do? Who gives a f**k? I’m just kidding [at the time].”

Hawkins praised Disturbed’s music as “brilliant, if you like that sort of thing,” but says he would have handled the unruly crowd differently.

“When things like that happen… If a band is supporting my band and then our crowd is not very nice to them, I would always go and apologize,” Hawkins continued. “That didn’t happen with Disturbed. I think it actually had the opposite effect and they were angry with us. But… not my problem.”

Update: David Draiman and Justin Hawkins hashed things out over Twitter, with Draiman tweeting, “Hey @JustinHawkins of @thedarkness. Sorry you feel that way. There’s a lot of things I regret saying in the past and this is one of them. It’s been 20 years. I think we’re both old enough to have a pint at some point and laugh about it.”

Hawkins responded, “This is awesome! I don’t drink any more but I’ll take a non alcoholic beer. Thanks @davidmdraiman so cool that you reached out.” The Disturbed singer then answered, “We’re both survivors of this industry. Im sure we both have stories to tell. Let’s figure out when we’re both in the same place/same time and make it happen.” To which Hawkins concluded, “Yeah!!! I’m down. I just slid into it DMs on Instagram.”

Back in 2004, Draiman expressed his disdain for The Darkness, telling Metal Edge [via Blabbermouth], “To be perfectly honest with you, I think that The Darkness is a joke, and that’s, unfortunately, exactly what the world wants. The world wants rock bands to be idiots. The world wants rock bands to be these bumbling buffoons, these morons who made fun of themselves and their music and their art and don’t take themselves seriously in any way.”

He continued, “And it’s funny, I wouldn’t even go ahead and say anything about them per se, unless they had already laid down the gauntlet. I heard of late that they have decided to start slinging shit in our direction, that we are an example of one of the bands that they’re completely against. That to them, we symbolize this whole wave of nu-metal that is near its death. Are you f**king kidding me? The irony is that they opened up for us in London at Brixton Academy, and here they are talking shit about us. I like [the song “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”]. I have nothing against the song. I can’t argue that it’s a catchy goddamn song, but it’s not metal. It’s pop-rock. How dare they call themselves metal? That’s not metal. It’ll never be metal.”

As previously reported, Mastodon’s Brent Hinds also had choice words when recalling his band’s stint on the Mayhem festival tour with Disturbed, lambasting the band’s fans as a “f**kin’ bunch of drunk Americans” and calling the experience “gay ass sh*t.” Mastodon’s Brann Dailor quickly apologized for Hinds’ use of a homophobic slur and to Disturbed themselves, saying, “We also have no ill will towards Disturbed, they were always super cool to us on the Mayhem tour.”


    Date: May 04, 2022
    Posted By: Kaylee Harper

As a guest on The Bob Lefsetz Podcast, Avenged SevenfoldM. Shadows had a wide-ranging conversation about music industry tactics and strategy. It included some commentary on the metal scene on the whole, which the singer is still confident in and supports, but understands there are things that can be done to improve its overall standing in the world.

I think the purely metal scene is always going to be there, affirmed Shadows (transcription via Metal Injection), Its always got a pulse.

I dont think the innovation is there, and I dont think the ability for fans to have an open mind for when something is innovative, something is different. I think the great songwriting has kind of been lost a little bit, he offered, levying fair criticism, the latter part of which echoed Arch Enemy frontwoman Alissa White-Gluzs recent comments on the quality (or lack of quality) of songwriting in metal today.

One common question uttered by metal fans is, Where is the next Metallica? While this anecdote wasnt directly cited, Shadows acknowledged this loose fallacy when he said, When Metallica came out there was nothing like that. It seems like a lot of bands in my generation are just treading the same waters of what Metallica has already done.

With no shortage of superstar musical talent out in the world, the frontman, asserted, I think when you see great artists, a lot of them arent in the metal scene. Theres a lot of great art out there, and I would argue there are some amazing pop, some amazing hip-hop, some amazing R&B, and some artists that are doing truly eccentric stuff.

You dont see it as much in metal, and I know there will be a bunch of metalheads that send me 50 things on Twitter after they hear this and youll listen to it and youll just kind of roll your eyes, he continued, Its the same stuff and theyre doing the same sort of vibe and I think that hurts metal in a way, because I think a lot of times its just this regurgitated sound that people will praise, and then it goes away, because if youre not in the scene, you dont care and if its something way outside the box it just gets the thumbs down right away and the gatekeepers kind of keep it behind closed doors and say, Well, were going to forget about that. Thats not metal, and I think that hurts the scene.

Citing artist in the heavy music space that he feels are making innovative distinctions with their work, Shadows exclaimed, I think nowadays though theres bands like System of a Down — obviously, theyre not making music. They are truly a great band to me where theyre making a different sound — theres bands like the Deftones, theres Ghost who are doing their own thing. There are these shining, bright moments, but overall as a scene you dont see the experimentation that I would love to see.

For years, Avenged Sevenfold have sought to find new ways to break traditional molds, at least within the realm of rock and metal, and theyre continuing to trailblaze with their own exclusive NFT club and even pulling in influences from far outside the framework of metal for their next album, which finds inspiration in Kanye West and jazz music.


    Date: Apr 08, 2022
    Posted By: Kaylee Harper
UPDATE: On Friday (April 8), organizers announced that Red Hot Chili Peppers have been added to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival lineup for Sunday. The band will fill in for Foo Fighters, who canceled their remaining tour dates for the year following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins at age 50 on March 25.

PREVIOUS ARTICLE: After two years of cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is heading back to the Big Easy in 2022.

The Who, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Luke Combs, Lionel Richie, The Black Crowes, Willie Nelson and Erykah Badu are set to headline the jam packed two-weekend festival, according to the lineup released on Thursday (Jan. 20).

Additional performers include The Avett Brothers, Norah Jones, Lauren Daigle, Ludacris, Billy Strings, Nelly, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Death Cab for Cutie and many, many more.
The first weekend of the event will take place from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, while the second will begin on Thursday, May 5 through Sunday, May 8 at the festival’s longtime home at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana.


    Date: Mar 17, 2022
    Posted By: Kaylee Harper

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of hit animated television show South Park, Comedy Central has booked a one-night-only concert featuring Primus, the band who wrote the shows intro theme songs, and Ween.

The event is set for Aug. 10 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado and will feature a special appearance by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. We’re so excited to go home and play at Red Rocks, a place that’s been known for hosting the most legendary artists and musicians. Until now, the two commented (via Consequence).

Over the course of its 20-plus seasons (Season 25 is currently airing), South Park has welcomed quite a lot of rock and heavy metal artists on its show. In one episode, Eric Cartman had to purge the town of a hippie infestation by blasting Slayer after drilling through a crowd. All of Korn appeared in an earlier episode that spoofed Scooby-Doo Where Are You! and Dying Fetus music even made it into a Season 23 scene where their music was played by Stan Marshs death metal band Crimson Dawn.

Theres plenty more instances of the worlds of heavy music and South Park colliding, but, in regards to the summer concert, the focus will be all on Primus and Ween, who both starred in the memorable Season 2 episode Chef Aid. The episode, which also featured a number of other stars (Ozzy OsbourneElton JohnDMXJoe StrummerRancidMeat Loaf), also found Ween contribute the original song The Rainbow.

A registration period for tickets is open now through March 20 at 11:59PM MT / 9:59PM ET.


    Date: Feb 11, 2022
    Posted By: Kaylee Harper
Requiem is Korns third leader on the ARIA Albums Chart, and their first to make it to the top since Issues back in November 1999.

Korn smashes a 20-year-plus chart drought with Requiem (Concord/Universal), which debuts at No. 1 in Australia.

Requiem is the nu-metal veterans’ third leader on the ARIA Albums Chart, and their first to make it to the top since Issues back in November 1999.

The band’s 14th studio album becomes their tenth Top 10 album Australia, ARIA reports, and the market’s best-seller on vinyl this week.

Meanwhile, an album of bird calls flies high on the ARIA Chart. After six cycles outside the Top 50, Australian Bird Calls Songs Of Disappearance (MGM) soars to No. 2 — a new peak — thanks to its deluxe release, dubbed the “Endangered Edition.”

The project is a collaboration between nature recordist David Stewart, Nature Sound, the Bowerbird Collective, BirdLife Australia, Charles Darwin University and Mervyn Street of Mangkaja Arts.

Songs of Disappearance brings into focus a report published last December by BirdLife Australia that showed that one in six native bird species were threatened with extinction from climate change and habitat destruction. The collection carries individual bird calls as well as a three-minute compilation of all the species, for a unique chorus of birdsong.

The LP “is a very special record with some rare recordings of birds that may not survive if we don’t come together to protect them,” comments Paul Sullivan, CEO of BirdLife Australia. “While this campaign is fun, there’s a serious side to what we’re doing, and it’s been heartening to see bird enthusiasts showing governments and businesses that Australians care about these important birds.”

Further down the chart, Black Country, New Road make their debut with Ants From Up There (Ninja Tune/Inertia), the British alternative rock band’s second album. It’s new at No. 6.

Indie singer and songwriter Mitski also chalks up her first appearance on the ARIA Top 50 this week with Laurel Hell (Dead Oceans/Inertia), new at No. 7. Laurel Hell is a hit with wax collectors, opening at No. 2 on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber continue their stay at the summit with their blockbuster collaboration. “Stay” enters week 17 at No. 1, and cements its position as the second-longest leader in history. Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” is the record-holder, with 24 weeks at No. 1 between August 2019 and January 2020.

Finally, Flume returns to the chart with his comeback track “Say Nothing,” featuring vocals from Sydney singer and songwriter MAY-A. It’s the first tune lifted from Flume’s third studio LP Palaces, due out in May. Flume (real name Harley Streten) last appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart a full year ago with “The Difference,” which featured American singer, songwriter and producer Toro y Moi and peaked at No. 23 in February 2021.


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