ProgPower USA 2020 Canceled, 2021 Festival Announced and GoFundMe Launched

Sadly, the long-running and legendary ProgPower USA has been forced to cancel their 2020 weekend-long festival in September. Promoter Glenn Harveston took to social media to announce that ProgPower USA XXI, the annual Atlanta event is canceled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled for September 8 – 11, 2021. “We can’t social distance in the venue (Centerstage) which is sold out.” The festival has rebooked for 2021 and launched a GoFundMe campaign to try and recover the lost monies from their $14,000 lost to a one-time US Visa application. On the plus side 19 of this year’s anticipated 21 acts have reconfirmed for next year. Theyhavealreadyreceived 25K of the 14k goal. Continue reading

GoFundMe Launched for Matt Pinfield to Help with Medical Bills

Matt Pinfield, the iconic rock music personality and former MTV veejay of 120 Minutes had a fundraiser launched for him on GoFundMe on Monday (May 11). Organized by a friend of the TV and radio icon, the crowdfunding campaign seeks to raise funds for medical bills stemming from physical and mental ailments plaguing the entertainer. As of early today (May 13), the crowdfunding effort has brought in over $27,000 of its stated $50,000 goal. Pinfield was hospitalized in Los Angeles after getting hit by a car, which resulted in major injuries, as Billboard reported at the time. Since then, the entertainer has struggled with his health and the ensuing medical bills. That’s why his friend Chris Trovero organized the fundraiser for Pinfield. In addition to MTV, he’s also worked as a DJ for Sirius XM’s Lithium and hosted the 2 Hours With Matt Pinfield podcast.  Taking to his Twitter account, Pinfield expressed his gratitude after the initial contributions began pouring in.

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Iconic Hollywood Club The Troubadour Nightclub Launches GoFundMe, Hopes to Survive Coronavirus Shutdown

A Hollywood legend, immortalized in the recent acclaimed Elton John Biopic and countless other films, documentaries and biographies, Doug Weston’s The Troubador has launched a GoFundMe page, clinging to life in the coronavirus world and trying not to close permanently. The clubs has called it’s survival “a big if”, according to the LA Times. For 60 years, the historic club the Troubadour has anchored the western edge of West Hollywood, just south of the Sunset Strip has made it a kind of neighborhood spot for musically minded Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood residents. A presence in Los Angeles live music since the beatnik era, the club opened by Doug Weston has provided thousands of artists the opportunity to make magic on hallowed ground. But as Gov. Gavin Newsom was recently laying out the stages by which businesses may be able to re-open, Christine Karayan, the club’s general manager, realized the seeming futility of the Troubadour’s plight. Newsom has announced that music venues will be among the last to open, in Phase 4. “That means the middle to the end of next year to potentially open, and maybe a 25% cap” on crowd size, Karayan says. “I can’t foresee being able to ride this out like that.” Continue reading

Lucky 13 Saloon Launches GoFundMe to Stay Afloat During Coronavirus Pandemic

New York City metal landmark Lucky 13 Saloon has been hit hard by the closure due to the coronavirus. The club is vital to our scene, hosting live bands nightly, events, and more! The entire place is rock and metal living history! They have launched a GoFundMe for relief for the bar and their staff, but they need your help! Like much of New York City, forced to close on March 16th. Given the nature of their business, they are ineligible for any sort of government assistance. So, it’s up to our community to help them make it through. Ghost Cult frequents Lucky 13 and the owners and staff have been amazing to us over the years, and even let us conduct some interviews at the club with artists there. Times are tough all over, but if you can, please help by support their GoFundMe, set up by a friend to the club! Continue reading

NOMAD Fundraiser Launched for Bands and Roadcrew People

 

A fundraiser has been launched to help offset the millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs lost by tour managers, merch slingers, and roadcrew lighting designers, sound persons, tour bus driver types from all of these canceled tours and festivals worldwide. Frank Fanelli (ex-The World We Knew singer) launched a GoFundMe to help all these folks out in their time of need. As much as we want you to support bands and artists, please also consider helping these unsung heroes of our musical life. Continue reading

Devin Townsend Shares The First Installment of His “Quarantine” Project

Devin Townsend Project, by Hillarie Jason

Devin Townsend has shared the first of a series of pieces of content for his Quarantine Project, promised with his GoFundMe campaign. Devy’s tour was canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, and so he is using the time to stay busy and creative. Although we are sad for his loss of tour dates and revenue, any new music and projects form Townsend are surely welcome in this tough time. Check out this video here and contribute to the GoFundMe below! Continue reading

“Mean” Pete Kowalsky (Remembering Never, Ether Coven) is Battling Cancer, GoFundMe Launched

 

Hardcore Metal legend “Mean” Pete Kowalsky, best known for essential bands such as Remembering Never, Bishop and recently Ether Coven, has been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched by his family and friends to help defray the huge costs of treatment and aftercare. and could use your help with the medical costs. Please read the post from the campaign below and give whatever you can to help Pete out! Continue reading

Betraying The Martyrs Forced To Cancel Remaining North American Tour Over Van Accident and Fire, GoFundMe Launched

Terrible news for up and coming band Betraying The Martyrs, as they lost all of their gear, personal belongings and band merch when their van trailer of the band’s Mercedes Sprinter caught on fire. None of the members were hurt, thanks to the bravery of their driver, but all of their belongings were destroyed at a total unsalvagable loss. They have been forced to cancel the rest of their North American summer “Rapture” tour. The incident happened around 4 a.m. when the trailer caught fire. All band and crew members were able to safely to exit the vehicle with no major injuries. Tragically, all of the band’s equipment was lost in the blaze. A crowdfunding campaign has already been launched to help support the bands. You’re going to want to help when you see the photos below. Continue reading

Ben Koller Of Converge and Mutoid Man Breaks His Elbow, GoFundMe Launched

Ben Koller is one of the greatest drummers in music today. A tireless player and entertainer who is the engine of bands such as legends Converge, and the fast on the way to being legends Mutoid Man. Sadly, Ben may be out of action for quite a long time as he broke his elbow in what is being termed a freak accident and is looking at a ton of recovery and rehab, and time spent off the road. The road is where Ben, like most working musicians in metal, make most of their money to live. Now Ben’s fellow Mutant Stephen Brodsky has helped launch a GoFundMe campaign, to raise the money needed to get him on his feet in this difficult time. Being the holidays and times being what they are, please give what you can. And if you can’t donate right now,  we ask you to share this post and the link below with as many friends as you can who might like to support Ben. Thanks! Continue reading

Memorial Show For Late Unique Leader Records Co-Founder Erik Lindmark Planned, GoFundMe Launched

Recently we learned of the passing of Deeds of Flesh guitarist and Unique Leader Records co-founder Erik R. Lindmark, who passed away on November 29th following a battle with sclerosis. Now a memorial concert and fundraiser has been booked, celebrating Erik’s life and supporting his family at this time. Taking place on December 20th at Sweet Springs Saloon in Los Osos, Ca and features performances by Crypolith and Stone Mountain. Donations will be accepted to benefit his wife and daughter. If you can’t attend, please consider donating to the GoFundMe campaign, which is supporting Erik’s wife and daughter. According to a press release by the label, more benefit shows are being planned. Continue reading