Musicians are weighing in on the debate about National Football League players protesting racial inequality during the national anthem. Ted Nugent calls protesters “disgraceful to a nation of real heroes”, while Pearl Jam‘s social media showed singer Eddie Vedder ‘taking a knee’ at a show and offered support for “everyone’s constitutional right to stand up, sit down or #takeaknee for equality,” while Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid used a tweet to point out that the protests aren’t against the flag or the anthem, but institutionalized racism.
Stone Temple Pilots are continuing their search for a new lead singer to replace the late Scott Weiland, and they say that thigs are looking good. Dean and Robert DeLeo have refused to name names on who they’ve been auditioning for the slot in the band, but have said that the search includes new music, and that they expect that it won’t be long before they decide on the new singer.
Dave Grohl has plenty of accomplishments under his belt: He helped pioneer grunge as a member of Nirvana and sold millions of albums with his next band, the Foo Fighters. But taking a look back, Dave rates his biggest accomplishment in the music industry as the time that the Foo Fighters basically triggered an earthquake at a show in New Zealand back in 2011; crowds during the show jumped so hard that it triggered a local seismograph. Dave says that they still have the readout on their studio wall.