Trump Is First President to Be Impeached Twice, Rockers React

Late Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 13), it was revealed that President Donald Trump had been impeached a week before he was set to leave the office of President. This latest infraction relates the Trump’s role in the riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol building last week.

The House of Representatives charged Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors for inciting the insurrection. It ended up in a 232-197 vote, with all the Democratic representatives and 10 of the Republican representatives voting in favor of the impeachment.

The four-page article of impeachment argued that Trump continually fed his supporters false information about widespread fraud related to the 2020 election, claims that were repeatedly struck down in the courts, and then urged them to march on the Capitol on Jan. 6, the same day that Congress was planning to certify the vote that would make Joe Biden the 46th President of the United States. The ensuing riot that took place ended with five people dead.

In the aftermath, Democrats urged Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office but Pence declined, leading to the impeachment proceedings to continue.

With the House of Representatives now having voted to impeach Trump, the next move will be to send the article to the Senate who will have to start a trial and vote on whether to convict Trump.

As you might expect, the impeachment, which is the second impeachment against Trump during his presidency, has elicited plenty of reaction including from members of the rock and metal world. Check out a sampling of the comments below:

Brett Gurewitz, Bad Religion

Mike Portnoy, Sons of Apollo

Garrett Russell, Silent Planet

Alex Skolnick, Testament

Phil Labonte, All That Remains


Ice T

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Trump Supporters Storm Capitol: Rockers React

Hours after thousands of President Trump‘s supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. during the ceremonial counting of presidential electoral votes, numerous rock artists reacted Wednesday on social media with disgust and outrage.

The scene in the nation’s capital was chaotic throughout the afternoon. As CNN reports, a mob pushed through barriers surrounding the Capitol shortly after 1PM ET, leading to physical encounters with police officers in riot gear. Some individuals eventually made it inside the building, and the House floor was evacuated. As of this writing, one woman is reportedly in critical condition after being shot in the chest, and multiple police officers have been injured.

An armed standoff reportedly occurred at the House front door around 3PM ET, and at least two suspected pipe bombs were “rendered safe by law enforcement.”

“These are TERRORISTS,” tweeted Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley. “This is armed insurrection. The flames were fanned today & over time by the president & specific senators who CANNOT be allowed now to distance from or denounce what they have directly caused. Know their names. THIS is the result of their deception. Shame.”

Tommy Lee called Trump a “fuckhead” in a tweet directed his way. tell you covidiots to go home…its a wrap, ya’ll lost, GTFOH!! and while you’re at it YOU get the fuck outta here too before people get seriously hurt!”

Sebastian Bach, linking an article previewing Joe Biden’s address to the nation, praised the president-elect for “having a brain.” He also retweeted Senator Ted Cruz’s call for the “storming to stop,” writing, “You are one of the stupidest pieces of shit that ever walked the Earth. These people are here to support you you fucking idiot.”

On the other hand, Ted Nugent took to Facebook to share a photo and a post suggesting that the people involved were actually not Trump supporters.

Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench posted a photo of a Trump supporter waving a flag inside the Capitol, writing, “now imagine what would have happened were this person Black and holding a Black Lives Matter banner.”

You can read these reactions and more below.

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June 2020 Recap: Rock Gets Political Over George Floyd and Trump

The intertwining of music and politics were the biggest stories in rock in June 2020.

The anti-racism protests that began after the late-May death of George Floyd continued, and the music industry reacted by creating “Blackout Tuesday,” where major labels shut down business for a day. Many more artists issued statements condemning systemic racism and police brutality, with Axl Rose placing much of the blame on President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, some musicians expressed displeasure at their music being played at Trump’s campaign rallies.

Elsewhere, Motley Crue held out as long as possible against postponing their big summer tour but finally made the call less than three weeks before it was supposed to begin. But drummer Tommy Lee turned it into a positive, announcing that he had a solo album on the way, previewing it with a pair of new songs. And late Rush drummer Neil Peart was given a permanent tribute in his hometown, while the ongoing coronavirus pandemic put a spotlight on the dangers facing independent live music venues.

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The Music Industry Speaks Out Against Racism

As the Black Lives Matter protests continued into June, the major record labels issued statements against racism, shuttering their offices on June 2 and encouraging all to “disconnect from work and reconnect with our community.” Individual artists continued to speak out. Bruce Springsteen called George Floyd’s killing a “21st-century visual lynching” and devoted his weekly SiriusXM radio show to songs about racism. Stevie Wonder, who helped make Martin Luther King Day a national holiday, said that the best way to bring an end to systemic racism and police brutality is by voting. Nell Young was optimistic that the Black Lives Matter movement was changing people’s attitudes, and Black Sabbath created a T-shirt with “Black Lives Matter” echoing the lettering found on their classic Master of Reality album. The repercussions were felt all over the world, as countries grappled with the notion of systemic racism. The city of Liverpool even looked into the history of Penny Lane, the street immortalized in a 1967 Beatles song, to see if it was named after an 18th-century slave trader named James Penny before determining it wasn’t. Plus, the Beatles’ R&B roots and rock’s complex history with the Confederate flag were examined.

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Rockers vs. President Trump

As the presidential election campaign intensified, artists stepped up their criticism of President Donald Trump. Axl Rose accused him of sowing the seeds of hatred and anarchy and called Trump a “truly bad, repulsive excuse for a person, with a sick agenda.” The estate of Tom Petty issued a cease-and-desist order to stop Trump’s campaign from playing “I Won’t Back Down” at campaign rallies, and the Rolling Stones threatened to sue the president if the unauthorized use of their music on the campaign trail, a fight started in 2016, continued. Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, on the other hand, praised Trump’s speech a week after George Floyd’s death, calling his tone “strong and direct.”

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 Motley Crue Postpone Tour as Tommy Lee Resumes Solo Career

Less than three weeks before it was to have started, Motley Crue postponed their anticipated tour with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett until 2021, although they’ve also offered refunds. Tommy Lee said the band had planned an even bigger production than usual because shows would have taken place in stadiums instead of arenas, calling it “fucking ridiculous.” Four days after the announcement of the delay, the drummer announced the October release of Andro, unveiled two tracks, “Knock Me Down” and “Tops,” and promised a “dark and sexy” cover of Prince‘s “When You Were Mine.” Lee also became the titular subject of a track by rapper Tyla Yaweh featuring Post Malone, with a remix created by Lee a few days later.

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Neil Peart Gets Honored in His Hometown

Six months after Neil Peart’s death, the residents of his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, voted to rename the pavilion at Lakeside Park in honor of the Rush drummer, with an overwhelming majority of the local population – 81 percent – being in favor of it. The park was the subject of a song found on the band’s 1975 LP, Caress of Steel. Also in June, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson admitted it was difficult for him to find the motivation to pick up the guitar in the aftermath of his longtime friend’s death.

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Save Our Stages

As the coronavirus pandemic lockdown entered its third month, concerns over the future of live music began to be expressed. The National Independent Venue Association projected that 90 percent of clubs around the U.S. could be permanently shuttered inside of six months without federal assistance, with the industry losing an estimated $9 billion in ticket sales alone. Even reducing capacities, it said, would not help, because of the costs involved with opening the buildings. By mid-June, hundreds of artists from across the musical spectrum – with Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, Neil Young and Dave Grohl leading the way – signed a letter to Congress urging it to intervene. A $900 billion bill passed by Congress shortly before Christmas incorporated the Save Our Stages act, authorizing $15 billion in grants to independent clubs, theaters and other cultural institutions.

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