Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has defended his decision to participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Gus served as the spokesperson that gave the final voting results on behalf of Greece at the event, where 26 nations were battling to be crowned Europe's best pop act.The grand final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest took place on Saturday, May 18 in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the semi-finals held on Tuesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 16.Earlier today, Gus took to his Facebook page to write: "OK, so I know a lot of you were shocked (whether it was in a good way or not) to see yours truly on Eurovision last night."When the Greek national television asked me to be the official spokesperson, I was somewhat hesitant for the obvious reason that 'a metalhead like me doesn't belong in a pop culture type of show.' But music should know no boundaries, and we should all respect that, regardless of our musical tastes. After all, there's been plenty of collaborations between rock/metal artists and pop artists over time."For the record, I look at Eurovision Song Contest as a huge televised musical event production and as entertainment. Under no circumstances I look at this from a political angle and I'm sorry for those that mixed it all up. I'm glad I got to shred '80s style' and bring the rock spirit for a few seconds inside the homes of tens of millions of people. If you were entertained last night, then we did good. I certainly had fun doing it."Thanks to ERT for the opportunity & thanks to you all for your encouraging and positive feedback."Gus's latest solo album, "Fearless", was released in April 2018 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Brand New Revolution" marks his first release since exiting Osbourne's band in 2017.
OK, so I know a lot of you were shocked (whether it was in a good way or not) to see yours truly on Eurovision last...Posted by Gus G on Sunday, May 19, 2019
The Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival reopened earlier today after attendees were evacuated for about an hour Sunday due to high winds and storms in the area.The three-day event at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio is scheduled to conclude tonight with a performance by the FOO FIGHTERS.The evacuation was announced around 6:00 p.m. and the festival reopened about 90 minutes later.According to reports, several performers — including BRING ME THE HORIZON and CHEVELLE — had their main-stage sets canceled earlier today due to high winds. JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS were originally scheduled to appear on a side stage just before 7:00 p.m., but their performance was pushed back to 8:30 p.m.Although Sonic Temple is technically a new festival, it is being produced by produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, which staged Rock On The Range for 12 successful years. Wimmer founded Sonic Temple last year after moving away from Rock On The Range due disagreements with AEG, a former business partner of the show.Earlier in the month, the inaugural edition of another Danny Wimmer Presents-produced festival, Epicenter, in Rockingham, North Carolina, had to evacuate due to harsh weather.
Unfortunately, due to high winds that are making the festival grounds unsafe,— SonicTempleFestival (@SonicTempleFest) May 19, 2019
we must ask you to evacuate the festival grounds.
Please follow instructions of festival + security staff along with local law enforcement to exit the venue in a safe, calm, and orderly fashion (1/2) pic.twitter.com/uxNwVrGgwr
The weather has passed and it is now safe to resume the festival!— SonicTempleFestival (@SonicTempleFest) May 19, 2019
The gates are now open. Foo Fighters are scheduled to perform at 9:00PM.
Please approach the gates calmly and safely.
If you left the parking lot, you will be let back in by presenting today’s parking pass. pic.twitter.com/CSgIFhuAyP
Gabrielle, the 22-year-old daughter of SLIPKNOT percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown), died on Saturday, May 18 at the age of 22. No cause of death has been revealed.Crahan announced his daughter's passing in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "It is with a broken heart, and from a place of the deepest pain, that I have to inform all of you that my youngest daughter, Gabrielle, passed away yesterday - Saturday May 18th, 2019. She was 22 years old. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming. My family and I ask that our privacy be respected moving forward. Thank you."Corey Taylor, SLIPKNOT's lead singer, offered his condolences."My heart has broken for my brother," he tweeted. "Please keep the Crahan family in your thoughts and love. She will be missed."Gabrielle was one of four children Crahan had with his wife, Chantel, whom he married in June 1992 in Des Moines, Iowa.Crahan's son Simon addressed the passing of his sister via social media:"Today is the hardest day ever," he wrote. "I'm confused, I'm angry, I’m sad and I'm just sad, just really sad. Gabri, I miss you so much. I miss you like no other. We were best friends. We had a good bond and now you're not here anymore. I love you, Gabri, and I know you'll know that forever."Shawn's daughter Alexandria wrote on Instagram: "Yesterday my little sister Gabrielle passed away. I am in shock and have no idea how to process the wave of emotions I am experiencing. The comforts I have in these moments are my family, friends, and cats. Please put good energy out for my parents and my brothers. This loss leaves the biggest hole and our lives will never be the same. 22 is too young to die."Alexandria later discouraged people from speculating on her sister's cause of death, posting text over a screengrab of a Reddit thread in which people were talking about the topic. She also wrote in the comment secion below her original post: "Everyone can wonder all they want. There hasn't been an autopsy yet. We don't have all the answers. You can wonder but don't fucking ask me or talk about it with others on the Internet as if any of you know my family."Gabrielle and Chantel joined Crahan on the red carpet of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California back in January 2014. Photos can be found at this location.In September, Crahan paid tribute to his daughter on her birthday by sharing a throwback picture of a young Gabrielle. He wrote: "We love you Gabri."Gabrielle's death came just one day after SLIPKNOT performed two new songs on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"The band's sixth album, "We Are Not Your Kind", will be released on August 9 via Roadrunner.SLIPKNOT is scheduled to go to Europe next month before embarking on the "Knotfest Roadshow" headline tour in North America this summer.
It is with a broken heart, and from a place of the deepest pain, that I have to inform all of you that my youngest...Posted by Slipknot on Sunday, May 19, 2019
My heart has broken for my brother. Please keep the Crahan family in your thoughts and love. She will be missed.— confirm: 0-0-0... DESTRUCT... 0 (@CoreyTaylorRock) May 19, 2019
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Today is the hardest day ever, I’m confused, I’m angry, I’m sad and I’m just sad just really sad. Gabri I miss you so much I miss you like no other we were best friends we had a good bond and now your not here anymore. I love you Gabri and I know you’ll know that forever.
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Yesterday my little sister Gabrielle passed away. I am in shock and have no idea how to process the wave of emotions I am experiencing. The comforts I have in these moments are my family, friends, and cats. Please put good energy out for my parents and my brothers. This loss leaves the biggest hole and our lives will never be the same. 22 is too young to die.