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BLACK STONE CHERRY drummer in lockdown during shooting at Kansas mall

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BLACK STONE CHERRY drummer John Fred Young found himself in the middle of the pandemonium during a shooting at Oak Park Mall late Sunday afternoon (November 12) in Overland Park, Kansas.

Two suspects were reportedly taken into custody after a single shot was fired during a struggle between three plainclothes officers and two unidentified male suspects who were being apprehended for shoplifting.

Late Sunday, BLACK STONE CHERRY vocalist/guitarist Chris Robertson posted the following message on the band’s social media: “We are feeling incredibly extra THANKFUL and BLESSED tonight.

“We were enjoying a day off at Oak Park Mall outside Kansas City. Our days off are always usually at a mall to decompress, walk, and check out the stores. Today was different. One minute you’re looking around a shop, the next you hear screaming, chaos, and what sounded like a stampede. There had been shots fired inside. People were running everywhere and you could hear and see panic on every innocent face. It was truly terrifying.

“I texted our band group and told everyone wherever you are, to get out immediately,” he continued. “I found a top level parking lot exit and came out and saw people tripping over road cones, parents holding their children while running…just pure chaos. Like a movie.

John Fred was in lockdown inside a store with about 15 other people. The rest of us that were inside had made it to the bus. We texted with JF back n fourth giving updates. Thankfully, the local PD did a great job and apprehended two suspects and thankfully, nobody was hurt.

“This isn’t a post for sympathy for us, but more of a post to say we are just so incredibly thankful. So incredibly blessed.

“This was the first time our group had been in a situation like this while on the road, doing something we do every single day off.
We embraced each other multiple times after this experience. If you’ve been involved in something similar, we completely sympathize with you.

“We love you all so much. We love each so much. You just never know…take time to tell those you love them. You just never know…

“Wichita, KS and the rest of this tour will be even more special and even more thankful to be able to play.

“We love our families. We love you. We are so thankful this season.”

Officials with Oak Park Mall released the following statement regarding the incident on Monday: “We take these situations very seriously. In addition to our full-time third party security provider, we maintain a close working relationship with Overland Park Police Department. Our security program is 24/7 and covers the interior and exterior of the property. We evaluate our protocols on an ongoing basis, making adjustments as necessary.

“The mall was placed on lockdown as a precaution and mall management was in continual communication with stores via our tenant notification system, to advise of the status of the situation as it evolved. Once cleared of the lockdown, the mall did not reopen since it was close to the normal closing time of 6 p.m.”

The Overland Park Police Department is asking anyone who was present near the food court and recorded video of the incident to share it with police.

Black Stone Cherry have previously revealed a video for “Out of Pocket.” The song is out via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group and is available on all streaming platforms. The release of the single coincided with the band’s annoucement to embark on a co-headline tour with The Darkness through the UK.

Watch “Out of Pocket.” below.

Stream the previously released visualiser for the song.

Speaking about the new track, BLACK STONE CHERRY frontman Chris Robertson said: “‘Out Of Pocket’ is a song born out of that exact feeling. The song was what I personally, and I think a lot of us, felt over these very trying last couple of years. Facing your demons, knowing that you have to come out the other side stronger than before.”

Last October, BLACK STONE CHERRY drummer John Fred Young told Loud TV that he and his bandmates started working on the follow-up to 2020’s “The Human Condition” album last summer. “I think there’s about eight songs right now that we had done, and we’re gonna go back in in December and finish up the rest,” he said at the time. “So (it’s) a really, really cool situation.

“We’ve got our own theater back in Glasgow, Kentucky, where Ben (Wells, guitar) lives. We do our home shows there; we do it every two years at Christmas. So we recorded the drums in this big, beautiful theater. And they just sound incredible; even with me playing, they sound incredible. And we’re going to my house to do vocals and guitars. So, (it’s) really cool, man. I think people will really love the songs and the playing.

“We recorded ‘The Human Condition’ in 2020, and when we were doing that, everything with COVID, it was really starting to rise up,” John added. “And we got done with that record two days before our state locked us down. So we were lucky to get that done. But I think probably next year, early next year, we’ll have a new record out.”

Over the past two decades, the Kentucky Southern rockers have shaken stages from arenas to festivals across Europe, bringing the good times every time. In 2021 they fulfilled a lifetime ambition of playing London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, bringing an incredibly emotional and powerful performance. Now it’s time to blow the roof off those arenas once again.Black Stone Cherry have 2023 firmly in their sights and are taking it, lock, stock and barrel. UK tour dates with The Darkness:28 Jan – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena29 Jan – Liverpool M&S bank Arena30 Jan – Glasgow OVO Arena31 Jan – Birmingham Resorts World Arena02 Feb – Manchester AO Arena03 Feb – Leeds First Direct Arena04 Feb – London Wembley OVO Arena

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