RUSH’s NEIL PEART Honored With Pavilion In His Former Hometown

According to The St. Catharines Standard, a pavilion in Port Dalhousie, a community in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, is being named after RUSH drummer Neil Peart.

A unanimous vote by the St. Catharines city council made the name Neil Peart Pavilion at Lakeside Park official on Wednesday (June 3).

Neil Peart Pavilion got more than 80 percent of the online votes. Voting took place for two weeks and the winning name was presented to city council for final approval.

“The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive,” said Port Dalhousie Coun. Bruce Williamson. “Neal Peart‘s been one of our most famous local individuals and a lot of his songs have local roots, including the namesake park.”

Peart grew up in St. Catharines, worked at the former midway in Lakeside Park and wrote the song “Lakeside Park”, which was included on RUSH‘s third album, 1975’s “Caress Of Steel”.

Peart died on January 7 in Santa Monica, California after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The iconic RUSH drummer was 67 years old.

RUSH announced Peart‘s passing on January 10, setting off shockwaves and an outpouring of grief from fans and musicians all over the world.

RUSH‘s final show took place at the Forum in Los Angeles on August 1, 2015. Peart indicated at the time that he wanted to retire while he was still able to play well, along with a desire to spend more time at home with his young daughter.

Peart joined RUSH in 1974. He was considered one of the best rock drummers of all time, alongside John Bonham of LED ZEPPELIN; Keith Moon of THE WHO; and Ginger Baker of CREAM. Peart was also RUSH‘s primary lyricist, drawing inspiration from everything from sci-fi to Ayn Rand.

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IN THIS MOMENT’s CHRIS HOWORTH On Future Of Live Concerts: ‘Eventually It’ll Get Back To Normal’

IN THIS MOMENT guitarist Chris Howorth spoke to RadioactiveMike Z, host of the 96.7 KCAL-FM radio program “Wired In The Empire”, about how he is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and what the touring circuit might look like post-pandemic. Asked how he envisions concerts returning once the threat of the novel coronavirus has subsided, Chris said: “I feel like if we wait until 2021 and give everything a chance to kind of catch up — maybe we can get some kind of treatments in place and a vaccine — I think there is still gonna be attempts to social distance at the concerts a little bit or create some sort of space at first. I think eventually it’ll get back to normal. Our band, we do have mosh pits sometimes, but we have a pretty diverse fanbase, and they really watch a lot more than they mosh, because there’s so much more to see on the stage. So I think for us particularly, we could probably make it work in seated theaters, if we had to at first. I really don’t know. But there’s gonna be a lot of precation taken at first, and it might take a good six months to a year, once it does start back up again, to kind of ease back into feeling like it used to feel. It might take longer than that. It’s hard to guess what the changes will be.”

Howorth also weighed in on the future of meet-and-greets, which allow bands like IN THIS MOMENT to maximize revenue from superfans.

“As of right now, I would say [do away with] all the meet-and-greets, but, like I said, if there was a treatment and a vaccine in place, and we can do meet-and-greets with the mask and gloves on, since you don’t know who’s coming on,” he said. “It depends on so many things. Like, if they were really doing the thing where they take people’s temperatures when they come in the door so they know nobody’s sick, that might make it a little easier to do meet-and-greets. I would say meet-and-greets are probably gonna be one of those things that’s very last to come back around.”

IN THIS MOMENT‘s latest album, “Mother”, was released on March 27. The disc was once again recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko. The LP contains three covers, including the STEVE MILLER BAND‘s “Fly Like An Eagle” and QUEEN‘s “We Will Rock You”, which features vocal backup from HALESTORM‘s Lzzy Hale and THE PRETTY RECKLESS‘s Taylor Momsen.

Three months ago, IN THIS MOMENT announced that its U.S. tour with BLACK VEIL BRIDES, DED and RAVEN BLACK that was to start March 24 in Orlando, Florida was being postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Drummer TOMMY LEE To Release Two New Solo Songs This Friday: ‘People Are Gonna Bug,’ He Says

MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee will release two new solo songs this Friday, June 5. “Knock Me Down” is a collaboration with Killvein, while “Tops” features South African rapper Push Push.

Lee shared a teaser for the new tracks on social media, captioning it “BIG NEWS… 2 songs out on Friday!”

Tommy told US Weekly about the new songs: “I can’t wait. People are gonna bug.”

“Knock Me Down” and “Tops” will appear on Lee‘s third solo album, “Andro”, which is tentatively due this summer. His first solo LP since 2005’s “Tommyland: The Ride” is also expected to include a “slowed-down” and “insane” cover of Prince‘s “When You Were Mine” as well as guest appearances by PLYA singer Julia, a singer called Ellie, rap battlist Shotty Horroh, former ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA frontman Lukas Rossi and U.K. hip-hop/dubstep group FOREIGN BEGGARS.

Lee‘s METHODS OF MAYHEM rap-rock side project released its self-titled debut album in 1999 and was certified gold in the U.S. A follow-up effort, “A Public Disservice Announcement”, came out 11 years later.

Lee also collaborated with METHODS OF MAYHEM‘s DJ Aero on the “#MSND” EP, which was released in 2013.

Earlier this week, MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s “The Stadium Tour” with DEF LEPPARD, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS was finally postponed. Lagging behind nearly every artist that has iced its summer dates, the bands issued a statement on Monday (June 1), explaining the trek has been officially pushed back to 2021.

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NORMA JEAN’s CORY BRANDAN Apologizes For Insensitive Post Mocking ‘Black Lives Matter’

NORMA JEAN vocalist Cory Brandan has apologized for sharing a GIF on Twitter over the weekend that appeared to mock “Black Lives Matter”. The GIF read “BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH” in large black letters reminiscent of the same font used by the international human rights movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. His caption simply read “Roll credits.”

Although Brandan quickly deleted his original tweet, screenshots of it were circulated online, with some fans calling for other metal and hardcore groups to “never tour or associate with this band again.”

Earlier today, Cory released the following statement via NORMA JEAN‘s social media: “Monday, in frustration about infighting I was reading between groups with the same goal, I posted a gif without considering its context. A friend let me know the next day that it was similar to a BLM graphic, hurting supporters of the movement, so I deleted it. But the damage was done.

“I had been up late following conversations about black out Tuesday. I saw creators and supporters extremely divided in approach and was calling it a night. I flippantly searched ‘blah’ and I saw the scrolling gif looking like the credits at the end of a movie. That gif inspired my text ‘roll credits,’ to say ‘goodnight, I’m out’. My ignorance to the gif’s reference is obvious to me now, though it wasn’t my intention.

“Later that night, I retweeted a post from a supporter who was posting their frustration with the black out Tuesday squares driving information off the Black Lives Matter feeds.

“This was all before the shit hit the fan on Tuesday with the screenshot of that gif post. I know I should have shown my empathy rather than posting gifs and retweets.

“Let me be clear though, Black Lives Matter.

“I understand how my shit-talking attitude, sarcasm, and the way I present myself online made it easy for people believe it was an act of aggression and not an ill-informed misstep. That’s on me, too. I take responsibility for all of it.

“I respect the scene and I just ask that the other guys involved with NORMA JEAN and HUNDRED SUNS would not have to suffer for my mistake. They are still posting in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as they have been all week. They are vocal supporters and this should not reflect on them at all. No one else should have to bear the weight of my actions or the responsibility of educating me. All of that is on me alone.

“I’m sorry. I don’t expect your forgiveness, but I will be better, because you deserve better.”

The “Black Lives Matter” movement was launched in the summer of 2013 by black organizers Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi after George Zimmerman was acquitted of the killing of Trayvon Martin. Following last week’s death of George Floyd, the movement has gained even more attention. But some have tried to use a counterargument with the “All Lives Matter” label, which is seen as mocking the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

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RATT’s Commercial For GEICO Has Already Aired More Than 10,000 Times

According to Variety, RATT‘s recent TV commercial for the Geico insurance company has amassed more than 8.7 million views on YouTube, and has aired north of 10,000 times since April 13, with an estimated media spend of $21.1 million.

The 40-second spot — featuring the current lineup of RATT playing the band’s classic hit “Round And Round” — is part of Geico‘s “Bundling Made Easy” campaign, which reminds people that bundling your home and car insurance is easy with Geico and helps you save money.

Last month, RATT singer Stephen Pearcy spoke to SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation” about how the commercial came about. He said: “That was a whole lot of fun there. Our manager instigated that. We re-recorded the song at Juan‘s [Croucier, bass] place and gave it a gritty kind of a twist. And it’s amazing. It was fun to do. It’s perfect timing — the fact that we can get out there while everybody’s inside. They can see RATT at least play part of ‘Round And Round’. [Laughs]”

According to All TV Spots, the commercial opens with a married couple” — played by Scott Michael Morgan and Jennifer Bartels — praising their new home, but admitting they do have a problem, too. “The new house is amazing. So much character. Original crown molding, walk-in closets,” they say before mentioning the problem they have, namely a “rat problem.” However, it turns out the issue comes from the “concerts” held by the heavy metal rock band RATT, whose frontman is their neighbor. “At least Geico makes bundling our home and car insurance easy. It does help us save,” the couple add, while juxtaposed footage features RATT performing “Round And Round”.

The commercial ends with another shot of RATT singing in the apartment and with the voiceover urging viewers to visit the company’s web site.

“Round And Round” is featured on RATT‘s debut album, “Out Of The Cellar”, which came out in 1984 via Atlantic Records. The accompanying music video starred Hollywood legend Milton Berle (whose brother Marshall managed the group) and became a staple of MTV, propelling “Out Of The Cellar” to triple-platinum status.

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