DISTURBED’s DAVID DRAIMAN: ‘People Are Addicted To Being Offended’

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David Draiman, who was well-known a few years ago for his outspoken views on politics and foreign affairs, was asked in a brand new interview with KLOS radio show “Whiplash” if he feels comfortable voicing his opinions in the current political climate. “No,” he told host by Full Metal Jackie. “Look, the most surefire way for you to get into an argument is simply to voice an opinion. [Laughs] I had plenty of years of being very vocal about what I believe in. It’s there — it’s there for eternity. There’s nothing I can do about it. There’s nothing I really want to do about it. You learn from what you’ve done in the past. You learn from what you’ve said in the past.”

 

The singer, who is promoting DISTURBED’s latest album, “Evolution”, continued: “It’s funny. We did this article with Metal Hammer just recently. They were gracious enough to put me on the cover. And it ended up being an interesting piece for me, because they were showing me pieces of what I’ve been quoted as saying in the past. And yeah, certain things are always taken ever so slightly out of context or whatever. But you go back and you remember yourself saying those things at the time, even if they weren’t exactly the way they were quoted, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Oh my God! What the hell were you doing? What were you saying?'”

 

He added: “If nothing else, I think, hopefully, social media has taught everybody to just watch what they put online, ’cause it’ll come back to haunt you. But in today’s environment, and there’s so much on this record that actually speaks about it, people are addicted to being offended — they are addicted to it. They are lusting for the next little tidbit of information that’s gonna give them an excuse to lose it and to wage social war… It’s social media war, but to them, it’s war, I believe. There’s no point. I love to be able to say that I have chosen to just not participate [in] it.

 

“That’s why something like the Supreme Court was created. That’s why it was meant to be balanced by conservative justices and liberal justices having a cohesive, respectful, intelligent argument about both sides of the law.”

 

Draiman recently said that he is “never returning to Twitter,” three years after deleting his account on the social media platform.

 

This past August, the singer admitted to SiriusXM Octane that while he does not have an official presence on Twitter, he still uses the platform “as a news tool. I still have a ‘shadow’ Twitter account,” he explained. “But I don’t tweet, I don’t spew anything. It’s just there for me to be able to get my news.”

 

Draiman has in the past battled with Twitter trolls who have harassed him about his sometimes-controversial views regarding Israel and its ongoing conflict with the Palestinians. Draiman has had frequent heated exchanges with followers on Twitter, some of whom believe that Israel is not blameless in the ongoing conflict with Palestinians.

 

Draiman, the son of Israelis and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, spent much of 2014 and early 2015 linking to articles by conservative and pro-Israel blogs and has often used his fame to speak out against anti-Semitism.

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THIS WEEKEND: MK ULTRA XXXmas Party with Electric Revolution, Walk Among Us and TBA

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The LOONEY BIN
201 S Schuyler Ave
Bradley, Illinois

Come out to the Looney Bin for a FREE CHRISTMAS PARTY! MK ULTRA MAGAZING is holding it’s annual XMAS Party featuring music by Electric Revolution and Walk Among Us (The Only Punk Rock Piano Tribute to the Misfits). Things kick off at 9 so be sure to arrive a few minutes early! More Details Coming Soon!

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MONTE PITTMAN Announces North American Tour With Tony Macalpine And Lonero

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Beginning January 27th, MONTE PITTMAN will head out on the road as direct support to Tony MacAlpine, with special guest Lonero. Pittman comments: “I’m excited and honored to hit the road opening for Tony MacAlpine. We’re playing some of the cities I recently played while opening for Sebastian Bach this fall, so I’m really looking forward to getting back there. This is going to be a great way to start the year.” PITTMAN’s journey will run through February 23rd. See all confirmed dates below.

MONTE PITTMAN w/ Tony MacAlpine, Lonero:

 
1/27/2019 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
1/28/2019 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
1/30/2019 Rockhouse Live – El Paso, TX
1/31/2019 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
2/01/2019 Boozer’s Rock Bar – Corpus Christi, TX
2/10/2019 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
2/11/2019 The End – Nashville, TN
2/13/2019 The Forge – Joliet, IL
2/14/2019 Lee’s Liquor Lounge – Minneapolis, MN
2/15/2019 Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
2/16/2019 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
2/17/2019 The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
2/18/2019 Guitar Sanctuary – McKinney, TX
2/20/2019 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
2/23/2019 Shovelhead Live – Longwood, FL

MONTE PITTMAN will be touring in support of his two new solo albums — Between The Space and Better Or Worse — released earlier this year via Metal Blade Records.

 

“The album Between The Space is a heavy album that gets straight to the point as soon as it starts,” relays PITTMAN. “The theme is about connection, alignment, and what divides those things. As always when I write, my goal is coming up with the material that fits in my live show. I did everything on these albums. I wrote it all, I played every instrument, I recorded it, and I mixed it. The only thing I didn’t do was the artwork (by Aaron Lea) and mastering (by Alan Douches). It was a challenge having so many tasks. It was a luxury being able to take the time and get everything just how I wanted it. It was a learning experience, and it was a lot of fun making it.

“The album Better Or Worse,” he continues, “is an acoustic album but it feels like a heavy album. The theme is about being attached to something or being unattached. It could be an idea or a thought process. The softest part of the album has the heaviest lyrics. It builds instrumentally as the album progresses. I wanted the tone of each track to be a little different from each other. Better Or Worse and Between The Space both mirror each other and they are polar opposites. The idea is to have something there for the people who like my heavy music, something for the people who like my acoustic music, and something for the people who like the variety of both.”

For a preview of both albums, visit: metalblade.com/montepittman.

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She Past Away get signed for US distribution by Metropolis Records

She Past Away has been quietly making its way across the US after grabbing the attention of DJs in prominent night clubs nationwide. Their lyrics are distinct in that they’re in Turkish. The dark and brooding vocals are intense and straddle the instrumentation that is reminiscent of early 80’s music. It’s labeled as “Post punk” but it definitely has its Gothic leanings.
Metropolis records has recently announced US distribution of She Past Away. To me, this presents the perfect vehicle to expand their reach in the US. It’s already rumored that a US tour is in the works. Ask your DJ to spin a track and keep an eye out for them on tour. – Thom Wellz for mk ultra

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PIG Surprises You With An Early Christmas Present Releases New Holiday EP BLACK MASS Featuring Classic Festive Coversof WHAM!, John Lennon and Elvis Presley

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“I have always absolutely loved George Michael and his work, especially this song,” says Raymond Watts, mastermind behind celebrated post-punk band <PIG>, about his cover of WHAM!’s “Last Christmas”. “It’s equally cheesy and gorgeous!” Taken from the holiday EP BLACK MASS which is released today, December 7, 2019 via Armalyte Industries, this single joins other holiday covers of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” and John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” Available as a FREE download on Bandcamp at armalyte.bandcamp.com/album/pig-black-mass, there is a donation option in which 100% of the profits will be donated to INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE. Watts continues, “George Michael died two years ago this Christmas so this is a little tribute to his genius and I hope he would have enjoyed the <PIG> version and the charity which will benefit from it.”

 

The video for “Last Christmas” which premieres today online, is a festive animated video that includes cameos by both Watts and George Michael as well. “Grete Laus [director] made the fantastic video for ‘Last Christmas’ and after a brief chat about ideas and a direction I left her to it,” says Watts. “She immediately understood what I was looking for and took it to another level. It is equal parts charming, funny, sinister and slightly malevolent. The perfect ingredients for a regularly dysfunctional Christmas.”

 

 

Still reeling from their North American invasion this Fall on his thunderous ‘HELL TO PAY… IN THE USA’ tour as well as support on Killing Joke’s latest swing, <PIG> recorded this EP immediately after getting off the road at their Ranch Apocalypse studio. Following the success of his duet with SASHA GREY on their dark-disco interpretation of “That’s the Way (I Like It),” Watts and regular collaborator EDEN (who takes the production reins on this particular sleigh ride) have created a fascinatingly dark and twisted porcine interpretation of these seasonal classics.

 

“I wanted to pay homage to the great Christmas songs, have fun with them but also take a stand against the ever rising tide of toxic bigotry in this increasingly brutal world while remembering there is a better part of ourselves,” Watts says.

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Black Mass Tracklisting

1. Last Christmas
2. Blue Christmas
3. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

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CARMINE APPICE Says ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Should Change Its Name

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Legendary drummer Carmine Appice (BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE, KING KOBRA) has slammed the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, saying that the name of the institution should be changed to reflect the musicians that have been inducted. “It shouldn’t be called [Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame] — it should be called the Music Hall Of Fame,” he said in a brand new interview with Rock Titan. “Because they’re bringing in rap artists; they’re bringing in all these pop artists. They’re not rock and roll… They’re getting some of these people in there that have nothing to do with rock. They should have a Pop Hall Of Fame or R&B/Pop Hall Of Fame and Rock Hall Of Fame. Don’t put these pop singers into a Rock Hall Of Fame. They didn’t influence anybody.”

 

For the past few years, the Rock Hall has broadened its base to include rap artists such as the late Tupac Shakur and N.W.A. The move has drawn criticism from many fans and fellow musicians who have taken issue with hip-hop acts — and other non-rock artists — being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

 

“I thought it was about influence — not popularity,” Carmine said. “Influence on the business, influence on people. All my bands — CACTUS, VANILLA FUDGE and BECK, BOGERT & APPICE — we influenced so many people. I know that, because people tell me that all the time and over the years. But [Jeff] Beck is in there. CACTUS ain’t in there. Me and Tim Bogert aren’t in there.”

 

Carmine went on to say that he doesn’t really care about getting into the Rock Hall. “Because, like I said, they’re bringing in rap artists; they’re bringing in artists that really don’t mean nothing. And now, the people who are bringing them in are so young, they don’t even know who VANILLA FUDGE is. So I assume we’re not even gonna get in ever. But it don’t matter. I mean, I know some rock people that are in there — Rock Hall Of Fame — and they’re broke and they’re not playing and they never really influenced anybody. So it doesn’t really change your career.”

 
Carmine’s autobiography, “Stick It!: My Life Of Sex, Drums, And Rock ‘N’ Roll”, was released in May 2016 by Chicago Review Press.

 

Under the moniker APPICE, Carmine and his brother Vinny released “Sinister”, their first joint studio album, in October 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer.

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