After Metal Sucks broke the news overnight that Tommy Vext had quit Bad Wolves, the remaining members: guitarists Doc Coyle and Chris Cain, drummer John Boecklin, and bassist Kyle Konkiel have released a statement confirming their split with the vocalist. The band will seek a replacement while Tommy goes on to a solo career. Vext claimed earlier this week in a social media post he was the main songwriter of the band and the test of the group were his employees, on top of increasing divisiveness over politics, and other issues Tommy faced recently, maybe this is for the best for all parties.
According to a report by MetalSucks, Tommy Vext has announced a split with Bad Wolves. In a now-deleted livestream on Instagram that was picked up and shared by fans, Tommy announced he is leaving the band. Apparently, the stream did not indicate whether Vext quit, was fired, or the split was mutual. Sources who saw the live broadcast reported to Metal Sucks that Vext claimed his conservative political views caused a rift with his bandmates and their record label, Better Noise, “and that he felt leaving the band was his only option. He said that Bad Wolves will continue without him, that he will launch a solo career, and claimed to have written all or most of the band’s new record himself (whether he was talking about their 2019 album, Nation, or an unreleased future effort isn’t clear).” (All via Metal Sucks). Tommy drew notice from fans and journos in the last few days during the unrest in the Country as fans asked him about his relationship with the other band members and Tommy claimed to be one of the sole songwriters of the group and most of the other band members were his employees. The band has not replied to a request for comment by Metal Sucks.
Hard Rock band Bad Wolves released the new music video for their song “Learn To Walk Again”, from The Retaliators movie soundtrack from the movie arm of their record label, Better Noise Films. The track is also off of their sophomore album, N.A.T.I.O.N. out now. Continue reading
Disturbed has confirmed the rescheduled 2021 dates for its “The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour”, co-produced by Frank Productions and Live Nation. The amphitheater tour, with very special guests Staind and Bad Wolves, will begin on July 7, 2021 at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre and all previously purchased tickets will be honored for their rescheduled dates. “The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour” celebrates the two-decade anniversary of the band’s seminal album “The Sickness”. On this tour, the band will perform songs off the album, as well as tracks from their most recent studio release, “Evolution”, and their extensive catalog.
Rock USA and its sister festival Country USA has been forced to cancel their 2020 events due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The festival, one of the biggest in the US, was to have celebrated its 10th-anniversary edition this summer, and was going to take place July 16-18 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Of the 40 bands and headliners and support acts included Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Rob Zombie (headlining for a 3rd straight year), Halestorm, Ice Cube, Papa Roach, Anthrax, Chevelle, Avtar, Feever333, Hellyeah, Steel Panther, Knocked Loose, Bad Wolves, Attila and more. Hypervibe, Inc. is the festival promoter and has vowed to attempt to rebook the fest. Continue reading
We caught up with AJ from Fire From The Gods by phone for a new interview, while he was self-quarantining at home with his family. AJ talked at length about how coronavirus is affecting him personally, how his band is spending the time at home working on new music, the last tours supporting their recent album American Sun (Better Noise), how he feels society and government need to work together in the future in light of the pandemic, what books are on his quarantine-list, and how he stays creative, mentally strong, and upbeat in these tough times. Continue reading
Metallica lead guitarist and thrash legend Kirk Hammett has been dethroned as the king of Wah-Wah pedal! He was challenged by Mrs. Smith, the guitar virtuoso alter-ego of actor-musician David Hanbury, and defeated last night (Sunday, March 8) at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina at the “Cry Baby Battle Royale”. The event also included a performance by Kirk’s The Wedding Band, a covers project, also featuring his Metallica bandmate Robert Trujillo and Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane, Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves, among others. The seven-minute battle was introduced by Gibson’s Mark Agnesi, who arranged the event during an interview with Mrs. Smith, and saw Hammett and Mrs. Smith trading licks over a reimagining of Isaac Hayes’s Oscar-winning “Theme From Shaft”, the original recording of which became infamous for the mind-blowing wah-wah guitar of the late Charles “Skip” Pitts. In the end, Hammett conceded that he had “just been out-wah’d,” proclaiming, “A moment in history has just occurred.” Watch it now!Continue reading
Disturbed will embark on a 31-date “The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour” throughout North America this year, co-produced by Frank Productions and Live Nation. Direct support will come from Staind and Bad Wolves, and will tour amphitheaters as Disturbed celebrates the two-decade anniversary of the band’s debut album ‘The Sickness’. The tour dates will run from mid-July through mid-September, with dates in cities including Tampa, Toronto, Cincinnati, Phoenix, and Irvine (full dates below). Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10 a.m. local time (with the exception of the Rogers, AR show which will go on-sale at 12 p.m. local time) here. Select presales will begin Tuesday, January 28. Special VIP, meet-and-greet, and merch bundle packages are available for all dates. Disturbed’s tour will also be a part of Ticket To Rock 2020, an exclusive ticket package at select Live Nation amphitheaters across the country.
Rock USA will celebrate its 10th-anniversary edition this summer, set to take place July 16-18 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Over 40 headliners and support act Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Halestorm, Ice Cube, Papa Roach, Anthrax, Chevelle, Avtar, Feever333, Hellyeah, Steel Panther, Knocked Loose, Bad Wolves, Attila and more. Hypervibe, Inc. the company that produces Country USA, puts on the fest. Tickets go on sale next week at the link below. Continue reading
Rocklahoma, America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party returns in 2020! Taking place Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24 at Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma just outside of Tulsa, and this years’ lineup is a banger! Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Anthrax, I Prevail, Alter Bridge, and many more lead the bill. Early Bird Passes go on sale this Friday, January 24 at 10:00 AM CT.Continue reading