Forbidden’s Craig Locicero posts clarification on his recent statement about Dave Mustaine mass shootings comments
Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero has written a follow-up to his previous comments on his Facebook page in response to Dave Mustaine''s take that recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin were "staged" by President Obama. Locicero is out to "set the record straight" with regards to the kind of person he is and to clarify some of the points in his original comments. Read the entire post:
"What an interesting 24 hours it's been. I've been thrown under more buses then Evel Knievel had jumped in his entire lifetime. All of this is very interesting, the human reaction to what scares us.
"First things first, I never intended for one of my posts to be picked up by Blabbermouth. It wasn't expected. I didn't realize my profile was being trolled for these things, so this was no publicity stunt! That being said, I'm OK with it, because I stand by my words.
"I guess I deserve some of the backlash just for using Dave Mustaine as my point of reference.
"Sorry, Dave, I don't know you personally, but we have plenty of mutual friends and peers. However, just like I did here, you put yourself out there... a lot. I do think you are closer to truth then people want to [accept], but I also think your delivery was even worse then mine. Just my opinion.
"I'm not going to use this post to jump directly back into the subject at hand, the Aurara shootings. Which, by the way, is an awful tragedy and I hurt as much as anyone not directly related to the victims. But I will save the details that lead me to my hypothesis for next time. This post is just to set the record straight as to what kind of person I am, because from what I'm hearing A LOT of people got it all wrong.
"Now, if I'm ever taken away or publicly smeared just for my words, please keep in mind these things and don't believe anything else you hear...
"I'm non-violent, not crazy, not depressed, not in danger to myself or anyone else.
I don't own or even want any guns. In fact, I hate guns, so don't get me confused with Ted Nugent.
"I'm not in a popular band, so I'm not rich. I'm in the middle class with a wife and son I love more then anything else on the planet. What I say and do is for my son and his children. That takes me out of the tax-bracket angle.
"I was born into a lifetime Democrat family that looks like Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition. I even voted for Obama in the last election... begrudgingly.
"I do NOT support either candidate for the next election and I think Ron Paul is a tool. Sorry. I also don't think Nader is the Cat's Meow. I'm simply disillusioned American citizen who sees through the facade.
"I, like tens of millions of others, would like to see our system fixed. Because it is obviously VERY broken!
"The idea that there is only Republicans and Democrats, right-wingers and left-wingers is INSANE and shame on us for buying into it. Shame on those who walk through the game sleeping. Shame on everyone for being content with the flawed system that's let the corporations and the churches run our politicians. Shame on those who think that just because they have a smart phone and live in a house with a TV and computer that they are free. There just isn't enough shame to go around.
"We the people? We fucked up!
"The way some of us deal with it is by openly calling it out for a discussion. That's who I am and how I'm wired and I'm not afraid to do it. What would be impressive if more people did that instead of just mailing it in and being defeated.
"So, in closing, the only reason the Aurora shootings have become a catalyst here is because the road it leads this country down. It's a twisted road with even more dissension and division in our near future. Even if [James] Holmes [the alleged shooter in Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre] isn't a patsy, which I still believe he is, he's being used as leverage against the citizens. One just needs to see who gains and who loses from such a tragedy with clearer vision."
A few rockers have now weighed on on the recent statements made in Singapore on August 7th by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue/Sixx A.M., Craig Locicero of Forbidden, former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend, Testament's Chuck Billy and more have shared their feelings in regards to Mustaine telling the concert audience "Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he's staging all of these murders, like the Fast And Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple." Then adding "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."
Nikki Sixx posted a link on his Facebook page to a Los Angeles Times article about Mustaine's coments and added these comments: "Dave Mustaine is a fucking asshole. I can't even imagine how deep this cuts the victims' families of these shootings. He owes every family an apology as well as our great country. Hey, Dave, if you think America is turning into 'Nazi America,' as you are quoted saying... Then move the fuck out..."
Craig Locicero of San Francisco Bay Area band Forbidden posted this on his Facebook page, which takes a different angle on the comments:
"So everyone wants to pile on [Megadeth mainman] Dave [Mustaine], who definitely has douchy tendencies.
"I don't know of anyone that has all of their facts straight on [James] Holmes [the alleged shooter in Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre], but I STRONGLY believe there is the possibility that he was a patsy. But not summoned by Obama himself. That is where I think Mustaine was ignorant and gives him too much credit/blame. But used by those who control the ebbs and flows of society.
"Take a long view of this upcoming dog-and-pony show called our 'free' election. If you do, you can see where the lines of division on race, sexuality, religion, freedom of speech and our rights to assemble are being drawn.
"Things are uglier than they have been in any recent history.
"Whichever side wins the fake election in November, there will be a backlash from the polarized extremists on the other side. This government and military are fully anticipating it as a certainty.
"So what does that mean in this very subject?
"These shootings are a possible catalyst to eradicate the right to bear arms in this country. It makes most people say, 'Hey, enough is enough. Let's make guns illegal here!' That sounds dandy to some folks, but it's beautiful music to the ears for those who crave division amongst our citizens.
"Take away the guns from all of the radicals and eradication becomes much easier. But nowhere near everyone with a gun is a radical.
"So while Dave supposedly shoved his feet into his mouth once again, I say he's close to the truth. A lot closer then most people want to accept.
"One thing is certain. People suck.
"Watch these videos for a little more [insight] and go ahead and hate the messenger if you wish."
Testament vocalist Chuck Billy told the New York Daily News, "I think he must be back on drugs to even think what he is saying makes any sense. There is freedom of speech and there just putting your foot in your mouth." Testament has toured many times in the past with Megadeth.
Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner said, "I'd like to see Mustaine face any of the victims from either tragedy and tell them that Obama did this to them. In fact, Mustaine, tell that to Ashley Moser who had a bullet lodged in her throat, a gunshot wound to her abdomen, and lost her 6-year-old daughter Veronica Moser-Sullivan when James Holmes fired upon them.
"I'm one of thousands who wish Mustaine would just keep his volatile mouth shut," added Wagner.
"I find it hard to accept this diatribe at face value," former RIP magazine editor Lonn M. Friend told the Daily News. "I go back 25 years with Mustaine and have long found him to be both a creative and conscious artist, a spiritual man who has battled and survived some pretty savage demons. These accusations are lunacy and just don't sound like the evolved rocker I know. Maybe he broke a string."
“ To speak in such a way is to take focus off of the true face of this problem - the victims,” says Eye Empire’s Donald Carpenter. “It is ignorant, irresponsible and a part of the problem.”
Mustaine, who once wrote the lyrics to the anti-George H.W. Bush administration song "Foreclosure of a Dream," has swung sharply to the right since he ditched alcohol and drugs and became a born-again Christian.
"This is why people should never get sober,” deadpanned Metalocalypse’s Brendon Small.
Forbidden talk thrash scene then and now, free speech, Ronnie James Dio and more in new interview with performance footage
Craig Locicero and bassist Matt Camacho of San Francisco Bay Area thrash icons Forbidden were interviewed by Bay Area Backstage before the band's April 21st concert at The Avalon in Santa Clara, California. The guys talk about the thrash scene then and now, what and who has influenced their music, free speech, Ronnie James Dio, the new material and more in the 49 minute clip, which also includes performance footage.
Ex-White Lion, Megadeth and Black Label Society bassist James Lomenzo talks about his career from Brazil (video)
The great James Lomenzo sat down with Dani Buarque of the "Lokaos Rock Show" on March 4 after the band HAIL!'s concert at Blackmore Bar in São Paulo, Brazil. Buarque does a fantastic job with the interview, which turned into a career retrospective for Lomenzo in chronological order. I didn't realize Lomenzo was in a band called 'Rondinelli' with the late Ray Gillen (Badlands, Black Sabbath) and Bobby Rondinelli, who later was in Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmore. In fact, Lomenzo talks about how he used to jam with Ritchie and Bobby pre-White Lion.
Buarque then leads Lomenzo through his stints White Lion, Pride & Glory (with his buddy Zakk Wylde), Slash's Snakepit, Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Lynch Mob and now in HAIL!. Lomenzo shares some really interesting stories about his time with each band and the personalities involved. The humble and appreciative Lomenzo shows just how cool he is in this interview, and I had to share it. He certainly has had an interesting and varied career in rock. Kudos to the beautiful Dani Buarque.
HAIL! is an all star band featuring vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Beyond Fear), guitarist Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) and drummer Paul Bostaph (Testament, Slayer, Exodus, Forbidden).
There has been different lineups of HAIL!; including one featuring Owens, Bostaph, Lomenzo and guitarist Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), who completed a tour of China and Taiwan in December.
HAIL! is planning to release a DVD that will capture the band's entire history and spotlight all of its live shows and special guests and contain exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from its travels, rehearsals, soundchecks, interviews, meet-and-greets.
Here's the interview and some great fan-shot footage of the show, with almost the entire set:
Exodus and Forbidden and many other bands from the legendary Bay Area thrash metal scene will be performing at the special show marking the 10-year anniversary of the passing of former Exodus singer Paul “Pavel” Baloff’s. 'Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance' will take place Saturday, February 4th, 2012 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse.
Gary Holt of Exodus said: "With February 2nd being the 10 year anniversary of Paul's passing, the band knew it was high time we do something special to remember the legend of Paul Baloff, so we decided to put together a show the Bay Area will not soon forget. We've pulled some of the Bay's finest for this, bands who knew and shared many a stage and drink with Pavel. There are some nice surprises in store as well! It will be ten years and two days since the thrash world lost one of its greatest frontmen ever, and we will always make sure his memory lives on and is never forgotten. Long live The Destroyer!”
Forbidden guitarist and founding member Craig Locicero added: “Everyone in Forbidden is honored to have been asked by Gary and Exodus to play this show marking the 10th anniversary of Paul Baloff’s crazy fucking life! I witnessed his insanity first-hand at the Mabouhay Gardens and Ruthie’s Inn. As Exodus got bigger, Paul got crazier - in a good way. It was genius at work. He was the mold that all thrash frontmen cut themselves from, but he was also a pretty damn sweet guy. Always kind to those he liked, he'd be in the front row at Forbidden gigs screaming things like ‘Why does it have to be so heavy?’ and my favorite, ‘Heavier than time!’ I'm laughing just typing this!
“At his memorial, I saw people I hadn’t seen in years. So much love, so many laughs. It made me happy in some strange way just to see that kind of respect displayed for Paul. We all really loved him. Luckily his legend has returned with a vengeance… and hey, Paul, you did it: You’ve become heavier than time!”