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Yesterday (June 2), many rock artists observed #BlackoutTuesday.

Organized by former Senior Director of Marketing at Atlantic records Brianna Agyemang and her successor Jamila Thomas, #BlackoutTuesday began through TheShowMustBePaused.com with the mission statement, “Tuesday, June 2nd is meant to intentionally disrupt the work week…It is a day to take a beat for an honest, reflective and productive conversation about what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community…This is not just a 24-hour initiative. We are and will be in this fight for the long haul.”

Below is a list of artists who took part in #BlackoutTuesday and some of their statements via social media.

 

Guns N’ Roses

“We stand on the side of justice. Black Lives Matter.”

We stand on the side of justice. Black Lives Matter.

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Foo Fighters

“Foo Fighters are observing Blackout Tuesday to stand with the black community and our colleagues, artists, crews, fans and leaders fighting against injustice and racism. Text FLOYD to 55156 to sign the Justice for George Floyd petition. Add your name to the Justice for George Floyd petition at change.org. Foo Fighters have made contributions to the below groups. Please visit them for more information on how you can help drive accountability and change. Links in bio. @colorofchange @blackfutureslab @naacp_ldf @eji_org.”

 

Green Day

“In solidarity and observance of the #amplifymelanatedvoices movement, we will be refraining from posting content on this platform to create space within Instagram’s algorithm to amplify the voices and experiences of Black people who need to be heard. Listen. Learn. #amplifymelanatedvoices.”

 

Greta Van Fleet

blacklivesmatter.com

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Alice in Chains

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Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger of Halestorm

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Jay Buchanan and Scott Holiday of Rival Sons

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Rush

“For you and me- Race is not a competition
For you and me- Race is not a definition.
– Neil Peart, 1993

Solidarity
Black Lives Matter.”

. For you and me- Race is not a competition For you and me- Race is not a definition. - Neil Peart, 1993 Solidarity Black Lives Matter.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Record Store Day

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Third Man Records

“Third Man Records stands in solidarity with the Black community in the fight against white supremacy and police brutality. We have temporarily gone silent about our records and releases because we believe this is a time to let the Black communities have the space to use their voices, but do not mistake this silence for complacency. We believe that the systemic racism that plagues our country must be dismantled, and we are ready to do more and do better. #theshowmustbepaused #blackouttuesday. Our plans for 2020 have always included throwing our support behind local Nashville non-profit Gideon’s Army. We urge you to consider a donation to support their mission to eliminate the root causes of the prison pipeline, save our children from death and incarceration, and guide them on a secure path to success.”

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.