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Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like the relationship between tourmates Deicide and Broken Hope was irreconcilable. Kicked off the tour with only two dates to go, Broken Hope got really personal, going into their side of what had happened, and calling Deicide frontman Glen Benton a “lazy, jealous, jaded, ungrateful, unprofessional, egomaniacal bully.” A few days later, Benton responded, chalking the disagreement up to “rock star bullshit” and placing some of the blame on Broken Hope’s Shaun Glass. Regardless, a few days later, cooler heads prevailed, and Broken Hope have apologized. From their Facebook page.
BROKEN HOPE and DEICIDE have reached out to each other, have made apologies, and mended their friendship after the debacle at the end of the NO SALVATION TOUR.
Glen Benton, Shaun Glass, and Jeremy Wagner have been good friends for 20 years and the blow-up in El Paso was completely unnecessary and the situation could have been rectified if all parties talked it out as friends. Moreover, there were some very low-blows lobbed in an effort to maim Glen Benton, and a number of those words were very unfair and very immature, so to that end, we apologize.
That said, both bands have extended olive branches to each other in order to retain their longtime friendships, and to rise above all the worthless drama, finger-pointing, and scandalous fallout that’s plagued both bands.
We’re glad to once again have Benton’s friendship and to have DEICIDE as brothers. FRIENDSHIP and MUSIC are ALL that matters here.
We ask all fans to please embrace our effort to revive our friendship with Glen and DEICIDE, and as we all take a higher, more positive road.
Now all they have to do is figure out what made some douchebag freak out and wound three people with a box cutter at the El Paso show.
Last week after Broken Hope were kicked off tour by Deicide, they made their side of the story heard via Facebook, alleging everything from hissy fits to jaw-breaking threats by Deicide frontman Glen Benton to j. The sudden news of Broken Hope being dismissed from the tour came shortly after a crazed maniac cut up three fans with a box cutter on one of the tour stops.
Now Benton is giving his side. According to Metal Sucks’ podcast, who had an exclusive interview with him, Benton is chalking it up to “rock star bullshit” including disputes over parking spaces and Broken Hope trying to claim the tour as their own. Benton said he offered to allow Broken Hope back on the tour if they retracted initial statements about being asked to leave.
Benton relates a lot of the problems to Broken Hope bassist Shaun Glass, coining the term “broken glass” for the ultimate demise of the Broken Hope and Deicide tour alliance. One thing he’s mad about is Broken Hope getting in front of the story about the box cutter attack, but it’s really hard to be mad at him wanting to take credit for a stabbing attack.
Check out the audio of the interview at Metal Sucks. One thing does correspond with both sides. It’s all rock star drama, or as Benton so appropriately puts it, “bullshit.”
In a statement that is the most professionally addressed amongst the controversies of White Wizzard, guitarist Will Wallner has announced he is out of the band. That basically leaves Jon Leon and his overwhelming sense of greatness to magically carry on all roles of the now unsigned metal troupe. Wallner recently came to the defense of former vocalist Joseph Michael saying the alleged fan bag theft incident was not in fact a theft, but that the fan had left her bag at the band’s merch table. Member drama also led to a recently cancelled tour.
In a message on his own Facebook page, Wallner said he is not currently commenting on the gory details of the departure, but that he he is grateful for the last record the band made together. He says he will continue making music with his project Will Wallner and Vivien Vain. Read the rest of what he had to say below. Read more »
But he stole my bag. No, she left it there. Well he called me a name. Well that’s what he said. While the drama surrounding White Wizzard is petty and thoroughly confusing, one thing is now certainly clear. Earache Records has no time for it and has dropped White Wizzard from its roster.
Unfortunately, the record label kibosh hasn’t slowed down the band’s reaction time or set anyone in their place. Since the announcement, Jon Leon has already fired off a Facebook post entitled, ”Jon Leon of White Wizzard-my advice on dealing with record labels for new bands.”
White Wizzard announced they were being pulled off tour just two days ago with things going downhill from the prior alleged bag-stealing incident with former vocalist Joseph Michael. But don’t worry, the bag subject still hasn’t been dropped. Guitarist Will Wallner gave a statement to Metal Sucks saying the accused theft actually involved a 17-year-old girl leaving her belongings at their merch table and then they held it until their next return to London to give it back to her. While this makes more sense, who knows what really happened and why we should really care.
Either way, Michael was booted from the band who now has no label. By the time the drama does subside , the band White Wizzard may just end up a flash in the past of bands who just couldn’t get along and never lived long enough to tell the tale.
“Without getting into a war of words,” the drama of White Wizzard continues after laying dormant for a few years. Including allegations of theft, this time the band is airing it all out on Facebook. But what we could decipher out of many grammatically angry and obviously hastily written posts and emails is that Joseph Michael is out and his replacement, Giles Lavery, has already been hired.
Amongst the change in lineup, Michael is claiming in a publicly emailed statement that bassist Jon Leon is making false accusations about him on the band’s Facebook page and is also “stealing” money from the White Wizzard Indiegogo account. The band was also accusing Michaels of stealing a bag that included the personal belongings of a fan, Charlotte Croucher, that has since been returned. “The Fact is he has taken money and not kept receipts and just basically made up numbers since the first tour I did in August,” Michael claims about Leon in his email statement. “I had read all the horor stories about Jon and his past issues with members… I gave the guy the benefit of the doubt…. but after continually watching him skim profits from every tour i decided to speak up. He then fired me last night on the night off… Then announced that I was refusing to sing… It’s all lies… I was fired and he couldn’t find someone to sing so he begged me 5 minutes before they went on…”
But this band has not been without its share of spats, so much so it’s hard to even keep track of who is in, who is out, who is in what clique and who isn’t invited to the other’s next birthday party. We combed through to find the most intelligible of the Facebook posts regarding the situation and found this one the most informative:
White Wizzard want to release a brief statement on singer Joseph Michael. Last night in Cardiff Wales, Joseph Michael left a crowd of fans sitting in the venue waiting to see White Wizzard, sat in a pub across the street and refused to perform the show for extremely selfish reasons. The band soldiered on with Peter Ellis and Jon Leon handling vocals. It was hugely unprofessional on his part. Due to these actions, we have secured another singer for mainland europe named Giles Lavery. Sadly, due to this any many other problems over the past several months, it is without question we must move on and immediately make a change. Joseph is making very false and erroneous claims on his facebook site unfortunately about Jon and the band, but without getting into a war of words we will just simply say he is lying and making a desperate attempt to hurt the band and Jon to cover up his very unprofessional actions. The rest of us are determined to move on, and we all assure you we are united and everything is fine within the rest of the group. We will do our best to move on. See ya out there! Thanks for all the fans support last night and beyond.
But that’s just one of many posts made accusing Michael of stealing. There’s even a post from the fan who claims her things were stolen by Michael thanking Leon for his help in retrieving her things. All of this would be pretty shocking… if it wasn’t for the fact that White Wizzard’s name is attached to it.
In the continuing saga that is Weston Cage, the black metal singer/son of Nicolas Cage has now apparently got on the bad side of established bad boy rocker Tommy Lee. The two reportedly got into a backstage scuffle and it was all to get into Vince Neil’s dressing room, according to TMZ. While we assume that Neil is used to the ladies trying anything they can to get over his threshold, this may be the first time two grown men have had at it over access to the front man.
TMZ reports that Weston and father Nic were hanging out behind the scenes Sunday night at Motley Crue’s Hard Rock Vegas show. Apparently Weston was blocking the way to Neil’s dressing room and Lee allegedly tried to shove past him, telling Weston to get the “f%$# out of his way.” Lee then supposedly began screaming and provoking him to fight.
But it was the Crue’s security who saved the day, breaking things up and getting Nic and son the heck out of there. With Weston’s history of accused violence, this was probably a good thing on the legal side. And with his past record of street fighting, probably smart on the medical side as well.
[by way of Metal Sucks and Bring Back Glam]
After Escape the Fate guitarist Monte Money reportedly has refused to go on tour with the band, the post-hardcore group have called in a favor to their former bassist Max Green.
According to the band’s Facebook page, current bassist T.J. Bell will move over to rhythm guitar for Escape the Fate’s tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Green will cover on bass. Not only did the band address the guitarist swap via social media, but they also expanded a bit on their feelings surrounding Money’s decision:
well, once again.. for what seems like the 100th time, Monte has refused to tour. he has let us down and left us hangin to find a replacement only a few days before our flights to the first date, this is not the first time we have been stranded without him. we are very upset but still would like to apologize to all of you for his actions. we have been let down just as much as you, the fans, have been let down. Without airing out too much dirty laundry about this (yes, more details will surface very soon) there is something positive coming out of this situation!
The band assures that the lineup change is not permanent but feels confident that the modifications will be adequate to provide support for 5FDP.
By all accounts, Born of Osiris’ new song, ”M∆CHINE,” shreds. We’re really looking forward to their third album, Tomorrow We Die ∆live , which comes out on August 20. Music aside however, they might want to think about paying back the money they owe to touring guitarist Lee Evans. In a Facebook post, the Chicago guitarist detailed the debt he racked up on behalf of the band last year, which still hasn’t been repaid to him eight months later.
there’s a part of my BOO story I feel I must disclose, a cautionary tale for anyone who has business involvement with the band.
In 2012, when they had asked me to rejoin the group, they hadn’t played a show in 6 months, and were broke. I fronted money for band expenses, and was told I’d be paid back at the end of our tour with Unearth (November 2012). Here is a list of what I have not been reimbursed for.
$376.71 for a ComEd bill
$339.63 for Rocktron power amps for Lee McKinney and myself
$817.59 for hotels
$746.83 Fractal repair for Lee McKinney’s Axe FX Ultra and a replacement MFC-101
$136.20 for UPS shipping my and Lee McKinney’s guitars to Ernie Ball for tuneups
$425.65 for assorted Guitar Center receipts* (drum hardware for Cameron, rackmount case, flight case, David’s wireless, bass strings, a Sennheiser mic for Ronnie)
*some of this was paid by band cash, and I fronted the rest, totaling to $425.65.
This was supposed to be repaid to me Nov 31, but the band thought meager personal payouts were more important. Since then, this outstanding debt has spread to other areas of my life. 8 whole months have passed and I’m still waiting.
Not only did Evans post it on his Facebook page, it was even up on the band’s Twitter account for a short period before it was removed. The PRP uncovered a comment in the thread from Chelsea Grin guitarist Jason Richardson, who left Born of Osiris on less than great terms last year:
Props on posting this, everyone needs to know how unprofessional and sketchy these fuck ups are. Nothing has changed in the least bit apparently hahaha really bums me out that this happened to a good person like you. Don’t let them take advantage of you again man, all they do is bring everyone down around them.
Currently on the road with the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest, Born of Osiris have yet to respond to Evans’ allegations, but as a non-mainstage act on the fest, they probably don’t have an extra $2242 lying around to repay the guitars. Evans was in the band from 2008-2009, rejoining them last year.
Coheed and Cambria have been touring successfully over the past two years with their new bassist Zach Cooper. Some might remember that Taylor took over Michael Todd’s bass duties for Coheed following his arrest in 2011. Todd has been busy as well, working on a new musical project dubbed Flux Fortuna, creating a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new venture and release a Live EP despite apparently being diagnosed with cancer. In addition, Todd had announced through his personal Facebook page (which has now been deleted) that he would be selling Coheed merchandise, such as hard to find Coheed vinyl and an original manuscript of Year of the Black Rainbow, trying to clear out his cache of stuff and move on with his life.
Unfortunately, for some, Todd’s attempts and selling merchandise didn’t turn out so well. A fan posted a thread on Coheed’s fan forum page Cobalt and Calcium stating that they and multiple other people had not yet received their merchandise and Todd hadn’t been returning their attempts at contact for weeks. Others opted to create a Facebook community page titled “Mic Todd Owes Us Money.” After multiple fan complaints, weeks of non-response from Todd, and the creation of the page, Todd released this statement via Flux Fortuna’s Facebook page regarding the allegation that he hadn’t been sending out the merchandise fans had paid him for through PayPal: Read more »
There’s been a lot of talk about Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate these past few days, specifically about a show he played on May 17 at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles IL. During “Operation Mindcrime,” a fan in the front row was filming the performance, and Tate snatched their phone and threw it over his shoulder into the crowd. While we’d said yesterday that we weren’t sure whether taping was permitted at the show because we weren’t there, we’ve heard from a fan that was at the show the following night. Greg wrote to us saying that he and his wife were at the show at Turtle Lake Casino in Wisconsin, and “it was made very clear upon entering no video recording was permitted at all.” While that doesn’t necessarily make up for what he did, at least we know that most likely there wasn’t supposed to be anyone filming at the show.
Meanwhile, in an awkward, antagonistic interview with Music Enthusiast Magazine, interviewer William Clark asked Tate about the phone-throwing incident. Tate replies “Well, I think, William, what you’re referring to is thirty years of being a performer. And because I happen to be in a lawsuit right now, some actions that I have become very normal with as a performer are getting scrutinized and manipulated to paint a picture of me. And so I that’s what I think we are seeing now. Simple as that.” When asked if he thought the footage was trying to make him out to be the bad guy, Tate said “I don’t think it shows me being a bad guy, it’s rock and roll. It’s what I do, you know?” When pressed further, Tate ended the interview.
Again, if taping wasn’t permitted, the fan could have been respectful to Tate and the venue’s wishes. But that doesn’t mean that they deserved to have their phone snatched and thrown into the crowd, though. And if “rock and roll” is destroying the property of someone that paid money to see you, it doesn’t mean that Tate is going to be getting any humanitarian of the year awards anytime soon.