Hi everyone. Been super busy so sorry about late post but haven’t had a chance until now. Monday we only posted about Vinnie Paul and were processing the tragic news, but the week is now in full effect and not bringing a lot better. Trump’s stolen SCOTUS seat is going to destroy the country with barbaric Christo-fascist rulings against women and Muslims and Dems need to step the fuck up pronto and stop worrying about civility in a time of serious constitutional crisis. I’ve been exhausted from society collapsing and working to pay bills, but here is some rock news late into your Tuesday.
TW: Assault, Rape.
Maynard James Keenan and Dean DeLeo of Tool/APC and Stone Temple Pilots have both faced some very serious allegations over the last few days. Toilet Ov Hell has the most comprehensive piece thus far on the Maynard story which you can read HERE. MetalSucks details Dean DeLeo accusations HERE. Please for the love of God do not harass the people coming forward or let your love of the music of these people prevent you from considering the negative experiences of potential trauma survivors. These are human beings and deserve love and consideration rather than to be bullied because you like the band(s) they are calling out. There is no way to heal wounds by compounding pain through further darkness.
It all makes me wonder, as the negative STP press was always slanted that Weiland was the problematic one in band for his addiction struggles but “Sex Type Thing” was actually about an ex of his getting gang raped and the emotional hell of it all. Maybe he compartmentalized a lot. I feel like he would be really devastated by this news about a band mate.
Let’s sincerely hope there is closure here and the right karmic justice outcome for anyone involved in these events.
In musical news that isn’t horrible, Season of Mist has released VOYAGER‘s fourth and fifth albums, ‘The Meaning of I’ and ‘V’ respectively, on June 22. ‘V’ was the band’s international breakthrough recording, and cited as “wondrous and spellbinding on merit alone, they’re worth talking about” by Blabbermouth. “V” is the follow up to ‘The Meaning of I’ (2011), which was hailed as, “A triumph of progressive, yet accessible writing and stellar musicianship, this album blows me away and earns the first perfect score of 2011. This is the ideal album to blast as you secretly build your space/time disruption device or interocitor and all lovers of melodic, proggy metal must give this a try (as well as their last album). This is the meaning of kick ass!” (Angry Metal Guy). Both albums are streaming here.
VOYAGER have toured the world outside North America extensively, as both a headliner and support to the likes of DEFTONES, COHEED & CAMBRIA, OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, and KARNIVOOL among others. These tours have included festival performances at such festivals as Bloodstock (UK), Prog in the Park (UK), Tech Fest (UK), ProgPower (EU), EuroBlast (DE), Evoken Fest (JP), and more.
VOYAGER have announced as the headliner for the first night of Progpower USA XIX in September. Progpower USA is the longest-running and most influential festival of its kind in North America.
The band will also bring their live show to the UK, Japan, and Mexico in the coming months. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Hope you all have a better week as it goes on. Everything mostly sucks right now but we have to keep our candles lit inside.
VOYAGER news and updates will be made available through the Season of Mist website, and the VOYAGER Facebook page.
Jul. 1 Maidstone (UK) @ Ramblin Man Fair
Jul. 3 London (UK) @ The Borderline (Prog Mag Showcase)
Jul. 4 Birmingham (UK) @ Asylum 2
Jul. 6 Newark (UK) @ UK Tech Fest (Exact date TBA)
Aug. 10 Derbyshire (UK) @ Bloodstock Festival (Exact date TBA)
Aug. 31 Osaka JP (JP) @ Evoken Fest
Sep. 2 Tokyo (JP) @ Evoken Fest
Sep. 5 Atlanta (US) @ Progpower USA
Sep. 8 Mexico City (MX) @ Foro RR Live