In the music industry (or the entertainment industry as a whole) these days, it is a rare thing indeed to hear artists speaking out about anything of merit.
It would be difficult to imagine the likes of Justin Bieber, Katie Perry, Adele, any of the bastard offspring of the Simon Cowell circus of horrors, or Madonna or even Bono drawing attention to anything that criticises the actions of the established order – but thankfully, there are those in the industry who have done just that, and there are also those who believe that some have paid the ultimate price for doing just that.
It could be argued that the untimely death of Michael Jackson for instance, came as a direct result of him speaking out about the dark underbelly of the music industry and the stranglehold placed upon the artists by those who totally control every aspect of their lives.
The MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine, has for a number of years made his feelings known on a number of topics deemed ‘politically sensitive’, his response in 2012 to the question of whether or not he would support legislation to make gay marriage legal for instance, was: “I’m Christian, the answer to that would be No.” A response, which no doubt, would not have made him popular among left-wing politicians and powerful pressure groups and lobbyists in both the United States and Europe.
As far back as 1988, in a confrontational interview with Sounds journalist Roy Wilkinson, Mustaine spoke eloquently against illegal immigration, and stated plainly that he would “build a great wall along the Mexican border …. and not let anyone in…..”, if he was President of the United States.
Also in 1988, he caused a riot when Megadeth played in Northern Ireland following his dedication of a song to ‘The Cause’, which did not go down too well by all accounts.
In 2009, he said that he wrote the album ‘Endgame’ in order to educate both his fans and the public at large as to the march towards the New World Order and a Global government.
In August 2012, while on stage in Singapore talking to the audience, he openly accused President Obama of staging the mass shootings in Aurora, CO and the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting in order to implement gun control.
“They are all the same anyway. All politicians are bastards – every one of them. [It] doesn’t matter who you vote for you’ll always have a shitty government. All they are after is themselves and their pockets. They are all lying, cheating bastards.”
One of the more recent Rockers to have put their heads above the parapet and speak out is the KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman Jesse Leach, who in July 2016, shared a statement online after ‘spending several days mourning the current state of the world and this country’.
I have republished Jesse’s statement in full below, with a link to the source, as it’s one of the best analysis’ out there at the present time, (from a musician anyway) and although I do not agree with every point he has raised, the fact is, that a statement like this from someone in the music industry is such a rarity, and is something that should, in my opinion …. be applauded.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Jesse Leach shares statement:
“I Can not stay silent anymore”
“Knowing full well the insurmountable ridicule and abuse I may receive from this post (by those polarized in one direction or the other) I can not stay silent anymore. I realize my thoughts, concerns and observations may mean nothing to you. If that is the case simply stop reading. For those reading on, thank you and back to your regular unscheduled program of social media to resume in a minute or two.
I can’t just take a “side” or allow a hashtag to define my grief (we all have our ways to mourn with respect). I have been contemplating and mourning the current state of the world and this country for days now. I still find it hard to find the words, but I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the mirror tomorrow if I didn’t attempt to formulate my thoughts and speak my mind and heart.
I mourn the murder of any human! The fact that we as a people use death as a political platform or an agenda is despicable. The denying of deep rooted inequality is also equally despicable! How can we foster progress and actual equality when no one is willing to listen to each other? We must be willing to be considerate and walk in one another’s shoes to find understanding. I don’t see much of that sadly, just division and disregard for one another.
What a sad, troubled and shockingly ignorant state of affairs we are caught in these days. The division between us as a people grows daily due tragic events paired alongside calculated disinformation and false flag or “wagging the dog” (look up these terms if you are not familiar and then examine certain current events that change over time). There is much outside of our history books and news reports to learn from. These days we are swallowing blindly what they feed us. Instead of uniting to stand against a common enemy (the ones in power that manipulate justice and care not for the common people).
Instead we are divided against each other! While we bicker and fight over hashtags and who’s killing who, the clandestine dismantling of this country and the world economy continues unchecked.
Racism (among many other warped and conditioned hateful thinking) is alive and well people! It is being arrogantly displayed by many on both “sides” of the current issues. Yet we are distracted by social status, fantasy games and vanity glued to our phones like zombies. We swallow manufactured media as click bait conspiracies to occupy our minds. We have been warned for decades about these times from literature, to movies and songs. Yet here we are in the midst of yet another crucial downfall and all we are doing is infighting and pointing fingers at each other. When in fact the blame lies upon those in high “authority.” Those very few at the top who oversee the passing and amending of laws, the controlling of wealth and the distribution of power ARE the divisors and dictators of the system.
We have been conditionally dumbed down, divided and controlled. This is “Idiocracy” in full effect, but the vast majority can’t see it! We have been indoctrinated and brain washed so cleverly, patiently and precisely that the vast majority are completely unaware of the state of emergency. We lash out against one another in fear and anger. Anyone trying to make a change and speak out is violently and or verbally struck down by an opposing view. It’s ether that or threatened, ridiculed or simply… silenced in death.
How many more of “US” will die before we realize the truth has been disguised?
How long do we allow those in control to manipulate us, humiliate us, steal from us and kill us like pawns in their game of power? There has got to be a better way. There has got to be a radical change. Sadly I fear the worst as it seems most are too far gone, trapped in the “matrix” as it were.
The only thing I can offer is my personal action. My lyrics in my music, my choices, the companies I support or boycott with money. The effort I will put forth to be understanding, compassionate and yes, loving when I have the strength. My faith is, that there is enough good with us all to begin to heal and help one another (even in small simple ways).
For those of you who believe in God I urge you to pray. For those of you who gather in protest and activism do so in peace. For those of you in uniform show honor and control. For those of you who have compassion and charity to give, give it in abundance. We are facing troubling times and I feel it will only get worse before it improves. In the meantime pause and think before you speak or act and ask yourself “am I a part of the problem or a part of the solution.” You can control and change the way you think and act.
Think about this, if only for a moment.
I am just a man trying to find understanding and do the best that I can to help in anyway. I will continue to strive to write lyrics and songs for ALL of us. I will strive to be an instrument of light and hope in this world of darkness (albeit a flawed, sarcastic, head case of an instrument)….but It’s all I have and all I can offer at present.
I am heartbroken for us all but I won’t give up on trying to make this world a better place one little tiny effort after another.
Be good to one another.
With respect and sincerity
Peace, love, wisdom, strength and light to all!”