A year ago, a long time ago OFFSPRING drummer pete stop announced he was being pulled from the band’s tour after refusing the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons. He has now taken to his social media to reflect on his decision not to follow “the mainstream global narrative/response to the virus”, calling it “the most heartbreaking ordeal of my life”.
On Tuesday (August 2), Stop wrote: “What a difference a year makes. A year ago today I made a statement about losing my gig. At the time I felt like I was losing my entire career and the biggest piece of my identity.
“I spoke up because I needed to try to shape the world in a way that allows my children to make choices about what happens to their bodies – without coercion. But I fully expected to be cancelled, and this award was worth the hope for a shift in our collective consciousness.Then something incredible happened: people started to come forward with overwhelming support.
“What I thought was a flamboyant war for myself and my career turned into a community of other people who felt the same way but didn’t have an outlet to express it or didn’t feel able to. express themselves,” he continued.
“I can’t count the number of messages I’ve received from all over the world – people who have felt lost and devastated because they disagree with the mainstream global narrative/response to the virus. Many felt pressured by their jobs to accept an intervention they did not want, in order to provide for their families.Others told stories of bad reactions to beatings, while too many were ostracized for not complying. All felt lost and invisible in the conversation. As heartbreaking as your stories heard, they kept me from feeling completely isolated – and got me through the most heartbreaking of my life.
“I can’t thank you enough for helping me hold on when I felt like I was falling apart. A year later, I find myself somewhere I never thought I would be: happy. My career never has not ended, it has turned into a new era.
“My main focus has been working from my home studio writing and recording drum tracks, sound packs and loops for artists around the world,” added Pete. “It was an incredible experience to feel creative again and appreciated for my contribution to so many works. I also found myself on stage, even playing in the same room as those who told me that I would not be allowed But most exciting of all, I have quite a few new band projects I’m juggling, some of which I can’t even talk about yet (soon I promise).
“It’s an exciting time as I feel good about the work I do and invigorated by the music. To everyone who has supported me, publicly or privately, I offer my deepest gratitude. You have raised me and my family at a time when we needed it most.
“New people are still finding me every day and sharing their stories,” Parada said. “I also really appreciate the civil exchanges with people who don’t understand my position, but who have a deep love for me as a friend. These courageous conversations give me hope that it is possible for all of us to have multiple perspectives. We need to make room for growth – ours and everyone else’s.
“I’ve learned as much from people who don’t share my views as from those who do. I refuse to be divided. Here’s how to find our way back to each other.”
When he first announced his departure from OFFSPRING, Rock said he was advised by a doctor not to get a COVID-19 vaccine because he suffered from a rare autoimmune disease. The musician said he first experienced Guillain-Barré syndrome, where a person’s immune system damages their nerves, in childhood and the effects “gradually worsened over my lifetime. “. He also revealed that he had contracted COVID-19 over a year earlier and only had mild symptoms, “so I’m confident that I’ll be able to handle it again,” he said. he writes.
At the time, Stop wrote on social media that he was “unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate”. As a result, “it was recently decided that I was not safe around, in the studio and on tour,” he said.
Stop added that he had “no negative feelings towards my band”. He wrote: “They do what they think is best for them, while I do the same.”
Last year, OFFSPRING encouraged fans to get their COVID-19 vaccines by reworking the chorus of his 1994 classic “come play” to say “you have to go and get vaccinated”. The new version of the song was shared in March 2021 on OFFSPRINGit is instagramfeaturing an excerpt from the song’s music video with reworked lyrics.
OFFSPRING singer Bryan “Dexter” Holland has a doctorate. in molecular biology and wrote his thesis on microRNAs in HIV genomes. The 175-page research paper, titled “Identification of Human MicroRNA-Like Sequences Embedded within the Protein-Encoding Genes of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus,” had been published in PLoS One. Holland had obtained his doctorate. from the University of Southern California in 2017.
Last October, OFFSPRING canceled his concerts in Denver and Salt Lake City after the guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman tested positive for COVID-19. He later wrote on social media that the shows had been dropped “out of an abundance of caution”. He also revealed that he “was sick for 2-3 days at most” and credited the fact that he had been vaccinated with recovering “very quickly” and possibly saving his life.
OFFSPRINGthe tenth studio album by, “Let the Bad Times Roll”arrived in April 2021 via Concord Records.
Photo courtesy of pete stopit is instagram