Archive News Sep 12, 2001

'Our hearts go out to everyone... The skyline will never be the same again.

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'I guess you never know where you will be when the most profound event of your life will take place. I'll keep this short as it's going to be a while before I process all this information, and the feeling of helplessness is overwhelming. All I can say is my thoughts are with the families and friends of anyone caught in this senseless act of murder. I'll let you know what's going on with the tour as soon as I know. Not that it matters.

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'Drinks for all my friends,

'Lots of them.' — Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)


'As I sat on my roof and watched the World Trade Center, not only the world's financial center, and a landmark that I grew up with as familiar as my own face, but a symbol of the worlds freedom, a symbol our hopes and dreams as they reach up to touch the sky,... crumble to the ground,... I wept deeply, and prayed to god,.... not only for the 50,000+ people who were ambushed by 'faceless cowards who hide in the shadows', but for humanity as a whole! I woke up in the morning and said to myself, today is the day our album, Uncivilization, is finally going to be released worldwide! I wondered if it was going to have any impact on the world.... Our mission has always been to raise social consciousness,.. to get people to open their eyes, and realize how far we still have to go,.. Technology doesn't make us civilized, it seems that the more we move ahead technologically, the farther we regress down the evolutionary scale. Progress is measured by how far 'we' have come. It seems as though we have learned nothing from our past. That in war, no one wins.... Didn't the holocaust and WW2 show us this? BIOHAZARD has always tried to promote free thinking and individuality,.. Positivity in this f.cked up world full of negativity, to be a voice of hope, and battle our biggest enemies, despair, apathy, and hate. Ss a people, we are only as strong as our weakest link, and the fact that people would go to such lengths, a suicide mission, to kill and maim innocent people, shows no regard or respect for human life, makes us all think, are we 'civilized'? I think not !!! This was an unspeakable crime against humanity, thousands lost their lives, and even more were left with their families fractured. At this point we have no idea of the extent of the death toll of this horrible tragedy, but I do know that none of our lives will ever be the same. To know that no one is safe, nothing is for sure, and no one is truly innocent. We are at war, not just America vs. our attackers, not just the free world of democracy vs. terrorism, but at war with ourselves. Every day that things like this are possible, we have so far to go. Human beings are the only species that destroy the earth. Maybe we are the plague.... As we wait for the airports to open so we may begin our world tour, our hearts are so heavy. We are all beside ourselves. I am going with my friend Mark to volunteer to help with the survivors, or whatever needs to be done! I guess if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. I can't sit home and watch this on t.v. anymore... The national guard is walking the streets, and there are battleships and aircraft carriers in NY harbor and off the beaches of Long Island. Welcome to inhumanity. Welcome to uncivilization. From my window, I can see the dust settling, but this is only the beginning. Chuck D said the revolution would not be televised. I think he was wrong, but it must begin with us. Thank you to all who have reached out with your heartfelt concerns. Together, we will get through this,... united and strong,.. unified peace,.. the only solution. — Evan [Seinfeld], down for life' (BIOHAZARD)

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'September 11, 2001 10:30am 911 - UNCIVILIZATOIN IS HERE! The air here in Brooklyn is filled with smoke, as I gasp for every breath. I can't discern between my emotions choking me or the noxious gas that reeks of UNCVIVILIZATION. Just because you are NOT paranoid, doesn't mean that 'THEY' are not out to get you. NYC IS IN TOTAL PANIC. Two of the largest trademark buildings of the NYC skyline (which I USED to be able to see from the street outside my apartment) are no longer standing. The most horrific and violent attack on American soil in my lifetime. What's even more sad is that I knew this would happen... September 11, 2001 4 PM NY is in complete chaos.... I've been labeled paranoid through my lyrics about this 'Uncivilized' world we live in... My words at this time 'Now do you believe?' What a monumental day for our new album Uncivilization to come out in America! I'm speechless....words can't describe this horrific event... 'In the City of God there will be a great thunder, Two brothers torn apart by Chaos, while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb. The third big war will begin when the big city is burning' — Nostradamus, 1654' — Billy Graziadei (BIOHAZARD)

[ED Note: For the record, the above quote did **NOT** come from Nostradamus. For more info, click here]

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'Hey everybody, this is Danny from BIOHAZARD here. First off, let me thank everyone for their concern. Thank god we are all ok. The next few days are gonna be rough, as everyone I know will be learning of a friend or family member who has died in this tragic attack. NYC is in total chaos. True uncivilization. We couldn't have been more right. When will we all learn to respect each other? Innocent people should never have to shed blood for the wars our governments create. We've been around this world and have NEVER found an evil place, or an evil person, religion, or race. The PEOPLE of this world are the same all over. It's the GREED of the GOVERNMENTS that fuel all this hatred. Don't let yourself be stupid enough to believe that dropping a bomb on someone is gonna fix this. I live in NYC all my life, and it will NEVER be the same. No war will ever bring back the people who died today, no act of violence will ever put our people at ease, and no act of intolerance will EVER convince me that people are truly evil. I live with hatred every day of my life, and it is always a struggle to let go and be civil. However, it could never push me to do something like this. As a young Anne Frank, in hiding from the nazis once said, 'In spite of all this, I still believe that people are good.' Don't let this senseless act spoil your belief in true human beings. This is the worst thing I've ever experienced in my life. Take care of each other and pray for the thousands who are still buried under tons of rubble in NYC. BE CIVILIZED. Peace.' — Danny Schuler (BIOHAZARD)


'Last night Dave [Mustaine] called me in my hotel room to let me know that our Behind the Music special was on again. It was fun to see it and shortly thereafter I went to bed and fell asleep. The next thing I know Dave's calling me again, only this time it's 7:00am Pacific Time and he's telling me that America is being attacked and it's all on CNN. It took me awhile just to grasp it all, especially first thing in the morning. It's amazing how everything seems pretty insignificant when this kind of national tragedy happens. I hope you are all safe and I look forward to seeing you as we head around the continent on this tour.' — David Ellefson (MEGADETH)


'I have always said that I hate so much and love so much about this country. Of course we would love more freedom, but let's not forget what we already have. And the freedom to live without fear.

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'When I say for us to unite I mean as like-minded individuals and as friends. I don't expect the country to come together because of this tragedy, but at least we can here.

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'Everyone is scared and confused and I wish I had more to offer. Right now I have my friends and family to worry about. I hope you all stay safe.

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And for those who want to make ignorant comments about my feelings on this, you are entitled to your opinion but you can always take it somewhere else. Even someone like me can show respect for those killed yesterday and for the people protecting our lives. I expect the rest of you to as well.' — MARILYN MANSON


“The band is devastated and our prayers go out to the victims and their families.” — Johnny Lee Middleton (SAVATAGE)

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“Hi, I cannot even begin to express my shock and disappointment in the people who supported this attack on the greatest city in the world.

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“My prayers are with all of the people involved and their families.

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“To my friends in New York and all over the world, be safe and God Bless.

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“Never in my life had I ever expected to see something like this. I hope we never see anything like it again, however I do hope that justice is served...

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“God Bless everyone and be safe.' — Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE)


The following was taken from SLASH's official web site:

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'As you many know, SLASH is in New York City. The Michael Jackson second concert was Monday night, and SLASH was staying on another day or so. With the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York, many fans including this one were concerned as to how SLASH was. Fortunately, we were able to get a call into him this morning. SLASH is fine. His hotel is in midtown Manhattan, not near the World Trade Center. He thanks everyone for their concern. He said he can see the smoke from his hotel room, and all you can hear are sirens going by. We were able to hear them in the background. With the airlines following a Presidential order to keep all planes down and in some cases to evacuate airports, SLASH will be in New York a bit longer. They may try to move at least out of the city, but it's a difficult time to get alternative transportation. He said he was meeting a buddy, and they were going to walk over a little closer just to be there. SLASH expressed his shock at the magnitude of the disaster — the human suffering as well as the loss of those two huge New York landmarks. And he sends a thank you to all of you who thought of him.'


The following was taken from IRON MAIDEN's official web site:

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'For those posting on the bulletin board concerned about [IM vocalist] Bruce [Dickinson], we can confirm he was in New York at the time of attack doing promotion for the upcoming best of album. He was thankfully not near the events of yesterday and fans should not worry.'


'Hey...thanks for all the positive messages/thoughts/prayers that have come thought the site, from all over the world...concerning yesterday's attack. The NY &amp Washington area, as well as the entire U.S. needs your positive energy and support coming in.

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'We all have opinions regarding this and we all want to be heard. But I think the best way we can make a difference or have direct, positive impact is to donate blood. There are extreme shortages and our supply is running low, due to the amount of casualties. Help if you can, and remember....what the 'U' in U.S. stands for...we can get through this.... I'm off...to donate. For info in your area, on where to give, call the Red Cross.. 1-800-HELP NOW' — Bobby Blitz” Ellsworth (OVERKILL)


'Due to the tragic and senseless events of yesterday, the band has temporarily shut down all activities. This truly is a sad day for all humanity, and it will probably be sometime before we all realize how much this will have an effect on all of us in the future. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families.' — SUICIDAL TENDENCIES


'We are all OK.... We began mixing yesterday [September 10th] in NYC and all went home last night after the sessions. The only people still in NYC this morning are James and Kevin Shirley who are both OK... Our sessions today are obviously cancelled as NYC is sealed shut and we will return to NYC to continue whenever it re-opens.

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In regard to the live album's cover art, I can only say that it is a horrible coincidence that we obviously could have never foreseen. The timing of the release of the CD happening on the very same day as this tragedy is merely an incredible coincidence. We are currently in discussions with the label as to whether or not we will recall the CD's and replace them with a different cover. Obviously, the recovery of everybody's personal lives here in New York is the first priority. Thank you to all concerned.' — Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER)


The following was taken from YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's official web site:

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'Yngwie and his family, his management, and all the staff of the Fan Club send our profound condolences and sympathy to everyone touched by the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. We all have friends and business associates in New York, and hope that they are safe.

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'Note: Because air travel nationwide has been shut down, Yngwie's Mexico/South American tour schedule has been put on hold. Yngwie and the band are still in Miami, and we will update the tour schedule as soon as we have information from his management.'


'We want all our fans to know that today first and foremost in our minds is the safety of our country. We extend our condolences to all those who were lost as a result of this horrible act. We want you all to know that we despise TERRORISM and hope that all of you agree with us and support our great country. LONG LIVE AMERICA!!!' — 40 BELOW SUMMER


'To all our American friends!

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'Since yesterday the world isn't the same anymore! Whole Germany is totally shocked and feels with the Americans! This is a nightmare and it is unbelievable, some people are happy about this - I watched the Palestinian reactions from Jerusalem. The cradle of evil.

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'I am still in some state of shock, I can't believe what happened and I am really afraid. How must you feel then? I hope all the best for you and your families and friends!

I can't believe it...

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'ALL LOVE!' — Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY)


'WHY??

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'No words can tell what we feel after this attack against peace, freedom and independence of human beings. No words can tell the pain and sorrow, we feel for the victims and their families. No words can describe the feelings in our hearts.

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'There's only one question: WHY !!!!

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'Everything is unimportant after this new dimension of international terror !!!!!

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Manni, HP, Stefan, Jens and Chris (Sept. 11th, another black day in human history)' — GRAVE DIGGER


'Hello everyone,

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'Today has been one f.cked up day. Sorry to have to cancel the Metro show tonight. We were all really looking forward to it. The Metro, the band, our MGT and label all felt that under the horrible circumstances of what went on today that it would be a good idea to cancel the show. It would have been very hard to have a good time and a special night with all the tragedy that has occurred. We promise to re-schedule ASAP.

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'Our sympathies go out to all the innocent people who lost their lives and were injured today.' — Tim King (SOIL)


'Our thoughts and prayers are with victims and families of those affected by today's attacks. For those who are concerned: Dee and his family are fine. I've already heard from some SMFs in New York who are donating blood, helping out however they can. Keep it up.' — Dee Snider


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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QUEENSRŸCHE PLANS TO BENEFIT NEW YORK CITY SURVIVORS &amp ITS HOMETOWN OF SEATTLE WITH A COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE ON SEPT. 25, 2001

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Progressive rock quintet QUEENSRŸCHE is sponsoring a community blood drive in its hometown of Seattle, WA, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001. The event coincides with the release that day of its new double live CD Live Evolution on Sanctuary Records. A record release party will be held after the blood drive. Live Evolution was recorded at two concerts at Seattle's Moore Theater in July 2001.

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The QUEENSRŸCHE campaign community blood drive will take place at the Stadium Exhibition Center (South Royal Brougham and Occidental) in the Second Floor Conference Room between noon and 6 p.m. Band members -- vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, guitarist Kelly Gray, bass guitarist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield — will attend and give blood donations themselves. Donations from the drive will be distributed both to Seattle area hospitals and rushed to New York City to help the survivors of the recent tragedy.

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Following the blood drive, the Live Evolution record release/listening party will be held from 8pm to midnight at the Catwalk, located at 172 S. Washington St. in Seattle. QUEENSRŸCHE members will be on hand to autograph copies of Live Evolution.

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QUEENSRŸCHE has a long tradition of assisting with charitable causes in Seattle. For example, in December 2001 QUEENSRŸCHE donated thousands of dollars worth of merchandise to the Gospel Mission, located on Second Avenue in Seattle.

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In addition to the Live Evolution CD, a live DVD, QUEENSRŸCHE's first, will follow on October 9, 2001. Special features planned for the DVD include exclusive animation, bonus tracks and much more. The package will also be made available on VHS. The footage for this live home video was shot at the Moore Theater shows.

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