COVID-19

Circle Jerks Postpone Halloween Shows Due to COVID-19 within Band’s Touring Party

Circle Jerks have postponed a run of Halloween concerts due to a case of COVID-19 within the band’s crew. Dates in Albuquerque, New Mexico (October 27th), Tucson, Arizona (October 29th), and Phoenix, Arizona (October 30th) have been postponed. Adolescents and Negative Approach were also on the bill. Circle Jerks took to Facebook to inform fans of the unfortunate news, which has become all too common as bands have commenced touring during the pandemic. The statement read: “Due to a positive COVID-19 test within our touring entourage, for the safety of all concerned, we must sadly postpone our shows in Albuquerque on Oct. 27, Tucson on Oct. 29, and Phoenix on Oct. 30. We will do our best to announce rescheduling of these dates as early as possible this week. All tickets will be honored at th...

COVID-Stricken Serj Tankian “Happy” He Was Vaccinated, But Not “Taking Sides on the Issue”

System of a Down singer Serj Tankian, who’s been battling COVID-19, has said he is “happy” he was vaccinated but is not “taking sides on the issue.” We recently reported on Tankian testing positive for COVID and System of a Down postponing their two Los Angeles concerts, which had already been postponed twice due to the pandemic. The singer now says he is hoping to be symptom-free soon and credits the vaccine with minimizing his illness. However, Tankian explained that he wasn’t taking a specific stance regarding vaccines, saying it’s not a “one size fits all” decision. His summarized Facebook post read: “I am overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and concern from friends and strangers alike. I am doing well and hoping to be clear of all symptoms soon. I believe tha...

Travis Tritt Performs National Anthem At to Braves-Dodgers Game Days After Canceling Gigs Over Vax Mandates

Travis Tritt, who recently voiced his refusal to play at venues that enforce vaccine and mask policies, sang the National Anthem prior to Game Six of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. Because of Major League Baseball’s on-field vaccine mandate for all non-players, the country singer sang from the stands of Atlanta’s Truist Park, according to MLB reporter Scott Miller. The performance was not televised, but individuals who attended the game tweeted that Tritt was met with a smattering of boos. Tritt himself announced his appearance just 18 hours prior to first pitch. The team itself made no public acknowledgement of his presence other than telling Washington Post that they would follow all COVID protocols as Tritt sang the anthem. Ad...

Serj Tankian Tests Positive for COVID-19, System of a Down Postpone Concerts

System of a Down have been forced to postpone their October 22nd and 23rd concerts in Los Angeles after frontman Serj Tankian tested positive for COVID-19. The band was set to perform alongside Korn, Helmet, and Russian Circles. In a social media statement, SOAD wrote that, “Despite multiple precautionary measures, Serj has unfortunately tested positive for COVID. We’re sorry to disappoint our amazing fans with this last minute news.” Check out the band’s full remarks below. The two shows have been rescheduled for February 4th and 5th, and Korn, Helmet, and Russian Circles will join them for the makeup dates. The delay will be especially bitter for Korn fans, who have seen three members of the group come down with the novel coronavirus. Advertisement Related Video Tickets for the post...

Magic Johnson Expresses Disappointment In Unvaccinated NBA Players

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Harry How / Getty Earvin “Magic” Johnson has earned the right to share his opinions on today’s NBA, considering he is one of the legends that helped transform the league into what it is in modern times. The Hall of Fame star offered his thoughts on unvaccinated players in the league and expressed some disappointment. Ahead of this season opener between the reigning champions in the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets, Johnson sat down with CBS News to share his new role as an ambassador for the NBA’s 75th Anniversary campaign. The legendary Los Angeles Lakers legend, affable as always, shared his enthusiasm for the new role and added jokingly that he’s been an ambassador for the sport for over four decades and counting. Considering Johnson’s own woes wi...

How Facebook is Intervening in the Upcoming Elections in South Africa

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Korn Drummer Is Third Member of Band to Test Positive for COVID-19 on US Tour

Korn have had a rough go of it on their current tour. The band has had three separate members test positive for COVID-19 during the outing, the most recent being drummer Ray Luzier. A few shows into the US trek in August, singer Jonathan Davis contracted COVID-19, forcing the band to postpone a number of shows on the tour. Just a couple shows after David returned to the stage, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer tested positive in September, but the band resumed touring, enlisting J.R. Bareis of fellow Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch’s side project Love and Death. Today (October 14th), Korn informed fans that Luzier has just tested positive, as well, stating: “Unfortunately, Ray has tested positive for COVID, and he will not be playing the next three shows in Vegas, Fresno, and Oakland. KORN...

Smokey Robinson Reveals He Almost Died While Battling COVID-19

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Rodin Eckenroth / Getty We almost lost a legend. Soulful crooner and Motown Legend Smokey Robinson could have easily been one of the 718,000 and counting Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Speaking with The Daily Mail, Robinson detailed his scary battle with the highly contagious virus last year that had him thinking he would never sing again. The “I Second That Emotion” crafter revealed that he almost died in acute care in a Los Angeles hospital last December. “It was over, man,” he revealed. “They had to rush me to the hospital. I got it severely, and I was hospitalized for 11 days, and four or five of those I do not even remember. It really was touch and go and a terribly debilitating ailment.” Robinson also spoke on the fear of losing hi...

Coachella Drops Vaccine Mandate for 2022 Festival

Coachella will no longer require proof of vaccination in order to attend its upcoming April 2022 festival. Instead, ticket-holders will only need to show proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of the event. Per a statement posted to Coachella’s Instagram, “After seeing first-hand the low transmission data and successful implementation of safety protocols at our other festivals this past month, we feel confident we can update our health policy to allow for: Negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event OR Proof of full vaccination.” The policy is a reversal of the one previously announced by Coachella in August. At the time, the festival said “proof of full vaccination is required for all shows from Coachella promoter Goldenvoice.” However, the change is in line with pol...

Ozzy Osbourne Credits “Being a Devil Worshipper” with Helping to Ward Off COVID-19

Ozzy Osbourne says that “being a devil worshipper” has helped him ward off COVID-19 in a humorous new statement. The Prince of Darkness jokingly pointed to all the times he’s been accused of Satanism over the years when asked how the pandemic has affected him and his family. “My wife had the virus; my daughter had the virus and I never got it,” Ozzy quipped to Metal Hammer. “Being a devil worshipper does have its good points!” Advertisement Related Video Taking a more serious tone, Osbourne reflected on the major health issues he’s had to face while simultaneously navigating the pandemic. He’s still coping with neck injuries suffered in 2019 after he took an unfortunate fall in the night. “I’ve struggling with this f**king broken neck, looks like I’m in for more surgery,” Ozzy said. “I’m i...

Social Media Reactions to SA & Kenya Leaving UK Red List

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Los Angeles Mandates Full COVID-19 Vaccination for Indoor Concerts and Movie Theaters

Los Angeles is the latest municipality to pass a broad mandate requiring proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor concerts, movie theaters, restaurants, gyms, nail salons, coffee shops, and more. Proof of a recent negative COVID test will not be accepted instead. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the ordinance passed the council on an 11-2 vote, and is expected to take effect November 4th. It will likely be signed the moment it touches Mayor Eric Garcetti’s desk. He came out in favor of stricter coronavirus measures last week, saying, “I don’t want to bury another city employee, police officer, firefighter.” LA County Department of Public Health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer supported the ordinance, adding “This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to re...