Recently, George Lynch announced that he was ending Lynch Mob, apparently due to the racial insensitivity of the band name, saying he will no longer record or perform under that moniker.
In a chat with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio , Michael Sweet shared his opinion on Lynch’s retirement decision:
“I heard that too, which is interesting. I’m not sure [about his reasons for doing it]. I haven’t talked to George personally about that and if it’s based on trying to be politically correct and not offend people.
The sad part about that is that’s George‘s name. It’s, like, dude, that’s your name. You’re gonna change your name? It’s just so interesting to see.
There’s gotta be some sort of middle ground.
It seems to me, in the world that we live in, it’s one way or the other — there’s no middle ground. And we all have to kind of keep our common sense and let there be some sort of middle ground.
Maybe George has other convictions that are causing him to wanna not record under that name, Lynch Mob.
I kind of get that. The ‘Mob’ adds a little extra a concern to the name. But, you know, you can’t stop using your name… So, if someone has the name White, are they gonna change their name? It’s their name. [Laughs]”