Six Feet Under vocalist Chris Barnes has issued a statement on his recent quarrel (i.e.; his sucker punching a dude and running to his bus) with Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan to Horns Up Rocks.
“The straight up story is basically here’s a guy that was antagonizing me, calling me an asshole, for days, amongst the crew and musicians of this tour behind my back; and I heard about that,” says Chris.
“And I made a funny comment onstage last night about veggie burgers, you know ‘go have a veggie burger,’ I was just trying to lighten the mood, but lets back it up a bit.”
“There were some problems at the beginning of the tour with some questions about the contracts having to do with merchandise…all that was settled. The night after we had that problem, I believe it was in Frederick, Virginia, we were on stage and at the end of the set I said, you know I’m glad we all got our things figured out and got that behind us, you know I really just want to have a great tour and the enjoy the tour you know. I want to thank the opening bands on the tour and let’s move on and have some fun.”
By the way, the fact that there were limits on the merch is fucking disgusting and lame. But people — this is the way it works. Many bands work this way; they limit what the openers can sell, because they want kids spending money on their crap.
“Two days later I find out that this kid’s calling me an asshole around the tour and to everybody involved with the tour. And, you know so I made a little snide comment about ‘eat a veggie burger’ and the guy got all bent out of shape supposedly, and waited for me to get off stage. And broke into my backstage room, got in my face, stepped up to me, three inches from my face, had his finger pointing in my face, yelling at me, calling me an asshole.”
“And you know, to me those are fighting words. And I just, I reacted, and you know, I did not sucker punch him, number 1. I didn’t even punch him, okay. He didn’t get punched. He did not get sucker punched. I did not run out of the room. I walked out of the room because I did not feel that it was necessary to pursue violence anymore while the guy was laying on the floor. My crew guy was with me, he didn’t run out of the room with me — he walked out of the room with me,” says Chris.
“I walked up the stairs, I did not hide in my tour bus, I did not do a ‘Rocky Dance.’ I walked off my tour bus approximately a half an hour later and walked right past their crew and van on my way to the hotel with my girlfriend. They didn’t say one word to me. Now, you know, he finds it necessary to attack me in the press and to use my reputation against me for his own benefit. It’s sad and it seems like an unnecessary thing to do and I feel bad for him.”
Hmm. Differing accounts — but who is the liar?
“I don’t want to badmouth anyone but he chose it upon himself to badmouth me, I just want the facts to be known,” says Chris. “I didn’t confront this person, I did not go out of my way to confront someone — he chose to do that. I had no ill feelings toward him, I just like I said, uh… you know, it’s unfortunate for all the fans of both bands that that happened, but all I did was defend myself and really that’s all I can say about it.”
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