Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, it’s been hard to escape the ongoing saga between Neil Young, Spotify and their mega-star podcast host, Joe Rogan. In short, Neil Young told Spotify to either remove his music from the platform OR take down Joe Rogan’s massively popular podcast. Essentially, Neil is concerned by the misinformation about vaccines that Rogan has been touting on his show.
One prominent artist that has since sparked some additional debate on this whole saga is none other than Disturbed’s David Draiman. As we covered yesterday, Draiman applauded Spotify’s decision to remove Neil Young’s music because he believed removing Joe’s podcast would be an infringement on free speech.
The move sparked a LOT of dialogue online. So much so that Draiman clarified and expanded on his original comments.
Speaking on Twitter, he stated:
“Let me be clear. I do not support ANY artist blackmailing any entity to follow an agenda THEY believe in, wether it’s Neil Young on one side of the spectrum or Eric Clapton on the other. Music shouldn’t be used to sow division. It should be used to bring people together IMHO.”
He went on to say:
“Its incredible to me just how much individual freedom people are willing to take away from others when it doesn’t serve their particular mindset or agenda. Be careful. That pendulum swings both ways.”
And to cap off an exciting day and Twitter rollercoaster, Draiman (always the gentlemen) responded to some shade thrown his way from Mr. Sebastian Bach, responding that:
I still love and will listen to @Neilyoung too brother, the same way I still love and will listen to you.
Always continue to respect and admire the both of you brother. The only “side” I’m on is the side of freedom, and you’re free to have your opinion, of course.
— David Draiman (@davidmdraiman) January 27, 2022
An interesting and important debate indeed! If you’d like to read our previous coverage on this story, click below:
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Words by: The Pit Staff