That led to Greif getting in touch to fill us in on some of the details. He also promised to release a statement exclusively to Gun Shy Assassin, providing more detail on the matter and outlining Sick Drummer magazine’s involvement.
Sick Drummer Magazine organized the Death To All Tour and took the VIP merch orders. We’ve emailed the site for comment, but have yet to hear back.
Since our reports, a lot of Death fans have taken to the official Death Facebook page as well as the pages of the Death To All Tour and the late Chuck Schuldiner, to express their anger over the situation. That anger’s squarely focused on Sick Drummer.
Some fans have also contacted Gun Shy, to say they’ve yet to receive their VIP refunds from the two shows Sick Drummer cancelled. In some instances, fans are owed between $400 and $600.
Rumors are also flying that nobody actually got paid by Sick Drummer — including the Sweet Relief charity that proceeds from the tour were to help support. Some rumors suggest that some of the musicians received “rubber checks.”
Alix Vallecillo from Los Angeles said online, “I am seriously upset for all of this, not because of the CD’s but because the funds had a purpose and is not right if they didn’t go to such purpose. Especially because they used Death for something like this. Not cool!”
Sarah Donahue from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, writes, “Those guys are dicks. I bought a VIP ticket for one of the cancelled shows and had to open and escalate a claim through PayPal to get my money back over a month and a half later. It was such BS and they’re unwilling to work with you or answer e-mails. The only info I got was they needed to ‘work out their finances’ before they’d give refunds and that I was on ‘a list’ for one. Open PayPal claims or call your CC company because these dicks won’t help you and they won’t do shit unless you force them.”
Death fan Peter Murphy merely quipped on Chuck’s Facebook page, “This is what happens when you leave things to drummers.”
When Gun Shy Assassin reached out to Chris Steele, Chuck Schuldiner’s nephew, about the situation, he had this to say: “I loved the Death To All show in Orlando, and I know the fans did too. There was definitely the spirit of Chuck filling The Beacham. However, the colossal screw-ups perpetrated by Sick Drummer boggle the mind. Knowing what I do about the degree of bullshit on the part of those guys from Sick Drummer Magazine makes my head spin and would be enough to enrage fans if they knew the details, which I’m sure will surface sooner or later.”
More on this story as it develops.