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  • SYSTEM OF A DOWN's JOHN DOLMAYAN Praises DONALD TRUMP, Calls Him 'The Greatest Friend To Minorities'
    SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan has praised Donald Trump, calling him "the most attacked president in history yet the greatest friend to minorities." Dolmayan made the comment while sharing a meme featuring Trump's claim that his administration has done more for the African American community "than any president since Abraham Lincoln". In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Trump cited his administration's work to enact criminal justice reform and establish federal tax breaks for those investing in underserved communities through opportunity zones as well as the record low unemployment rate among African Americans recorded before the novel coronavirus outbreak. On Wednesday, Dolmayan shared Trump's claims and he included the following message: "Let's not let the narrative that's being spun make us forget the truth of this statement. The most attacked president in history yet the greatest friend to minorities! Don't believe it ? Look at the stats . Don't like it , doesn't change the truth of it." In a separate Instagram post, Dolmayan shared a photo of a retired St. Louis police captain who killed by people who broke into a pawn shop after protests over George Floyd's death turned violent. He wrote in an accompanying message: "Injustice breeds injustice, for those of you who vilified me for calling for peaceful protests you should be ashamed of yourselves for perpetuating violence and advocating for mob justice. This man had a family too . I don’t care how many of you condemn me for my views and defense of the president, I will fight your attempt to silence any voice that isn’t in line with your perceived morally superior views just as I would fight for your rights to have and express those views I don’t always agree with. For those of you incapable of understanding that feel free to bash me all you like as that is also your right under the constitution but know I couldn’t care less ." Dolmayan's views on Donald Trump are markedly different to those of his SYSTEM OF A DOWN bandmate, singer Serj Tankian, who recently called Trump "completely useless" over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Tankian addressed Trump's pattern of false information and exaggeration during an interview with New Zealand journalist David Farrier. He said: "[Trump is] obsessed about himself, and the economy is his barometer of his presidency, in his mind, so he doesn't want the economy to fail, and, obviously, it's going to fail. All the economy in the world is failing because of this involuntary cause," referring to the pandemic. "Everything that he says in his press conferences reverts back to him and how well his government is doing, or making fun of the press for… not making fun, but basically beating down on them, that they wanna replace him and this is all about his re-election," Serj continued. "It's all about him." SYSTEM OF A DOWN has toured intermittently since ending its hiatus in 2011 but has yet to record a follow-up to its "Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize" albums, which came out in 2005.
  • NEUROSIS's STEVE VON TILL Releases New Single 'Shadows On The Run'
    Steve Von Till swan-dives into the darkness of modern life with a sonic document of rural psychedelia that transcends the physical world—towards a greater spiritual acceptance that connects naturalism, spiritualism, and the corporeal form. As uncertainty abounds, Von Till's forthcoming album, "No Wilderness Deep Enough", and debut book, "Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems And Collected Lyrics", provide a voice of existential wisdom and experience to offer comfort and perspective in an era of uncharted territory. Today, he has shared the album's ethereal second single, "Shadows On The Run". "Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems And Collected Lyrics" is a collection of new poetry and lyrics from Von Till's solo career over the past 20 years. It's a work of rich text that showcases his deeply felt ruminations on the myriad beginnings and endings of life itself, offering another medium of which to experience his singular artistic perspective. Von Till's charted an extraordinary musical path over the last several decades, from his main duties as singer and guitarist of the boundary-breaking NEUROSIS, to the psychedelic music of his HARVESTMAN project and the unique folk songs he's released under his own name. But "No Wilderness Deep Enough" is truly like nothing you've ever heard from him before — an album that's devastatingly beautiful and overwhelming in its scope, reminiscent of the tragic ecstasy of NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS' recent work as well as the borderless ambient music pioneered by Brian Eno, late composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's glacial compositions, and the electronic mutations of COIL. With a foundation of simple melancholy piano chord progressions that came to fruition during jetlagged nights in his wife's childhood home in Germany, "No Wilderness Deep Enough" was further embellished with mellotron and electronic treatments in Von Till's home studio in North Idaho. Viewing the emerging result as an ambient instrumental album, he consulted friend and engineer Randall Dunn (MARISSA NADLER, EARTH) about adding live cello and french horn and piano in a proper studio. After enlisting Brent Arnold on cello and Aaron Korn on french horn, he challenged Von Till to sing over the music and make it his next solo album — which is exactly what happened, with final work being completed at Tucker Martine's (THE DECEMBERISTS, NEKO CASE) Flora Recording And Playback in Portland. Lyrically, "No Wilderness Deep Enough" touches on themes essential to living in the world around us, as well as co-existing with ourselves and others. "It's about personal longings and loss, and the loves and insecurities we all feel combined with meditations on humanity as a whole," Von Till explains while discussing his main artistic aims behind the album, as well as his poetic expressions captured in "Harvestman". "I'm exploring the great disconnect: from the natural world, from each other, and ultimately from ourselves — trying to find meaning and depth in re-establishing those connections, to find a resonance in purpose and acknowledging the past while looking towards the future and still being in the moment." With "No Wilderness Deep Enough" and "Harvestman", Von Till has achieved a sense of mass resonance through his restless artistic exploration — providing art that journeys into the heart of fear and uncertainty in a world where we've often known little else. He swan-dives into the darkness of modern life, with the resulting emergence a sonic document of rural psychedelia that transcends the physical world — towards a greater spiritual acceptance that connects naturalism, spiritualism, and the corporeal form. "No Wilderness Deep Enough" and "Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems And Collected Lyrics" arrive on August 7 via Neurot Recordings. "No Wilderness Deep Enough" track listing: 01. Dreams Of Trees 02. The Old Straight Track 03. Indifferent Eyes 04. Trail The Silent Hours 05. Shadows On The Run 06. Wild Iron
  • RUSH's NEIL PEART Honored With Pavilion In His Former Hometown
    According to The St. Catharines Standard, a pavilion in Port Dalhousie, a community in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, is being named after RUSH drummer Neil Peart. A unanimous vote by the St. Catharines city council made the name Neil Peart Pavilion at Lakeside Park official on Wednesday (June 3). Neil Peart Pavilion got more than 80 percent of the online votes. Voting took place for two weeks and the winning name was presented to city council for final approval. "The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive," said Port Dalhousie Coun. Bruce Williamson. "Neal Peart's been one of our most famous local individuals and a lot of his songs have local roots, including the namesake park." Peart grew up in St. Catharines, worked at the former midway in Lakeside Park and wrote the song "Lakeside Park", which was included on RUSH's third album, 1975's "Caress Of Steel". Peart died on January 7 in Santa Monica, California after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The iconic RUSH drummer was 67 years old. RUSH announced Peart's passing on January 10, setting off shockwaves and an outpouring of grief from fans and musicians all over the world. RUSH's final show took place at the Forum in Los Angeles on August 1, 2015. Peart indicated at the time that he wanted to retire while he was still able to play well, along with a desire to spend more time at home with his young daughter. Peart joined RUSH in 1974. He was considered one of the best rock drummers of all time, alongside John Bonham of LED ZEPPELIN; Keith Moon of THE WHO; and Ginger Baker of CREAM. Peart was also RUSH's primary lyricist, drawing inspiration from everything from sci-fi to Ayn Rand.
  • IN THIS MOMENT's CHRIS HOWORTH On Future Of Live Concerts: 'Eventually It'll Get Back To Normal'
    IN THIS MOMENT guitarist Chris Howorth spoke to RadioactiveMike Z, host of the 96.7 KCAL-FM radio program "Wired In The Empire", about how he is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and what the touring circuit might look like post-pandemic. Asked how he envisions concerts returning once the threat of the novel coronavirus has subsided, Chris said: "I feel like if we wait until 2021 and give everything a chance to kind of catch up — maybe we can get some kind of treatments in place and a vaccine — I think there is still gonna be attempts to social distance at the concerts a little bit or create some sort of space at first. I think eventually it'll get back to normal. Our band, we do have mosh pits sometimes, but we have a pretty diverse fanbase, and they really watch a lot more than they mosh, because there's so much more to see on the stage. So I think for us particularly, we could probably make it work in seated theaters, if we had to at first. I really don't know. But there's gonna be a lot of precation taken at first, and it might take a good six months to a year, once it does start back up again, to kind of ease back into feeling like it used to feel. It might take longer than that. It's hard to guess what the changes will be." Howorth also weighed in on the future of meet-and-greets, which allow bands like IN THIS MOMENT to maximize revenue from superfans. "As of right now, I would say [do away with] all the meet-and-greets, but, like I said, if there was a treatment and a vaccine in place, and we can do meet-and-greets with the mask and gloves on, since you don't know who's coming on," he said. "It depends on so many things. Like, if they were really doing the thing where they take people's temperatures when they come in the door so they know nobody's sick, that might make it a little easier to do meet-and-greets. I would say meet-and-greets are probably gonna be one of those things that's very last to come back around." IN THIS MOMENT's latest album, "Mother", was released on March 27. The disc was once again recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko. The LP contains three covers, including the STEVE MILLER BAND's "Fly Like An Eagle" and QUEEN's "We Will Rock You", which features vocal backup from HALESTORM's Lzzy Hale and THE PRETTY RECKLESS's Taylor Momsen. Three months ago, IN THIS MOMENT announced that its U.S. tour with BLACK VEIL BRIDES, DED and RAVEN BLACK that was to start March 24 in Orlando, Florida was being postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
  • MÖTLEY CRÜE Drummer TOMMY LEE To Release Two New Solo Songs This Friday: 'People Are Gonna Bug,' He Says
    MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee will release two new solo songs this Friday, June 5. "Knock Me Down" is a collaboration with Killvein, while "Tops" features South African rapper Push Push. Lee shared a teaser for the new tracks on social media, captioning it "BIG NEWS... 2 songs out on Friday!" Tommy told US Weekly about the new songs: "I can't wait. People are gonna bug." "Knock Me Down" and "Tops" will appear on Lee's third solo album, "Andro", which is tentatively due this summer. His first solo LP since 2005's "Tommyland: The Ride" is also expected to include a "slowed-down" and "insane" cover of Prince's "When You Were Mine" as well as guest appearances by PLYA singer Julia, a singer called Ellie, rap battlist Shotty Horroh, former ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA frontman Lukas Rossi and U.K. hip-hop/dubstep group FOREIGN BEGGARS. Lee's METHODS OF MAYHEM rap-rock side project released its self-titled debut album in 1999 and was certified gold in the U.S. A follow-up effort, "A Public Disservice Announcement", came out 11 years later. Lee also collaborated with METHODS OF MAYHEM's DJ Aero on the "#MSND" EP, which was released in 2013. Earlier this week, MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Stadium Tour" with DEF LEPPARD, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS was finally postponed. Lagging behind nearly every artist that has iced its summer dates, the bands issued a statement on Monday (June 1), explaining the trek has been officially pushed back to 2021.

    BIG NEWS... 2 songs out on Friday!

    Pre-save to hear them first: https://t.co/5Yr0esQuPu pic.twitter.com/V7VmtpHcDi — T?mmy L33 (@MrTommyLand) June 3, 2020