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System Of A Down Blames Venue, Security For Mini-Riot...

Sep. 6th, 2001 | 07:26 am
posted by: immorak in loud

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System Of A Down has pointed the finger at the venue and security for the mini-riot and cancellation of their free Hollywood concert on Monday (September 3), calling the incident "one more blow to our freedom to convene." In a lengthy message posted on the group's website (systemofadown.com), System frontman Serj Tankian wrote, "[They] were not prepared adequately for such a show of heads."

The parking-lot gig, planned as a "thank you" to hometown fans on the eve of the release of the group's second album, Toxicity, was aborted by fire marshals as the crowd--estimated to be as large as 10,000--grew unruly, rushed the stage, and looted much of the group's equipment. Six people were arrested, including one for assault on a police officer, while several minor injuries were also reported.

Tankian cited fear as a catalyst for the melee. "There were so many people there that only a part of them could even actually view the stage," he writes. "It was feared that had the band set foot on stage, people would push, shove, and possibly trample others to get a visual fix on the band. At that point, the barricades had all come down, and the band could not safely make it to the stage."

According to Tankian, the decision to not announce the show's cancellation, because of concern of increased hostility from the crowd, actually heightened the tensions, as did the presence of police in riot gear and on horseback, likened by the singer to "ancient feudal tactics."

"We believe that all of this could and should have been avoided had the band been allowed on stage. We also believe that there is lack of understanding and communication dealing with such events between promoters and the LAPD. We strongly suggest the creation of a communications forum and an officer-training program between the LAPD and KROQ, as well as other promoters/radio stations."

Meanwhile, the LAPD blamed the promoter for vastly underestimating the potential fan turnout, according to the Los Angeles Times. "It was a poorly planned event," one police commander told the newspaper.

-- Neal Weiss, Los Angeles (launch.com)

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LOUD Playlist...

Sep. 6th, 2001 | 05:16 pm
posted by: immorak in loud

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Hey, if you like to win stuff, don't miss this episode of LOUD. We've got lots to give away!

Playlist for Saturday, September 8:
P.O.D: "Alive"
Nonpoint: "What A Day"
Breach of Trust: "Disease"
Rage Against The Machine: "People of the Sun"
Grade: "A Year In The Past Forever"
Jimmy Eat World : "Bleed American"
Mogwai: "Christmas Steps"
Slipknot: "Left Behind"
Static-X: "This Is Not"
Powerman 5000: "Bombshell"
Hypocrisy: "The Final Chapter"
Dismember: "Casket Garden"
Entombed: "Wolverine Blues"


* Playlist subject to change without notice

This looks like a good loud.. not too bad.. most of the videos i don't think i have seen!
The first video (a new video to loud!) is P.O.D.'s 'Alive'. This is a pretty cool video with a good song. The video is about a guy who is driving down the road in his car when he gets hit by a bus and his life plays before him. I am not a huge fan of P.O.D. but i like a few of their songs and this is one of them.
Then we have Nonpoint's 'What a day'.. i have not seen this video yet.. it might be another new video but i don't know.. if you do fill me in please!
Breach of Trust's 'Disease' is also a new one to me..
I have never seen Rage Against The Machine's 'People of the Sun' before.. its one of the few Rage videos i have not seen.
Grade's 'A Year In The Past Forever' i have heard the band before and its not too bad.. as for the video.. no idea.. another video added to the list of the unknown..
Jimmy Eat World's 'Bleed American' and Mogwai 'Christmas Steps' are both new to me also.. well.. i think i saw the last 30 sec. of 'Bleed American' by Jimmy Eat World on MTV2 .. but it wasn't enough to talk about it.
Slipknot's 'Left Behind' is new to loud.. I am surprised they got the new video on Loud so soon. Much Music usually gets new videos 2-3 weeks after they come out or they just choose to show it after that time. Left Behind is a really cool video. What i get from the video is that the two kids pick on the one kid because he is kinda poor. At the end of the video the poor kid goes into a basement or celler place while they sing, "Let it all slip away..." makes sence to me..
Static-x's 'This Is Not' is a live video but a very good one! they way its all put together just rocks! The song is one of my favorites!
Powerman 5000's 'Bombshell' is new to loud and to me too. The band really messed up with their new album. It was going to come out Aug. 28 but they took it back into the studio because the lyrics were not strong enough. I have heard most of their cd off the net and i am glad they took it back to the studio.. i found that the cd was kinda.. CRAP! Sorry.. but its the truth.
Hypocrisy's 'The Final Chapter', Dismember's 'Casket Garden', and Entombed's 'Wolverine Blues' are all new to me.

Well loud should be a good one this week...
i hope i can stay up and watch it but i work all day on Saturday so i think i will miss it.. :(
oh well..

Play it loud!
-immorak

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Newsletter From familyvaluestour.com

Sep. 6th, 2001 | 05:27 pm
posted by: immorak in loud

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Family Values Tour Gets Set...

Sep. 6th, 2001 | 05:32 pm
posted by: immorak in loud

The first set of Family Values Tour dates have been set. The trek will feature Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, Linkin Park, Static-X and Deadsy. Presales for the Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland area shows go on sale Thursday, September 6th, and Minneapolis tickets will be available on Friday, September 7th. The official Family Values tour site, familyvaluestour.com, launches today with up-to-date on-sale information. During the first dates of Family Values, Deadsy will be playing after-hours in each city. Admission will be your Family Values tour ticket stub. Here are the first dates:
October 11th Cleveland, OH - CSU Convocation Center
October 12th Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
October 13th St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
October 15th Auburn Hills, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills
October 19th Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center

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Those Crazy Charts...

Sep. 6th, 2001 | 05:34 pm
posted by: immorak in loud

Slipknot debuted at #3 on the album sales chart this week selling over 254,000 copies of "Iowa". The band was narrowly beaten out by the late singer Aaliyah and Mary J. Blige. Puddle Of Mudd debuted at #10 with "Come Clean". Fred Durst's latest success scanned over 116,000 copies in its debut week. American Head Charge landed at #118 selling over 12,000 copies of "The War Of Art". Here are how Shoutweb artists did this week on the chart:
03 Slipknot - Iowa
10 Puddle Of Mudd - Come Clean
11 Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
13 Staind - Break The Cycle
25 Drowning Pool - Sinner
39 Disturbed - The Sickness
53 Adema - Adema
55 Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish
67 Tool - Lateralus
96 Incubus - Make Yourself
112 Alice In Chains - Greatest Hits
118 American Head Charge - The War Of Art
125 Godsmack - Awake
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Circle Of Fear by Serj Tankian... (the bands statement on the cancled show)

Sep. 6th, 2001 | 05:36 pm
posted by: immorak in loud

Circle of Fear
By Serj Tankian
Labor Day weekend Sept. 3rd, 2001
KROQ FREE SHOW FEATURING
SYSTEM OF A DOWN

What happened?

3,000-4,000 people were expected to attend this free Kroq show featuring System and 10,000 showed up. The venue and security were not prepared adequately for such a show of heads.

Barricades came down early before the band was scheduled to play. The streets were overwhelmed with bodies outside of the venue, and got closed off.

The police got weary of the situation and along with the Fire Marshal called off the show before the band was scheduled to take the stage at 5:00pm. The band was ready to play the show and even ceded to cutting their set list short, despite looming threats of arrests of band members and danger to their lives.

THE POLICE WOULD NOT HAVE IT! SYSTEM OF A DOWN NEVER CANCELLED THE SHOW!

There were so many people there that only a part of them could even actually view the stage. It was FEARed that had the band set foot on stage, people would push, shove, and possibly trample others to get a visual fix on the band. At that point, the barricades had all come down, and the band could not safely make it to the stage.

The police may have FEARed that had the band announced that the show was being cancelled by LAPD, that it would have lead to anger and hostility against their presence. HOWEVER, NOBODY GOT ON STAGE AND ANNOUNCED WHAT WAS GOING ON. This left everyone to assume everything and anything, and some people out of frustration started to loot, fight, etc.

My belief is that violence in all forms is a low-level human energy output, and undermines our existence as beings of light.

MOST SYSTEM FANS WERE APPALLED BY ALL THESE ACTIVITIES AND IMMEDIATELY FLED THE SCENE.

The fleeing of this mass of people may have in turn caused FEAR in the police, seeing groups of people running, etc. Let's not underestimate the amount of fear created by the visible police presence, not in casual police uniform, but in riot gear and horses, reminding some of ancient feudal tactics. It is this CIRCLE OF FEAR that prevailed yesterday in Hollywood, much to the band's regret.

What was missing was an invitation to peace....a deer dance perhaps, as in the DNC protests a year before, where Native Americans from Arizona delivered a welcoming dance to deer during their respective season. The eloquent movements and delivery of methodical action on stage derailed the overwhelming aggressive visuals of riot police, and created the only thing that could have saved the day-the smile of a young child watching the event.

That did not happen yesterday....

We believe that all of this could and should have been avoided had the band been allowed on stage. We also believe that there is lack of understanding and communication dealing with such events between promoters and the LAPD. We strongly suggest the creation of a communications forum and an officer training program between the LAPD and KROQ, as well as other promoters/radio stations.

Someone told me that because of this, free shows will not be allowed in Hollywood, at outside venues. That's one more blow to our freedom to convene, and System Of A Down is completely opposed to this.

Today, we were told that our Tower Records "Toxicity" record release signing was cancelled in FEAR of more drama.

FEAR is the worst reason to make any decisions in life. People came to the show to have a good time, in peace. Someone needed to give them the respect that they deserved to let them know what was going on, especially since they would not allow the band themselves to do so. It is my firm belief that the problem of undefined and unknown fear among people is a direct result of the insecurities harbored in any densely populated Metropolis, and defines the times that we live in.

Without judging it, I have decided not to be a party to the CIRCLE OF FEAR, and I hope that you will all join me in doing so.

All of us are radiant beings with physical temporary shells that seem to define us more than it should. When you listen to music and you are uplifted, the place you go is not physical........

Serj

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