Musicians Speak out about on 9/11 and Its Aftermath

January, 2002
Compiled by Kira, crasskira@yahoo.com

Lemme Kilmeister (Motorhead): "Since I've been coming to America to tour since 1973, I feel kind of like an adopted American in a lot of ways, and this atrocity hit me too. The cold-blooded way these assassins used passenger flights (and whatever creed these people follow, there were surely some of the same creed among the passengers) is unforgivable.

"They need to be certainly identified, and then blasted and razed from the face of the earth. This is one instance where revenge is inevitable - just make sure they're the right guys and then erase 'em. All our condolences to the relatives and friends - all my disgust for the perpetrators." (www.imotorhead.com)


Anthrax: "…Before the tragedy of September 11th the only thing scary about Anthrax was our bad hair in the 80's and the "Fistful Of Metal" album cover. Most people associated the name Anthrax with the band, not the germ. Now in the wake of those events, our name symbolizes fear, paranoia and death. Suddenly our name is not so cool. To be associated with these things we are against is a strange and stressful situation. To us, and to millions of people, it is just a name. We don't want to change the name of the band, not because it would be a pain in the ass, but because we hope that no further negative events will happen and it won't be necessary. We hope and pray that this problem goes away quietly and we all grow old and fat together." (www.anthrax.com)


Marky Ramone (Ramones): "Life goes on. The towers have disappeared from the skyline but the world did not stop on the 11th of September. No matter how hard it is, no matter how big the grief and suffering is, the world goes on. We have to keep on going to make sure that nobody died in vain. We have to remember the family members and friends that were lost. All the rescuers who died while helping others. The attacks showed that the world out there is not safe and I hope we all get alert again. Maybe we all went to sleep a little." (www.knac.com)


Misfits: "Our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone affected by the recent tragedies. Thanks to all of those who wrote us with concerns and good wishes. Although this hit close to home, luckily everyone within the Misfits as well as our friends and loved ones are safe and well. Not everyone was as fortunate as we were. You can support relief efforts of the American Red Cross by either making a donation or giving blood at your local blood bank. Call the American Red Cross at (800) HELP-NOW to find out more ways to help. The Misfits would also like to extend thanks to all of those working tirelessly around the clock to bring relief to our great city and all who were brave enough to risk their lives for the chance to save another." (www.misfits.com)


Anti-Flag: "It has been exactly two weeks since the events of Sept 11, 2001 and we still find ourselves in a state of grief and shock. These events have devastated us, as they have devastated all of the world's citizens. We deeply grieve for the victims and surviving family members of these heinous attacks.

"We have been asked many times, 'Why does Anti-Flag hate America?' In these very uncertain times we want to make it very clear that we do not hate America, what we hate are the problems that plague our country: corporate control of our government, homophobia, sexism, mistreatment of veterans, ageism, police brutality, exploitation of lesser economically developed countries, just to name a few. For 10 years Anti-Flag's main goal has been to unite people and fight against violence and oppression. The content of our songs, and even our name, is meant to break down the artificial barriers we believe are used to separate people, corrupted patriotism or nationalism, being the issue we most often target. The most important underlying theme we have stressed in the past, but want to stress now more than ever is that we do not support killing or oppression of any sort, by anybody. Therefore, in the spirit of the founders of America, we raise our voices in dissent to draw attention to such problems in an attempt to improve life for all!..."
(www.anti-flag.com/anti-flag/911forpeacestatement.html)


Maynard James Keenan (Tool): "We have to make a choice…between fear, and love and compassion. We pick love and compassion." (In concert, Columbus, Sept. 14)


Propagandhi: "First, we send out our most sincere condolences to all the innocent victims of this brazen terrorist attack. Words are insufficient to express our shock.

"We can say in no uncertain terms that we condemn any and all terror attacks on civilians anywhere, and join with others today in disbelief and sadness at the horrendous loss of innocent lives.

"We want you to understand that this is not an impersonal, distant issue for us. One of my high-school teacher's daughters was in one of the World Trade Towers on Tuesday. We have many good friends currently living in New York City--musicians and activists--most of whom we have not heard from since Tuesday. Another good friend of ours just recently left a job in the financial district in New York that was attacked. You must understand that these attacks have a deep personal component for us.
"And so it angers us all the more that all we have heard about since Tuesday morning have been calls for "revenge" and "retaliation" that will inevitably lead to an escalation of the kind of horror we watched on TV this week, instead of calls for even one moment of self-examination. Our horror is matched only by our rage at the implication that this event will be used as a pretext for shutting down any further dialogue on the issue of US Imperialism abroad and for silencing any critique of capitalism and militarism.

"It is our view that Tuesday's atrocity should be regarded as the final nail in the coffin for silence and indifference towards terrorism . All terrorism. Not just officially-named terrorism committed by "them", but terrorism committed with our tacit approval by our own governments upon other peoples of the world. In the aftermath and hysteria, cowards will back away from hard questions and even harder answers. We won't. We never have. We never will." (www.g7welcomingcommittee.com/propagandhi/worldtradecenter.shtml)

 

 

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