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  • PAUL STANLEY Weighs In On NFL Players Taking A Knee
    on February 22, 2018 at 16:30

    Paul Stanley has commented on the NFL players' protest of racial injustice in the wake of the backlash from President Donald Trump. The KISS frontman discussed the athletes kneeling in protest during the national anthem while speaking to the Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS earlier today (Thursday, February 22). Asked for his opinion on former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his crusade against police violence — and more specifically, whether the NFL or its owners can discipline him or other players who refuse to stand for our national anthem — Stanley said (see video below): "I think we always have to distinguish between people having a point of view and besmirching the country. I think that we have certain freedoms here that we have to protect. And the fact that everybody doesn't agree is okay. That's what voting is about, and that's what opinions are about." Last September, Trump called for a boycott of the NFL if team owners did not take action against players who did not stand during the national anthem. He had said that a player who kneeled during the anthem was a "son of a bitch" who should be taken off the field. The controversy started simmering two years ago when Kaepernick was the first to kneel during the national anthem. Players who have gotten on one knee during the anthem have said that it is a form a protest against police shootings and racial injustice. A number of musicians and celebrities have shown their solidarity with the athletes for not standing during the anthem. PEARL JAM offered support for "everyone's constitutional right to stand up, sit down or #takeaknee for equality," while LIVING COLOUR guitarist Vernon Reid pointed out in a tweet that the protests aren't against the flag or the anthem but institutionalized racism. PEARL JAM frontman Eddie Vedder and PROPHETS OF RAGE are among the artists who have posted pictures or videos of themselves "taking a knee" in concert. Others, like STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet, have said that players should just "play ball and do the job that you get paid millions and millions of dollars to do." Outspoken conservative rocker Ted Nugent showed support for Trump in a Facebook post titled "Take A Knee." "When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have," Nugent wrote in the post. Ted also expressed displeasure with the players for disrespecting what the flag stands for. "That's what the red stripes mean," he wrote. "It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty." Nugent went on to suggest that by not standing during the national anthem, the players didn't honor the sacrifices made by so many veterans. "You haven't an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your 'protest' is duly noted," he wrote. Paul Stanley in-studio on #CPR with Marci!Posted by 955KLOS on Thursday, February 22, 2018 […]

  • No New EXODUS Album Until End Of 2019 At The Earliest
    on February 22, 2018 at 15:37

    EXODUS frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza says that fans will have to wait until at least the end of 2019 before the band's follow-up to 2014's "Blood In Blood Out" album. Although it was originally reported that the veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers would go into the studio last October to begin recording the new effort, it now appears that the band will not begin work on the next disc until guitarist Gary Holt is done playing with SLAYER as part of that band's "final" world tour. Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for EXODUS's new album, Souza told Metal Insider: "To be honest with you, you're probably not going to see that until the end, and you know what 'the end' is. [Gary is] gonna start [the SLAYER tour] in May and that's gonna take…I couldn't even tell you; I have no idea, I just know they [SLAYER] announced that that's their last tour, and realistically, we're not going to be able to record until that is finished. I'm speculating it's gonna take a year and a half or two years to do the one final thing, but I believe it's finished. Everybody knows what I know; just because I'm on the outside, I have no insight on that." Souza continued: "[Gary] got home in October and they [SLAYER] haven't done anything since, and he has written EXODUS stuff, just nothing he's cared to share with any of us yet. I've heard a few songs that him and Tom [Hunting, drums] got together with early last year, and, to me, I'm, like, 'Oh my god! I come back in the band, and how long are we gonna take before we do another record?' But I understand he's the main songwriter here. Lee [Altus, guitar] does write some songs, but Gary's always been the main songwriter, so a lot of people are gonna be getting what they want back, because obviously there's gonna be no SLAYER at some point, so I guess he has to come back home [to EXODUS] for good." Zetro added that he and his EXODUS bandmates "love" HEATHEN guitarist Kragen Lum, who has been filling in for Holt while he is on tour with SLAYER. "But I think the fans are very vocal and adamant about Gary coming back," he said. "We love SLAYER — they're our brothers — and we understand it's a better financial situation [for Gary], and I'm sure the final run is gonna be sold out everywhere." As for when EXODUS fans should expect to finally see another studio album, Zetro said: "The end of 2019, to be realistic. We're gonna keep playing, we're gonna tour the wheels off of 'Blood In Blood Out'. Not even [just] 'Blood In Blood Out'. We're not naïve to ourselves — we know we can go out and play 'Bonded By Blood', 'Pleasures Of The Flesh', 'Fabulous Disaster' and people will come. They don't care — they love those songs. If we said we were coming around just playing 'Bonded By Blood', the place would be sold out." "Blood In Blood Out" was EXODUS's first album since the departure of the group's lead singer of nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004. Holt spoke in a recent interview about the musical direction of EXODUS's next disc. He said: "Of the stuff I've written so far, I think the songs are shorter, but I think they're also at the same time more progressive than the last album. It's a little outside the box. It's really super crushing, but I think people will be surprised." He added: "It's an EXODUS album, but as of now, the stuff Tom and I have been putting together is a bit different. It's got those subtle changes that make for a departure, but it will still stay true to the core of the band's sound." […]

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