Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we’ll be bringing you some of biggest and most interesting stories of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.
Ian Watkins Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Offenses
Ian Watkins, nearly a year ago, “furiously denied” reports and charges of extreme child sex offenses. This week, Watkins pled guilty to the heinous actions and shocked much of the music industry that surrounded Lostprophets for the past ten or more years.
If you have the stomach, you can read horrifying details of the offenses here and read a statement from Lostprophets on the verdict here.
Black Flag Fire Frontman Ron Reyes Mid-Show
You would imagine that the reputation of one of the most influential and meaningful bands in the punk/hardcore world for over thirty years would remain strong through almost anything. However, the current iteration of Black Flag has managed to make a laughing stock out of their name and honored history as a band.
You’re supposed to wear the uniform with honor.
Brand New Change Will Call Policy To Discourage Scalping
Brand New actually answered the cries of fans for a change in how they handle ticketing for their limited shows this week. But, the band’s answer wasn’t exactly a perfect fix. Brand New began enforcing a strict will call policy for any individual that purchased tickets through a Front Gate presale, which means any fan that bought scalped tickets from a presale purchaser is now 1) out of their money 2) out of a way to get into the show.
A lose/lose situation for the band.
Music Videos Are Dead
"Why won’t MTV just play music videos!?"
Well, once and for all, allow me to give that question a definitive answer.
MTV won’t play music videos because you won’t watch music videos!
If video did in fact kill the radio star, then the internet came along and killed the video star. It’s absolutely true. Much like how the record industry has all but crumbled, so has the business of the music video. Everyone who blindly makes the claim that MTV should go back to its roots isn’t really thinking — and also knows nothing about the television business. - Peter Hoare
Green Day To Take A Break
Green Day members will be taking an extended break from the band following an Australian Soundwave tour in February and March of 2014. Many fans seemed to react incredibly well to the news following the upsetting output of Green Day’s triple-disc concept series.
Is this a happy thing, though?
blink-182 Ready To Take Risks Again
Ah, this is exactly what we, as blink-182 fans, were hoping for.
Following a sporadic EP, small room shows, an Untitled residency, and throwing older songs into the set list, blink-182 seem to be ready to take risks once again. The last four years of a reunited blink-182 have been leading up to this moment.
An Untitled Part II is unlikely, but something of a similar nature could be coming.