The first new FILTER single in six years, called "Soldiers of Misfortune", made a huge impact at rock radio this week, with nearly 40 stations adding the song to their playlists. That should please frontman Richard Patrick, who told The Pulse of Radio the song was based on his feelings about the Iraq war and its effect on the troops serving there. "There's so many artists out there that focus on their money, and they focus on, like, girl-boy problems, and I think that's great, and that has a place," he said. "But for FILTER, I'm a new dad and when my daughter's 20, I want her to know that I did something, and I tried to say something with my art. When I wrote 'Soldiers of Misfortune', I wanted to write the ultimate anthem for the soldiers of misfortune, the soldiers of the Iraq war."
"Soldiers of Misfortune" will appear on FILTER's new album, "Anthems for the Damned", which is due out May 13.
Richard Patrick said the song was inspired by a letter from a FILTER fan who joined the Army reserves to get his college tuition paid. He was sent to Iraq and killed in a rocket attack just days later.
FILTER and DISTURBED performed along with JESSICA SIMPSON and the PUSSYCAT DOLLS for U.S. troops in Kuwait last week, where FILTER was joined for one song by ex-bassist Frank Cavanagh, who's now serving in the armed forces and headed for duty in Baghdad. The concert was webcast on MySpace and an edited version will be shown on FX on April 12.
Patrick and his wife Tina had their first child together in February, a girl named Sloan Luella Patrick.