Music News Headline Answers With Nine Left Dead's ~Travis Jones June/July 2023 • 6th Edition #101
Metal Pulp And Paper: Thank you, Travis, 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? Travis: Yes, actually! We were driving through Montana on August 8th a few years ago. The reason I know the date was because that’s my mother’s birthday. I was of course in the tour van with the guys but also our merch guy, who is my brother. I had driven like all night and a good part of the next to go play the gig the night before this day. So, I was asleep in the back. One of our guys was supposed to stay awake with the driver but he made poor decisions the night before and the same navigator I used was trying his best to stay awake with the driver. He unfortunately fell asleep, which I couldn’t blame him we were awake almost two full days, but also the driver decided to take a nap. The navigator woke up at the last second and yelled to wake him up as the van and trailer were headed off the road at 80 mph. The guy driving over corrected and somehow kept the van from rolling over but the trailer broke off the back and rolled several times. Lucky no one was hurt and none of our gear was damaged because it was so tightly packed. Our dirty clothes came out and my underwear was spread across the highway. But luckily, a fan they were at our Montana show a few nights before seen us wreck and stopped to help us. We were extremely grateful for them and actually the radio station who also reached out to help us. It was a pretty damn scary moment. (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?
Travis: We were actually broken into in broad daylight in St. Louis, Missouri and had several thousand dollars’ worth of stuff taken, so I know some of their pain. The worst part about it was my back pack got stolen and it had two non-replaceable things in it. One was something from my grandpa who had passed away weeks before and the other was my bandanna that I had gotten when I was going through my fight with cancer as a child. But as far as precautions we take, we just try to park in very secure or visible places. If it’s at night we back the trailer against a wall. And we have a tech slash handy man that has designed a more secure looking setup on our trailer.
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?
Travis: Bologna sandwiches haha! We actually travel in a SUV and a small trailer. With what we use gear wise, we’ve been able to compact our rigs. We are also typically our own roadies. We rent one hotel room and bring portable cots. Plus, our drummer Steven seems to be good at stealing hotel food, so we’ve always got extra snacks.
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?
Travis: I’m super ocd, so I’m not wearing a diaper haha. I mean, to each is own. I like that she plays that many songs for the price of what I’ve seen her tickets go for. To me, I just wait till they get to the part where they play those couple of songs I’m not that into. They need a mass peeing device like the men’s have in the women’s restroom to speed up the process, cause if you are waiting on your girl that causing you to miss songs as well haha.
(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?
Travis: I wouldn’t say it was anything to write home to mom about, but probably a strip club. Nothing like trying to make the tough decision of which side of the stripper pole to set the drums up on.
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?
Travis: I personally think a lot of the “old school” art form of making music has been gone for a while. Not to say that there aren’t some really good song writers out there. But there are so many new advancements in recording software that if you haven’t adapted with the time, you are gonna get left behind. Using AI is a bit much to me as far as creating entire songs. Using it to raise the dead for a recording may not be the worst thing, but for me personally I wouldn’t be able to feel the emotional connections knowing it was fake.
MPAP: Well, that wraps things up. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, we’d like to thank you, Travis, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band Nine Left Dead do in 2023 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Travis: We appreciate you taking your time to allow us to do this interview with you! To all our fans out there, we love you and hope to see you at upcoming shows! And please go subscribe to all our social media accounts and tell your friends about us! You can find all our social links at 9leftdead.com.