Newsbites: See Metallica live for $5
Metallica are offering fans in Vancouver the chance to see the band live for just $5. The show, at the city’s Rogers Arena, takes place on Monday night and will form part of their upcoming movie, currently referred to as Metalli-3D. The band warn their set will be broken up to allow the placing and moving of cameras but say the audience will enjoy “a full night of fun and games” in return. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the murder of Sophie Lancaster, the 21-year-old woman who was the victim of a group attack simply because she wore goth clothes. The 2007 tragedy inspired the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which continues to be supported by many in the UK music community. Simon Hall of the Bloodstock Open Air Festival, and also frontman of Beholder, says: “Five years ago today Sophie Lancaster was mercilessly murdered at the hands of hatred and intolerance. I ask that you use today to remember Sophie’s name and spread a positive and proactive message. Let’s face it, life is way too short to be negative.”
Serj Tankian says he grew up fascinated by how fellow American-Armenians were able to ignore the fact that many of them had left Lebanon to escape its civil war, and forget their links to the Armenian genocide during the First World War. The System of a Down frontman explains: “Realising the kind of hypocrisy of the denial of a well-known genocide within a well-known democracy made me an activist. I said to myself, ‘How many other things are there that are denied for political expediency or economic reasons, hidden from the public because it shoots a certain class of people?’ That kind of opened me up to many causes, be they human rights, environmental, animal, labour causes, inequities, injustice. A big thing for me is to find ways to create justice, because I think it brings a new beauty to the world – a new culture.” [Artbound]
Mark Chapman has been denied parole for the seventh time, and will remain in jail for the murder of John Lennon in 1980. The parole board told him: “Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law, and tend to trivialise the tragic loss you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime.” Chapman becomes eligible again in two years.
A tribute concert in memory of Levon Helm will take place in New Jersey on October 3, starring Joe Walsh, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Gregg Allman, John Hiatt and the Levon Helm Band among others. His widow Sandy says: “We are deeply moved that so many musicians and friends of Levon’s are coming together to celebrate his life and his music, and to help us keep his musical spirit and vision alive in the Midnight Rambles.”