Music News Headline Answers With Amerakin Overdoses' Cody Perez June 2023 • 6th Edition #98
Metal Pulp And Paper: Thank you Cody for taking the time once again to be part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s music news headlines feature. So just so everyone knows if they aren't familair, we here at the Metal Pulp And Paper headquarters scoured the internet to find some of the most recent music news headlines from various media outlets out there and turned them into questions for you to answer. So, place your seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, because here we go…
1.Cliffdiver Bassist Survives Near-Fatal Accident
MPAP: Tyler Rogers, the bassist for the emo-punk band Cliffdiver, was almost killed while driving their tour van, leaving their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma on their way to a music festival being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Amazingly, miraculously, Tyler survived. It’s horrendous to think you’re driving down the interstate on the way to your next show, something you’ve done repeatedly a thousand times before, and then; like thunder, out of nowhere a metal chain link comes flying through your windshield hitting you point blank in the neck. Once again, a horrendous thought! The impact from the chain link knocked Tyler unconscious, and luckily the incident didn’t happen in the middle of the night or something when everyone could have been asleep and they all could have ended up dead hitting another vehicle head-on. Fortunately, it happened around 11 in the morning with everyone being awake, and drummer Eliot Cooper, who was sitting in the passenger seat at the time, was able to move Tyler out of the driver’s seat and stop the van. And holy shit, this is something you’d expect to watch in one of the Final Destination movies, not have it happen in real life. So, do you have any life-changing stories or almost deadly events like this one you can tell us about while out on tour? Cody Perez: Wow. That sounds horrible and definitely something that would happen in a terrible nightmare. I am glad to hear they are ok, and awesome job Eliot for saving everyone in the vehicle. We have had some really crazy things happen but to save everyone some time by listing a bunch of things, the one that comes to mind is when we were in Fort Worth, TX. We were on the Mushroomhead tour and we had just got done with the show. It was like 2:00 A.M. We were all very tired and we got to the hotel we were staying in. Brick and I went to the front desk of this really big hotel to check in. The front desk receptionist provided us with the keys to our two rooms and gave us instructions on how to get to our rooms. We parked the van and a few of us unloaded our personal items and we headed toward the rooms. We put the key card into one of our rooms and it wouldn't unlock. We messed with the handle, we tried the keys to the other room we were assigned and nothing. After five or so minutes of trying, the neighbor/occupant of the room next to us comes out to smoke a cigarette and asks us if we are having problems opening the door, and we said yes. He looks at the card and confirms the room is correct and tries to open it himself. He then asks us if it was the young lady at the front desk who provided us with instructions to the room and we confirm. He says she is really bad at giving directions and confuses customers often. He said likely it was the same room numbers but on the other side of this big hotel that has different quarter sections. We thanked him and we walked over to the correct rooms on the other side of the hotel. Somehow the communication wasn't given in time to some of the other band members and they came up to the rooms we were previously at and started knocking on the doors to the rooms they thought were ours. Some guy opened the door and was extremely mad and started going off on them and he was being very aggressive. It turned out he was a pimp and one of his ladies was using that room for her clients and she was scared off when we were first trying to open the door to the room,we thought was ours. After a long time of them getting an ear beating, the band members got to the correct room and everyone was in bed. The next morning when we are packing the van up to get ready to leave, the pimp comes out and now is yelling at everyone in the band and telling us how we scared away his ladies that work for him and it cost him a whole night of money. He showed us he had a gun and made it very clear that he was willing to use it. He said since we cost him money, we needed to give him something to make up for it. We told him we didn't have anything as we were a touring band and we were broke. What he didn't know is we had like $4,000 cash on us from merch sales. Brick offered him a half-eaten sandwich from Walmart (it was hilarious) but he declined. He told us we were very, very lucky to be able to walk away alive as someone else would not have hesitated to shoot us all. It was for sure a very scary moment for us.
(Editor’s Note: Just to let the readers know how gruesome Tyler Rogers’ injury was ... his carotid artery was punctured, and his jugular was lacerated. And on top of the artery and jugular injury, and losing a lot of blood, he also suffered multiple fractures in his neck. A sheriff at the scene told the band that a large steel chain link was found lodged in Rogers' neck and that it was likely that a semi-truck that was pulling a trailer that had a load-bearing chain strap that had snapped under pressure, launching the chain link across the interstate and through the van window and into Rogers' neck.)
2.Spite Robbed For A Second Time In Portland, Seeks Public’s Help
MPAP:Spite, a metal core band from Southern California has a terrible history with Portland, Oregon. Spite's trailer was broken into with personal items and equipment being stolen after they played a show in May 2018. Spite then returned to Portland for the first time since the robbery four years later and was robbed yet again! It has to be devastating both times, but to have it happen twice in the same city has to be some sort of bad luck you would think, right? Unless you’re a band like Metallica or Iron Maiden who have paid personnel to watch their gear, most bands don’t get that luxury, especially new ones. Most groups have to park their trailers in dark alleys behind the bar or venue, or somewhere in a dark parking lot. What does your band do to take extra precautions to prevent some piece of a shit person from breaking into your van or trailer?
Cody: That is horrible. That is one of the worst things that can happen on tour or even just playing a one-off show. I am sorry to hear that Portland has been bad to Spite. I have noticed on multiple occasions there been incidents where musicians have had their band equipment stolen in Portland. I believe Jim Root from Slipknot had a guitar stolen one of the times they played Portland. This might be one of the many reasons a lot of bands skip right over Portland on their tours. As far as what we do to protect ourselves, we do have it in our band rider that our vehicle needs to be able to park in a safe, well-lit location of the venue either right in front or directly behind the venue. We usually always have one of the band members or crew member who is with the vehicle and (knocking on wood) we have not had any issues yet.
(Editor’s Note: We’re assuming Spite won’t be going back to Portland anytime soon, or even ever in the future, but it’s sad when this happens to good hard-working bands out there that are just trying to make a living playing music that they love for their fans.)
3. Dave Mustaine: Even Days Off On Tour Are Expensive
MPAP: “I think it’s about 45 thousand dollars a day for us to just sit still,” the Megadeth frontman said on a recent episode of The Jeremy White Show. Mustaine went further into detail saying, “show days are even more expensive. There are salaries, hotel rooms, insurance, the busses, the bus drivers, the trucks, and the truck drivers.” Makes you wonder why ticket prices or fees are so outrageous lately. So, what are some things you do to save money while out on tour? Where are your penny-pinching habits? Are you taking the deli trays from the show you just played at back to the bus or the hotel room to eat for later?
Cody: It is so crazy to hear about what it costs that camp to take a day off but I don't doubt it. The cost of living is insane right now and I can't imagine if we had a huge tour bus(es) to fuel and maintain along with all the staff and lodging. For us, we put it in our performance rider that we need 2 hotel rooms and we need to be fed and provided with a few drinks along with whatever the payment is. That really helps us. We include some extra items like water, snacks and baby wipes (we're a makeup band and need these desperately). Anything that we have extra we always take with us and of course shopping at WalMart and buying in bulk.
4. Taylor Swift Fans Wearing Diapers To Her Concerts
MPAP: We don’t even know where to begin to turn this headline into a question, but we try and tackle it though. Anyways, some Taylor Swift fans are going to some extreme measures so they don't miss a single song she sings at one of her shows. They can’t miss one song seems absurd when she probably sings over 30 or more that night. So, I guess while she’s singing “You Belong To Me,” they can keep screaming in excitement and pee without moving an inch in their seat because they are wearing a diaper. So, is there even a question to this news headline? Hmmmm, how about just giving us your thoughts about it instead? Or, I guess would you ever wear a diaper to one of your favorite band’s concerts, or even to a Taylor Swift show for that matter?
Cody: Hell no. I don't care if it was my first or last time seeing my favorite act. No way in hell would I go to that desperate measure to not miss a song. As a matter of fact, when I go to a show, I always look up the setlist of the headliner band and I make it a point to leave 2 or 3 songs prior to the end to avoid getting stuck in traffic. Of course, this is at the bigger arena/amphitheater shows. I will say that is some dedication from Taylor Swift fans is so good for her but that seems crazy to me.
(Editor’s Note: Sometimes the porta-poddies can be over a hundred yards away, or the bathrooms are up or down a few flights of stairs, and then most of the time there is a long line to wait, and, of course; if you’re attending the Download Festival you have over 100,000 people surrounding you. So, maybe those Swifties are onto something.)
5.Fever 333 Singer Performs For Crowd From A Moving Ferris Wheel
MPAP: Jason Butler, the lead singer for Inglewood, California’s Fever 333, recently performed while riding on a moving Ferris wheel at a music festival in Germany. This was far from planned by the festival or even the band. Butler is best known for his erratic stage performances, which include nonstop running around, smashing various things onstage, crowd surfing, and climbing the festival stages. In the band’s social media post about Butler’s performance on the Ferris wheel, they tagged the Guinness Book of World Records. I don’t know if they were hoping to gain a World record for the craziest place to perform a song or whatever, but it’s always worth it to try at least, right? So, where is the craziest place that you’ve performed before?
Cody: Hands down, the Gathering of the Juggalos we played in 2015 out in Ohio was probably the craziest festival I have ever seen. We are not juggalos, but we respect the culture they have and the dedication of the fan base. From the moment we got to the festival to the 4th day when we left it, was pure insanity. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but I think that same rule applies to the Gathering of the Juggalos. Everything you could possibly imagine to happen at a crazy festival happened and then some. I will say easily the gathering is the craziest.
6. Paul McCartney Is Using AI To Make A ‘Final’ Beatles Song
MPAP: Artificial Intelligence, meet the Beatles a group that formed in Liverpool, England in 1960 and was a major influential part of rock music history. The Fab Four currently holds the record for Billboard’s Top Number 1 hits at 20. Unfortunately, they would disband in 1970, and 10 years later, John Lennon would be gunned down and murdered in 1980 in New York. Now, 43 years later, a new Beatles song is supposed to be released this year according to Sir Paul McCartney. So, what are your thoughts on AI being used in music technology? Using AI to create a sound or a new musical note is one thing, but should it be used to create an almost perfect life-like voice of a deceased person? Could AI be the final nail in the coffin of making ‘real’ music?
Cody: I would prefer music to come from an actual person with real emotion and feeling and thought. Nothing could ever replace that. At the same time I am realistic and know that if the technology is there, it will be used regardless if we want it to be used or not. I have already seen a few videos online where a deceased musician's voice was used to cover songs from other bands and it sounds pretty close to real. I am sure with time it's only going to get more precise. I will say, like with anything else, we will just have to learn to adapt and roll with the times because as we saw in the past (ex. Napster and streaming) we don't have to like it or agree with it but if it's bound to happen and if the technology is there, it will be used. It will be interesting to see how this will affect things like for example, if I want to have a young 1994 Phil Anselmo guest on an Amerakin Overdose song and I use AI for his parts, will I have to pay a fee to use that, will he get a percentage of the royalties etc.
MPAP: Well, that wraps things up. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, we’d like to thank you, Cody, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band Amerakin Overdoase do in 2023 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Cody: Thank you Metal Pulp And Paper for taking the time to interview us, and thank you, to all of your readers/followers for taking the time to read what we have to say. This year we plan to keep playing shows regionally and releasing new music/videos every couple of months so please be sure to follow us on Spotify, subscribe to our Youtubeand follow/like us on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. We have plans to release our 3rd album in the early part of 2024, so stay tuned!