GUNS N’ ROSES Legend Gets Political & Faces Backlash!

DUFF MCKAGAN Pens Open Letter to Politicians in Seattle

DUFF MCKAGAN has been getting quite political lately in his hometown of Seattle. He has been worried about the state of downtown Seattle for quite sometime.

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According to a story published on Q13Fox

 the husband and father of two faces a difficult reality – he feels less safe here than anywhere else.

Following a deadly shooting on Third Avenue and Pine Street in January, McKagan wrote a letter to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, begging her to take action. He copied the Seattle Times editorial board on the letter, which the newspaper published.

“Seattle is my city, and it’s gotten way past the point of being scary,” he wrote.

Watch DUFF MCKAGAN’s appearance on the local affiliate FOX channel here.

DUFF MCKAGAN would even have to respond to his open letter on Twitter posting the tweet below!

PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Shows Support for Tribute Tour

Former PANTERA bassist REX BROWN took to Twitter to voice his support for a tribute tour to his former metal band. The tribute tour would involve former frontman PHIL ANSELMO and guitarist ZAKK WYLDE. REX BROWN posted a tweet responding to Loudwire’s Twitter Post that discussed the matter. Last week, RITA HANEY, the girlfriend of guitarist DIMEBAG DARRELL voiced her support for a tribute tour.

BROWN would write on Twitter

“I wanna make sure that [people] understand what I’m about to tweet,It’s not up to Rita to say what will happen, only what Philip [and] I say … I’m in!! Dig?!?!?”

In her interview last month HANEY said she

“definitely would [be okay with a tour]. I’d wanna be at every show.” She did however say she wouldn’t support a full blown attempt at reuniting the band adding

“But as far as trying to put Pantera back together? No, that’s distasteful without those other guys. But I think as a tribute, it would be a really great thing because I know, from a fan’s point, if I hadn’t been able to see them play or hear those songs – I can imagine other people as well, I think it’s great that they could at least see it performed, and by people that truly love ’em. So, yeah, I think it would be a really cool thing.”

For their parts PHIL ANSELMO and ZAKK WYLDE have been in favor of the idea of a PANTERA Tribute. most recently ANSELMO has been performing PANTERA songs while on tour with his band PHILIP H. ANSELMO and the ILLEGALS.

JOEY BELLADONNA Announces JOURNEY Tribute Band

In a surprising piece of news, ANTHRAX singer JOEY BELLADONNA announced that he is launching a JOURNEY tribute band called JOURNEY BEYOND. JOURNEY BEYOND’s debut performance will take place on Friday, March 6th at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia. He wrote on social media earlier today his big announcement saying:

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“I am happy to announce the debut of JOURNEY BEYOND, a tribute to the legendary band JOURNEY. It is my pleasure to welcome my new band out of Nashville and we are very excited to hit the stage together.

“Our first show is coming up this Friday, March 6 in Hopeville [sic], VA at The Beacon Theatre. We are excited to be performing a night of JOURNEY‘s timeless hits and we look forward to seeing some new fans in the crowd!”

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JOEY BELLADONNA will be joined by keyboardist Doug Carter, bassist Paul Arntz, guitarist Matt Basford and drummer Justin Ward.

During a 2005 interview with MusicDishJOEY BELLADONNAwas asked about a rumor that he came to his audition with ANTHRAX with a JOURNEY song revealing

“Actually, what happened was I went into the room and they said, ‘Just go on in,’ and they hadn’t heard me sing. They’d heard of me and they asked me to come in, but we were going in to start tracking and stuff, to get the mic set up and all that and they said, ‘Let’s get you in there and get you warmed up.’ I hit the mic and belted out some JOURNEY… I think it was [the song] ‘Lights’. I didn’t know what the hell I was getting into in the first place. I just wanted to lay some vocals or something. Just to kinda give an idea and that’s what happened. It wasn’t really anything more than that. I just kinda belched it out. I think I did ‘Oh Sherrie’ [written by JOURNEY singer Steve Perry], too, or something. I dunno why, but I just did. It was something off the top of my head I could do a cappella and it was kinda challenging. I thought maybe in range or something that would be kind of intriguing. It was definitely one they weren’t expecting.”

ANTHRAX would cover the JOURNEY song “Anthems” on their 2013 EP “Anthems”