Real Lives, Real Stories

Here you'll find artists sharing their stories to helps spread awareness and help battle stigmas.

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Tommy Vext of Westfield Massacre

Jun 13, 2016

Tommy Vext of Westfield Massacre opens up to The You Rock Foundation about the pain of testifying against his twin brother, support, sobriety, and the pivotal phone call from someone in need that prevented him from making a premeditated suicide attempt.

Interview conducted by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile | Music by John Penola


Heidi Shepherd of Butcher Babies

Apr 11, 2016

Heidi Shepard of Butcher Babies opens up with The You Rock Foundation about her battles with both anorexia and bulimia, and noted that even though her life was picturesque on paper, she still grappled with overwhelming sadness, drug use, and eating disorders.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile | Music by John Penola


Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies

Apr 11, 2016

Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies talks to The You Rock Foundation about rising up from the ashes, and how her return to school helped her focus on passion instead of the aftermath of being molested, growing up in an unstable household, and being a biracial kid in a racially divided neighborhood.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile | Music by John Penola


Steve Zing of Danzig & Samhain

Feb 9, 2016

Danzig bassist and Samhain drummer, Steve Zing, has never had a public meltdown, but don’t be deceived, he’s battled through hard times. In this video interview with The You Rock Foundation, he shares that every part of him was in shambles. He notes that depression isn’t always at the fault of drugs and alcohol, and how easily it can sneak up on you.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile | Music by John Penola


Lamb of God's Randy Blythe (Part 1 of 2)

Nov 25, 2015

In the first part of our two-part interview with Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, we discuss his depression, his suicide attempt, and his experience in the psychiatric ward. He goes on to talk about how he self-medicated, and shares about how seeking support and accepting help allowed him to overcome his mental illness and alcoholism.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile | Music by John Penola


Lamb of God's Randy Blythe (Part 2 of 2)

Nov 30, 2015

In the second part of our two-part interview with Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, he elaborates on expressing pain through his lyrics how it's helped him as much as it has helped Lamb of God fans. Randy also elaborates on how listening aggressive music that spoke about real things by bands like Sex Pistols, Black Flag, and Bad Brains made him feel less alone in the world.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile | Music by John Penola


Jonny Hawkins of Nothing More

Nov 4, 2015

Jonny Hawkins of Nothing More talks to The You Rock Foundation about his battle with depression. He discusses multiple layers of pain from personal experience, specifically his mother’s battle with cancer and his sister’s struggle with bipolar disorder and subsequent substance abuse.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile | Music by John Penola

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Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, Korn's Jonathan Davis, and Slipknot's Corey Taylor capture the essence of The You Rock Foundation in this short sizzle reel cut together by our talented editing team.

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Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal of Guns N' Roses

Jun 9, 2015

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses, Art of Anarchy, and more) talks to The You Rock Foundation about fighting through his crippling anxiety and reconciling his turbulent emotions. After a car accident left him in constant pain, it intensified his depression, but through a change in perspective, lifestyle, and diet, he was able to take control of his life.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile | Music by John Penola


Jonathan Davis of Korn

Feb 17, 2015

Jonathan Davis, singer of Korn, speaks with The You Rock Foundation about his anxiety, depression, panic attacks, PTSD, schizophrenia, and substance abuse. But more importantly, he discusses what helped him through it, explaining how much medication, therapy, exercise, and creative outlets for self-expression like music make a difference.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile | Music by John Penola


Chris Robertson Black Stone Cherry (Part 1 of 2)

Jan 6, 2015

In part one of our two-part interview, Chris Robertson, singer of Black Stone Cherry, talks to The You Rock Foundation about his anxiety, depression, near suicide attempt, and the struggles with alcohol and drug abuse that resulted from it. He also begins to share about how music, friends, family, and God empowered him to turn his life around.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile & Laura Desantis-Olsson | Music by John Penola


Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry (Part 2 of 2)

Jan 6, 2015

In part two of our two-part interview, Chris Robertson, singer of Black Stone Cherry, continues talking to The You Rock Foundation about his near suicide attempt, and elaborates on how music, friends, family, and God empowered him to turn his life around.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile & Laura Desantis-Olsson | Music by John Penola


Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan

Nov 25, 2014

Benjamin Weinman, founder and guitarist of The Dillinger Escape Plan, talks to The You Rock Foundation about the importance of introspection, the stigma of depression, the necessity to treat it with the same respect as a physical ailment, using heavy music as therapy, embracing self-expression, and how crucial it is to make a conscious effort to get better.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile & Laura Desantis-Olsson | Music by John Penola


Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage

Nov 4, 2014

Jesse Leach, singer of Killswitch Engage, talks to The You Rock Foundation about dealing with depression, entertaining suicidal thoughts, questioning his spirituality, the power of possibility, and the importance of letting people in.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile & Laura Desantis-Olsson | Music by John Penola


Corey Taylor of Slipknot & Stone Sour

Oct 21, 2014

Corey Taylor, singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, talks to The You Rock Foundation about his struggles with depression, how he overcame them with music, and reminding those who are still suffering that they are strong enough to do the same.

Interview conducted by Joseph Penola | Videography by Laura Desantis-Olsson | Edited by Pawl Bazile & Laura Desantis-Olsson | Music by John Penola