Music News Headline Answers With Set Your Sails' ~Andre Alves June 2023 • 6th Edition #100
Metal Pulp And Paper: Thank you, Andre, 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? Andre: First of all, thank you very much for this opportunity to write with you. On the road especially, there are many moments that sometimes I think we were very lucky to get out of there alive. But one particular moment that happened to myself was in August 2022. Basically, after one of our sets, at the last second, I had a little problem with my heart. It was a very scary moment for all of us. Since I was 16, sometimes I have small changes in my heart, but nothing serious. The year 2022 was a very heavy year for me, a week before the concerts I was in bed for three weeks with corona, and in the last months I hadn't taken care of myself very well, so it was a reaction that I didn't expect much but I can understand it. This event has really changed my mindset, and perspective on life. I started to take more care of myself and give more value to life. (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?
Andre: We are very careful with our equipment, and losing everything we have is our biggest nightmare. We take a few measures, the main one is to always know where our stuff is, and to know how to store it, and basically, we always try to be careful where we park our bus, and we don't like to leave the stuff for a long time in one place.
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?
Andre: The tours we've had in the last few months have basically been done in small vans and hotels, sometimes we try to sleep in the concert venues but it's not always possible. Life on the road is pretty expensive, and if a band like Megadeth complain, then what will smaller bands say. The key is to plan well and try to avoid unnecessary expenses. But it's not easy these days to go on tour. All the basic parts of a tour are more expensive, merch, production, transport, hotels, gear, and the bands basically get paid the same. Without help from the fans, no band can last for long.
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?
Andre: I am no one to judge others, but that is a bit extreme, I think. I would never do that for a band I like, but the world today is a bit strange, people put energy in the wrong places. But as I said, these are personal opinions and actions, so it's up to us to judge ourselves.
(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?
Andre: Haha Fever 333 they are amazing! It's a tough question, but we've had some pretty crazy gigs. We played in Prague once and it was crazy, it must have been like 50 degrees, you couldn't see anything in front of you, the crowd was crazy and people were passing out from the heat. Full Force in Germany was also amazing, we didn't expect to have so many people in front of us, there was so much moshing dust that all our stuff was dirty and you could hardly breathe. It was unbelievable.
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?
Andre: The AI theme is quite complex, I think we need time to better understand the effects this technology will have on us. As any technology or tool, these must be used and tested, to really understand its potential. The music world is no different, but music lives a lot from the character of the musician, the image of the musician, the interaction of the musician with the public. We can try to bring back ghosts from the past, but they are nothing more than that... ghosts. We have many new bands that are opening new doors and breaking barriers, so I think we should value these bands more and focus less on the past. Or trying to bring dead musicians or even bands back to life.
MPAP: Well, that wraps things up. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, we’d like to thank you, Andre, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band Set Your Sails do in 2023 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Andre: Thanks again for your interest in us. No doubt very interesting questions. We hope to bring you new music in 2024 and who knows, maybe we'll see you on the road with us.