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TWISTED SISTER’s JAY JAY FRENCH Blasts People Who Refuse To Wear Face Masks

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French has blasted people who refuse to wear a mask in public spaces to protect others from possible infection.

French addressed the hot-button issue as lawmakers push harder for their constituents to wear face masks to limit the spread of coronavirus. Months after his own advisers recommended it, President Donald Trump finally wore a mask in public this past weekend during a visit to wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Earlier today, Jay Jay tweeted: “To all those who believe wearing a mask is taking away your liberty, I assume your motto is: ‘Give me liberty or give me death’ Please dont wear one and you can have both!”

Wearing face masks and coverings is recommended, or in some places mandatory, in public spaces to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

In a study published last month, researchers from Texas A&M University, the California Institute of Technology and the University of California San Diego, concluded “that wearing of face masks in public corresponds to the most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission.”

In early April, the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention issued new guidelines that Americans should wear face coverings in public.

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POISON’s RIKKI ROCKETT Says There Is ‘Talk’ Of Adding More ‘The Stadium Tour’ Dates For 2021

POISON drummer Rikki Rockett that there is “talk” about more shows being added to the band’s “The Stadium Tour” with MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS.

“The Stadium Tour” was originally scheduled to take place this summer but ended up being pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.

Rockett discussed POISON‘s touring plans during an appearance earlier today (Monday, July 13) on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”. He said: “It looks like we’re probably gonna do more shows next year, so that part of it’s good. DEF LEPPARD was out last year, and we weren’t, so that was kind a letdown for me, because we didn’t get out there last year. But it is what it is.”

Asked if that means that there will be more “The Stadium Tour” shows announced for 2021 or if he is referring to possible POISON headline dates, Rockett said: “Maybe both. I don’t know for sure, but I know that was the talk. So we’ll see if it comes through.”

“The Stadium Tour” is now scheduled to kick off on June 19, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee and conclude on September 12, 2021 in San Diego, California.

As of January 30, “The Stadium Tour” had already grossed $130 million from one million tickets sold, plus another $5 million worth of VIP seats, according to Billboard.

Tickets ranged from $150 to $400, not counting some varied pricing that reflected demand as part of “dynamic pricing.”

When it happens, “The Stadium Tour” will mark the CRÜE‘s first live dates since wrapping its 2014/2015 farewell tour. CRÜE toured with POISON back in 2011 and DEF LEPPARD teamed up with POISON for a string of road dates in 2017 — but the upcoming jaunt marks the first time all four acts have hit the road together for an extended tour.

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of concerts and festivals have either been postponed or canceled, as social distancing and self-quarantining make performing live music and attending live shows all but impossible.

U.S. officials have repeatedly urged Americans to heed what federal, state and local officials are asking of them in order to curtail the spread and dampen the impact of the virus on the population.

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FOZZY’s CHRIS JERICHO Wants To Make Wearing Face Masks Mandatory

FOZZY has announced the rescheduled “Save The World” tour starting October 3 in Dallas, Texas and ending on November 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho said in a statement: “Due to the news of the world @fozzyrock are choosing to push back our #SaveTheWorld tour yet again! Hopefully rock shows will be allowed and safe in Oct/Nov!

“Just know that we have been in intense discussions with all of the local promoters involved and we promise these shows will be following ALL health and safety guidelines established by each governing municipality…. and we are strongly encouraging everybody to wear a mask! (I personally Wanna make them mandatory, but I’m not a state governor.) Having said all that, we can’t wait to rock with you all again…SAFELY!

“Go to fozzyrock.com for all ticket and VIP info! If you already bought tix for any of the shows, they are all still valid!”

FOZZY rescheduled “Save The World” tour dates:

Oct. 03 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Oct. 04 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
Oct. 05 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
Oct. 08 – The Royal Groove – Lincoln, NE
Oct. 09 – Wildwood – Iowa City, IA
Oct. 10 – Indian Crossing Casino – Waupaca, WI
Oct. 11 – 1175 – Kansasville, WI
Oct. 12 – Blue Note – Harrison, OH
Oct. 15 – Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
Oct. 16 – Montage Music Club – Rochester, NY
Oct. 17 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct. 18 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
Oct. 19 – Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Oct. 22 – The Forge – Joliet, IL
Oct. 23 – Elevation @ The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Oct. 24 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH – Tickets
Oct. 25 – Hi Fi – Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 26 – Apollo Theater – Belvidere, IL
Nov. 12 – Eclectic Room – Angola, IN
Nov. 13 – Machine Shop – Flint, MI
Nov. 15 – Jergel’s – Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 16 – The Winchester – Cleveland, OH
Nov. 19 – Songbirds – Chattanooga, TN
Nov. 20 – Capone – Johnson City, TN
Nov. 21 – Underground – Charlotte, NC
Nov. 22 – The Cowan – Nashville, TN

The trek, originally slated for April 16-May 9, was previously scheduled for July-September out of necessity to keep fans safe and healthy.

Support on the tour will come from THROUGH FIRE and ROYAL BLISS.

The new FOZZY album, which was originally scheduled for release this fall, has been pushed back to 2021.

This past May, Jericho told Australia’s Triple M radio station that FOZZY has “so many great songs” written for the new LP that “it’s gonna be hard to pick the singles.”

FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward and producer Johnny Andrews are once again “doing the lion’s share” of the songwriting for the new LP, which is being recorded primarily in Atlanta, Georgia.

FOZZY‘s next album will include the song “Nowhere To Run”, which recently hit Top 10 on the rock radio chart. The track is the band’s third to hit Top 10 on rock radio, following “Judas” and “Painless”.

In addition to producing “Judas”, Andrews previously co-wrote FOZZY‘s “Lights Go Out” track back in 2014. He has also written songs with the likes of ALL THAT REMAINS, THREE DAYS GRACE and HALESTORM.

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Due to the news of the world @fozzyrock are choosing to push back our #SaveTheWorld tour yet again! Hopefully rock shows will be allowed and safe in Oct/Nov! Just know that we have been in intense discussions with all of the local promoters involved and we promise these shows will be following ALL health and safety guidelines established by each governing municipality…. and we are strongly encouraging everybody to wear a mask! (I personally Wanna make them mandatory, but I’m not a state governor.) Having said all that, we can’t wait to rock with you all again…SAFELY! Go to fozzyrock.com for all ticket and VIP info! If you already bought tix for any of the shows, they are all still valid! Oct 03 – Trees – Dallas, TX Oct 04 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK Oct 05 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS Oct 08 – The Royal Groove – Lincoln, NE Oct 09 – Wildwood – Iowa City, IA Oct 10 – Indian Crossing Casino – Waupaca, WI Oct 11 – 1175 – Kansasville, WI Oct 12 – Blue Note – Harrison, OH Oct 15 – Iron Works – Buffalo, NY Oct 16 – Montage Music Club – Rochester, NY Oct 17 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY Oct 18 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA Oct 19 – Soundstage – Baltimore, MD Oct 22 – The Forge – Joliet, IL Oct 23 – Elevation @ The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI Oct 24 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH – Tickets Oct 25 – Hi Fi – Indianapolis, IN Oct 26 – Apollo Theater – Belvidere, IL Nov 12 – Eclectic Room – Angola, IN Nov 13 – Machine Shop – Flint, MI Nov 15 – Jergel’s – Pittsburgh, PA Nov 16 – The Winchester – Cleveland, OH Nov 19 – Songbirds – Chattanooga, TN Nov 20 – Capone – Johnson City, TN Nov 21 – Underground – Charlotte, NC Nov 22 – The Cowan – Nashville, TN #Fozzy

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TERRY ILOUS: ‘I Haven’t Been Associated With GREAT WHITE Since 2018’

Ex-GREAT WHITE singer Terry Ilous says that he hasn’t been associated with the band for two years.

Ilous issued a clarification after various mainstream media outlets posted a photo of GREAT WHITE from his time with the group in connection with his former bandmates’ concert in Dickinson, North Dakota.

Video footage of Thursday night’s (July 9) outdoor performance — which was part of the town’s “First On First: Dickinson Summer Nights” series — showed there were no safety restrictions at the event, with attendees standing shoulder to shoulder and not a single person wearing a mask.

Earlier today, Terry posted the following message on Twitter: “An article is going around by @EW & is being shared by outlets such as @people @foxcarolinanews w/ my photo attached regarding GREAT WHITE [Band]. Amazing how so many outlets can share without fact checking. I haven’t been associated with GW since 2018.”

Ilous, formerly of ’80s L.A. hard rockers XYZ, joined GREAT WHITE in 2010 after replacing touring vocalist Jani Lane (WARRANT).

The Ilous-led GREAT WHITE released two albums, 2012’s “Elation” and 2017’s “Full Circle”, before Terry was shown the door and replaced with Mitch Malloy.

Ilous later released a statement in which he claimed he was blindsided by his dismissal from GREAT WHITE, saying that he “proudly invested” all of his energy and focus “into the GREAT WHITE brand.”

In May 2019, GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall told the “Music Mania” podcast that he and his bandmates felt that Malloy was a more suitable vocalist for GREAT WHITE than Ilous. “We feel like Mitch is a little bit better fit, not only image-wise but vocally,” he said. “He delivers the songs in a way that’s just more like the original. We don’t wanna reinvent the songs. When we write new stuff, that’s a different story. But you wanna deliver the hits well. People come down to hear that.”

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JACK RUSSELL Clarifies He Did Not Perform At GREAT WHITE’s North Dakota Concert: ‘We Take This COVID Thing Very, Very Seriously’

Ex-GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell says that he had nothing to do with last week’s concert in Dickinson, North Dakota by his former band.

Video footage of Thursday night’s (July 9) outdoor performance — which was part of the town’s “First On First: Dickinson Summer Nights” series — showed there were no safety restrictions at the event, with attendees standing shoulder to shoulder and not a single person wearing a mask.

Earlier today, Russell released a video message in which he clarified that he hasn’t played under the name “GREAT WHITE” in more than a decade and revealed that he has not toured in over five months due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.

Jack said: “Hey, this is Jack Russell from JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE. I heard a nasty rumor going around that we played in North Dakota on Thursday night. Let me just tell you one thing: We haven’t played under the name ‘GREAT WHITE‘ in almost 11 years. This is Jack Russell of JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE. If it doesn’t say ‘JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE,’ it’s not me or my band.

“I just want it to be known that we take this COVID thing very, very seriously, and everybody should be wearing a mask and people should be social distancing. And if you’re not doing that, you’re not doing your part. So, take it to task and wear a mask.”

Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall founded GREAT WHITE in 1982. Both musicians were present at the 2003 show in Rhode Island where a fire caused by a pyrotechnic display claimed 100 lives. At the time of the incident, the group that was on the road was called JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE. Kendall said he was asked to join Russell and his solo band on the tour to help boost attendance. Kendall later explained that the name GREAT WHITE was displayed on the marquee outside The Station nightclub because the owner of the venue wanted to “sell more tickets.”

The GREAT WHITE lineup that performed in North Dakota consisted of Kendall, keyboardist/guitarist Michael Lardie, drummer Audie Desbrow, bassist Scott Snyder and singer Mitch Malloy.

On Saturday night, the Kendall-led GREAT WHITE apologized for the conditions at the North Dakota show, saying that “the promoter and staff assured us of the safety precautions. Our intent was simply to perform our gig, outside, in a welcoming, small town. We value the health and safety of each and every one of our fans, as well as our American and global community.”

While numerous events have been imposing restrictions, such as wearing masks and social distancing, “First On First” has no such rules in place.

“We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don’t have any,” April Getz, an event coordinator for Odd Fellows, which organizes, runs and comes up with the funding for the events, told The Dickinson Press. “It’s one of those things where if people feel comfortable coming down and mixing and mingling, that’s their personal choice. We’re leaving it up to everybody that chooses to attend.”

GREAT WHITE‘s next show is scheduled for August 7 at Fort Madison, Iowa’s Riverfest FM festival, which is “absolutely happening” despite the pandemic. “With all of the uncertainty, it would have been easy to throw in the towel on this year, but we firmly believe that ‘If we rock it, they will come’ and boy, do we have a line-up that is prepared to do just that,” the festival organizers wrote on Facebook.

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